- Titles: Plaguelord, Vermin King, King Rat, the Corruptor, He Who Knows Men’s Evil, the Gaunt One, Backstabber, the Obese Lord.
- Aspects: Corruption, vermin, disease, famine, vice, overindulgence, treachery, vengeance.
- Symbol: A bloated rat covered in pustules.
- Priesthood: Plaguebearers or Corruptors (priests); Verminlords or Unseen Hand (paladins).
- Herald: A morbidly obese half-man, half-rat creature, covered in oozing sores.
- Holy Day: Each Raestdaeg.
- Duties: Spread sickness of the body and soul, to corrupt good men, to indulge in all manner of depravity, to nurture treachery.
- (Minor) killing a rat or other vermin, not committing treachery when the chance occurs, leaving food or drink offered you;
- curing disease, not corrupting someone when the opportunity arises, not indulging in an act of common vice at least once a month;
- not indulging in a depraved act at least once a month.
- Signature Power: Disease (Plaguebearers and Verminlords) or charismatic aura (Corruptors and Unseen Hands).
- Powers: Armor, barrier, aura, beast friend (vermin only), boost/lower trait, burrow, champion of the faith, charismatic aura, detect/conceal, disease, entangle, fatigue, fear, nightmare, obscure, puppet, sacrifi ce, sanctuary, shape change (vermin only), smite, stun, summon demon (changeling, imp, plague, succubus/incubus only), summon herald.
- Trappings: Vali’s trappings usually involve disease, vermin, or corruption in some way.
Hela may control the undead and Niht the darkness, but Vali is considered the chief of the evil gods. Aside from darkness and undead, Vali controls all aspects of evil. Vali is depicted as an obese man covered in lesions and boils, often with rats crawling over his feet.
He is considered the patron of all who sin, but many beggars follow him in the hope he will stop rats from eating their food (or limbs) and rid them of disease. Many corrupt individuals, whether they are gambling addicts who would steal or murder for a few coins to wager, or nobles who enjoy an orgy to spice up their mundane lives, also pay him homage.
Farmers of good nature and virtue make offerings to him before planting to keep away blights that may lead to famine, and at harvest to keep his attention away from their granaries. Vali’s temples are usually in the seediest part of town, if not actually under the streets, and are home to a multitude of rats and other vermin. Molds laden with disease spores grow on the walls, and garbage lies in vast piles. A few temples exist in other parts of towns, often disguised as brothels, drug dens, and gambling houses. Again, like the seductive clergy, these are respectably decorated places, a glove of harmless fun concealing the gnarled claws of corruption.
Vali’s clergy are divided into two factions.
- The first are devoted to Vali’s aspect of disease, overindulgence, and vermin. Hideously obese, diseased, and depraved beyond any hope of redemption, they seek to spread pestilence and vermin infestations and cause famine. Priests usually work with diseases, whereas paladins prefer the accompaniment of rats and other vermin.
- The second faction is dedicated to vice, treachery, vengeance, and corruption. These are the more dangerous, for their sole duty is to corrupt good folk into following a road of depravity and sin. Priests tend to corrupt the innocent through words and promises, whereas the paladins work through action, removing foes or acquiring wealth for their target as “gifts,” all the while leading them down the path of damnation.
Vali’s festivals and ceremonies involve plentiful overindulgence and vice—the more the better. Orgies, drunken revels, drug taking, self-mutilation, and sadomasochism are all practiced (and frequently).