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Vecna, deity of secrets by Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Vecna, deity of secrets by Silinde-Ar-Feiniel
Info: Vecna (veck-nuh), deity of secrets, was once a
mortal king who became a lich. He usually
appears as a lich who is missing his left hand
and left eye. He lost his hand and eye in a
fight with his traitorous lieutenant, Kas. Vecna
rules that which is not meant to be known and that
which people wish to keep secret.

Dogma:
Vecna plots the destruction of the other deities so that he may take the world for himself. According to Vecna, there exists a secret that can destroy any being, no matter how powerful that being is. In the middle of every heart hides a seed of darkness kept hidden from all but the self. Finding that secret evil and exploiting it is the key to undoing ones enemies. Strength and power, says Vecna, come from knowing and controlling what others do not. He also admonishes his followers never to reveal all that they know. (D&D deities and demigods)

From PS:T description:
"It is said that Vecna was one of the Planes' mightiest sorcerers, able to draw life from dust and send it back again, extinguish lives with a glance, and make the earth shudder beneath his touch. He was said to be so powerful that when the end of his life drew near, death refused to take him into its kingdom.

And so Vecna died, yet lived on.

Abandoned by death, Vecna became the master of a vast kingdom on a prime world called Oerth (Greyhawk). Neither kind nor just, Lord Vecna's rule was one of great horror and suffering, and it is said his reach was so great that even the Powers of Oerth feared to cross him for fearing of drawing his eye.

Yet, while Vecna's gaze traveled ever outward in search of new conquests, he failed to see his own end when it came for him... in the form of his lieutenant, Kas.

As was fitting for Vecna's left hand servant, the arch-lich had fashioned a terrible weapon for his lieutenant as a symbol of his authority. Vecna made this weapon with such skill it is said that part of the sorcerer entered the blade, and it was this sliver of Vecna that gave the blade its life and its treacherous nature. Where once there was lifeless steel, there became thought, intent, and, perhaps most horrible of all, a voice.

The sword whispered treacheries to the ambitious Kas, night upon night, month upon month, year upon year, until one night, the remains of Kas' discipline was seduced by the rippling edge of the blade. Convinced by his blade that he was Vecna's superior, Kas confronted his dread master upon his Desiccated Throne, and the two of them fought a terrible battle.

During the battle, Kas was killed, but before he fell, his blade had dismembered his former master, scattering his remains so that no one may draw them together again. And so it has come to pass that pieces of Vecna have made their way across the Planes..."

As it turns out Vecna ended up being sent to the Demiplane of Dread (Ravenloft) where he became one of the Lords. He was trapped in Ravenloft for a number of years until finally figuring a way to escape in the module Die Vecna Die. In it Vecna has devised a way to simultaneously ascend to full-fledged godhood (he was a demi-power), escape from his prison in the Demiplane of Dread, and usurp arguably the most powerful entity in the multiverse: the Lady of Pain. To carry out his elaborate plot, Vecna has lured his old rival demigod Iuz to the Demiplane of Dread. Iuz hopes to destroy Vecna and claim the Maimed Lord's power for himself, but Vecna intends to turn the tables on his nemesis. He fuses Iuz's power with himself and (while his divine status is still in flux) takes off to Sigil where he gives the Lady of Pain a good b!tch slap and starts remaking the multiverse in his own image. Eventually the players in the module stop him (with the help of the Hand and Eye of Vecna, which gives the players some resistance to his godly power) and Vecna is kicked out of Sigil. The fallout results in the multiverse looking a little different (explaining the changes from AD&D to 3e cosmology of the planes), Vecna still a greater god, and back in Greyhawk after all his years in exile.


Made in May 2009

Many thanks for faving! :hug: Please comment if you like it! :eager:

Credits: Brushes used from Obsidian Dawn [link]

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LivingArtifact Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  New member
Without a doubt Vecna became imprisoned in none other but The Demi-Plane of Dread itself.

I should mention if you heard of Death Battle before, Death Battle should one day consider the idea of Vecna from Dungeons & Dragons vs Shinnok from Mortal Kombat, Battle of the Imprisoned Deities, due to the fact that Shinnok is also an Imprisoned Deity (in his case, The NetherRealm).

Here's the Picture Idea of Vecna vs Shinnok: livingartifact.deviantart.com/…
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner 49 minutes ago   Digital Artist
That would be a great idea, an inspiring battle between two epic magic users :)
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LivingArtifact Featured By Owner 5 minutes ago  New member
Without a doubt if Death Battle became willing if not more then willing to do Vecna vs Shinnok. I highly suspect they would have to do it in 3D CGI since no video gaming sprites of Vecna to my knowledge actually exist (and would be much better in 3D anyways).
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013   Digital Artist
wait so he really managed to HURT the lady of pain? D:
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Digital Artist
yep, maybe he found her secret, because according to his dogma, " there exists a secret that can destroy any being" ^-^
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Digital Artist
true :3

now i wanna see tamriel from elder scrolls merge with DnD


dragonborn vs...dragonborns XD
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Digital Artist
lol dragons everywhere! It could be fun! ^^
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Digital Artist
XD

is it weird i find the lady of pain...cute?
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Digital Artist
lol There's a side of her to be admired for sure..
and there's nothing wrong to be weird ^o^
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
now to draw her XD


you know cos she also KILLED the god of portals AND killed a whole demon army of BILLIONS with a simple hand gesture
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
lol I didn't knew that, but it sounds so typical of her :ninja: XD
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CruzdeMauricio Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow me facino, es un hermoso y tenebroso trabajo
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Awsome!
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner May 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad that you like it! :D
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Revelation10 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a vivid history. I'd love to contend against such a richly colored villian in the Greyhawk campaign modules. Your illustration truly captures the horror, power, and past of this character. You must've taken a lot of care in creating it, congratulations!
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your words! They really mean a lot to me! I loved the story too so I tried to illustrate it properly. Of course I tried my best then, but I feel I can do much better now, maybe I'll try something more of him when I feel about it! ;)
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huckfinn99 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so sorry i meant to say bad a## because of how cool it is I'm sorry
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
It's not a problem, no need to worry for such a mistake, I'm so happy that you actually like it! :)
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huckfinn99 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well it deserves good credit beautiful piece of work
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm honored by your words! :bow:
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huckfinn99 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you should be it's a great piece of artwork all of your art is
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011   Digital Artist
^-^
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huckfinn99 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this picture is so bad
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MrSpartin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ever hear the song "Cage -Power of a God -Science of Anihhilation" on youtube? It fits for vecna pretty well I'd say.
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Lol, I haven't but I will check it, thanks! XD
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MrSpartin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Let me know what you think.
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   Digital Artist
It's a nice song, but I Imagined a more dark one, check this one from "Septic Flesh" named "Magic Loves Infinity". [link] ^^ It perfectly fits both the name of the band and the song too! lol
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MrSpartin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That does fit Vecna really well.;)
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   Digital Artist
haha I'm glad you think so too! :D
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
So. Fucking. METAL.
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner May 28, 2011   Digital Artist
XD Thanks! I'm glad you like it! Keep rockin'! :headbang:
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Eaven Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
wow..πανεμορφο!!!!τελεια δουλεια!!
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Se euxaristo poli gia ta kala sou logia, to watch k ola ta favs! Xairomai poli pou sou aresei i douleia mou! :dance:
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CrimsonLagiacrus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
This is a very well made picture of the Maimed Lord. As it was said, anyone who can defeat the Lady of Pain is indeed worthy of fear and respect. The fact that he is an undead (Lich of all sorts. >:D) deity of secrets makes him one of my favorite deities. Again, well done! :D
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Maehedrose Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
I refuse to accept that he defeated the Lady of Pain, that entire adventure was a sham - an instance of one writer letting his pet monster beat up on another setting's big bad. In fact, most of the Planescape GMs I know acknowledge that the entire idea was bogus.

Not that Vecna isn't all sorts of cool ... but just as he should never have been a lord in Ravenloft, he never should have been smacking down the Lady, who killed a Greater God for powers' sake!

These things just end up turning into "Can Darth Vader beat Skeletor" arguments - better to keep the big names away from one another.
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm really glad that you like it! Indeed he is a great deity, one of the darkest ones and most powerful :) Btw, i just saw that you joined this week, so welcome to DA! :dance: Wish you an awesome art journey! :la:
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Silvaren Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010   Writer
Awesome!
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for faving! I'm so glad you like it! :)
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Charlett Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
"I am curious as to how you became a floating skull, Morte."

"It's a long and sordid tale involving the Head of Vecna."

"*giggle* That was you?"

"Can we *please* talk about something else?"
-Fall-From-Grace and Morte of Planescape: Torment.

Oh Vecna, dead or no, we will always love your ability to somehow reappear in the strangest of places. Anyone who can take on The Lady of Pain and NOT be incinerated immediately is someone worthy of fear and respect.
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010   Digital Artist
:aww: PS:T is so awesome! :la: I love the city of doors and all that it comes with: gateways to the most weird places, adventure, magic and pure darkness! :devilish:
Vecna couldn't miss such a party! XD
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Charlett Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Those who rule Sigil pretty much rule the multiverse, and when an evil undead demilich owns it...?

Well... you're just screwed, buddy. *laugh*
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Maehedrose Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Mind you, that adventure made no sense - Vecna was a god, Gods cannot enter Sigil, thus Vecna could not have entered Sigil and smacked down the Lady of Pain. Besides which, the Lady killed the Greater God of Gateways, Vecna is the Lesser God of Lies ... it doesn't follow.

Better to just leave each "King of their hill" on their hill and not go having monster smackdown fights with them - more satisfying for everyone in the long run.
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010   Digital Artist
XD That's so true! :devilish:
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Syreene Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww...no mention of the greatest module of all: The Head of Vecna! (lol)

Nice work!
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   Digital Artist
Haha, I've heard of it, it's a tricky one! :lmao: Pure evil trick! XD Many thanks for the fav! :la:
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Syreene Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome! Thanks for the Llama! ;)
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   Digital Artist
You're very welcome too! :lmao:
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El-Gostro Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Oooooh this brings back memories!

"Me? Im the head of Vecna"
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Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   Digital Artist
XD That's great to hear! Many thanks for faving! :)
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