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Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge, the Butcher
In the Fields of Endless Carnage, far to the south of Quoidge, a corpulent figure works tirelessly through the night--dismembering, disembowelling, piling up the limbs and viscera of the fallen that the battlefield might be clear by dawn. In this cursed realm, nothing can decay or decompose; no corpse may ever return to the earth from which it sprang, no matter how deep you dig the grave. Flocked by carrion birds who need him to cut their meals into beak-sized chunks, Pudge the Butcher hones his skills with blades that grow sharper the longer he uses them. Swish, swish, thunk. Flesh falls from the bone; tendons and ligaments part like wet paper. And while he always had a taste for the butchery, over the ages, Pudge has developed a taste for its byproduct as well. Starting with a gobbet of muscle here, a sip of blood there...before long he was thrusting his jaws deep into the toughest of torsos, like a dog gnawing at rags. Even those who are beyond fearing the Reaper, fear the Butcher.
Pudge
Lore Pudge.jpg
Associated with
Heroes:Drow Ranger minimap icon.png Drow Ranger
Slark minimap icon.png Slark
Places:Fields of Endless Carnage
Quoidge
Cathedral of Rumusque
Gods:Dead God
Flayed Twins
Characters:Brandalon
Lady Onshu
Species:Ditch Hog
Artifacts:Chains of Abscession


Background[edit]

Although he is often asked, Pudge refuses to answer any questions about his family, and gets quite irate at curious strangers.[1] In his youth, he served in the employ of King Brandalon as his royal butcher. This was the beginning of Pudge's career, which he considered the best years of his life.[2] The King's reign was particularly bloody, and Pudge is one of the few who are still alive to remember the carnage.[3] At some point, he also spent some time on a farm.[4]

Seeking meat, Pudge journeyed to the Fields of Endless Carnage, where he loomed over the dead, cutting up and devouring their flesh. For reasons unknown, he left the Fields before the Rumusque Clerics made a pilgrimage there to purge the land.[5]

Habits[edit]

Pudge is a voracious eater of meat. He prefers raw, red meat,[6] but will consume just about any type of flesh, including that of his fallen enemies. He is so gluttonous that he once ate a black dragon.[7] He follows where war goes, keeping his belly filled with the fresh meat of the newly slain.[8]

Occasionally, Pudge also eats a bit of raw fish,[9] although he does not consider it "real" meat.[10] He is also fond of bone marrow,[11] but doesn't care much for chicken.[12]

He has a keen sense of smell, especially for meat.[13] Unlike most living things, Pudge never needs to sleep.[14]

The Chains of Abscession[edit]

Long ago, the Chains of Abscession were forged by the Rumusque cleric Crella to bind the minions of the Dead God. Over time, the Chains became corrupted by The Dirge, and fell into the Dead God's power. They turned against Crella's people, destroying her homeland.[15] Since then, the Chains have taken on a mind of their own.[16] It dislikes gods,[17] and has a particular hunger for Anti-Mage,[18] likely due to his opposition to the Dead God.[19] The Chains are familiar with Vrogros, having consumed his minions before.[20]

Pudge came upon the Chains of Abscession after being banished for an unknown reason.[21] He found himself in a place filled with the dead, and smelled something of interest inside a great crack in the earth.[22] Entering the crack, Pudge encountered the Chains of Abscession, lured there by the same things he had smelled.[23] The Chains moved of their own accord, flying through the air and attacking Pudge.[24] Eventually, he was able to subdue the Chains, and bring it under his control. The Dead God considers this an act of theft, and demands the Chains be returned, going as far as to send Pudge meat.[25] However, Pudge enjoys the Chains' company and has no intention of giving them back.[26]

Pet[edit]

Pudge once had a ditch hog as a pet. He found the animal in a pile of slaughtered meat, and had to sew back some of its wounds. It was his best friend, but he ate it in the end.[27]

Relationships[edit]

Rubick minimap icon.png Rubick is Pudge's primary rival, the two having competed against one another in a contest long ago. Nevertheless, Pudge considers Rubick an "alright" guy, even though he finds him a bit strange.[28]

References[edit]

  1. Feast of Abscession response: Play Lots of folks is curious about me family. I tell you once, and once only. Don't ask about me family.
  2. Feast of Abscession response: Play I worked for a king once. Were the best years of my life.
  3. Writ of the Royal Butcher description.
  4. Bloodstained Britches description.
  5. Pangolier response: Play C'est bon you left the Fields before the Rumusque Pilgrimage. Those were dark times indeed.
  6. Feast of Abscession response: Play Normally I likes it raw, heh heh heh. But I'll make an exception!
  7. Dragonclaw Hook description.
  8. Feast of Abscession response: Play When I first come north, worried I wouldn't find no work. But nah, Pudge don't worry. Everywhere you go, there's wars a-plenty.
  9. Feast of Abscession response: Play I love sashimi!
  10. Feast of Abscession response: Play Eh, fish don't hardly count as meat.
  11. Feast of Abscession response: Play Time to crack you open and get at your marrow.
  12. Feast of Abscession response: Play Ugh, taste like… chicken.
  13. Feast of Abscession response: Play But I had me nose like I have me hook. And I sniffed out something deep.
  14. Feast of Abscession response: Play I don't sleep.
  15. Feast of Abscession description.
  16. Feast of Abscession response: Play Me hooks got a mind of their own!
  17. Feast of Abscession response: Play Careful near me chain, Zeus. They don't much like gods.
  18. Feast of Abscession response: Play Oh yeah, they like you.
  19. Anti-Mage biography.
  20. Feast of Abscession response: Play The chains have heard of you. From the screams of your minions.
  21. Feast of Abscession response: Play Don't know where I ended up. Not a nice place. Everything dead. No meat anywhere.
  22. Feast of Abscession response: Play Down, through a great tear in the earth I went.
  23. Feast of Abscession response: Play Something else already found what I sniffed. Like it already found everything else in that place.
  24. Feast of Abscession response: Play It's flying about, with no one throwing 'em. Stinking of death. Thinkin' they can kill me?
  25. Feast of Abscession response: Play He can send all the meat he likes. I'm not giving them back.
  26. Feast of Abscession response: Play But, I like the company.
  27. Feast of Abscession response: Play Pudge had a pet once. Found a little ditch hog squirming in a heap of slaughter. Had a sew a few bits back on him. Best friend I ever had. And tasty in the end.
  28. Feast of Abscession response: Play Heh heh heh. You's alright, Rubick. Even if you are a bit weird.
  29. Feast of Abscession response: Play If I bring Lady Onshu your head, maybe she'll leave me mates alone.
  30. Dark Willow response: Play How's Pudge and Slark doing?
  31. Feast of Abscession response: Play I always loved working with you, Bane.
  32. Feast of Abscession response: Play Heh heh heh. I'm embarrassed about what I said, Riki.
  33. Feast of Abscession response: Play I knew a worshipper of yours once. Tasty fella.
  34. Feast of Abscession response: Play He can send all the meat he likes. I'm not giving them back.
  35. Bloodseeker response: Play The Twins are pleased with your work, Pudge.
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