Personality of the Month – Granny Keeneye

Glorantha: Personality of the Month


originally published in the Avalon Hill supplement Griffin Island
Location: The Elder Wilds

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Some of the Votanki of Balazar believe that Granny Keeneye is amyth — an evil witch invented by clan elders to frighten youngsters.Others say that she is an evil spirit, a hideous succubus who hasstalked the northern wilds since Balazar’s time.

Those who believe in Granny Keeneye are right. She began as aspirit who served the Cacodemon, Krjalk, or some other chaoticentity. She became a wandering priestess of her god, and finally was”adopted” by a degenerate clan of Votanki hunters, and became anembodied spirit. She is resentful of humankind and most life ingeneral, and is responsible for a number of atrocities committed onboth men and beasts in the wilderness. Life is cheap to her, and shewastes a great deal of it.

Granny Keeneye is an immortal spirit that has possessed anunbroken string of bodies for centuries, each incarnation passing onthe same spirit and intelligence to her successor. Though her spiritcan only possess adult female humans, elves, dwarfs, or otherhumanoids, her chaotic spirit warps the body. Over time, the bodytakes on chaotic and supernatural features as it metamorphoses towardher “true form” — something entirely non-humanoid. This progressesslowly with the years; depending on how far the degeneration hasprogressed she may have horns, a dozen breasts, oozing sores, glowingeyes, warty skin, a skull face, vipers instead of body hair, andpoisonous breath.

When it becomes impossible for Granny Keeneye to seem human, evenwhen heavily robed, she exchanges bodies with another victim, passingthe victim’s spirit into her used body. The new spirit usually goesinsane in this shambling form and becomes a chaotic monstrosity, benton destroying to survive.

As her body mutates, Granny Keeneye may or may not take on one or several chaos features. These will usually (5 times in 6) bebeneficial, rather than detrimental. Granny Keeneye spends her time committing evil deeds and making sacrifices; though she worships thegods of chaos, she does not give up her freedom by devoting herself to them. She usually has a wide array of poisons and lesser magical items (such as stolen clan medicine bundles) with her. She will usually have at least one enchanted item of great significance,something worth questing after.

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