Just a quick update today. I’ve uploaded a copy of a sketch I did for my recent D&D game. It’s a tattoo that the players discovered on Mad Mathoth’s chest. I won’t go into details as to what it means, because they might read this!
As the story goes, the “SVZ” mark at the top of the image was given to Mathoth by an evil Vampire Lord, known as Strahd Von Zarovich (D&D fans out there will recognize the name). With the mark of his House, Strahd gave Mathoth the ability to travel through magical mists that border his Domain. But Mathoth became intoxicated by this freedom and wanted more. So he traded his sanity to a Gypsy witch in exchange for the ability to travel even father, across dimensions and to other planes of reality. So the Gypsy added her image to the mark of Strahd, using its magic to make Mathoth’s desire come true. The consequence to Mathoth, apart from going insane of course, was that he could no longer pass through the mists. If he did, Strahd would find him and punish him for his trechery. So while Mathoth can travel at will to heaven or hell, he can never return to his own home.