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Yog is a mysterious deity known as the "Lord of Empty Abodes".

Yog's worship dates back to the Khari invasion. Hyborian scholars speculate how Yog may be a demon of the Elder Night, like those worshipped by ancient Atlantis.

Yog's doctrine is simple. Worshippers may only consume meat, never plants of any kind. They must consume human flesh at least once per month, and those who fail are considered ritually unclean until they have done so.

In Darfar itself, bodies for the cannibalistic rituals are from raiding other tribes. Outside of Darfar, however, the Yoggites band together and take what they can get. Where there are many Darfari slaves, wandering bands hunt and kill anyone who leaves shelter at night.

Although most city residents fear the Yoggite ceremonies, they permit the Yoggites to practice their religion, as without this concession they are rebellious and violent.

For proper sacrificial power, victims are clubbed unconscious and thrown into flaming pits. Dead sacrifices are considered inferior, as are those who have been cut, so the Yoggites never use knives or swords. One adult can feed as many as thirty or forty Yoggites, as only a token consumption is required to meet Yog's requirements.

For obeying these strictures, Yog promises strength in battle and victory over the worshipper's foes. Such promises might hold more weight if Darfari slaves weren't uncommon in the southern lands. Even so, Yoggites are devout enough towards practicing their religion wherever they go.

At each full moon, the worshippers of Yog dig a pit, into which their priests pour certain oils and set alight with a thrown torch. The Darfari identify the bright flame with that of the moon overhead. They believe that, once each month, they must "eat the moon". Bathed in the glow of a bon-fire, any captive, in their eyes, becomes the earthly essence of the moon. Devouring the flesh of outsiders is said to make the Yoggites immune to weapons.

Yog is worshipped by two different groups: the jungle-dwelling Darfari, and the desert-dwelling Zuagir.

Yoggites: A tribe of green-robed nomadic raiders who live in the Southern desert. They swear by their god, Yog, and ride horses. (Sword of Skelos)

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