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The Devourer

The Star-Eater

Source Starfinder Core Rulebook pg. 485
CE god of black holes, destruction, supernovas
Centers of Worship Akiton, Apostae, the Diaspora, Eox, Verces
Symbol A black hole, often tinged with red
Alternative Theme Knowledge Reduce the DC of Culture or Mysticism checks to recall knowledge about the Cult of the Devourer, including its belief system, local presence and members, and how to contact the cult by 5.
Favored Weapon Disintegration lash
Edicts Engage in acts of destruction, kill sentient beings, tear down civilizations
Anathema Repair an object that won’t inflict greater destruction; create new technology, magic, or life without a destructive purpose
Blessings Plants wither and small objects crumble at your touch. You are overcome with the urge to slaughter and destroy. Nothingness fills your dreams.
Curses Your equipment breaks and technology malfunctions. Thoughts and memories are ripped from your mind as if pulled by the gravity of a black hole.

Eons ago, the Material Plane sprang into existence in an instant, and someday it will end just as abruptly, as all creation ceases to exist. Believed by some to have been born in that same instant of creation, or perhaps even to be the ghost of some entity from a previous cycle of existence, the Devourer seeks to hasten this inevitable end and unmake the entire plane, eradicating all matter and energy until nothing remains, not even the Devourer itself. Every machine that breaks, every living thing that dies, every star that goes supernova, every photon sucked into a black hole, every galaxy that goes dark—all these and more are said to be the handiwork of the Devourer.

The Devourer has no name, no form, no being. It is less a god than a primal force of the universe—an embodiment of malicious entropy, concerned only with the obliteration of all reality. Heedless of the meaningless existence of life in all its myriad forms, it cannot be reasoned with, delayed, or halted, and it largely ignores the pleas and prayers of even its most devout worshipers. Some cosmologists and theologians postulate that when the Devourer has consumed everything and the mortal world expires, the Devourer will give birth to a new universe in place of the old, but the crazed cultists who venerate the Star-Eater as a god know this for the foolishly hopeful lie that it is. There will be no rebirth, no second creation—only an immeasurable void of nothingness.

The church of the Devourer has little organization or leadership, only scattered, chaotic cults made up of berserkers, cannibals, nihilistic plotters, depraved reavers, and ruthless solarians. While many of the faithful prey upon nearly every sentient being they encounter, reveling in destruction and mayhem, some members possess a cunning knack for planning, carefully engineering catastrophes and triggering disasters to maximize the loss of life and ruination of property and resources. Devourer cults are outlawed on nearly every civilized world, but hidden shrines can be found on remote asteroids and abandoned moons, and many cults form motley flotillas of ships that attack and slaughter all they come across in the depths of space.

While the Devourer can be represented by a simple black dot or swirl—representations of the final collapse of spacetime— the most common symbol is the Blood Accretion: a black hole with swirling red in its accretion disk. When the end finally comes, Devourer cultists believe, space-time itself will weep the blood of the gods before finally passing into nothing.