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Alias(es): That Which Lurks, The Elder Eye
Power: Lesser deity
Pantheon: The Dark Seldarine (Drow)
Symbol: An eye on a purple disc
Alignment: Chaotic evil
Cleric alignment: CE, CN, NE
Portfolio: Ooze, slimes, jellies, outcasts, ropers, rebels
Worshippers: Aboleths, drow, fighters, oozes, outcasts, ropers
Canon NWN2 domains: Chaos  Evil  
Other canon domains: Cavern, Drow, Hatred, Slime
Favoured weapon (NWN2): Warhammer - An amorphous tentacle
Allies: None
Enemies: Malar, Underdark deities, the Seldarine


Ghaunadaur (gone-ah-dowr) is a lesser deity in the drow pantheon. He is also known as That Which Lurks and The Elder Eye. His portfolio includes slimey creatures, outcasts and rebels.

Ghaunadaur is an unpredictable deity. False worshipers may be rewarded by it, sometimes even with permanent magical boons, but they might just as well be devoured by The Elder Eye without a second thought. Ghaunadaur enjoys watching large horrible monsters as they hunt and devour their prey, causing much suffering. When Ghaunadaur leaves the Inner Planes he is always silent, but some old records mention a gibbering and bestial language being spoken in the god's court. When communicating it uses telepathy and keeps its conversations blunt and simple.

Ghaunadaur is a very ancient deity, rumored to have emerged from the primordial ooze itself. In that age it was worshipped by the largest of slimes and other crawling creatures, many of which contained an alien intelligence. In a fit of fury for an unknown transgression, Ghaunadaur struck most of them mad and took their intellects. As an unforeseen result, many of these worshipers ceased to exist, which caused The Elder Eye's power to collapse. Only in recent millennia have some evil beings turned back to Ghaunadaur, looking for an alternative to the established deities. Ghaunadaur is only a member of the drow pantheon because of the worship of drow that became disaffected with Lolth.