So in my off time/spare moments I’ve been thinking of ways to tweak the official setting to make it . . . I don’t know, more interesting to me.
One thing I hit on was Dregoth and Mon Adderath.
So Hamanu killed Dregoth. In the original setting, Dregoth rose as a kaisharga. Here, he didn’t. He’s dead. He’s gone. When Hamanu kills something, it stays dead.
Enter Mon Adderath (hereafter MA).
So MA knew Dregoth had this contingency in place to rise as a kaisharga just in case. Only it didn’t work.
MA and Dregoth were friends for, like, EVER. Let’s push it a little farther, and MA was in love with dregoth. His best friend and love of his life (who literally made him immortal) is dead and gone. What does he do?
He animates Dregoth’s corpse and perpetuates the illusion that Dregoth has risen. This is preserved by the fact that when Dregoth died, his living vortex moved on and bonded to MA (there is precedence for this in the material as written). He can now empower Dregoth’s templars, and attribute this to Dregoth himself (with him acting as dregoth’s high templar).
Everything that Dregoth has done per canon, MA did. Per canon, Dregoth has mastered some life shaping skills. He made the dray. Here, MA did that, trying to preserve dregoth’s legacy and expand his image. The process doesn’t work on himself, just as in canon, but he literally creates a race of people in his lover’s image.
He travels the planes, amassing power, using the planar mirror. Dregoth was doing it trying to figure out how to become a god. MA is doing it, trying to figure out how to bring Dregoth back for realzies.
This puts a spin on the Dregoth Ascending adventure. Just switch it around a little, and the Godhood spell is really one to truly resurrect Dregoth. Of course in the adventure as written, MA helps the players because he realizes Dregoth’s plan is insane. Here, MA is the insane one taking huge risks with the fundamental forces of reality, while Absalom is the sympathetic one helping the players. Let’s say the spell succeeds and Dregoth is truly brought back to life. Will it really be him? Or did MA just resurrect a nearly fully-powered dragon ready to go on a similar rampage to Borys? Let’s say it is him, complete. MA is not the same person he was 2,000 years ago. What will Dregoth think of him? Will Dregoth reborn be the same as Dregoth-on-a-pedastal that MA has been cherishing in his heart and mind for two millennia?