Based on the conversation from the Major Plot Lines Thread on Gnolls here’s my version of Athasian Gnolls.In many settings Gnolls are agents of destruction, on Athas gnolls take that to the next level and embrace defiling and mutation.
Chryn’s Cackle, an Athasian gnoll cackle
Gnolls thrive on Athas. They are suited to the hot desert environment, they relish destruction, and have no qualms with eating carrion. Gnolls speak of the Beast of Butchery as their lord, a mythical god-like being. To aid them in destruction and ruin that their lord commands the Gnolls of the Tablelands have embraced the practice of defiling.
In order to embody their self-assigned role as agents of destruction Gnolls look to enhance and mutate themselves. One way they do this is to dwell in areas blasted by defiling magic or near the Pristine Tower. Many Gnoll cackle’s see mutation as a sign of their lords’ blessing, which they seek to spread in any way possible.
One such cackle of Gnolls is called Chryn’s Cackle, ruled by a brutish mutated defiler known as Chryn. Chryn not only rules his own cackle, but those of his apprentices as well. Together known as Chryn’s Horde, Chyrn sends out the smaller cackles far and wide on various errands of destruction and butchery.
Chryn has taken his cackle on several pilgrimages near the Pristine Tower and has reaped the blessing of Beast of Butchery in the form of various mutations for himself and his cackle. One common mutation is that all those of his primary cackle and many of his horde are mostly hairless. Besides the transmission of disease the gnolls can often spread mutation with their bites as well.
I based them on this picture: