The “forest goddess” of Gulg is perhaps the most wicked of the Sorcerer Monarchs. Yet the Oba (literally “forest goddess”) is quite often mistaken for a force for good, or at least the regeneration of the natural environment, by Dark Sun fans. The fans can hardly be blamed for thinking so - the Revised Campaign Setting stated it outright.
A significant change in Gulg society concerns the Veiled Alliance of the city. Gulg’s Veiled Alliance has always actively worked to restore Athas to its verdant glory, never directly opposing the will of the sorcerer-queen.
Now that the Oba has declared her own intentions for restoring Athas, the two seem to have less to fight over. The Oba has even extended a “peace leaf” to the Alliance, calling for the preservers to shed the veil of secrecy and join the forest goddess’s quest to save the world. The Alliance hasn’t responded yet, but rumors persist that the preservers will soon come out of hiding in the forest city. The Alliance’s leader, Aukash-Pad (LG male human) , is utterly committed to restoring Athas’ life force. If the Oba continues to genuinely work toward that same goal, he may be forced to join with her for the good of the world.
Here are some of the crimes of which I accuse the Lalali-Puy. Some of it is necessarily interpretation made in good faith.
Blasphemy: Lalali-Puy claims to be a deity, a “forest goddess”. She forces or gaslights the citizenry of Gulg into worshipping her. The citizens of Gulg lay down their lives in the pointless wars and skirmishes with the more powerful neighbouring city of Nibenay, believing that they will join with the forest spirits after death.
Of course, some may point to the other Sorcerer Monarchs as doing the same thing. “The Mighty and Omnipotent Tectuktitlay, Father of Life and Master of the Two Moons” of Draj claims to be a god. However, it is not clear that besides his templars that his people have been deceived. Dregoth, ruler of Guistenal, also claims to be a god but is undead and mentally ill. Dregoth’s 3.5 statblock includes Delusional (Ex) as one of Dregoths stats. The people of Gulg believe the Oba.
Thrallherding: This requires a little bit of interpretation, because it applies to a 3.5e version of Lalali-Puy. Every 3.5e build that I have seen of Lalali-Puy includes levels of the thrallherd prestige class. That means that Lalali-Puy is a cult leader using a psychic resonance to control her thralls and believers (see the link for the mechanics). The 4E first party #414 Dragon Magazine article Eye on Dark Sun - Slaves of the Oba makes it clear that Lalali-Puy enslaves nature spirits as well. It is quite likely that one of Lalali-Puy’s thralls is a spirit of the land.
Hunting of Endangered Species: It was at Lalali-Puy’s command that the Gulgan variety of kirre was hunted to extinction in the Crescent Forest.
Training of Defilers: Although Lalali-Puy does not differ in any respect in this from other Sorcerer Monarchs, it does go to show that Lalali-Puy is not as respectful of the land as some people claim. To be fair, Lalali-Puy uses trees of life for defiling magic, just like other Sorcerer Monarchs, so the environmental impact is less than it would be otherwise.
Humanoid sacrifice: Lalali-Puy shares this practice with the ruler of Draj. Some of the humanoid sacrifices of Gulg are brainwashed volunteers, which in a way is worse.
Communo-fuedalism: All property in Gulg, including every sentient being inclusive of citizens and slaves, belongs to the Oba. Its hard to have any rights in a society when you are considered to be property of the ruler. Free commerce is basically non-existent.
Anti-Education: Even more so than in other cities of Athas. Even nobles of Gulg disdain literacy. There is an oral tradition in Gulg, but it is prone to corruption over time.
Conclusion: Lalali-Puy enforces primitivism on her subject population to make them uncritically worship her as a goddess.