Eh, inasmuch as I personally have never entirely accepted the authority of Michael Reaves’ unproduced “Requiem” script, nor the idea of Dungeon Master as Venger’s biological father, I have never felt the need for a biological mother. If DM has to be Venger’s progenitor, I always preferred the idea that he more or less “created” him by some arcane process, such as binding a powerful spirit into a corporeal form, with the ever-popular infusions of ichor, etc. However…
It has also been suggested that Dungeon Master’s partner was Zandora from “The Box.” The only thing this theory has to recommend it is that Zandora is the only female in the show who seems to be of roughly the same species as DM. On the other hand, Venger refers to her as “Dungeon Master’s old ally,” which seems a rather detached way of referring to one’s own mother.
One of the more popular theories considers Dungeon Master as a Shape-shifter who engaged in a fling with some female, possibly also a Shape-shifter. A nice refinement on this theory suggests that Dungeon Master is actually the Platinum Dragon Bahamut, King of all good (i.e., metallic-scaled) dragons. An even nicer refinement posits that his partner was — Tiamat! (Dun Dun DUNNNNNNNN!) Hence Venger’s (and Karena’s) propensity for shape-shifting, bat-wings, and tendency to Evil. There is a very slight bit of support for this in that the character sheet for Venger supplied by Wizards of the Coast does state, I believe, that hw is of part diabolic/dæmonic/demonic origin, and in the game, at least, Tiamat is infernal in origin. (There is some confusion here, inasmuch as Tiamat was specifically an Archdevil (that is, a Lawful Evil fiend) and ruler of the first level of Hell, Avernus, in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons; in later editions, she is described as an evil Goddess, which seems (in these editions) to preclude her being a devil as such.) On the other hand, the authority of the character sheet is undercut by the facts that A) it is clearly designed for later editions of D&D, whereas the cartoon was based on (if anything) the first edition of AD&D and B) the cartoon seemed to have evolved away from the idea of Tiamat as Evil, and restored her more to the character of her ancient Babylonian namesake, a being of pure Chaos. So the theory doesn’t fit the case quite as well as one might like.
So, you pays your money and you takes your choice.
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