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Thursday, 25 October 2018
Pantheon: Gnome Deities
Pantheon: Gnome Deities
Here we have gnome deities presented in Races of Stone.
The deity of gnomes, Garl Glittergold, appears
as a handsome, golden-skinned gnome with glittering gemstones for eyes. He is
well dressed, usually in a silk jacket with long tails and silk hose. He always
wears lots of gold jewelry and accoutrements. Garl Glittergold discovered the
gnomes and led them into the world. Since then, he has been their protector. He
is renowned for the jokes and pranks he pulls on other deities, though not all his
victims laugh off his jests. Garl once collapsed the cavern of Kurtulmak, the
deity of the kobolds. Since then, the two deities have been sworn enemies.
Dogma: Garl promotes a doctrine of
practicality tempered with humor. Ignorance and complacency are dangerous,
warns Garl, and he urges his people to explore not only the world around them
but new ways of doing things. Garl also emphasizes brains over brawn, and he
teaches that befuddling or embarrassing a foe can be just as complete a victory
as slaying or capturing that foe.
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Symbol: a black anvil split in half
Home plane: Bytopia
Portfolio: entropy, revenge
Domain (-30%): earth spells, breaking spells,
malicious mind control spells
Worshipers: rebellious gnomes
Gelf is Garl Glittergold’s brother, and rarely
have two brothers been more bitter rivals. Gelf, depicted as a grayskinned
dwarf with a black beard, takes obsessive delight in opposing everything his
brother attempts. This compulsion puts Gelf in the tragic position of tearing
down the gnome society he loves, just to thwart Garl Glittergold. Gelf is not evil,
but he feels compelled to destroy everything Garl holds dear. Gelf is an angry,
sorrowful deity, and he attracts followers of similar temperament.
lives of Garl Glittergold’s worshipers miserable. Oppose Garl’s church. Look
for new initiates, give them a chance to join your cause. Always avenge harmful
actions performed against you or your comrades.
Symbol: gold ring with star symbol
Home plane: Elemental Plane of Earth
Portfolio: stone, mining, secrecy, svirfneblins
Domain (-20%): earth spells, illusion spells,
making and breaking spells
Callarduran Smoothhands is by nature solitary
and thoughtful, and he rarely consorts even with other gnome gods. He is a
benign but secretive deity, caring only for his own people and their defense
against drow and the other dangers of the Underdark. He intercedes to defend
his followers from such dangers, and his appearance is heralded by a loud
huming which can be heard through solid rock.
Largely ignored by the other gnome
subraces, the Deep Brother is venerated primarily by the svirfneblin as their
patron deity, with a strong emphasis on his protective aspect and his oversight
of the all encompassing earth and the treasures to be found within.
led his chosen people into the deepest depths of the earthso that they might
discover the joyous beauty of rubies and other gems. Beware the dangers of the
Underdark, and guard against evil races such as the drow who employ any means
necessary to seize what is not rightfully theirs. Protect and serve your
community. Celebrate the beauty of minerals and gems and understand their value
in craft, art, and magic.
Usually depicted as a massive, ravenous badger or
wolverine, The Glutton figures prominently in the bedtime stories gnomes tell
naughty children—“Go to sleep or The Glutton will get you!” The Glutton is
blamed whenever a burrow collapses or another misfortune befalls the gnomes. It
is said that The Glutton was once a gnome who was cursed with a hideous form
and a desire to consume the gnomes and all they hold dear.
Dogma: Destroy everything the gnomes
hold dear. Do not restrict your eating habits, gluttony is a virtue.
Lesser deity Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Symbol: a ruby
Home plane: Mechanus
Portfolio: invention, creation, sky
Domain (-10%): air spells, enchantment spells,
making and breaking spells, movement spells
Worshipers: inventors, artificers
Rill is the epitome of the absent-minded gnome
artisan, always busy in his workshop polishing a newly cut gem or putting the
finishing touches on a “living statue” to be given to a worthy mortal. Appearing
as an elderly, bespectacled gnome, Rill is always shown holding Rill’s Ruby, a gem that has a facet for
each living gnome.
Dogma: Be professional when crafting or
enchanting items. Do not break any complex mechanisms – analyze them, use them,
or preserve them for later use. Do not rush with decisions - gnomes make
decisions with harmonious minds.
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Symbol: a crown and two cups
Home plane: Arborea
Portfolio: love, beauty, passion
Domain (-20%): healing spells, communication
and empathy spells, fire spells
It is said that Sheyanna is the source of the
rivalry between Garl and Gelf, for both woo her in many gnome legends. Sheyanna
doesn’t commit to either brother, however, choosing instead to encourage
matchmaking and passionate affairs among the mortal gnomes in her care. Thus a
romantic triangle is formed—a triangle that has launched a thousand folk tales.
Sheyanna is said to be the ideal of gnome beauty, a delicate blonde princess
with a smile that melts even Gelf’s icy heart. Sheyanna is often depicted with Hearthlight, a golden torch that can
spew a fountain of flame wherever she aims it.
Dogma: Always try to look the best.
Tend to the wounded and the sick, always help your community or group. Let
mutual romantic relationship bloom, prevent others from homewrecking.