My latest Spelljammer article, detailing how the orcish pantheon relates to Spelljammer is now live at the Wildspace blog.
Orcish Religion Amongst the StarsJune 30, 2014
Specialty Priests of DukagshJune 9, 2014
Over at Wildspace, the Spelljammer Fanzine, I’ve posted an article covering the specialty priests of Dukagsh, one of my own creation, and one modified from Roger Moore’s article on the Scro in the 1996 Dragon Magazine Annual. Included are some new spells for his faith. Enjoy!
Yurtrus White-HandsAugust 25, 2012
The final major orcish god, Yurtrus is the dreadful god of death and disease. He never speaks, and is avoided by the other gods of the pantheon, who fear and loathe him. His priests are masters of orcish burials and death ceremonies, and intercede with their mute god to head off or cure diseases, as well as using their divinely granted powers to afflict such upon their enemies.
Shargaas the Night LordJuly 27, 2012
One of two loners amongst the orcish pantheon, Shargaas the Night Lord is master of those acts that are best performed in darkness, the underdark, and darkness in general. A number of his portfolios overlap with other deities in the pantheon and this leads to many conflicts, although Gruumsh’s power typically keeps those in check. He relishes thievery, murder, and assassination and is the patron of those professions in orcish populations.
Luthic the Cave MotherJune 11, 2012
Luthic is the only major female deity amongst the goblinoid pantheons. She is wife to Gruumsh and mother of Bahgtru, and is the patron of female orcs, as well as those warriors who defend orcish settlements. She was a very interesting deity to work on, actually. I tried to twist the usually good aspects of healing, nurturing, and protection to have an orcish, lawful evil twist; for example, she teaches that only strong, worthy orc warriors deserve healing, while cowards do not. And, as with the other goblinoid deities, I’ve tried to inject some culture into the lives of orcs, so they’re more than just one-dimensional brutes who think of nothing but killing (or the overdone “noble savage” that seems to pop up in some settings). As always, comments are welcome!
Ilneval the Horde LeaderMay 4, 2012
Time for another deity, this time from the Orcish pantheon. Ilneval is Gruumsh’s lieutenant, called to lead Orcish armies when Gruumsh cannot. He is a consummate commander, focusing on strategy over brute force. He is generally the god of elite fighters and orogs in orcish societies, while Bahgtru is generally the god venerated by the regular orc warriors. Enjoy!
Bahgtru the Leg-BreakerJanuary 24, 2011
Here’s my third update to Monster Mythology; this time I worked on Gruumsh’s son, Bahgtru. I was originally planning to do all the gods in order, but I found when working on this one that it burned me out a bit to be doing the same sort of thing, so I’m going to start skipping around. That way each one feels fresh while I’m writing it, and there will be a wider variety of options available to players and DMs earlier. Despite the issues I had with this one, I think it still turned out very well, so enjoy and let me know what you think!
Gruumsh One-EyeJanuary 12, 2011
Okay, here’s the second entry in my project to update the gods of Monster Mythology to the 2nd Edition “Faiths & Avatars” format. This time we have the chief deity of the orcish pantheon, Gruumsh.
This time I’ve created a couple spells for Gruumsh’s clergy to use, so I’m interested to hear thoughts on them, too. One is a modification of an existing dwarven spell, and the other is a codification of a special ability granted to Gruumsh’s priests in Monster Mythology. I plan to do that for similar abilities listed for other gods.