Gruumsh

One Eye, He-Who-Never-Sleeps

Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Domains: Chaos, Evil, Strength, War
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Symbol: Empty eye socket

Favored Weapon: Battleaxe

Portfolio: Orcs, War, Territory

Creator of the orcish race, Gruumsh is nasty and cruel to the extreme. He demands strength from his followers; that the weak should be destroyed and only the strong survive. He expects his followers to take all territory that he claims is theirs by right (which coincidentally is the entire world), and that the weaker races should be conquered and put into slavery where they belong. He has an extreme enmity towards elves and dwarves, and tolerates no unhostile action towards any of them. As a matter of fact, Gruumsh does not approve of anything that is not orcish, and will not tolerate it among his people.

Clerics of Gruumsh have no color preference, but always wear armor or fighting gear. They are typically a warlord or military leader, or an advisor to one. In Orcish communities, they are in charge of culling the herd, and disposing of all weak members of their society. Temples to Gruumsh are found in every Orcish community, and tend to have extensive torture chambers for their sacrifices to Gruumsh as well as gladiatorial arenas. Grumsh's temples always have the stench of blood mixed with acrid smoke.

There are no public clergy to Gruumsh in the civilized lands. There are no Orc communities in the civilized lands. It is rumored that there is a huge Orcish force being led by Clerics of Gruumsh to the east of the Great Rift, in a land that is being called the "Ogrelands", but there is little proof of such a force existing, as the few who have managed to cross the rift and return have all been found insane and muttering about "flying kobolds"…

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