Dugmaren Brightmantle, also known as the Errant Explorer, was the dwarven deity of scholarship, discovery and invention and an exarch of Moradin[7]. Just as Marthammor Duin exemplified the urge to explore the world beyond the mountain,[8] Dugmaren Brightmantle signified the exploratory striving to blaze the trails of creativity by using accumulated knowledge to create that which was new and good. Brightmantle represented the progressive elements of a naturally conservative race that nonetheless prided itself on its infrequent innovations.[9]


Dugmaren's clerics drew from the most creative tinkers and free thinkers of dwarven communities, on rare occasions even allowing gnomes to join their orders. They followed a doctrine of knowledge for knowledge’s sake, seeing equal value in learning a once-lost recipe for toasted zygom stalk and discovering the crucial flaw in an enemy's defensive fortifications. In fact, since the clergy strongly favored creation over destruction, there's a good chance many of them would have preferred the recipe. Temples of the Errant Explorer, usually sprawling edifices filled with the scattered detritus of a half-hundred abandoned experiments and twice as many open books, could be found both above and below the surface.[10]

Dugmaren's clergy prayed for spells in the morning. They observed few official holidays, instead whispering a prayer of thanks to the Errant Explorer upon the discovery of some new bit of lore. On Greengrass and Highharvestide, they began the day with several hours of private meditation, usually staring at the flame of a candle. Thereafter, neighboring worshipers would gather to discuss their discoveries and creations since the prior convocation.[10]

Dugmaren Brightmantle's specialty priests were called xothor (dwarven for "those who seek knowledge", roughly),[10] with the singular form of xothar.[11]


His ceaseless quest for knowledge and constant tinkering and exploring had a tendency to get Dugmaren into trouble and although Moradin admired his adventuresome spirit, the Dwarffather despaired at his tendency to wander away from a pursuit to follow something else that caught his notoriously fickle attention. Dugmaren's circle of friendly deities included Haela Brightaxe, Marthammor Duin, Brandobaris, Erevan Ilesere, Gond, and Shaundakul. Gargauth, who represented knowledge-hunting for illicit and perverse purposes, was among his most hated foes.[9]


Dugmaren's ambitions ensure that he was always at the center of some exploit, frequently in the company of his loose circle of deific associates.[9]


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  4. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 238. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  6. Sean K. Reynolds (2002). Deity Do's and Don'ts. A Faiths and Pantheons Web Enhancement. Wizards of the Coast. p. 11. Retrieved on 2014-09-22.
  7. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  8. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 74. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 57. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
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  11. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 59. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
The Morndinsamman
The dwarven pantheon
Intermediate Deities
Berronar TruesilverClangeddin SilverbeardDumathoinSharindlar
Dugmaren BrightmantleMarthammor DuinThard HarrVergadain
Dead Powers
Deep DuerraGorm GulthynHaela BrightaxeLaduguer

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