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Gruumsh One-Eye
(Greater deity)
Basic Information
Title(s) He Who Never Sleeps
He Who Watches
The One-Eyed God
Aspect(s) Talos (4th Ed)

4th Edition Statistics
Domains Destruction, Storm, Strength[1]
Holy day(s) Gharfek'taaz[2]

3rd Edition Statistics[4]
Power Level Greater deity
Alignment Chaotic evil
Home Plane Nishrek
Portfolio Conquest
Orcs
Strength
Survival
Territory
Domains Cavern, Chaos, Evil, Hatred, Orc, Strength, War
Worshipers Fighters, orcs
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Favored weapon The Bloodspear (longspear/shortspear)[3]

2nd Edition Statistics
Alignment Lawful Evil[5]
Spheres Savagery

Gruumsh (pronounced "groomsh") was an orc god and a greater deity. He was envisioned with one eye by all who named him a god and was a deity mainly worshipped by orcs and orogs.[4]

WorshipersEdit

Orc war priests wore a patch over one eye to symbolize their worship of the orc deity.[6] They also dressed in dark red vestments, armored with war helms and black plate mail. Gruumsh's sacred animal was the giant rat, his holy day was the new moon, and he was worshiped in orcish lairs where blood was sacrificed to him monthly.[citation needed]

Gruumsh was the unblinking god of destruction who unleashed the savage multitudes against outposts of civilization. He was worshiped by orcs and half-orcs and came to dominate some of the other savage humanoids as well. Gruumsh was a brutal god who loathed Corellon Larethian but denied that he lost an eye to the First of the Seldarine.[citation needed]

Gruumsh told his worshipers to do the following:

  • Gather and breed, and your numbers shall flourish.
  • Rise up in hordes and seize that which is rightfully yours.
  • Raid. Kill. Conquer.[citation needed]

Faithful of Gruumsh were called Gruumans.[citation needed]

Though Gruumans maintained that their god was born with one eye, the eladrin asserted that he lost an eye in combat with Corellon. The two divine powers fought countless times, and they remained the bitterest of enemies.[citation needed]

Gruumsh was a god of conquest, driving his savage multitudes to expand their power by whatever brutal means they wished. His shamans advised chiefs and warmongers to raid, kill, and conquer.[citation needed]

The last day of Marpenoth, which Gruumans call Gharfek'taaz ("Feast of the Bloodied Stones"), commemorated Gruumsh's ascendancy as the master of Nishrek. On this day, new shamans were ordained in a bloody orgy of torture and sacrifice.[citation needed]

RelationshipsEdit

Gruumsh once had an alliance with the conniving drow goddess Araushnee to bring down the gods of the elves once and for all. His plan failed, despite a divine force brought against the elven gods consisting of the Seldarine's enemies in all the goblinoid and elf-hating pantheons and Araushnee was transformed into Lolth. The two deities were great foes ever since, though Gruumsh's alliance with another assisting deity, Malar, was not so badly corrupted.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

In a past time, Gruumsh had two eyes but he lost one in a fight with the chief elven god Corellon Larethian. Gruumsh meant to paralyze Corellon with his magical spear; this attack failed and initiated an epic battle. During the course of this battle, Gruumsh injured Corellon and, according to legend, from the blood shed the elven people were created. Corellon ended the fight by putting out Gruumsh's left eye, which is how Gruumsh earned his moniker "One-Eye". Some orcish clerics denied this tale, dismissing it as elven propaganda while claiming that Gruumsh always had one eye.[citation needed]

In the year -1071 DR, Gruumsh battled and killed Re, the leader of the Mulhorandi pantheon, during the height of the Orcgate Wars. This was the first recorded instance of deicide.[7]

Gruumsh's influence flourished in recent decades[as of when?] with the growth of the orc population, and as other humanoids came under his sway. His recent triumphs[as of when?] included putting the orc pantheon and other minor deities of the savage races under his thumb.[citation needed]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Logan Bonner (August, 2009). “Domains in Eberron and the Forgotten Realms”. Dragon #378 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32.
  2. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  3. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 240. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 148–149. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  5. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  6. Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.
  7. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 65. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.

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ConnectionsEdit

The Orc Pantheon
Gruumsh
Lesser Deities
BahgtruIlnevalLuthicShargaasYurtrus
Exarchs
Obould


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