Luthic (pronounced: /ˈlθɪkLOOTH-ick[3]) was the orc goddess of caves and the mate of Gruumsh.[7] She was often referred to as the Cave Mother.[citation needed]


Luthic was the orc deity of fertility, medicine, females and servitude. She was the wife of Gruumsh and mother of Bahgtru. Her sacred animal was the cave bear. Her symbol was an orcish rune meaning "home." Luthic embodied the orcish feminine ideal, subordinate to male orcs but still protecting the cohesion of orcish society. Luthic was described as a matronly orc with very long claws. She fought bare-handed with her claws because only the males of the community were allowed to wield a weapon. She might also use powerful spells, as such arts were not considered manly in orcish culture.[citation needed]



  • Luthic was first detailed in Roger E. Moore's article "The Half-Orc Point of View," in Dragon #62 (TSR, 1982).[1] In Dragon #92 (December 1984), Gary Gygax indicated this as one of the deities legal for the Greyhawksetting.[2] She also appeared in the original Unearthed Arcana (1985).[3]
  • Luthic was detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about her priesthood.[4] Her role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[5] Luthic's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[18]


Further ReadingEdit


  1. Logan Bonner (August, 2009). “Domains in Eberron and the Forgotten Realms”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #378 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32.
  2. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 47. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  5. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  6. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 24,118. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  7. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.


The Orc Pantheon
Lesser Deities