Living Greyhawk Redux
Rank: Greater Deity
Areas of Concern/Portfolio: Orcs, War, Territory
Titles: One-Eye, He-Who-Never-Sleeps, He-Who-Watches
Holy Symbol: Empty eyesocket
Origin of Worship: Orc
Favored Weapon: Spear
Weapon of the Deity Spell: +1 returning spear
Domains: Chaos, Destruction, Domination (SC), Evil, Mysticism (SC), Strength, Tyranny (SC), War.
Special Notes: Divine spellcasters often pluck out their left eye as a sign of devotion.
Gruumsh (groomsh) appears as a hulking orc in black full plate armor. He has one unblinking central eye. He harbors a special hatred for Corellon Larethian (who took his other eye), Moradin, and their followers. Most orc warbands have a cleric of Gruumsh attached to them, and sometimes she’ll “adopt” a soldier, passing on the teachings of Gruumsh while the army is on the march. At some point, generally during a major battle, the student/soldier graduates by casting his first spell. Followers of Gruumsh feel they have a duty to direct and organize the natural proclivity of orcs for warfare. They’ll hunt down elves in their forest homes, encourage tribal chieftains to sack human cities, and act as emissaries to the goblinoid tribes that often join their great hordes. Every single known prayer to Gruumsh begins with “Kharg-hark,” the Orcish word for “revenge,” even if the prayer is not related to vengeance. Gruumsh’s temples are essentially military camps with as many fighters and barbarians as clerics. The largest temples feature gladiatorial arenas where wagering is common and the best gladiators can earn great treasure. The most famous rite in Gruumsh-worship is the Ritual of the Poles. After a battle, ores mark their new territory by pounding longspears into the ground at the boundary, point up. Placed on each spear-point is the head of a fallen foe. Gruumsh demands that his followers be strong, that they cull the weak from their numbers, and that they take all the territory that Gruumsh thinks is rightfully theirs (which is almost everything). He tolerates no sign of friendliness from his people. Unceasing warfare is his creed, though Gruumsh does not object to simple colonization if that can be arranged. Gruumsh dislikes everything that is not an orc or of orcish make, and he is particular spiteful to elves and dwarves. Gruumsh’s clerics usually wear fighting gear.