Myths & Gears
The Great Fathers
The dwarves do not have a single patron deity. Instead, they worship a group of divine forefathers, the thirteen paragons that spawned their race. These divine Great Fathers founded the original Thirteen Families millennia ago, and their blood is said to provide all dwarves with their legendary fortitude. The Great Fathers’ most direct descendants are called the Stone Lords, and these powerful and respected individuals sit at the head of the dwarven Moot today as they have since the first days. Being strong with the Great Fathers’ blood, the Stone Lords (who are all high-level paladins) are unusually hardy and live a very long time, often surpassing two hundred winters.
Each Great Father is, practically speaking, a demigod, though dwarven folk only worship them as a lawful good unity. An individual Great Father is never singled out as a cleric’s sole patron, for this is considered disrespectful and ignorant. The Fathers as a group gave life to dwarvenkind, and as a group they will always be worshiped. Nonetheless, each Father has his own personality, holidays, parables and sphere of influence, and it is common to say a prayer or a curse in a particular Father’s name as the situation warrants it.
The following are the names and influences of the Great Fathers:
|Dhurg||First Father of Battle (Master of Axes)|
|Dohl||Father of Mining|
|Dovur||First Father of Smithing (Weapons)|
|Ghrd||Father of Wealth and Jewelcraft|
|Godor||Father of Law and Oration|
|Hrord||Second Father of Battle (Master of Blades)|
|Jhord||Father of Spying and Information|
|Lodhul||Father of Feasting and Virility|
|Odom||Father of Magic and Secrets|
|Orm||Father of Building and Stonework|
|Sigmur||Father of History and Records|
|Udo||Third Father of Battle (Master of Hammers)|
|Uldar||Second Father of Smithing (Armor)|
Domains for the Great Fathers’ Clerics
Dwarven clerics who worship the Fathers have access to the domains of Earth, Good, Healing, Law and War. Although some humans find it surprising, the majority of clerics of the Great Fathers are female. This tradition stems from the fact that the first clerics of the Great Fathers were their own wives, known as the Claywives. However male dwarves are also permitted to serve as clerics and have become more numerous in the last few centuries.
Cleric Weapon of Choice for the Great Fathers: Warhammer