Patron of Trade and Money, Patron of Communication, Protector of Merchants and Thieves
Level, Alignment and Sphere: 25th (Eternal, NG), Thought
Symbol: a silver coin
Portfolio: trade, profit, communication, travel, cleverness, merchants, thieves
A remnant of old Blackmoorian faiths, Belnos is worshiped mostly by gnomes and the lesser classes in the Shimmering Lands. He shares a grudging mutual respect with Kagyar as both are distrustful of the technomantic devices that destroyed Blackmoor. Belnos is venerated mostly by gnomes, but is gaining a substantial following with giant-kin as well. His main concern is the preservation of aspects of Blackmoorian culture while at the same time purging from it all traces of the technology that caused the Great Rain of Fire.
(The Bane of Souls, The Dark Lady)
Patroness of Corruption and Diseases, Patroness of Witchery
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 30 (Eternal), CE, Entropy
Symbol: a black pentacle on red field
Portfolio: witchery, diseases, corruption, destruction
Angrboda is always worshiped in her female aspect within the Shimmering Lands and never as his male aspect. The Moadreg despise undeath, viewing its embrace as a weakness, and often look down their noses at cultures like Taymora where it is practiced. Angrboda is thus not associated with undeath, though she is often associated with disease and corruption (and prayed to as an appeal against the Wasting).
Angrboda has gained a foothold in dwarven society and is not letting go. Many houses appealed to her to deliver them from their enemies circa BC 2400, and she responded by sending her minions to augment the dwarven armies - a move that was instrumental in their subsequent successes. She knows that radiomancy is the cause of the Wasting, and plans to use her followers to bring its corruption to all corners of the world.
Patron of Gnomes, Patron of Invention and Crafts, Supreme Technician
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 12th (Temporal), CG, Matter
Symbol: A gold coin; or two joined cogs
Portfolio: Gnomes, inventions, science, mechanics, crafts, thinkers
One of the major deities of the gnomes, Garal and Belnos share some similar interests, although Garal is more permissive on the issue of technology. Like Belnos, Garal is also venerated mostly by the gnomish population. Unlike Belnos, Garal is less concerned about the preservation of Blackmoorian culture, and more concerned about the preservation of its knowledge and technology - including the secrets that caused the Great Rain of Fire.
Patron of Dwarves, Patron of Craftsmen, Protector of Miners
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 28th (Eternal), N, Matter
Symbol: hammer and chisel crossed
Portfolio: dwarves, crafts, metallurgy, sculpture, knowledge, miners
Kagyar is a new addition to the Moadreg pantheon and as such only has a minimal following in the Shimmering Lands. Many of those who follow him publicly proselytize the coming end of the world and are seen as misfits and troublemakers. He preaches a return to pre-Blackmoorian ways and shuns the use of the radiance. Kagyar is aware of the Dreamer, although he is unsure what its exact nature is. He opposes that entity at every chance he is given.
Keeper of the Gates of Time, Patron of History and Philosophy
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 36th (Hierarch), N, Time
Symbol: an hourglass or a water clock
Portfolio: flow of time, wisdom, history, philosophy, good government, patience, persuasion, diplomacy
Khoronus is one of the old Blackmoorian immortals, and as such he is given lip service by many in the Shimmering Lands, however true worship of this immortal is fading. Gnomes find him hard to fathom, and many dwarves simply don't have the time or patience for him. When the battle of Drangyr was won with the help of entropic immortals many turned from Khoronus toward other pursuits.
(Oruguz, The Goat, The Black Prince)
Lord of Demons, Patron of Violence
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 25 (Eternal), CE, Entropy
Symbol: a goat's head with ram horns
Although the lord of undead, Orcus is never worshiped as such in the Shimmering Lands. His faith originated with lycanthropic refugees from Taymora, and slowly infiltrated its way into many prominent merchant houses. As with Angrboda, worship in Orcus swelled circa BC 2400 when desperate dwarves turned to him for deliverance and succor.
The Dreamer (Rafiel)
Patron of Science
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 21 (Empyreal), LG, Energy
Symbol: a book with a star on its cover
Portfolio: radiance, magical and scientific knowledge
On the edge of true senscience, the Dreamer is barely aware of its surroundings. Drawn to the radiance in all forms, those who revere the Dreamer,mostly radiomancers and practitioners of ancient Blackmoorian arts, perceive it as a force of nature that guides them in their chosen craft. Although lacking true self awareness, the Dreamer often finds itself at odds with many other immortals in the area, most notably Kagyar and Belnos.
The Dreamer is most active on the Bridge of Oost near the Gates of Light. Many radiomancers claim to hear imperceptible whisperings from the Dreamer when the Gates open each year. Some say that the whisperings grow stronger and more perceptible with each subsequent year.
Patroness of Fate, Keeper of the Future
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 17th (Celestial), N, Entropy
Symbol: a head of a woman with a black veil that hides the face
Portfolio: future, fate, death, divination, visions
An obscure immortal, Skuld owes her worship in the Shimmering Lands to the morbid curiosity that many dwarves have about the future. This curiosity most certainly stems from their survival of the Great Rain of Fire, and a desire to prevent such a catastrophe from ever happening again, or at least weathering it if is preordained. Whatever purpose Skuld has for the Moadreg is her own secret.
Patroness of the Kopru, The One Who Waits In Ambush
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 15th (Celestial), NE, Energy
Symbol: an eye with a hypnotic spiral at the center
Portfolio: kopru, domination of the weak, power, corruption
An alien entity, some say that Slizzark is only worshiped by the insane. This may be true, though none can doubt the impact that her followers have had in defense of the Shimmering Lands. She is revered by many in Clan Karlheig, who view her dogma of domination as an analogy for dwarven rule over the rest of the world. Slizzark often sends kopru and other minions to act as her mouthpiece to her Moadreg followers. Although never particularly interested in dwarven followers, Slizzark never passes up an opportunity to exert her own form of domination over others.
Patron of Power and War, Patron of Fire
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 32 (Hierarch), NE, Energy
Symbol: a burning pit
Portfolio: power, conquest, fire and fire creatures, darkness, war, destruction
Only a minor dwarven deity before Blackmoor's fall, Zugzul has risen to the premier immortal in the Moadreg's pantheon since the Great Rain of Fire. Driven from their homeland by that catastrophe, the Moadreg have needed to fight for every inch of land that they now claim. Their neighbors despise them, blaming them for the dreaded Wasting disease that afflicts the world. On one side they are beset by giants and barbarians, and on the other by the undead plague of Taymora. This is the world that the Moadreg live in, and this is the world in which Zugzul thrives.
Zugzul can hardly be said to have the dwarves best interest at heart. He promotes the expansion of the Wasting because it foments unrest in the Shimmering Land's neighbors, and is probably one of the Dreamer's biggest silent supporters. He is the architect of every major conflict that the Moadreg have gotten into over the past 500 years, and shows no sign of stopping. Either his chosen people will emerge from his forge victorious, or they will become fuel for hotter fires.
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