Torag

The dwarves believe that Torag created the world at his great forge, striking it again and again with his hammer to get the shape he desired. As the rocks tumbled and the sparks flew, the dwarves were born, made of stone with bellies full of fire. Torag appears as a powerful and cunning dwarf, busy at his forge hammering out a weapon or shield. He is the consummate planner, with a contingency for nearly every situation. Torag loves the dwarven race (and, grudgingly, his non-dwarven worshipers), but he is like a distant father-figure who shows little of the affection he feels for his children because he knows life is a hard journey and he wants them to grow up strong, determined, and competent. Art shows him as a stereotypical dwarf in intricate armor and carrying his warhammer Kaglemros (“forger of many weapons”).

The Father of Creation sees planning for a greater purpose and creating complex battle strategies like the necessary interlocking rings in chain mail, but knows there are times when a dwarf needs to abandon a failing strategy and think on his feet. He prefers an organized defense to a tactical assault, and a tactical assault to a reckless charge. He opposes acting without thinking, rebellious thoughts, individuals who place their community at risk, and the destruction of crafted things. Burrowing animals are sacred to the faithful of Torag, as are all animals that dwell in caves and mountainous areas. Flying creatures that live underground are viewed as abominations and freaks— bats in particular are hated things.

Torag shows he is pleased through reflections of his face on polished metal, preparations happening smoothly and ahead of schedule, and finding mushrooms or fragments of stone that exactly match the shape of his hammer. He sometimes sends messages through the appearance of cryptic riddles that appear on stone surfaces for a short period of time. When he is angered, forges grow cold, shields crack, and even the simplest plan carries a feeling of dread. Earthquakes (whether localized or expansive) are the ultimate indication of his displeasure, but those who survive a deadly quake are considered blessed.

Torag

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