Moradin

Moradin is the god of creation and patron of artisans, especially miners and smiths. He carved the mountains from primordial earth and is the guardian and protector of the hearth and the family. Dwarves from all walks of life follow him. He demands these behaviors of his followers:

1.Meet adversity with stoicism and tenacity.

2.Demonstrate loyalty to your family, your clan, your leaders, and your people.

3.Strive to make a mark on the world, a lasting legacy. To make something that lasts is the highest good, whether you are a smith working at a forge or a ruler building a dynasty.

Some say that work is life, but to you it is an act of worship. You are never so happy as when your hands are busy with the work of creation, like your patron, the Soul Forger.

The Church of Moradin is known as the Anvil of Creation in honor of its patron’s role in the creation of the multiverse. Moradin is the patron deity of the dwarves, but he is also one of the most powerful deities in existence—a trait that is mirrored in the power of his church.

Followers of Moradin believe that crafting an object, especially from metal or stone, is a tribute to Moradin’s creation. Thus, anyone who takes raw, unformed materials and turns them into items of value—especially practical items, though art is also considered worthy—is engaging in the highest form of worship. The more gifted the worker, the greater the glory to Moradin. The Soul Forger’s altar nearly always takes the form of a massive anvil and forge, around which worshipers work day and night while singing his praises.

But the Church of Moradin is concerned with more than just shaping metal and stone. Its primary duty is to the dwarves, and to anyone else who worships the Soul Forger. Thus, the church maintains a significant military presence within dwarven culture, and its champions are often generals in the dwarf armies. Acquiring resources, especially for the benefit of dwarven nations or settlements, is an important function of the church. Finding new sources of ore, food, or even ancient dwarven power, is a noble endeavor. This focus on preserving their own way of life leads others to mistakenly believe that dwarves are greedy. In their own minds, they are merely prepared.

Prayers to Moradin nearly always involve the sounds of metal striking metal or stone, which worshipers believe are most pleasing to the deity’s ears. In like manner, the advance of dwarf legions is usually heralded by the sound of axes or hammers beating on shields. These percussive rhythms do not just intimidate the dwarves’ foes; they also ask Moradin for his blessing in a coming battle.

The Anvil’s membership consists primarily of dwarves, but members of many other races—particularly craftsfolk of all sorts—also venerate Moradin as the master of the creative process. Because Moradin is thought to be the first deity that arose, many creatures revere or at least acknowledge him as the All-Father.

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Moradin

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