Monday, June 26, 2017

Deities, Divinities and Truly Scary Things Pt. 23

Hey Game Fans, we’re taking a look at some world building ideas and concepts for the home setting i run.  If you’ve checked out my other world building articles, this is the setting that focuses on Lakeport and the larger world around it.  Today i’m going to  take a look at one of the fiercest gods for the setting, Face Biter, the Lord of Orcs. Before i get started on him, let me give you a little background for the gods of this world.

Broadly speaking, the gods divide themselves into a variety of groupings and factions, but the grouping i am concerned about today is the old gods and the new gods.  The Old gods predate one of the most important conflicts of the setting, the Fey War.  These are the gods that originally found this world and shaped it to their designs and interests.  They shaped the great forests and mountains, and populated the world with creatures in their own image.  The first Gods to walk the world were the gods of Giantkind, the Fey themselves, and the three Elder Wyrms.  A few other gods would appear after this first establishment, most notably Ahrimaius, the God of Creation.  These are the Gods of antiquity, and they made the world the way it was, for good or for ill.  

The Fey War began as internal issue between a small fey enclave and their neighbors.  It spiraled out of control to a level of violence and bloodshed that would haunt the old places of the world forever.  At the darkest point of the war, when the Me’Ah’Chin hordes looked ready to take the fight to the Gods themselves, the eldest of the Fey Gods, Grandfather Oak, cast the most powerful magic anyone had ever seen.  He summoned heroes and champions from across time and space to the Garden where Oak had planted his first seeds.  He made them a simple offer.  If they would turn back the tide of darkness and save the world, he would bestow upon the seeds of godhood, and make them the new gods of the world.  

Heroes to the end, most of these people died during the war to liberate the world.  Heroes from thousands of worlds and cultures fought, bled, and died in a distant land to save it from the most terrible monsters they had ever encountered.  When the last battle had been fought, and the dead tallied, less than fifty of the thousands of heroes and champions were still standing.  A few would succumb to lingering injuries sustained in the war, and their number would be diminished even further by a tragic incident.  

The survivors returned to the Garden, and Grandfather Oak kept his word.  Each hero or champion became the living embodiment of an idea or a race.  One by one, the new Gods and Goddesses organized themselves, and set about the work of trying to heal the lingering damage the war had caused.  Some places were never completely healed, and there are distant parts of the world that still think that ancient war rages….but that’s a story for another time.  

Face Biter, (Lord Reginald) The Lord of Orcs


Like many of the Heroes of the New Gods, Reginald came to this world from another.  Orcs in his world were an underclass of citizen in most of the larger cities dominated by elves and humans.  Valued for the strength of their back and their ferocity in battles, Orcs were often used as shock troops and fodder for dozens of wars fought across the world.  Reginald led his people to a bloody uprising that ended up freeing the orcs from bondage at the expense of 90% of their population and the complete ruin of civilization.  

Reginald joined up as a welcome equal to many of the other heroes called by Grandfather Oak.  Armed with the finest weapons crafted by the other gods and walking into war with his good friend the Silverback, they wrought devastation and mayhem across thousands of battlefields.  They stood hard against the Me’Ah’Chin and helped end the final battle together.

After the war ended, Reginald noticed the Orcs of this world and approached them.  They had lost their gods during the war with the Me’Ah’Chin, and Reginald had lost his people.  The two met in a lost place in the old forest, but came out together, with Reginald firmly ensconced in their religions, and their culture shifting him away from his barbarous ways.  

Relations with Others

Reginald mostly keeps to himself amongst the other deities, claiming the Silverback as his closest friend, He is also closely allied with the God of Goblins, Hansu, and together they help to keep their people out of trouble.  He shares Grath’s enmity with the North Wind and has a great irritation with Pureheart.

Relations with Servants

Reginald’s divine servants are tasked with watching over the various scattered tribes of orcs and keep their eyes peeled for any of the lost relics of the Orcs.  They won’t go after them personally, but more than one Orc youth has received a divinely inspired vision of a lost relic.  

Relations with Mortals

Reginald has an usual relationship with Orcs, and he represents the duality of the Orc personality.  Lord Reginald is his peace name, and he cares deeply about the art and culture of the Orcs.  Face Biter is the angry raging Orc who demands the death of his enemies and seeing them laid to ruin at his armored feet.  He loves his people and embraces everything about them.  In turn they show him devotion.

Unusual Sayings

“War is art, Art is War.  Bring me his fucking teeth.”  Reginald is a war god who tries to show his people that War can be many things.  

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