Torag

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Torag (pronounced TORR-awg) is a stoic and serious god who values honor, planning and well-made steel. He is an often distant deity, lending magical power to his clerics, but leaving his followers to make their own way through life, knowing that this will make them strong and determined.

History

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 rocks tumbled and the sparks flew, the dwarves were born, made of stone with bellies full of fire. These dwarves were created deep in the Darklands and were perfectly suited to their environment. Torag ruled them justly for centuries, and they worked hard to be worthy of his approval. He gave them a single prophecy: that one day the earth would shake, and they would leave their darkened homes to press upwards in a Quest for Sky. When Earthfall struck in -5293 AR, the dwarves took this as the fulfillment of their prophecy, and began the centuries-long migration to Golarion’s surface.

Church of Torag

The ancient church of Torag can be found in all dwarven lands, and in many human ones, especially the harsh northern lands of the Ulfen people.

Worshipers and clergy

Nearly half of Torag’s clerics are dwarves, and although many humans have taken up his call, they only number so large among his worshipers because they breed faster and are more populous than dwarves. Among dwarves almost all of his priests are clerics, with maybe ten percent being paladins or other followers. Among his Ulfen followers nearly all are clerics, and human paladins of Torag are essentially unheard of.

As befits a deity so closely associated with the anvil and bellows, the vestments of Torag’s clergy are a long, well-used smithing apron, and hammer. Rings of various sorts (whether worn on the hands, in the ear, or woven into the hair or beard) are also common, symbolizing friendship, debt or allegiance.

Tradition is a focus for knights who follow Torag. Action, rather than ceremony, is what these knights crave. They can be counted on to protect their communities without hesitation.

Torag condemns suicide, and the souls of his worshipers who take their own lives are condemned to Avernus, the first circle of Hell.

Holy texts

Torag’s texts tend to be sturdily bound tomes, able to survive whatever hardships its owner may face.
Hammer and Tongs, The Forging of Metal and Other Good Works this tome is usually bound in metal with lacquered leather interior pages.

Torag

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