Gruumsh Maeraddyth

CategoryHigher Powers
Alignmentlawful evil
Symbolunwinking eye
DomainDomination, Evil, Strength, Tyranny, War
EnemiesAthena, Ares, Naraz-Nâru, Corellon, Set
Born3 Witchrite 8774 GE
Godhood21 Hollow 588 HE

Gruumsh is the god of the orcs. His also goes by the titles of "He Who Watches", or "He Who Never Sleeps". The great might of the Orchish Empire is the main reason why Gruumsh is a Greater power.

In the Demon Spawn War, Gruumsh had a different name and was of a different race. His name was General Maeraddyth, and he was of the Kriavian Elf race. Serving Corellon's armies on Kriav, which in turned served the Covenant effort to stop the demon invasion, General Maeraddyth was given a task. By his estimates, it was a one-way mission. He didn't like the idea of going out to die. Honor proved stronger than self-interest and sacrifice. He carried out his orders, taking his highly decorated, crack commandos to the world Nasudex. Once there, they launched a quick surgical strike on the demon lord Hezxis. The mission was successful. Corellon's armies, the 21st and 46th Roots, heavily engaged with Hezxis's forces attacking Liamenor, were saved from annihilation. When word of their leaders death reached them, demon morale broke, chaos swept through their ranks with infighting, wanderlust, hopelessness, and joy at no longer being controlled.

The demon retreat was not from lack of leadership, they had good leaders, very good leaders. Hezxis led from the rear, he was no military commander. What he did have was a demon lord's control over his minions. When this is broken, the natural chaotic and individualistic ways of demon is left to run free. I imagine some asked why they were here risking life and limb, some were concerned with the jockeying of power that would happen back home, and the safety of their concerns. Local commanders bickered, fought, planned, and some executed assassination on their rivals. Maeraddyth's sacrifice ended twenty years of war, and a removed a demon lord from the Abyssal Hegemony.

- Corellon , from the book Maeraddyth Raid - "A Demon Lord's Control"

The Maeraddyth Brigade was not so lucky. After completing their daring mission into the Abyss, they retreated towards the rift. With demons pursing and others retreating back through the rift, orders were given to capture Maeraddyth's soldiers. One of Hezxis's loyal concubines, one said to have been the true power, planned to make an example of Corellon's most prized expeditionary forces. The captives were tortured them to no end, then infused with demoniac energy. Of the half that survived this process, they found themselves transformed into something savage, with only a slight resemblances to a Kriavian Elf. They became known as the Orc race. Over centuries of indoctrination, they were instilled with a hatred of elves that often supersedes other enmities. General Maeraddyth was one of the survivors. He ditched his elven name, thereafter calling himself Gruumsh. He was to prove incredibly useful to his demon makers, undertaking war and mayhem in exchange for praise, honing his combat skills, and carrying out what he considered the petty whims of his demon supporters.

In the Lith-Crillion Era, Gruumsh travelled many lands across many worlds. He became a storied warlord, seeking out fighting, and starting it when he could find none. His life prolonged by a pair of Cairn Scythes, he became more wicked and bloodthirsty with each passing century. Resurrected dozens of time, he had a fanatical following. Some became liches or sought out magic to continue along his side. By the end of the Lith-Crillion Era, his charisma rivaled that of Ares.

In the Horgon Era, Gruumsh was engaged in a great conflict with the goblin god Maglubiyet. Their armies battled it out on Avalas, with Gruumsh seeking to make himself a god by conquest. In charge of his military intelligence was a Lith-Crillion named Blac'drugulois. This figure, one who would one day create the mightiest orc empire of Bal-Kriav, found a way of reaching Maglubiyet. His assistants warded th area, keeping anyone from getting in or out by magic. Gruumsh took the lead in a very risky surgical strike against the head of goblin leadership, and a god no less. Killed on his home world, his immortality severed, Maglubiyet was permanently retired from the ranks of Higher Powers on 21 Hollow 588 HE. Gruumsh, a mortal, and by the Rule of Divine Conquest, took Maglubiyet's tyranny domain , thereby becoming a Higher Power.

In the Second Epoch, Gruumsh's former intelligent advisor Blac'drugulois, was instrumental in increasing Gruumsh's divine power. The heart of this worship is on the world Bal-Kriav with the Orchish Empire.

Gruumsh has a bitter hatred for the deity Set and his Khazarkar followers. The Khazarkar Empire is by all accounts, stronger and larger than the Orchish Empire, which makes Gruumsh push his flock to attack and lay waste to the holdings of the Khazarkars Empire. These wars are wasteful to both empires, neither gaining much headway against the other. As such, the opposing governments war only long enough to sate the blood-thirst of their deities before returning to border skirmishing.

Sources of Divine Power
Core WorshipProselytizers
Orchish EmpireGrathirgim
Crimson EyeGrathirgim
Known Powers
Divine Toughness+8,000 hit points as Greater Power
Modulating Energy+25 modulating energy damage for all attacks
Pounding Blowsanyone hit by his melee attacks must make fortitude save or be dazed and slowed
Follower Boons
Bitter Foes+1 damage versus Kriavian Elves and Khazarkarsnone
Beacon of Strength+2 inherent strength bonuspriests