Gorth (3.5e Deity)
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Gorth is a deity of the Lore of Arda campaign setting.
|Symbol:||Twisted, Charred Tree Branch|
|Home Plane:||The Outer Plane of Heaven|
|Portfolio:||Chaos and Dismay|
|Clergy Alignments:||Any Chaotic|
|Domains:||Chaos, Destruction, Evil|
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Gorth encourages his followers to spread destruction, chaos and death around them, he dosn't wish for any order or civilisation to be left but hopes for a perfect world of disorder and pain where only the strongest, most vile, and most faithful to himself exist.
Strangely enough this makes him an unpopular god that is outlawed in most lands. He is often talked about in fairy tales and used to scare children into being good.
Gorth's dislike of organisation is so strong that he dosn't even wish for his own followers to organise, and very little of a formal order of clergy exist. Gorth's followers are to spend time breaking the law, causing confusion and unrest and enjoying themselves doing so. It especially pleases Gorth if his symbol is left at the scene of a crime. Sometimes soldiers will pray to Gorth before they go into battle, hoping to bring his attention down upon their enemies in the upcoming battle. Sometimes others use his name to curse those they hate and despise. "May Gorth visit you soon!" is a common example of such curses.
Clergy and Temples
Not many sane creatures would worship such a god, as he even encourages his followers to cause havoc among their own communties, even their own families or friends. True worshippers of Gorth tend to be twisted and mad criminals or power mad fools believing that following Gorth's dogma will bring them the favour of this god, they almost always work independently. They are still encouraged to show their faith in Gorth through displaying his holy symbol and graffiting it on places they go, hopefully to spread fear into others nearby.
Temples to this god almost do not exist, however Gorth is willing for his clergy to set up shrines in their houses or hide aways, but Gorth dosn't encourage any organised prayer or worship of himself at all.