Groetus

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Groetus
Groetus' Holy Symbol
(Deity)
Titles The God of the End Times;
the God of the End of the World;
the Harbinger of Last Days
Adjective Groetan
Home Boneyard
Alignment Chaotic neutral
Areas of Concern Empty places
Ruins
Oblivion
Worshipers Madmen
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Darkness, Destruction, Madness, Void
Subdomains Catastrophe, Insanity, Loss, Night, Protean, Stars
Favored Weapon Heavy flail
Symbol Skull-faced moon
Sacred Animal None
Sacred Colors None
Images of Groetus

Source: Inner Sea Faiths, pg(s). 46-51

Overlooking all of Pharasma's Boneyard is another, lesser god. This is Groetus (pronounced GRO-tus)[1], the god of the End Times, a sentient and cruel moonlet that looks down upon the Boneyard and waits for the last living soul to die. When Pharasma judges the last soul after the last living body dies on the Material Plane, Groetus will descend to the Boneyard to do something to it and Pharasma before he moves on to the Material Plane to "clean up" and pack the dust away for another reality. No one really knows what Groetus is going to do once the last soul is judged, but it is generally accepted that it will not be pleasant.[2]

Appearance

Silently watching, Groetus hangs in the form of a bloated moon above Pharasma's Boneyard in the Outer Sphere. Only the other gods know whether the moon itself is the god, or merely his dwelling place, and they have proven reluctant to discuss the matter. Adventurous folk who have braved the surface of this place are either never heard from again, or are discovered soon after as the newest of the god's insane faithful.[3] It is unknown what role Groetus will play in the End Times.[4]

It is a rare occurrence indeed for Groetus to manifest in humanoid form, but records from Azlant describe him as a tall, slender man wearing a long gray robe that hangs heavily to the floor. His complexion is ashen, with hollow eyes and long, smooth hands. He has a slight bent at the neck (as though bearing some great weight) and his bare feet are black from soot and ash (as though he has been walking through an old fire). His voice is described as a whisper, like old paper, and he speaks with an archaic or foreign inflection.[5]

Dogma

Cultists of Groetus have many theories about how their god will manifest in the End Time and what his ultimate role will be. These theories or interpretations are known as dooms; and the proponents of each particular doom may be seen as members of a splinter cult of the faith. The most well-known dooms of Groetus are:[6]

Mouth of Apocalypse
Followed by the Teeth of Oblivion cultists
Portal of Incarnation
Followed by the Heralds of the Incarnate Moon cultists
Sign of the Destroyer
Pursued by the Followers of the Gray Sign cultists

Relations

Groetus is rather isolated from other deities and they seldom make any effort to contact him. On those rare occasions, other gods and goddesses proceed with extreme caution, knowing full well that their followers (whether mortal, undead or other) often fall to insanity should they scry or otherwise make contact with him.[7]

It is believed that Groetus has some connection to Rovagug, another deity associated with the end of the world but there does not appear to be any basis for this theory.[8] It has been noted that the two deities show no animosity to one another and it is speculated that Rovagug's purpose is to destroy the physical world while Groetus will devour the spiritual energies of the dead.[9]

Pharasma has slightly more interaction with Groetus, although such contact is done more to keep the ominous moon at a comfortable distance than friendly communication. She has been known to 'feed' Groetus (in some unspecified manner) the souls of atheists. This has the curious effect of repelling the moon from the Boneyard. Even so, the moon lingers near, apparently attracted to the souls of faithful mortals.[8]

Servants

Cultists worship Groetus.

Groetus has few allies or followers, making no effort to acquire either. However, beings who travel to his moon-home often succumb to his power (and accompanying madness) and serve him after a fashion.[citation needed]

End's Voice
The herald of Groetus, End's Voice serves as his personal hand. Draped in a long crimson robe, End's Voice floats above the ground on footless legs, faceless, and speaking (rarely) with a hollow, distorted voice.[10]
Geg Noam Gyeg
An insane and paranoid barbed devil. It adorns its spikes with the eyes of its victims and prefers to be paid for its services in silver mirrors and magical items that utilise divination magic.[8]
Yles
An especially insane grey naunet protean, Yles is an avid collector of magical writing and spellbooks. It continuously babbles narration of its own activities.[8]

Church of Groetus

Groetus has no formal religion or church, with many of his faithful being made up of lone madmen prophesying the end of everything, or megalomaniacs bent on bringing about the end of creation to please their god. Some believe that he may not even know or care that he has any followers, knowing that if his goals are achieved, they will be destroyed along with everything else.[3][11]

Formal clothing is observed, more often than not, by his followers. Gray robes with blue accents is traditional but his priests rarely take much interest in their attire, meaning most of his followers wear shabby and stained raiments.[12]

Temples and shrines

Priests of Groetus have little interest in creating lasting monuments to their master. After all, all things will fade and crumble when the end comes. It is not uncommon however, for followers to congregate in the ruined temple of another faith.[13]

Holy texts

Being a cult of madmen, there is no single codified list of Groetus's teachings. Information is typically gleamed from scribblings by the mad, often upon asylum walls or in the blood of a murdered victim. Much of this data is vague and contradictory. The more rational members of the faith keep a collection of lore known as the Book of the Last Moon.[8]

Holidays

The worshipers of Groetus celebrate few holidays, seeing such frivolity as pointless and meaningless in the greater plans of their deity. The only time his followers unite is the Final Day, where his worshipers observe an hour of silent contemplation, hopeful of some guidance from their enigmatic master.[13]

References

Paizo published major articles about Groetus and his church in Beyond the Doomsday Door, p68ff., and Inner Sea Faiths.

  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 246. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. James Jacobs. (January 6, 2008). More Info on Deities?, Paizo Blog.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 170-171. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  4. Todd Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 33. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  5. Sean K Reynolds. (2012). Groetus. Beyond the Doomsday Door, p. 69. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-474-0
  6. Sean K Reynolds. (2012). Groetus. Beyond the Doomsday Door, p. 70f. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-474-0
  7. Sean K Reynolds. (2012). Groetus. Beyond the Doomsday Door, p. 70. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-474-0
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Sean K Reynolds. (2012). Groetus. Beyond the Doomsday Door, p. 73. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-474-0
  9. Sean K Reynolds et al. (2014). Inner Sea Gods, p. 130. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-597-6
  10. James Jacobs, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, and Jerome Virnich. (2012). Bestiary. Beyond the Doomsday Door, p. 84. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-474-0
  11. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 229. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  12. Todd Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 69. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  13. 13.0 13.1 Sean K Reynolds. (2012). Groetus. Beyond the Doomsday Door, p. 72. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-474-0