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Droskar
(Deity)
Titles The Dark Smith
Master of the Dark Furnace
Adjective Droskari
Home Ashen Forge, Abyss
Alignment Neutral evil
Areas of Concern Cheating
Slavery
Toil
Worshipers Dwarves, duergar
Cleric Alignments
Domains Artifice, Charm, Darkness, Evil, Trickery
Subdomains Construct, Daemon, Deception, Espionage, Loss, Thievery, Toil
Favored Weapon Light hammer
Symbol Fire under stone arch
Sacred Animal Beetle
Sacred Colors Gray, orange

Source: Fires of the Haunted City, pg(s). 62

Droskar (pronounced DROH-skar)[1] is a member of the dwarven pantheon and the patron deity of the duergar.[2] He believes that sufficient toil leads to eventual success, and that those who fail simply weren't trying hard enough. In the pursuit of this goal, Droskar believes that one should be free to do whatever is necessary to accomplish one's goal, even if that includes lying, cheating, the exploitation of others, or even worse crimes.[2] His symbol is a stone arch with a fire burning beneath it.[3]

History

Droskar was originally one of the greatest student smiths of Torag, until it was discovered that he had been copying his work from another whom he had enslaved. For this he was cursed by the Father of Creation to never be able to create an original work and cast from the pantheon, but not before Droskar killed his captive, who would never be able to take his place at Torag's forge. Rejected, he searched for followers of his own, promising them salvation in return for ceaseless work or simply enslaving them. None of these helped him, however, or inspired any originality within the god.[3][4]

After Earthfall, Droskar heard the prayers of the dwarves who had refused to follow the Quest for Sky and chose to remain in the Darklands. Left behind by their kin and abandoned by Torag, they cried out for help against the enemies that surrounded them. Droskar offered them power and protection, allowing them to reclaim their shattered empire, in exchange for eternal servitude. The dwarves saw the trade as fair, and as they accepted Droskar's patronage, their skin turned grey and they became Droskar's chosen people, the duergar.[4]

Realm

Droskar resides in the Abyss where he has a purgatory of a realm called the Ashen Forge.[5]

Appearance

Droskar appears as a male dwarf towering over all beings that he addresses. His skin is ash-grey, scarred by burns, and his hair and beard are black smoke flecked with embers. He wears a forge apron made from red dragon hide that does not cover his heavily muscled arms and charred hands and forearms, where the scabs on his skin swirl into flame-and-chain patterns. He wields his forge hammer Karandosh in one hand and the Soulchain, which can drag any creature across the planes into his presence, in the other.[4]

Relationships

Droskar views Torag as a hypocrite by commanding legions of celestial servitors all while condemning Droskar for slavery. Most dwarves despise Droskar and ostracise or attack his worshippers, who in turn enslave dwarves when possible. The only dwarven god who harbours any sympathy for Droskar is Dranngvit, while Grundinnar hopes to reconcile him and Torag and bring him back to the pantheon.[4]

Droskar's church shares many values concerning ascetic self-perfection and wealth as a manifestation of virtue with the secular Prophecies of Kalistrade.[4]

Church of Droskar

Since the Age of Darkness, Droskar's church has been the state religion of the duergar. On the surface of Golarion, the rare followers of Droskar tend to be individual ascetics who devote their lives to their work or study, or small settlements desperately struggling in harsh environments. They are most often found in Okeno, the Hold of Belkzen, the Sodden Lands and especially Druma, which boasts the highest number of Droskar's worshippers in the Inner Sea region outside of Nar-Voth. His emphasis on the right of the powerful to dominate the weak resonates well with wealthy plutocrats across Golarion.[2][3][4]

The rise of Droskar's cult also saw the first appearance of an undead monster associated with such endless toil: the forge spurned.[6]

Artifacts

It is thought by many dwarves that followers of Droskar have hidden away the powerful dwarven major artifact called the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords as Droskar's church see this artifact as a great threat to their god's mission.[7]

References

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