Swords and Deviltry in Lankhmar
The Gods in Lankhmar
In addition to the Gods of Lankhmar, there are many gods in Lankhmar. Indeed, some say they “must be as numberless as the grains of sand in the Great Eastern Desert.” Many of these gods began, according to theologists, “as men, or more strictly the memories of men who led ascetic, vision-haunted lives and died painful, messy deaths.”
- Chief among these is wise Aarth, a wizard who ascended to godhood. His church is very influential throughout the city, and their teachings inform many of the wealthy and powerful.
- The Dead Master Thieves are worshiped by the thieves in Lankhmar-—at least the legitimate thieves sanctioned by the Thieves Guild. Freelancers are considered heretics, and ruthlessly hunted down…although religion is probably not the primary motivation behind this crusade.
- Ilala, the Great Goddess, is worshiped chiefly by women in Lankhmar, though men hold her in high regard as well. However, since she represents many of the nobler aspects of civilization, her cult is on the wane.
- Issek of the Jug, also known as Issek the Merciful, offers peace and respite from the drudgery of daily life and the cruelty of the world. His cult is growing, especially among the underclass, causing great unrest among the slaves and bondsmen.
- Kos is a god of the north, of storms, strength, war, and bravery. He rewards the bold and hates cowards.
- Mog, who resembles a spider with a human face, is a keeper of secrets and a weaver of plots. Many in the halls of power worship him, mostly in secret.
- The Rat God is one of the chief gods of Ilthmar, and his sculptures adorn much of that benighted city. His following in Lankhmar is small and vociferously opposed by the grain merchants.
- The Red God is a war and fertility god of the east, worshiped mainly by the Horned Men of Horborixen. His rites are primitive and bloody, not for the faint of heart.
- The Shark God is another of Ilthmar’s chief gods. His worship is mainly among of Ilthmart descent, although some Lankhmarines have converted to the faith.
- Skama, the moon goddess, is worshiped chiefly by those who work at night. Her largest congregation is the city’s prostitutes.
- Tyaa is a goddess whose worship is forbidden in Lankhmar. In times past, her priestess brought a great plague of birds to terrorize the city, before the priestess and her unholy flock were driven into exile.
- Votishal is a mysterious god whose tiny following has nearly vanished in Lankhmar. For some reason, the Thieves Guild hates the cult of Votishal and has brought them to the edge of extinction.
- Death is seldom worshiped, but all know his power and fear his grasp. His priesthood is small and his temples hidden if they exist at all. Nevertheless, his will is made manifest at least as often as any other god. His home is said to lie in the Shadowland beyond the Sea of Monsters.
- Pain is the sister of Death, roaming naked through the halls of his castle in the Shadowland. Her worshipers are few, but some of the world’s greatest flagellants are among their number.
- Numerous other powers exist, too many to be named in one place. Any deity from any religion, fictional or historical, is likely to be worshiped by a small sect or a lone cultist in Lankhmar.