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Dwarven Religion

The Dwarves of Fjelsmidt (the Dwarven Kingdom), as a people, are highly religious and strict.   According to their mythology, the world was forged by the goddess Brionna on her anvil. Brionna is viewed as a very strong, creative and beautiful Dwarven goddess, who forges people in her fire and shapes them on her anvil, with intended purpose for good, and fashions them to be sturdy and capable people.   In the process of creating the world and forging mountains, and people to populate them, Brionna began to grow lonely, and desired a companion. She determined to forge for herself a husband, who would have more power than the other beings she crafted, one closer to her equal, another god. However, as she proceeded to forge one on the anvil, before he was ready, the unfinished form was accidentally bumped into a bucket of water, and proceeded to cool into a shapeless and chaotic monster. Draiolc became the name of this abomination, and because his heart was unfinished and unformed, he was chaotic and evil, desiring only for the world to become as shapeless and awful as himself.   As Draiolc ran off to cause chaos upon the world, Brionna immediately began to start over, forging and creating a different husband. This time she was careful, and made sure everything about him was perfectly shaped before he was allowed to cool and harden into a being. Cosant was his name, and he immediately loved his creator Brionna, who became his wife. As Draiolc sought to corrupt and destroy what Brionna had created, Cosant determined to protect the same.   The two constantly warred. Cosant warned the dwarves, elves and humans whom Brionna had carefully crafted, and many flocked to him for protection. However, some among each group were tempted by Draiolc, who promised great power if they would allow him to corrupt them. Humans who turned to Draiolc were deformed into hideous orcs. Elves were corrupted into the insidious drow. Great hordes of each began to form under the banner of Draiolc. However, the dwarves were determined to remain loyal to Cosant, and any who turned to Draiolc were immediately executed as a precaution. These were the Duergar, the gray dwarves, though no one remembers exactly what they looked like upon corruption as they were always killed as speedily as possible.   Eventually, the war between humans and orcs, and the elves and drow, seemed to come to a deadlock, with each mostly staying within their own territories, but the dwarves view the existence of orcs and drow as a continual sign that they must stay vigilant against temptations of strong magic. Even to this day, magic which is not clearly given directly from either Cosant or Brionna is viewed with high suspicion, as it must then come from Draiolc - for how could magic exist except as comes from a deity? Dwarves caught engaging in forbidden arcane arts are to this day either executed or banished from Fjelsmidt (Dwarven Kingdom).
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Religious, Pantheon

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