Norgorber

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Norgorber
Norgorber's Holy Symbol
(Deity)
Titles Reaper of Reputation
Father Skinsaw
The Gray Master
Blackfingers
King of Thieves
Adjective Norgorberite
Home Norgorber's realm, Axis
Alignment Neutral evil
Portfolio Greed
Secrets
Poison
Murder
Worshipers Thieves, assassins, murderers, spies
Cleric Alignments
Domains Charm, Death, Evil, Knowledge, Trickery
Subdomains Daemon, Deception, Memory, Murder, Thievery, Thought
Favored Weapon Short sword
Symbol One-eyed mask
Sacred Animal Spider
Sacred Colors Black, gray

Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 224

Norgorber (pronounced NOR-gore-ber)[1] is known as a Taldan deity of thievery and assassination, as well as a keeper of secrets. He is called the 'Reaper of the Reputation' by some, but he has more insidious titles among his other worshipers. He remains an enigma to most, and his true motives are unknown. Many of his own followers remain ignorant of his plans and designs. Norgorber is the only evil god amongst the Ascended.[2][3]

History

A slightly differently styled unholy symbol for Norgorber

Norgorber's mortal past before he ascended into godhood through the Test of the Starstone in 1893 AR is unknown to the general public, and his followers go to great lengths to keep it a secret. Some believe that if the origin of the god became known, the god himself would become undone.[4][5]

Appearance

Norgorber is depicted most frequently as an ordinary human male dressed in brown and black clothing, with his face either partially or completely obscured.[2]

Relationships

Norgorber attempts to stay neutral in dealings with other gods. Abadar, Cayden Cailean, Erastil, Iomedae, Sarenrae, and Torag view him with disdain and will have little to do with him. A deceptive deity, he has been known to aid those who do not support his ideals as long as the end-result is to his benefit.[2] Before his demise, Aroden disliked Norgorber in all his aspects, despite being indirectly responsible for his ascension.[6] Father Skinsaw is allied with Achaekek, while Norgorber is generally welcoming of Gyronna and Sivanah.[7] Unsurprisingly, other deities do not fully trust him due to his penchant for betrayal and sabotage.[8] There is a slight rivalry between the followers and Norgorber and Irori, as the Master of Masters feels that Norgorber's use of a magical artifact to achieve godhood is cheating.[9]

Servants

Norgorber's herald is the Stabbing Beast, a gigantic, black, scorpion-like entity that also takes the form of a darkly armored humanoid with a scorpion's tail.[2][10] Other supernatural servants include:

Venomfist
This servant is a water elemental with poisonous powers.[2]
Secret Shade
This divine minion of Norgorber is a fiendish shadow, an incorporeal undead creature that drains the essence of living beings.[2]
Yellowtooth
Yellowtooth is a wererat rogue that has the power to transform into an entire swarm of rats.[2]

Church of Norgorber

Worshipers

Rohkar Cindren, an Irriseni priest of Norgorber

Worshipers of Norgorber are considered cultists by nearly all inhabitants of the Inner Sea region. The cult is forbidden in almost every nation except Absalom, where it is tolerated.[2] The cult is split into four parts, each one focusing on a specific aspect of Norgorber and paying only marginal attention to the others. They all work together in some way however, to advance a secret plan. His followers wear masks to identify themselves and as a symbol of their devotion to the god. Some worshipers wear different masks in order to signify different emotions or signals, and only remove the innermost masks in private. The masks themselves are often elaborate, with hinged jaws and coloured lenses. There are cults dedicated to Norgorber in Galt, Mediogalti Island, Nex, Osirion, the River Kingdoms, the Shackles, the Sodden Lands, Taldor, and Varisia,[4][3][11][12] and among Keleshites,[13] Taldans,[14] Varisians,[15] gnomes,[16] halflings,[17] and half-orcs throughout the Inner Sea region.[18]

Norgorber's worshipers come from all walks of life and all of them are termed Sons and Daughters of the Mask; many are clerics, rogues, bards and assassins. Most followers of Norgorber will choose one of his Four Aspects to particularly worship. The followers of the cult of Father Skinsaw are known as the Skinsaw Cult, and are most extreme are numbered among the murderous insane, who commit atrocities in his reverence.[2]. Spies and politically minded folk who worship him as the Reaper of Reputation consider him the deity of secret knowledge, and include the Ustalavic organization called the Anaphexia.[19] Thieves revere the Gray Master. Assassins, alchemists and herbalists follow Blackfingers.

Halflings

Halflings are embarrassed to admit that some of their race worship Norgorber: those who have turned to crime and those that are disenchanted with their normal role in life. There are enough such halflings that small halfling-only cults exist. Halflings of Norgorber often retain a loyalty to their halfling communities, secretly aiding them using their dark talents. Most halfling cultists favour the aspect of Norgorber known as the Gray Master, where the rare halfling inquisitors are found; others with a penchant for poison follow Blackfingers. Halflings following Father Skinsaw are as rare as they are mad. The halfling god Thamir Gixx is also somehow linked with Norgorber.[20]

Clergy

Norgorber's ceremonial colours are black and brown. The cultist's clothes usually follow modern fashions, in order to blend in with the common populace.[4] His priests are all master imitators and confidence men, able to assume identities and infiltrate organizations and bring them down from within.[3]

Temples & Shrines

A priest of Norgorber

Outwardly, the temples of Norgorber are more akin to a thieves' or merchant's guilds than a religious site. Their true nature is usually hidden, transformed during the night to be obvious to the faithful.[4] The temples are managed by a guildmaster with several underlings in a military or business-like chain of command.[2]

Holy Texts

Seventeen short texts, at least, are associated with Norgorber, all of which have code names and are often disguised as unremarkable books.[4] The anthology of Norgorber's faith is entitled The Words Behind the Mask, though no two copies are likely to be the same or interpreted similarly.[7]

Church History

The struggle for dominance between the churches of Nethys, Norgorber, and Sarenrae triggered the Oath Wars in Rahadoum in 2498 AR. This bloody civil war eventually led to the expulsion of all religions from Rahadoum in 2560 AR and the establishment of the Laws of Man.[21]

Holidays

On the 2nd and 3rd of Desnus, his followers celebrate Ascendance Night, the date on which Norgorber completed the Test of the Starstone. There is also a more sinister holiday that takes place sometime in the middle of winter. An innocent person is kidnapped and made a live sacrifice with the use of poison in celebration of Norgorber's Ascension.[2]

References

  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Sean K Reynolds. (2008). Gods and Magic, p. 28-29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-139-8
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 224. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 166. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
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  6. James Jacobs, Colin McComb, Sean K Reynolds, Amber Scott, and Larry Wilhelm. (2011). Humans of Golarion, p. 27. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-315-6
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sean K Reynolds. (2012). Norgorber. The Price of Infamy, p. 75. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-416-0
  8. Colin McComb. (2011). Faiths of Corruption, p. 9. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-375-0
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  20. Hal Maclean and Amber E. Scott. (2010). Halflings of Golarion, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-278-4
  21. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 35. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2