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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

Norgorber (pronounced NOR-gore-ber)[1] is known as a 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 aligned god amongst the Ascended.[2]

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History

Norgorber's past before he ascended into godhood through the Test of the Starstone in 1893 AR is unknown. 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.[3][4]

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 benefit is mutual to his own ends.[2] Before his demise, Aroden disliked Norgorber in all his aspects, despite being indirectly responsible for his ascension.[5] Father Skinsaw is allied with Achaekek, while Norgorber is generally welcoming of Gyronna and Sivanah.[6] Unsurprisingly, other deities do not fully trust him due to his penchant for betrayal and sabotage.[7]

Church of Norgorber

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 little attention to others. 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. The masks themselves are often elaborate, with hinged jaws and coloured lenses. There are cults dedicated to Norgorber in Galt, Nex, Osirion, the River Kingdoms, the Shackles, Taldor, and Varisia.[3]

Worshipers and Clergy

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 most extreme are numbered among the murderous insane, who commit atrocities in his reverence.[2] The followers of the cult of Father Skinsaw are known as the Skinsaw Men or the Skinsaw Cult. Spies and politically minded folk who worship him as the Reaper of Reputation consider him the deity of secret knowledge, such as the Ustalavic organization called the Anaphexia.[8] Thieves revere the Gray Master. Assassins, alchemists and herbalists follow Blackfingers. Norgorber's ceremonial colours are black and brown. The cultist's clothes usually follow modern fashions, in order to blend in wherever they are.[3]

Halfling

Halflings are embarrassed to admit that some of their race worship Norgorber: those that 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 somehow linked with Norgorber.[9]

Temples and Shrines

Outwardly, the temples of Norgorber are more akin to a thieves' or merchant's guild than a religious site. Their true nature is usually hidden, transformed during the night to be obvious to the faithful.[3] The temples are managed by a guildmaster with several underlings under 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.[3] 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.[6]

Holidays

On the 2nd and 3rd of Desnus, his followers celebrate Ascendance Night. 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]

Servants

A slightly differently styled unholy symbol for Norgorber

Norgorber's herald is the Stabbing Beast, a gigantic black scorpion entity that also takes the form of a darkly armored humanoid with a scorpion-like 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]

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