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Moradin
Moradin symbol.jpg
Alignment Lawful Good
Divine Rank Greater God
Pantheon Dawn War, Morndinsamman (Dwarven Pantheon)
Portfolio Dwarves, Creation, Protection, Craftwork
Domains 3E: Craft, Dwarf, Earth, Good, Law, Protection
4E: Creation, Earth, Protection
5E: Forge, Knowledge
Home Plane Erackinor (Celestia)
Worshippers Dwarves
Favoured Weapon Soulhammer (Warhammer)
You wish you had this beard.

In Dungeons & Dragons, Moradin is the god of protection, craftsmen, the forge, and dwarves, making him the head of the Morndinsamman. No relation to Muradin Bronzebeard.

As far as adventure writers and DMs are concerned, however, he's mostly just the god of dwarves. He's into drinking, being Scottish, blacksmithing, and everything else you'd expect from cribbing off Tolkien's work. Therefore, no one appreciates the true badass that is Moradin.

Myths and Legends[edit]

Creation of the Dwarves[edit]

So, even though the dwarves are hardcore Viking Jews who can fuck your shit faster than they can chug a gallon of ale, as with every creation story, it appears to be created by a bunch of namby pamby flower wearers in their hugboxes.

Moradin was working in his forge, being hardcore as shit and punching the metal into shape, probably. He made the world from primordial fire, metal, and stone, just because he could and he has a +72 in Craft (Everything). Moradin finished the world, saw it, and thought it was shit because there weren't things to mess with his stuff and screw it all up with grimdark edgy plots to destroy the world he spent ages on.

He sat and twiddled his AC 70 thumbs until his wife, Mya, told him to get off his lazy ass and rake in the shekels make some living shit to take care of the world so he can be happy or whatever. He, of course, thinks this is a great idea, and kept hitting more metal, stone, and fire, not realizing that this is a very poor method to make living things. However, fuck you, divinity. Even with his divinity and absolutely ridiculous craft bonus, he screwed it up almost every time, told the races he made to go fuck themselves, and threw them onto the world.

Because of his screwups, he just got all angsty, until his wife told him to "look within his heart" to find the ones he desired. Instead of him being metal as fuck and tearing out his heart to craft the dwarves, he embraced the power of love or some hippy bullshit, continuing to beat life into inanimate objects like some asshole who doesn't know how to perform CPR; unless they meant something like the love a craftsman has for his magnum opus, in which case what the hell was he doing before!? Thus, he made the dwarves, and thought they were pretty cool because they were basically little Moradins. However, even though he loved these guys, he decided that instead of letting them appreciate the beautiful surface, it was a good idea to shove the guys deep into the ground. This did not make the dwarves hate him because fuck you, Wizards of the Coast.

Moradin is a Negligent Father[edit]

In 4e, Moradin kinda forgot about his beloved children and let them be slaves to the Titans. This went on for centuries, until Moradin finally noticed and helped them, except for the ones who kind of got corrupted by elemental energy. I'm not going to waste time reading a 4e book to explain this (yet).

The non-human deities of Dungeons and Dragons
Leader Others
Dragons: Io Aasterinian - Astilabor - Bahamut - Chronepsis - Falazure - Garyx - Hlal - Lendys - Sardior - Tamara - Tiamat
Drow: Lolth Eilistraee - Ghaunadaur - Keptolo - Kiaransalee - Malyk - Selvetarm - Vhaeraun - Zinzerena
Dwarves: Moradin Abbathor - Berronar Truesilver - Clangeddin Silverbeard - Deep Duerra - Dugmaren Brightmantle - Dumathoin - Fortubo
Gendwar Argrim - Gorm Gulthyn - Haela Brightaxe - Hanseath - Laduguer - Marthammor Duin - Muamman Duathal
Mya - Roknar - Sharindlar - Thard Harr - Tharmekhûl - Thautam - Ulaa - Valkauna - Vergadain
Elves: Corellon Larethian Aerdrie Faenya - Alathrien Druanna - Alobal Lorfiril - Angharradh - Araleth Letheranil - Darahl Firecloak - Deep Sashelas
Elebrin Liothiel - Erevan Ilesere - Fenmarel Mestarine - Gadhelyn - Hanali Celanil - Kirith Sotheril - Labelas Enoreth
Melira Taralen - Mythrien Sarath - Naralis Analor - Rellavar Danuvien - Rillifane Rallathil - Sarula Iliene - Sehanine Moonbow
Shevarash - Solonor Thelandira - Tethrin Veraldé - Tarsellis Meunniduin - Trishina - Vandria Gilmadrith - Ye'Cind
Giants: Annam Diancastra - Grolantor - Hiatea - Iallanis - Karontor - Memnor - Skoraeus Stonebones - Stronmaus - Surtr - Thrym
Goliaths: Kavaki Kuliak - Manethak - Naki-Uthai - Theleya - Vanua
Gnomes: Garl Glittergold Baervan Wildwanderer - Baravar Cloakshadow - Bleredd - Callarduran Smoothhands - Flandal Steelskin - Gaerdal Ironhand
Gelf Darkhearth - Nebelun - Rill Cleverthrush - Roykyn - Segojan Earthcaller - Sheyanna Flaxenstrand - The Glutton - Urdlen
Goblinoids: Maglubiyet Bargrivyek - Grankhul - Hruggek - Khurgorbaeyag - Kikanuti - Nomog-Geaya - Skiggaret
Halflings: Yondalla Arvoreen - Brandobaris - Charmalaine - Cyrrollalee - Dallah Thaun - Sheela Peryroyl - Urogalan
Illumian: Tarmuid Aulasha - Glautru - Soorinek - Syeret - Wathaku
Orcs: Gruumsh Bahgtru - Ilneval - Luthic - Shargaas - Yurtrus
Raptorans: Tuilviel Glithien Duthila - Kithin - Lliendil - Nilthina - Ventila
Others: Aventernus - Blibdoolpoolp - Diinkarazan - Diirinka - Eadro - Gaknulak - Great Mother - Gorellik - Gzemnid
Hleid - Iborighu - Ilsensine - Jazirian - Kuraulyek - Kurtulmak - Laogzed - Maanzecorian - Mak Thuum Ngatha
Merrshaulk - Parrafaire - Psilofyr - The Patient One - Quorlinn - Ramenos - Raxivort - Sekolah - Semuanya
Sess'innek - Shekinester - Skerrit - Solanil - Ssharstrune - Syranita - Vaprak - Wastri - The Whale Mother - Zehir
The deities of 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Bahamut
Haramathur - Moradin
Amoth - Lakal
Nusemnee - Pelor
Avandra - Corellon
Sehanine
Neutral Erathis - Raven Queen
Sagawehn
Aurom - Io - Ioun
Melora
Gorellik
Kord - Laeris
Evil Asmodeus
Bane - Tiamat
Nerull - Torog - Vecna Gruumsh - Khala - Lolth
Tharizdun - Zehir
The Deities & Faiths of Birthright
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Haelyn - Moradin Nesirie - Taelinri Cuiraécen - Laerme
Land's Protectorate
Neutral Avani Erik - Ruornil Eloéle - Sera
Evil Karthatok - Kriesha
The Serpent - Torazan
The Cold Rider Belinik - Yeenoghu