Nemorga

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Nemorga
Nemorga's symbol.jpg
A closed book with a sheathed sword as a bookmark
Alignment 3E: True Neutral
5E: Lawful Nautral
Divine Rank Demigod
Pantheon Scarn
Portfolio Communion, death, portals, underworld
Domains 3E: Death, Gateways, Knowledge, Travel
5E: Life
Home Plane Limbo (Astral Plane)
Worshippers Astrologers, embalmers, executioners, gatekeepers, gravediggers, historians, most citizens of Hollowfaust, mourners, worshippers of Gamgal, Kadeshu, & Otossal
Favoured Weapon Terminus (Longsword)

Nemorga, the Gray King, the Gatekeeper, and the Executioner, is the demigod of death and the underworld in Scarn.

History[edit]

No one is sure of Nemorga's origins. Some say that he is the son of Hedrada and Belsameth, though the churches of both gods deny this. Others say that Nemorga is not a god, but a being older than the titans.

During the Divine War, Nemorga didn't participate by fighting the titans, but instead took care of the gods who died by taking them to whatever afterlife awaited them, tough heretics will say that he instead absorbed their remaining power into himself.

Realm[edit]

Nemorga's realm of Limbo (not to be confused with the other Limbo) is much like Kelemvor's Fugue Plane, a vast, gray plain of nothing where the souls of those who didn't worship any god, only paid lip service to them, or worshipped Nemorga end up. Nemorga's mansion is located atop a mountain and is where his worshippers end up. The Gray King himself is never there, instead waiting in front of the gates of Limbo, judging souls and arranging them to be taken to their proper afterlife.

Appearance[edit]

The Gatekeeper is often depicted as an ageless man wearing heavy, hooded robes, a mask covering his face, a large book in front of him, and a scabbarded sword at his side. Other times he's depicted as a Grim Reaper, wielding a sword and an hourglass.

Worshippers[edit]

Actual clerics of Nemorga are rare, with most cities having maybe a handful of regular priests who oversee burial rites and burials. Clerics are usually found wandering, either destroying undead or doing quests for their god. The unofficial center of worship is in Hollowfaust, where the clergy of Nemorga are one of the seven guilds that govern the city.

Angels of Nemorga[edit]

Most followers of Nemorga regard murder and assassination as blasphemous, as The Gatekeeper is the god of death-in-its-alloted-time. The Angels of Nemorga also believe this, but they use their skills as assassins to kill those who they see, or are convinced they are, violating the natural order of life and death. Though found where the clergy of Nemorga can be found as well, most priests consider them to be heretics.

The Ne Morga[edit]

In Asherak, Nemorga is known as the Ne Morga, a great entity beyond the knowledge of mortals and gods alike. Instead of being worshipped as a single god, he's worshipped through his many aspects, each representing a feature of him.

Gamgal[edit]

Gamgal
An archway
Alignment Lawful Neutral
Divine Rank Demigod
Pantheon Scarn
Portfolio Embalming, protection of the dead
Domains Death, Law, Travel
Home Plane Unknown
Worshippers Embalmers, the dying
Favoured Weapon Mace of Everlasting Repose (Heavy mace)

Gamgal is seen as the lawful aspect of the Ne Morga, who holds dominion over embalming and acts as the protector of the remains of the dead.

History[edit]

Gamgal worked along with Sarhari during the Divine War, with the two ending the titan-created cycle of death and rebirth, allowing the gods to take hold of the souls of their followers.

Appearance[edit]

Gamgal is depicted as a mummy in perfect consition, with clean and neatly wrapped bandages, and piercing eyes. He wears an elaborate headress, a golden pectoral, and other exotic and ancient finery. Side note, the picture of Gamgal in the Strange Lands sourcebook clearly depicts Gamgal as a woman, despite being referred to as a he.

Worshippers[edit]

Gamgal is exclusively worshipped in Asherak, where the art of mummification is better known and more popular. He's an important part of religious rituals and most give praise to him at least by the time they're dying.

Kadeshu[edit]

Kadeshu
A sunrise
Alignment True Neutral
Divine Rank Demigod
Pantheon Scarn
Portfolio Gates, new beginnings, travelers
Domains Gateways, Missionary, Travel
Home Plane Unknown
Worshippers Advisors, architects, builders, diplomats, messengers
Favoured Weapon Warhammer

Kadeshu, the Messenger of the Gods, is the neutral aspect of the Ne Morga, holding dominion over travelers, gateways, and new beginnings.

History[edit]

Kadeshu earned his title for his role of warning people of the coming Divine War. During the war he organized several orders of monks to act as messengers, mediators, and informants between the many divine armies.

Appearance[edit]

Kadeshu is depicted as a handsome human of noble bearing, clad in a richly-embroidered tunic, and carrying a scepter inscribed with a stylized rising sun.

Worshippers[edit]

Kadeshu's worshippers till act as they did during the Divine war, but have also become advisors to rulers seeking to rebuild after the war, along with becoming overseers of many civic construction projects. Of course, some of the less pious clergy have taken advantage of this to gain more political power for their own ends.

Otossal[edit]

Otossal
A horned demon's skull
Alignment Lawful Evil / Chaotic Evil
Divine Rank Demigod
Pantheon Scarn
Portfolio Death, necromancy
Domains Chaos / Law, Death, Domination, Evil
Home Plane Unknown
Worshippers Necromancers
Favoured Weapon Sword of Bone (Scimitar)

Otossal, the Bone Master, is the evil aspect of the Ne Morga, who revels in and hold dominion over death.

History[edit]

Otossal's origins are a mystery, with many stories and theories known. Some say he was once a necromancer or a lich to whom one of the titans gave divinity, his worshippers say that he was born as a reaction to the creation of the first living things, and others that he was formed from a collection angry souls killed by the titans, forming a creature embodying the hatred for all living creatures.

Appearance[edit]

Otossal is depicted as a spare figure wearing rotting vestments, with a dessicated skull, whose eyes glow with a green flame, visible from the depths of its hood, bearing a scimitar made of polished bone.

Worshippers[edit]

Otossal's worshippers in Asherak are formed of necromancers and cultists. They hate that they are alive, but understand that it's necessary to carry out his will in the world. They seek to rise as an undead servant of Otossal when they die, seeking to obtain this by sacrificing living things for their god, and if possible raise them as undead. Despite them being so obviously evil it hurts, they actully have some power in several influential kingdoms of Asherak, and some times get positions of advisors to the rulers.

Unlike the aspects above, Otossal also has a small following in Ghelspad. A small cult of necromancers in Glivid Autel who call to him for aid when they cast their spells.

The Gods and spirits of Scarred Lands
The Gods & Demigods
Belsameth - Chardun - Corean - Enkili - Hedrada - Madriel - Tanil - Vangal
Ashumas - Aspharal - The Beastlords - D'shan - Drendari - Elámash - Erias
The Flayed God - Fraelhia - Gamgal - Goran - Hwyrdd - Imal Wheatsheaf
Immatuk - Idra - Jandaveos - Kadeshu - Katashama - Laathsaal - Luchanig
Manawe - Nalthalos - Nemorga - Otossal - Sarhari - Sethris - Subastas
Syhana - Tamul - Trelu - Tukulti - Volskalka
The Titans
Chern - Denev - Gaurak - Golthagga - Golthain - Gormoth - Gulaben
Hrinruuk - Kadum - Lethene - Mesos - Mormo - Spiragos - Thulkas
Other Faiths of Scarn
Agency of the Emperor - Ushada