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Moradin, The Allhammer (or All-Hammer) is the lawful good deity of craft, creation, family, and legacy. The Allhammer is patron of craftsmen, blacksmiths, forgemasters, artisans, and miners, granting inspiration where respect and prayer are given. He shaped the mountains during the Founding, and stands as the patron of home and family.
Symbols and Appearance[edit | edit source]
By his worshipers he is depicted as a faceless, stout dwarf-like being of immense strength, hunched over, clasping within his massive hands a flaming heart.
A common symbol of Moradin's worship is a hammer with ends carved in the likeness of dwarven heads. At a temple to the Allhammer in Uthodurn, an old dwarf wore a thick chain necklace with a heavy anvil symbol on it.
Places of Worship[edit | edit source]
Many of the Allhammer's temples are located in the center of a dwarven stronghold.
Tal'Dorei[edit | edit source]
Wildemount[edit | edit source]
Uthodurnian Diarchy[edit | edit source]
A haunted temple to Moradin remains in the ghost town of Uraliss; during an orc raid, a high priest locked the sheltering worshipers inside, and they died of starvation.
Menagerie Coast[edit | edit source]
The skyline of Port Zoon is dominated by a massive temple to Moradin called Temple Genesis, with lantern-adorned cables stretching to other high points of the city.
One of the three temples that also serves as a place of higher education in Gwardan is the House of Invention, dedicated to the Allhammer.
Dwendalian Empire[edit | edit source]
In the northern side of Zadash's Pentamarket, there is a shrine called the Hearth of the Allhammer. It is a domed iron structure that is slightly rusty due to lack of upkeep. Its interior has a large central forge and a beautiful heavy anvil with the symbol of the Allhammer on each of its sides. The anvil was used for both ceremonial worship and the crafting of religious artifacts. Three individuals manned the temple at any one time, two of which were keepers who watched outside of the entry arches leading into the temple. The third was the appointed herald of this temple, a female dwarf with dark brown hair that trailed off in three long braids past her midsection. Taking her place across from the entry arches to the temple, she wore a chain-mail robe that went past her knees.
Principles[edit | edit source]
The Allhammer appreciates acts of creation of things outside of oneself and one's progeny, including forging, whittling, building, and other crafts. For this reason, crafted objects are considered appropriate offerings to the Allhammer.
Commandments of the Allhammer[edit | edit source]
Holy Day[edit | edit source]
Moradin's holy day is Deep Solace, on the eighteenth of Unndilar. The dwarves of Grimgolir celebrate with a full day of feasting and drinking. Especially devout worshipers spend the day in isolation, meditating on how to be better family members.
Known Worshipers[edit | edit source]
- Umagorn Smeltborne
- Peakclimber Knights of Kraghammer: Paladins in service to Moradin as much as to the laws of the city.
History[edit | edit source]
The Core Anvil, beneath the undersea volcano called Scaldseat, was created by and for the Allhammer. There, he created the first dwarves and many artifacts of the Founding. He also used the Core Anvil to craft the Prime Trammels used in the Rites of Prime Banishment; later, Grog Strongjaw, with the aid of Percy, did the same to prepare for the fight against Vecna.
According to legend as told by Caduceus Clay, following the Raven Queen's ascension to godhood, she urged three of her champions to ask Melora for guidance about disposing of the body of one of the Raven Queen's heroes. The Wildmother instructed one of her champions, Dust, to carry the trunk of the hero to a volcanic cave (at Kravaraad), burn the remains, and incorporate the ashes into a new kiln. This formed the heart of a temple to the Wildmother, but it was also built as a gift to the Allhammer "to remind him that nature is the origin of material."
Moradin and Sehanine built the King's Cage as a trap for Torog in the Calamity. It appeared to be a temple to Torog, but it was a fane that, once Torog had bound himself to it, was instrumental in banishing the Betrayer God.
Jester Lavorre defaced the central anvil of the Hearth of the Allhammer as a form of worship to her deity, the Traveler. She covered the central anvil on one side with large pink painted hearts, the words "The Traveler was here", a few brochures for the Traveler left under the offering bowl and on top of the anvil, and a few sprinkled sequins off of her glove.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21.
- Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 14.
- Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 24.
- See "Scaldseat" (1x107) at 3:07:23.
- See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:45:24.
- Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 67.
- See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:42:22.
- Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 113.
- Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 119.
- Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 74.
- Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 66.
- See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 0:46:11.
- See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:14:23.
- See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:43:24.
- Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, pp. 134–135.
- Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 68.
- See "The Endless Atheneum" (1x106) at 1:09:55.
- See "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 18:47.
- See "The Endless Atheneum" (1x106) at 1:08:57.
- See "The King's Cage" (2x69) at 4:04:30.
- See "Causatum" (2x70) from 3:31:06 through 3:34:26.
- See "The King's Cage" (2x69) at 59:19.
- See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:18:11.
- Fan art of Moradin, the Allhammer, by Christian Thor Lally (source). Used with permission.
- Fan art of Herald of the Hearth of the Allhammer in Zadash, by OrcBarbies (source). Used with permission.
- Fan art of Grog at the Core Anvil, by Lap Pun Cheung (source). Used with permission.
- Fan art of Kravaraad, by Katy Grierson (source). Used with permission.