Agartha Version 1
Name: Goney (Gone-Ee)
The Merchant’s Friend, The Master of Metal, The Adept Jester
Portfolio: God of Gnomes, humor, jokes, pranks, riddles, greed, negations, trade, appraisals, wealth, money, gemcutting, technology, invention, and engineering.
Description: Goney is depicted as a handsome, golden-skinned gnome with sparkling gemstones for eyes. He wears the finest and most expensive clothes and usually lots of gold decoration. His favored weapons are engineering tools, most frequently wrenches. His messengers are burrowing animals, often made of clockwork. His holy symbol is a golden wrench turning a nut made of a precious gem and is often depicted on jewelry.
Dogma: A sense of humor is an important thing for anyone to cultivate, regardless of their hardships. Pranks are a sacrament and Goney’s faithful are expected to appreciate both the jokes they play and the jokes played on them. The tales, jokes, and traditions of the gnomish people should be preserved, but change should not be feared. Goney teaches that no reward comes without risk. All life is a matter of exchange in Goney’s philosophy. For him, wealth is to be appreciated and technology and innovation is to be sought out to aid the goals of his worshipers and better the Gnomish people’s way of life. While life may sometimes be hard, it is important to keep a sense of humor and always welcome opportunities for laughter and delight. A great prank can help to lighten hard times and make good times shine. Those who are in authority should never take themselves too seriously, or they lose touch with those they direct and care for. Finally, in all things, do what works.
Worshipers: Goney is the most popular of the gnomish deities, and honored, in one way or another, by nearly all gnomes, merchants, inventors, and engineers.
Clergy: Clerics of Goney work to identify and deter fraud and they appraise the true worth of goods. Most travel at some point in their careers, particularly with merchant caravans. His clerics wear war helms and large belts, plated with gold. Novice priests are known as the Uncut, while full priests are called Jewels. Priests of Goney serve as crafters, teachers, goldsmiths, miners, entertainers, comedians, mediators, engineers, and inventors. They defend the community against outside threats, often with their god’s favored weapon.
Temples: There are two kinds of temples to Goney. Some are built in marketplaces, where they double as banks. All marketplaces are considered sacred, and the majority of Goney’s places of worship are simple tent-covered altars erected in bazaars. Rather than a tithe, a fee is levied against traders who use these marketplace temples. The other, are often hidden. They are normally worked caves just beneath the surface, in the heart of a gnomish community. They are usually circular with a domed, the walls and ceilings decorated in gold leaf and studded with gold nuggets when this can be afforded. These temples are used as research and development centers for engineers and inventors.
Rituals: Ceremonies in honor of Goney are flashy. They extol gnomish virtues such as cleverness, wealth, and craftsmanship. Prayers to him are typically composed in call-and-response style, with the priest asking a riddle and the flock calling out the answer.
Significant Holy Days:
- Communion of Laughter: Celebrated on the 13th of every month, the Communion of Laughter includes quiet contemplation, prayer, communal eating, dancing, storytelling, and joke-telling contests.
- The Feast of the Doubling Dare: Celebrated just after the New Year, this holiday includes a contest in which the participants challenge each other to perform ever-wilder pranks and deeds.
- Goney’s Money Purse: This relic is said to appear as a normal money purse but at sun rise each day it fills itself with gold. This was a gift that Goney gave one of his most loyal followers, but since then it has been lost.