Agartha Version 1
Name: Vodusk (Voe-Dusk)
He Who Baths in Battle, The Brawler, The Perpetual Hunter
Portfolio: God of Orcs, territory, conquest, war, wrath, strength, athletics, fitness, sports, hunting, brawling, and courage.
Description: Vodusk is depicted as a massive Orc taller than a pine tree and fierce with rage. His eyes are sunken into his face and during battle they are said to glow green, but his most distinguishing features are his distinctive tusks and unkempt beard. His favored weapon is a spear that causes wounds that shatter bones. His messengers are either boars or oxen, but on occasion he sends messages through hallucinations during combat, the hunt, or other related activities. His holy symbol is three skulls of different races impaled on the handle of a Orcish spear.
Dogma: Vodusk wants his worshipers to seek unceasing war against their enemies, and kill or enslave those who oppose them. Acquire territory and living space. Destroy elves, their homes, and their lands. Be strong, and be prepared to show their strength at any moment. Showing weakness is the key to an early death. Those that are too weak to fight should be put to the spear. The greatest gift that Vodusk gave to the Orcs was the ability to survive where the weaker races would die. He pushes Orcs to build their strength in these lands and use that strength to overrun their enemies. Though he desires war, test of strength, hunting, fighting, and courage he despises war and other conflicts between different Orcish tribes.
Worshipers: Almost all Orcs worship Vodusk but so do many warriors, soldiers, hunters, athletes, and fighters. These different groups and individuals take Vodusk’s teachings to mean different things and many schisms exist amongst his worshipers. His worshipers regularly organize hunting parties and skirmishing warbands that take it upon themselves to root out what they perceive as weakness or enemies.
Clergy: Vodusk’s priests wear animal skins as armor and normally brandish powerful weapons. They are not permitted to ever back down from a challenge and seek to carry out Vodusk’s will. His most powerful priests are not warriors but ancient Orc sages who rely on Vodusk’s guidance to lead some of the most powerful Orc hoards and invasions. These sages are called the Hidden Ones and they normally do not reveal themselves to those outside of their tribe, and often rely on puppet chieftains to fool outsiders.
Temples: Temples are not constructed in Vodusk’s honor; instead his followers believe that battlefields, hunting grounds, sporting arenas, and other particular locations are Vodusk’s temples. Some sects also construct small shrines at these locations after the battle or event is over, but these are memorials not temples.
Rituals: Services to honor him must be conducted on battlefields, hunting grounds, or other places where one can be close to Vodusk. These services involve the sacrifice of the bones of enemies in great fires before battle. These services also involve covering the most powerful warriors with the ash from these bone fires and yelling war cries. Regular sacrifices of blood are also common in some of the more fanatical sects.
Significant Holy Days:
- The only holy days that Vodusk has are on any of the days that his worshipers fight in battle.
- Vodusk’s Chain Links: At one point Anira had imprisoned Vodusk with massive magical chains. Each link of these chains had a large metal spike that faced inward, so that if Vodusk resisted he would drive the spikes into his flesh. Eventually Vodusk broke free from these chains and in doing so cut himself deeply causing the links of the chains to be covered in his blood. The links of these chains are large enough to be worn as necklaces and are considered to be a holy relic to those who worship Vodusk. They are said to give the wielder the same strength that Vodusk required to break free from the chains that imprisoned him. No one knows how many of these links exist