Dol Dorn

doldornThe god of war, competition, athleticism, duty and alcohol, Dol Dorn was born of the same earth that spawned Moradin and the two are considered brothers. He is portrayed as a muscular dwarf with a great axe and long, braided beard, red as blood. He is powerful, but friendly and kind, and even in the Battle of the Old Ones he never resorted to torture or excessive violence. He was on the front lines and is credited with taking down an entire host of demons on his own. He is friendly with Kord, the two fighting side-by-side in the war, and they remain close to this day. He wielded the holy sword Godsbane which was a form of the fey god Mask. After the battle, Dol Dorn learned of Mask’s tricks and lies and was disgusted with his behaviour and banned him from the Crystal Caves.

Dol Dorn curses those who go to battle for greed or power, but blesses those who fight out of duty or righteousness. His priests quest to prove their athletic or martial prowess, seeking out champions and besting them, though they are expected to do so in the service of some greater purpose, and the challenge may not necessarily be to the death. They often seek lopsided battles, striving to turn the tide in the favor of the underdog. Sacrifices to Dol Dorn often require petitioners to shed their own blood, proving their willingness to endure pain for what is right, and will pray and sacrifice to Dol Dorn before going into battle or engaging in physical competition. Dol Dorn’s temples are normally built of stone, resembling small fortresses more than religious edifices. Windows are narrow, and doors are thick and easily defensible. Even less-imposing shrines have surrounding fences or ditches and can serve as temporary fortifications. His yearly festival is at midsummer, where any and all are welcome to compete in a variety of games, open to all ages and skill levels, with prizes ranging from trinkets to decorative or functional weaponry.  To drink after succeeding in a challenge is also pleasing to Dol Dorn, though the rules strictly forbid drinking before battle. Fights that occur thanks to drunkenness are not severely punished but are considered dishonorable, and are usually followed with apologies and reparations when both parties are sober.