Wrath of the Righteous
Father of Dwarvenkind, God of the Forge
Torag is a stoic and serious god who values honor, planning and well-made steel. He is an often distant deity, lending magical power to his clerics, but leaving his followers to make their own way through life, knowing that this will make them strong and determined.
Torag is opposed to destructive and aggressive deities as a god of protection and creation. Despite both being Gods of creation and protection, followers of Sarenrae and Torag are rarely close, following different, almost alien codes of belief. Dwarves do not understand the worship of the sun, and see Sarenrae’s willingness to forgive as folly and a sign of weakness. He will have nothing to do with the likes of Norgorber. Torag is friendly with both Cayden Cailean and Iomedae.
The ancient church of Torag can be found in all dwarven lands, and in many human ones, especially the harsh northern lands of the Lands of the Linnorm Kings. The center of Torag’s worship is the metropolis of Highhelm in the Five Kings Mountains. There, the High Defender guides the faithful from the fortress-temple known as the Forge of Torag. Temples to Torag tend to be circular, built around a large central and fully-functional forge and satellite anvils used for even mundane tasks, for every act of smelting and smithing is considered a prayer to Torag.
Nearly half of Torag’s clerics are dwarves, and although many humans have taken up his call, they only number so large among his worshipers because they breed faster and are more populous than dwarves. Among dwarves almost all of his priests are clerics, with maybe ten percent being paladins or other followers. Among his Ulfen followers nearly all are clerics, and human paladins of Torag are essentially unheard of.
As befits a deity so closely associated with the anvil and bellows, the vestments of Torag’s clergy are a long, well-used smithing apron, and hammer. Rings of various sorts (whether worn on the hands, in the ear, or woven into the hair or beard) are also common, symbolizing friendship, debt or allegiance. Torag condemns suicide, and the souls of his worshipers who take their own lives are condemned to the first circle of Hell.
The dwarves believe that Torag created the world at his great forge, striking it again and again with his hammer to get the shape he desired. As rocks tumbled and the sparks flew, the dwarves were born, made of stone with bellies full of fire.