CRB is a repository of all the creative things that float through my mind about the RPG Pathfinder. Two major features are random character generation and building characters based on the god they worship. Anything that seems like it adds to the creative aspects of the game will pop up from time to time, including location descriptions, adventure ideas and even short stories. CRB won't just be my own creativity, it will open the floor to anyone who has an idea sparked by what I present to you.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Atonement, Vengeance, and the Hounds' Pursuit

Before I start with today’s exploration into a god I’d like to talk about two things. First all of the holy symbols (baring our use of the Kofusachi one for the plaque) were hand made by my art director. One of the things I love about creativity is that you can be creative so many different ways. I tell her what they look like and she does an amazing job with these. Hopefully other people will get use out of them.

Secondarily I love analytics. I like to look at the numbers and see all the people visiting my blog, see where they came from and where they poke around. But it also tells me what you guys like. The most clicked on tag on my blog is “Dwarf” and so today we bring you one of the dwarf gods.

Every Saturday we take a look at a god from among the vast number of divine beings in Golarion. We ask ourselves if we had to make a character with the caveat that he or she must be a devout worshiper of this god what character would we make. This character must strive for the goals of the chosen god, although she does not need to be a divine caster.

Today’s god was already mentioned in one of the two dwarven random character write-ups.

stone shield with two cross picks, one with a gold head the other red

Dranngvit, The Debt Miner – LN Goddess of Debt, Pursuit and Vengeance

One of the things that caught me the first time I read what little there is to read about Dranngvit was that she’s Lawful Neutral but the dwarves still only see her as a “necessary evil.” She’s not a bad deity and she is very strict about law, but they see her as representative of something they should not need but do. In the character write-up we explored the idea of a hound of Dranngvit and we expand upon that here.

So we decided on a three tiered system of organizations this time. Represented by her holy animal, her holy symbol and her holy colors. The Gold Picks, The Red Picks and The Hounds of Dranngvit.

The Gold Picks

These are Dranngvit’s clergy, her clerics and the whole open face of her religion lies here. They have a twofold duty. When a dwarf commits a serious crime instead of banishment or death she may beseech The Debt Miner for atonement. A cleric of Dranngvit is on hand in all Dwarven court facilities in case they are needed. The gold pick themselves don’t give forgiveness or choose penalties for those who beseech their mistress, they just determine whether their goddess believe the criminal can atone. Many times the atonement is service among the Hounds of Dranngvit.

Their secondary role is as confessors. Dwarves being a very proactive lot will often attempt to atone on their own for crimes they believe they’ve committed. This can range from speaking badly about a family elder, to stealing, to murder. Dwarves who have attempted to atone on their own will come to the Gold Picks and petition to see if Dranngvit believes their atonement was enough. The priests of the Debt Miner care little for the man, they only judge the penance, was it enough.

Large hairy snarling hound-pathfinder, hound of Danngvit

The Hounds

The Hounds are basically Dranngvits bounty hunters. When a Dwarf flees his crime and has not been brought to justice a Hound is sent in pursuit. A Hound’s duty is to bring the accused back to face justice it is not her job to bring summary judgement on her own. To this end a Hound will do everything within her power to bring back her quarry alive.

The Red Picks

The Red Picks are little talked about they are actually considered somewhat of a myth and are a scary story told to young Dwarves to make them stay the straight and narrows. Even Dwarven law is fallible, and sometimes a guilty Dwarf goes free. If the victim of a freed Dwarf’s crime feels justice was not done, he can attempt to find a Red Pick.

Once found the wronged dwarf can petition the Red Pick for vengeance. But the Red Picks do not suffer petitioners who bring false petitions. The Red Pick will commune with her Goddess and if Dranngvit sees the truth of the matter the Red Pick will accept the plea and exact vengeance, it whatever manner her goddess demands, the petitioning Dwarf has no say.

If Dranngvit does not believe vengeance is required and the petitioning Dwarf’s heart is true she may leave freely. If the Debt Miner feels the petition was frivolous then the Red Pick may enact a small vengeance of her own upon the petitioner. To this end most Dwarves are very careful before they petition a Red Pick.

Does Dranngvit and her clergy interest you? Tell us how would you make a worshiper of the Debt Miner?


  1. This is fantastic. Such an interesting take on things. I really enjoyed it and am totally going to use this in my campaign. I have a player who says he worships Kols but I think that he really is a force of vengeance, specifically Orcs. So this will really help flesh out my campaign.

    1. I'm glad you liked. I've done a few of the other dwarven deities as well Grundinnar and Folgrit I believe. I quite enjoy when people incorporate some of my ideas into their game.