Gaknulak appeared as a small, dark kobold with white hair. He wore a cloak with bulging pockets and carried a handaxe and a cauldron from which he drew several items, even minor magical ones, which were to be used by intelligent people to fool other people.
Gaknulak was a protector god who didn't just protect but also taught the kobolds how to defend themselves through innovations. He had a low threshold for sending his avatar to do the aforementioned things.
He generally avoided open frontal conflicts, both against other gods and races, and focused instead on his defensive and trickster duties.
Relationship with his Followers
Strong defenses were necessary to ensure the continued survival of kobolds as a race. Clever traps and ambushes were a vital part of these defenses, as they played to the strengths of the kobolds and to the weaknesses of other races and monsters. He advised his followers to never fight in the open when one could lure opponents into traps and/or ambushes. Others may call this cowardly, but because other races were large and strong while the kobolds were small and weak, it was the only way to even the odds or even give his people a fighting chance.
Gaknulak's holy symbol was a cauldron with whirling ellipses.
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