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Gaknulak, also known as the Trapmaster, was the lawful evil kobold demigod of trickery, traps, stealth, and protection.[1]


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.[1]


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.[1]

He generally avoided open frontal conflicts, both against other gods and races, and focused instead on his defensive and trickster duties.[1]


He was a very pragmatic god[1] and didn't like being dragged by Kurtulmak into his quarrels with the gnomish pantheon.[3]

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.[citation needed]

Divine Realm[]

Gaknulak lived in the realm of Aknuthrak on Khalas, the first layer of the plane of the Bleak Eternity of Gehenna.[2]


Gaknulak's superior was Kurtulmak;[3] together they formed the heart of the Kobold pantheon. His enemy was Garl Glittergold and the entire gnomish pantheon.[4][3][5]


Gaknulak's holy symbol was a cauldron with whirling ellipses.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 55. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Colin McComb (October 1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 174. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 54. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  4. Eric L. Boyd (November 1998). Demihuman Deities. Edited by Julia Martin. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 137, 146, 149, 151, 154, 158. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  5. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 44. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.


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