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Gond (pronounced: /ˈgɑːndGAHND[19][2] or: /ˈgɒndGOND[20] about this audio file listen), known as Nebelun among gnomes and as Zionil in the Shining Lands, was the Faerûnian god of craft, smithing, and inventiveness.[8][21] The Lord of All Smiths pushed for innovation and imaginativeness, sometimes to a dangerous degree, as a result of his short-sighted desire to create.[22]

Description[]

Avatars of Gond took several forms, including that of a brawny, red-hued smith, a short, slight man with straw-blond hair, or a gnome. No matter his form, Gond had a forge-scarred face with dark (but nonetheless sharp and bright) eyes and a constantly attentive and inquisitive expression. He wore ordinary leathers under his scorched smith smock, though he could also summon a set of glassteel plate armor over himself (hovering close to his body piece by piece rather than actually encasing him) at will.[22]

Possessions[]

Gond possessed a mighty hammer that he used both as a tool at his divine forge and (if needed) as a weapon.[22]

Relationships[]

Along with Milil, Deneir, and Oghma, Gond was one of the Deities of Knowledge and Invention.[23] He was on relatively good terms with Oghma, though sometimes their relationship could be tense, due to Gond's tendency to push new inventions being rapidly introduced across Faerûn without thinking of the consequences.[22] His relationship with Milil was strained as they had little in common.[24]

Beyond the Deities of Knowledge and Invention, Gond was known to have a friendly rivalry with Chauntea.[25]

Worshipers[]

Main article: Church of Gond

Up until the Spellplague, the primary center of Gond worship in the realms was the island nation of Lantan, with its central temple being the High Holy Crafthouse of Inspiration in the city of Illul. This monastery was run by the High Artificer Danactar, Most Holy Servant of Gond.[22][21]

Gond was accepted among the gnomish pantheon as Nebelun the Meddler, though a small gnomish cult believed that Nebelun was a separate deity. Though the latter was correct, Nebelun was only active in other crystal spheres, leaving the Faerûnian Lord of All Smiths free to take his place in the Realms.[8][26]

Temples[]

Main article: Category:Temples to Gond

Gond had various temples throughout Faerûn, such as the grand High House of Wonders in Baldur's Gate.[27] Many temples to Gond were not just ordinary places of worship, but within, machines such as internal combustion engines were displayed,[28] and vehicles such as gondrollers were sold.[29]

History[]

Gond was credited in legends for the creation of a number of artifacts. These included the Shadowstar[30] and the unbreakable leash that bound Kezef the Chaos Hound.[31]

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References[]

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Connections[]

The Faerûnian Pantheon
Major Deities
AzuthBaneBhaalChaunteaCyricGondHelmIlmaterKelemvorKossuthLathanderLoviatarMaskMielikkiMyrkulMystra (Midnight) • OghmaSelûneSharShaundakulSilvanusSuneTalosTempusTormTymoraTyrUmberleeWaukeen
Other Members
AkadiAurilBeshabaDeneirEldathFinder WyvernspurGaragosGargauthGrumbarGwaeron WindstromHoarIstishiaIyachtu XvimJergalLliiraLurueMalarMililNobanionThe Red KnightSavrasSharessShialliaSiamorpheTalonaTiamatUbtaoUlutiuValkurVelsharoon

Deities of the Post–Second Sundering Era
Ao the Overgod
Faerûnian Pantheon
Akadi | Amaunator | Asmodeus | Auril | Azuth | Bane | Beshaba | Bhaal | Chauntea | Cyric | Deneir | Eldath | Gond | Grumbar | Gwaeron | Helm | Hoar | Ilmater | Istishia | Jergal | Kelemvor | Kossuth | Lathander | Leira | Lliira | Loviatar | Malar | Mask | Mielikki | Milil | Myrkul | Mystra | Oghma | Red Knight | Savras | Selûne | Shar | Silvanus | Sune | Talona | Talos | Tempus | Torm | Tymora | Tyr | Umberlee | Valkur | Waukeen
The Morndinsamman
Abbathor | Berronar Truesilver | Clangeddin Silverbeard | Deep Duerra | Dugmaren Brightmantle | Dumathoin | Gorm Gulthyn | Haela Brightaxe | Laduguer | Marthammor Duin | Moradin | Sharindlar | Vergadain
The Seldarine
Aerdrie Faenya | Angharradh | Corellon | Deep Sashelas | Erevan | Fenmarel Mestarine | Hanali Celanil | Labelas Enoreth | Rillifane Rallathil | Sehanine Moonbow | Shevarash | Solonor Thelandira
The Dark Seldarine
Eilistraee | Kiaransalee | Lolth | Selvetarm | Vhaeraun
Yondalla's Children
Arvoreen | Brandobaris | Cyrrollalee | Sheela Peryroyl | Urogalan | Yondalla
Lords of the Golden Hills
Baervan Wildwanderer | Baravar Cloakshadow | Callarduran Smoothhands | Flandal Steelskin | Gaerdal Ironhand | Garl Glittergold | Nebelun | Segojan Earthcaller | Urdlen
Orc Pantheon
Bahgtru | Gruumsh | Ilneval | Luthic | Shargaas | Yurtrus
Mulhorandi pantheon
Anhur | Bast | Geb | Hathor | Horus | Isis | Nephthys | Osiris | Re | Sebek | Set | Thoth
Other gods of Faerûn
Bahamut | Enlil | Finder Wyvernspur | Ghaunadaur | Gilgeam | Lurue | Moander | Nobanion | Raven Queen | Tiamat



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