Grumbar (pronounced: /ˈgrʌmbɑːrGRUM-bar[7]), or the Earthlord, was the elemental embodiment of earth. He was one of the four elemental deities worshiped in Faerûn. Grumbar, like the other elemental deities (except Kossuth) had a minimum of followers in Faerûn, and he cared little indeed for most of those worshipers, as his power came from the many elemental devotees in both the Underdark and the Elemental Plane of Earth. It was recently uncovered in the wake of the Spellplague that Grumbar was not a proper deity at all, but rather a primordial.[10] Nonetheless, he retained worshipers and had power equivalent to that of a god.

Worshipers[edit | edit source]

The church of Grumbar was organized into small sects known as Holds, each comprising seven clerics, seven monks, and seven rangers and as many laity as could be supported. Those who followed the Earthlord could often be found in public preaching against evils of boarding ships and setting sail to uncharted lands, preferring exploration on the continent of Faerûn.[citation needed]

Worship in the Hordelands[edit | edit source]

In the region known as the Hordelands, Grumbar was known by its many nomadic tribes as a goddess called Etugen. They believed she was the source of most blessings their people received. Such as good pastures, the growth of their herds, and protection against some diseases.[11]

Worship in Zakhara[edit | edit source]

On the continent of Zakhara, Grumbar was called one of the cold gods of the elements. As those were seen as uncaring for human affairs, they were considered opposed to the Land of Fate's pervasive culture of Enlightenment. Only a few Zakharans were willing to worship a cold god in order to gain power.[12] Some yak-men, ever opposed to Enlightenment, helped in the administration of Grumbar's realm on the Elemental Plane of Earth.[13]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Grumbar had ties with other deities of elemental earth, including Geb, Garl Glittergold, Dumathoin, Laduguer, and Urogalan, but these were loose at best. Grumbar was opposed to Akadi and her flimsy and ever-changing ways. In the battle of the archomentals of Sunnis and Ogrémoch, Grumbar secretly balanced one against the other, remaining the most powerful ruler of elemental earth himself.[14] Ogrémoch is actually one of Grumbar's children, as is Entemoch, Ogrémoch's twin.[15] Grumbar and Luthic were involved in a secret romance behind Gruumsh's back.[16]

History[edit | edit source]

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Publication history[edit | edit source]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)[edit | edit source]

Ed Greenwood initially used Grome, one of Moorcock's Elemental gods as found in the original Deities & Demigods, as the elemental lord of earth for his home Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in the Forgotten Realms. As Greenwood indicated in his article "Down-to-earth Divinity" in Dragon #54 (October 1981), Moorcock's elemental gods "may later be replaced in [his] universe by 'official' AD&D beings as these are published".[17] Grumbar first appeared in the original Manual of the Planes (1987),[18] and was featured as one of the elemental lords for the Forgotten Realms in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set's "Cyclopedia of the Realms" booklet (1987).[19]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)[edit | edit source]

Grumbar was described in the hardback Forgotten Realms Adventures (1990),[20] the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (1993) in the "Running the Realms" booklet,[21] and Faiths & Avatars (1996).[1]

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000-2007)[edit | edit source]

Grumbar appears as one of the major deities of the Forgotten Realms setting again, in Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001),[22] and is further detailed in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[23]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-Present)[edit | edit source]

Grumbar appears in the fourth edition as a primordial.[24]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Also a 30 HD earth elemental.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  2. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Fortunes and Fates). (TSR, Inc), p. 33. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  3. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 21, 126. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  4. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 59–60. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  5. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 235. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  6. Bruce R. Cordell, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jeff Quick (October 2003). Underdark. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 53. ISBN 0-7869-3053-5.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 96. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  8. Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 181. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  9. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  10. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 79, 81. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  11. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 13. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  12. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  13. Wolfgang Baur (November 1997). “Campaign Classics: The Roof of the World”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #241 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 88–95.
  14. Monte Cook and William W. Connors (December 7, 1998). The Inner Planes. Edited by Michele Carter and Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 36–37. ISBN 0-7869-0736-3.
  15. Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786960361.
  16. Troy Denning (October 2014). The Sentinel. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0786965436.
  17. Greenwood, Ed. "Down to Earth Divinity." Dragon #54 (TSR, 1981)
  18. Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR). ISBN 0880383992.
  19. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  20. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  21. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Julia Martin (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc).
  22. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  23. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  24. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.

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The Faerûnian Pantheon
Major Deities
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The Morndinsamman
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The Seldarine
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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
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Anhur | Bast | Geb | Hathor | Horus | Isis | Nephthys | Osiris | Re | Sebek | Set | Thoth
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