Luthic (pronounced: /ˈlθɪkLOOTH-ick[3]) was the orc goddess of caves and the mate of Gruumsh.[9] She was the orc deity of fertility, medicine, females and servitude and was often referred to as the Cave Mother.[4]

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A female orc in service to Luthic.

Luthic was the lesser orc deity of fertility, medicine, orc females, caves, wisdom, healing, and servitude. Her holy symbol was an orcish rune meaning "home". Luthic, being the wife of Gruumsh and mother to Bahgtru, was paid only a modicum of respect by the rest of the orc pantheon—merely what was necessary not to anger the volatile goddess or her husband and son. Luthic grudgingly accepted the placating arrogance of the other orc gods. She was the embodiment of the bedrock on which the orc pantheon and way of life rested.[4]

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Luthic was the wife of Gruumsh and mother of Bahgtru. Although outwardly servile to male orc gods, she was cunning and manipulated her powerful husband and son to serve her own goals. Indeed, Bahgtru respected and obeyed the commands of his mother over that of his father.[4]

Luthic detested how she was treated by the other gods within the orc pantheon due to the servile nature of her position, but accepted it, and used it to her advantage.[4]

Luthic was involved in a secret romance with Grumbar, behind Gruumsh's back.[10]

Worship[edit | edit source]

Her sacred animal was the cave bear.[11] Her symbol was an orcish rune meaning "home." Followers of Luthic observed holy days on the new moon, symbolic of orc fertility. A yearly "Feast of the Moon" was celebrated by her worshipers to observe the changing of seasons, when many of her followers were forced to take refuge in caves for the coldest months of the year. This event enabled the conception of many young orcs to add to the ranks of warriors in the horde. Though subservient to the clergy of Gruumsh, Luthic's clerics and adepts worked to ensure a healthy crop of future orc warriors were born each year.[4]

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Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Luthic was first detailed in Roger E. Moore's article "The Half-Orc Point of View," in Dragon #62 (TSR, 1982).[1] In Dragon #92 (December 1984), Gary Gygax indicated this as one of the deities legal for the Greyhawksetting.[2] She also appeared in the original Unearthed Arcana (1985).[3]
  • Luthic was detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about her priesthood.[4] Her role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[5] Luthic's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[18]

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The Orc Pantheon
Lesser Deities

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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