Luthic (pronounced: /ˈluːθɪk/ LOOTH-ick) was the orc goddess of caves and the mate of Gruumsh. She was the orc deity of fertility, medicine, females and servitude and was often referred to as the Cave Mother.
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.
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.
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.
Her sacred animal was the cave bear. 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 ear.
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Behind the ScenesEdit
- Luthic was first detailed in Roger E. Moore's article "The Half-Orc Point of View," in Dragon #62 (TSR, 1982). In Dragon #92 (December 1984), Gary Gygax indicated this as one of the deities legal for the Greyhawksetting. She also appeared in the original Unearthed Arcana (1985).
- Luthic was detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about her priesthood. Her role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996). Luthic's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).
- Roger E. Moore (June 1982). “The Gods of the Orcs”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #62 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 28–32.
- ↑ Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 47. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
- ↑ Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 134. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 240. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
- ↑ Hal Maclean (September 2004). “Seven Deadly Domains”. In Matthew Sernett ed. Dragon #323 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 65.
- ↑ Logan Bonner (August, 2009). “Domains in Eberron and the Forgotten Realms”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #378 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32.
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
- ↑ Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 24, 118. ISBN 978-0786965809.
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 13. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
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