Talanor, the Bright Tower
Grahlithe, the Twisted
God of Secrets & Shadows
Grahlithe, the Twisted. He’s often referred to as the Lord of Lies by the dwarves. He’s a spin doctor; a politician by nature. While he is not out-right lying, he will manipulate the truth for his own benefit. He will often use words and promises to get what he wants, but the unsuspecting should be careful of him. For he will use those words to his own advantage often delivering what he wants, not the recipient of his “lies”.
The priests of Grahlithe have no temples or common places of worship for the Lord of Lies. rather, they make prayer in plain sight of mortal men; often using taverns, town squares, brothels, or other places that people gather. Their holy symbol is a silver coin stamped on one side with an open hand and the other side with a set of unknown runes, known only to the priests.
Domains: Charm, Darkness, Knowledge, Rune, Trickery
Subdomains: Captivation, Deception, Espionage (Knowledge), Innuendo, Language, Loss, Shadows (Darkness), Trap
Preferred Weapon: Rapier
As I compiled my research concerning the Ealintaine, few topics were as frustrating as Grahlithe. Amongst most cultures, he is considered to be the least of the greater spirits. The elves name him Councilor and Honeyed-Tongue. He is worshiped by poets, playwrights, and viziers. We understand him to be a god of the spoken word, less powerful than the song of Celestri and far less permanent than the runes of Faenithol. He appears in few stories and took no part in the Godling War. Those stories in which he appears, he is depicted as being friendly, clever, and hapless.
The dwarves of the Iron Mountains whisper of a much different kind of spirit. Their grand temple of Thaedymar houses the Tablets of Remmen — a divine relic of numerous qualities — which, according to the priests who guard this relic, was carved by Faenithol at the request of Thaedymar. The Tablets of Remmen detail the essential natures and relationships of each of the Ealintaine. Supposedly, they are indestructible and immutable. Only a single line refers to Grahlithe: “Twisted. Liar. Accuser. Lord of Mists and Shadows.”
A single source, even a divine source, does not make for good scholarship. I questioned the priests of Thaedymar closely. They suggest that misfortune and madness stalk those who inquire too deeply into Grahlithe. They also introduced me to a Hazard and scholar who they tended who have been struck by some mental affliction that their prayers could not mend. They told me that he had made a study of Grahlithe before he succumbed to madness. While I cannot speak to the origins of the man’s affliction, I too was plagued by a series of odd mishaps: lost texts, ruined pages, sudden forgetfulness.
These mishaps subsided once I requested that a priestess of Faenithol bless my quill and ink. Perhaps my difficulties could be attributed to coincidence and superstition. Nevertheless, I have no desire to offend the gods and turned to other lines of research.