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Goibhniu - Celtic - Priests - Gods

The smith holds a special fascination for the Celtic peoples. Smiths are thought to have magical powers of charm and healing, bestowed upon them by the god of the smiths, Goibhniu. Goibhniu is actually one of a triad of gods; Luchta the wright and Creidhne the worker in metal are also important craftsmen gods. Together they fashioned weapons for Lugh at the battle of Magh Tuiredh, each doing his part to create sound, sure weapons. Reputedly, weapons forged by the great Goibhniu will never miss their mark, and those stuck by them will certainly be slain. In the great Feast of Goibhniu, the god serves a variety of foods and drinks which can soothe, heal, and even make immortal their consumers.

Role-playing Notes:

Though his size and appearance may at first be threatening, Goibhniu is a generally warm and friendly fellow. He is especially fond of sharing stories of battle and fine armaments. He often makes food and drinks for those he befriends, sharing with them a small feast — the wines and dishes of which will be of a magical nature and will both prolong life and heal damage. However, when made angry, Goibhniu sends forth his avatar and will show no pity, slaying mortals who have crossed him without so much as a second thought.

Gods Information

Alignment: NG
Worshiper's Alignment: Any Neutral
Area of Control: Manufacture of weapons and armor, healing
Symbol: Anvil

Avatar Information

Goibhniu's avatar is a brawny smith, muscled and blackened by hard work at the forge. (Fighter 18, Priest 15)

Str 18/00 Dex 15 Con 18
Int 15 Wis 15 Cha 10
MV 12 SZ 6'5" MR 30%
AC 0 HD 18 HP 180
#AT 5/2 THAC0 3 Dmg 1d4(warhammer) +6

Special Att/Def: Despite his THAC0 of 3, Goibhniu’s avatar never misses his targets. He uses either his warhammer +5 or his spear +5, depending on the situation. Once per turn, he may automatically slay any living creature that he hits with either of these weapons, no saving throw allowed.

Worshipers Requirements

Requirements: Wis 9+, Str 15+ Alignment: any Neutral
Turning: nil
Armor: Any
Weapons: Any Metal

Major: All, Astral, Charm, Combat, Creation, Elemental (Air, Fire, Water, Earth) Guardian, healing, Protection, Sun, Weather
Minor: Law, Travelers, War, Wards

1st level - heroes' feast once per week
10th level - craft weapons, shields or suits of armor with a +2 enchantment (requires one month each)

Duties of the Priesthood

Priests of Goibhniu are expected to watch over and protect both smiths and warriors alike. They are required to take the blacksmith non-weapon proficiency and can serve as court armorers or smiths. They are also expected to oversee the feeding and healing of the faithful, especially warriors wounded in battle.

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