Gaerdal Ironhand

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gaerdal Ironhand
Game background
Title(s) The Stern, Shield of the Golden Hills
Home plane Twin Paradises of Bytopia
Power level Lesser
Alignment Lawful Good (LN tendencies)
Portfolio Protection, vigilance, combat
Domains Good, Law, Protection, War (also Gnome in Forgotten Realms)
Superior Garl Glittergold
Design details

In many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Gaerdal Ironhand is the gnome deity of protection, vigilance, and combat.

Publication history[edit]

Gaerdal Ironhand was first detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about his priesthood.[1] His role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[2] He received a very detailed description for his role in the Forgotten Realms in Demihuman Deities (1998).[3]

Gaerdal Ironhand's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[4]


Gaerdal's legendary sternness is a bit of a joke among the pranksters of his pantheon, but it's said that their japes make him chuckle to himself in private.


In many campaign settings, the gnome pantheon of gods consists of the leader Garl Glittergold, as well as Baervan Wildwanderer, Baravar Cloakshadow, Flandal Steelskin, Gaerdal Ironhand, Nebelun, Segojan Earthcaller, and Urdlen.

Gaerdal is distrustful of both Baervan Wildwanderer and Baravar Cloakshadow, whom he feels are deceitful and somewhat dishonorable.


Gaerdal lives in Stronghaven in the gnomish realm of the Golden Hills on the plane of Bytopia.




Additional reading[edit]

  • Conforti, Steven, ed. Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign, version 2.0. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2005. Available online:[1]