Fortubo

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Fortubo
Game background
Title(s) The Stern, the Unyielding Rock, the Bountiful Seam, the Pure Ore, the Master Smith, the Stone Dweller
Home plane Twin Paradises of Bytopia
Power level Lesser
Alignment Lawful Good (lawful neutral tendencies)
Portfolio Stone, Metals, Mountains, Guardianship
Domains Community, Earth, Good, Law, Mysticism, Protection
Superior none
Design details

In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Fortubo is the god of Stone, Metals, Mountains, and Guardianship. Originally a member of the Suel pantheon, Fortubo abandoned the Suloise upon discovering that the Suel were behind the creation of the derro. Fortubo now favors dwarves above any other race, and has relatively few human worshippers. Fortubo's holy symbol is a warhammer with a glowing head, though any hammer will serve.

Publication history[edit]

Lenard Lakofka created Fortubo.[citation needed]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)[edit]

Fortubo was first detailed for the Dungeons & Dragons game in the World of Greyhawk Fantasy Game Setting (1983), by Gary Gygax.[1]

Fortubo was further detailed by Lenard Lakofka in Dragon #88 (1984), in the article "Gods of the Suel Pantheon II."[2]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)[edit]

Fortubo was one of the deities described in the From the Ashes set (1992), for the Greyhawk campaign,[3] and appeared again in Greyhawk: The Adventure Begins (1998).[4]

Fortubo is described as one of the good deities that celestials can serve in the supplement Warriors of Heaven (1999).[5]

Fortubo is further detailed in The Scarlet Brotherhood (1999).[6]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000-2002)[edit]

Fortubo's role in the 3rd edition Greyhawk setting was defined in the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000).[7]

Description[edit]

Fortubo appears as a short, bearded Suel human with more than a passing resemblance to a dwarf. His depiction in dwarven temples is even more dwarvish. He wields a great hammer named Golbi, said to be a gift from Moradin himself.

Relationships[edit]

Fortubo is a close ally of Moradin, Berronar Truesilver, and other good dwarven deities. Heironeous considers him an ally. Wee Jas considers him a loose ally as a fellow lawful Suloise god, but he avoids her. Fortubo avoids all other gods save for his brother, the Suel deity Jascar. He is a foe of the derro and their god, Diirinka.

Realm[edit]

Fortubo's realm in Solania, the fourth of the Seven Heavens, is called the Empyrean Delve. Dragon #88 placed his realm in the Twin Paradises, however.

Dogma[edit]

Fortubo is never kind to those who have fallen from good, although he tolerates neutrals. He is totally opposed to theft and murder, and therefore no assassin or thief will worship him. He teaches his followers to focus on their tasks, avoiding distractions that don't involve protecting their own communities. They consider themselves to be kin to the element of earth, and do not cut more stone than their communities need.

Worshippers[edit]

Fortubo is worshipped by lawful and neutral miners, including dwarves and gnomes. The faith of Fortubo is most popular in Irongate, Onnwal, Sterich, Sunndi, and the Yeomanry. He will not speak to priests who belong to the Scarlet Brotherhood, as they too closely resemble the Suloise Imperium he rejected, but there is a token representation of his symbol in pantheonic Suloise temples in that land, and he is revered by stoneworkers and blacksmiths in the hinterlands if that peninsula.

Clergy[edit]

75% of Fortubo's priests are dwarven, 20% are human, and another 5% are lawful good gnomes. The priesthood welcomes both male and female priests, especially married couples. The children of married pairs of Fortuban priests are said to be blessed with exceptional endurance and insight. The priests of Fortubo focus chiefly on the protection of dwarven communities. They are intense foes of orcs and goblins, as they feel these beings harm the earth with their pointless tunneling.

Fortubo's high priest as of 576 CY was Dobfur. His high priest is always of the dwarf race.

Temples[edit]

Up until 583 CY, the chief temple of Fortubo's faith was in the town of Dwarfhaven on Lendore Isle. It is assumed that the faith moved its headquarters to another location after the elven followers of Sehanine Moonbow took control of Lendore Isle in that year.

75% of the time, Fortubo's temples are in natural cave complexes near active mining operations. If the temple is above ground, it is in a place heavily populated with dwarves or gnomes. He is known to have significant temples in the Flinty Hills and near Irongate, among other places.

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