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Gandhor

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Gandhor
Domain(s): Earth
Symbols: Mountains, Gems
Followers: Miners, Some Drachev
Other Names: The Relentless Earth

The largest Elemental Lord in scope, Gandhor is often mistaken as a mountain range when he decides to slumber on a certain spot. Towering over the world, he stands tall so that he may almost keep a good vantage on the well being of Gaia. It is said it is near impossible to sneak up upon the giant, for all of nature and all of the stones will inform the goliath if someone were to come near.

Influence

Gandhor has influence over the earth, and metals, being extremely adept at manipulating them.

Rituals

Sacrifice to Gandhor: Like all elemental deities, Gandhor enjoys the sacrifice of animals. Sacrificing animals, the larger the better, and cooking the flesh above an open fire until it's burnt away is a great ritual to attempt to contact Gandhor, giving up to a plus three, depending on the size of the animal. Unusual or magical animals can give up to plus ten. They must be slaughtered and butchered, cooked and burnt all specifically for the sake of the deity, from start to finish. Geode Ritual: Cracking open a geode while speaking a prayer to Gandhor is typically accepted as a good way to garner the deity's attention.
Ritual of the Earth's Bones: Saying a prayer over at least 5kg of materials to be sacrificed to Gandhor is typically regarded as a decent way to attract the deity's attention.

Powers

Gandhor is the most physically mighty of all the elemental deific beings, though he is by far the most simple, and least likely to utilize his abilities to bend and shift earth and metal.

Artifacts

Gandhor does not create items, as he is much too large to create items for such small creatures.

History

Upon the manifestation of the elementals, the simplest and most understanding of them all was Gandhor. Blessed almost as the creature of life and earth in a way, Gandhor is seen to almost represent the figurative “lifeblood” of planets with rock, ore, and nature. Gandhor was the first to find peace with all the elements and the idea of balance, for all his mindscape was focused upon was the preservation of what he had created. In a way, the other Elements always saw him as the wisest as the bunch, and Vilias himself always swore to protect Gandhor as a face of good friendship in order to help strengthen that balance. The gigantic beast of rock and landscape pleased, and for a moment believed that the balance of the Elements could stay perfectly in balance even when separated by Nerisys.

However the good-intentioned Gandhor was very quickly awoken by the reality of what was inevitable. As Zyzrasil continued to creep along in the nooks and crannies of the Earth he created when Qhethys would set, and the nature could find its moment to sleep… that very night nearly everything the Elemental Lord of Nature had created was nearly burned to ash. Rocks of magma created the choking feeling of smoke in the air, forest fires spanning miles and miles, Gandhor watched as Ralios set his world, and his form ablaze. The grasses which acted almost as the man’s skin all burned away, exposing nothing but the rock inside the man. As chunks of the stone began to slowly slink away. He figured within that moment, that his end was slowly encroaching. Though luckily Vilias came forward and quickly swarmed the planes of Gandhor with water, quickly drowning out the fire and subduing Ralios back to his plane.

That moment solidified Gandhor’s relationship with Vilias, and even Qhethys came down from her spot in the skies to apologize, giving Gandhor’s life which sprouted the boon to absorb her essence for energy. Though, in that moment Gandhor’s thoughts on “The balance” being restored were forever dashed. He of course wishes for it, though the man naturally dedicated himself to assure that life and nature could live on. Creating massive mountains, multiple facets of life, and environments all across the globe, even in the waters of the ocean, all as to assure that he may always be able to manifest and continue forward the protection of life.