The Compact

THE COMPACT

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When the dwarves first resolved to settle in Hammerfast, the priests of Moradin beseeched their god for guidance. The necropolis was once sacred ground, before the invading orcs defiled it.
A champion of Gruumsh named Tarrak led the assault on Hammerfast. He swore to Gruumsh to destroy the place and loot its treasures. Tarrak died in the assault, along with many other fanatical worshipers of Gruumsh. In Gruumsh’s Single, baleful eye, Hammerfast became a monument to his worshipers’ ferocity.

With two competing deities laying claim to Hammerfast only a compromise could avert a second war. Moradin and Gruumsh argued and threatened each other through intermediaries, until at last they reached an accord. Gruumsh had no use for the town, but he saw the chance to create a stark reminder of his champion’s victory. He demanded that the dwarves set aside part of the town for his priests.

Moradin agreed, but as a condition of his assent insisted on a strict set of rules that both parties must follow. Gruumsh gained his show of defiance, and Moradin ensured that his followers would be safe from Gruumsh’s treachery.

The rules set forth were simple but inflexible:

  • Worshipers of Gruumsh are not to be attacked or detained within the town as long as they do not commit acts ofviolence against Hammerfast’s residents.
  • Any priest of Gruumsh in the town must aid in its defense ifit comes under attack.
  • The ghosts that dwell in Hammerfast are to be left alone, as long as they do not attack the living.
  • The temples of Moradin and Gruumsh are sacred ground. If either is attacked by the other, the gods will intervene.

The Compact

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