Deep Brother, Master of Stone, Lord of Deepearth, The Deep Gnome
Intermediate Power of the Twin Paradises of Bytopia
Symbol: Gold ring with star symbol
Home Plane: Bytopia/Dothion/the Golden Hills (Deephome)
Portfolio: Svirfneblin, protection, earth, mining, secrecy, stone, UnderOerth
Superior: Garl Glittergold
Allies: Clangeddin Silverbeard, Cyrrollalee, Dumathoin, Eilistraee, Grumbar, Psiloryr, Shevarash, Urogalan, Vergadain, the gnome pantheon (except Urdlen)
Foes: Blibdoolpoolp, the Blood Queen, Deep Duerra, Diinkarazan, Diirinka, Great Mother, Gzemnid, Ilsensine, llxendren, Laogzed, Laduguer, Maanzecorian (dead), Urdlen, the drow pantheon (except Eilistraee)
Core Worshipers: Svirfneblin
Worshipers: Fighters, gemcutters, hermits, jewelers, illusionists, opponents of drow
Cleric Alignments: NG, N
Domains: Community* (CD), Cavern, Craft, Earth, Healing, Protection, Summoner* (CD), Trickery
Favored Weapon: Spiderbane (+3 battleaxe)
Description: The patron deity of the svirfneblin, Callarduran Smoothhands teaches his followers the best way to be safe is to dig deep into the earth and tell no one what you’ve found. Because larger communities of drow, mind flayers, and goblinoids often threaten svirfneblin communities, such secrecy is an effective survival strategy. Callarduran Smoothhands is as important to the svirfneblin as Garl Glittergold is to the other subraces of gnomes. Accordingly, most adolescent svirfneblins with an interest in religious matters wind up in Callarduran’s priesthood. Callarduran’s quests almost always involve an element of subtefuge. He often sends adventurers in magical disguise to infiltrate societies inimical to the svirfneblin, such as drow cities or mind flayer temples. Callarduran has an extensive liturgy of prayers, but they all share one common element: they’re whispered, not spoken aloud. Callarduran’s temples often feature echo chambers and other acoustical tricks that magnify sound of whispered prayers to him. In the larger temples, the whispered chants of an entire congregation can be as deafening as a shout. Callarduran has a number of protective rites that promise protection against the svirfneblin’s many enemies. In svirfneblin communities, his clerics also handle birth, marriage, and funeral rites.
Callarduran Smoothhands (kal-ur-duhr-an smooth-hands) is by nature solitary and thoughtful, and he rarely consorts even with other gnome gods. He is a benign but secretive deity, caring only for his own people and their defense against drow and the other dangers of the Underdark. He intercedes to defend his followers from such dangers, and his appearance is heralded by a loud humming which can be heard through solid rock. Largely ignored by the other gnome subraces, the Deep Brother is venerated primarily by the svirfneblin as their patron deity, with a strong emphasis on his protective aspect and his oversight of the all encompassing earth and the treasures to be found within.
Clergy and Temples
The church of Callarduran is tightly organized, sharing information between clans and cities alike and coordinating their people’s collective against the omnipresent dangers of their homeland, particularly the drow. Callarduran’s clergy is ever vigilant against the very real threat of drow incursions into the territories of the deep gnomes. Many lead small war bands against the drow in the hopes of hunting them down before they inevitably turn against nearby svirfneblin enclaves. The Deep Brother’s clerics are teachers of magic, particularly that of the school of illusion, and work within their communities to spread such knowledge among all the deep gnomes.
Clerics and druids of Callarduran pray for their spells at twilight when the sun (figuratively) sinks into the earth. The followers of Callarduran assemble at twilight on Midsummer Day and at midnight on Midwinter Night to venerate the deity in twin ceremonies known as the Festivals of the Ruby and the Star, respectively. The Festival of the Ruby marks Callarduran’s hiding of rubies and other gems in the depths of the earth for the deep gnomes to find, a story symbolized in svirfneblin mythology by tales of the Great Red Ruby (the setting sun) sinking into the earth. The Festival of the Star celebrates the continued protection the Deep Brother provides to the descendants of the svirfneblin who followed him into the Deepearth. The holy day is marked by deep gnomes who assemble on the shore of a subterranean lake or pool to observe an annual event when small patches of a specially bred species of phosphorescent fungi in the cavern roof light up like stars, creating an illusion of the night sky reflected in the waters below. For deep gnomes this event reaffirms their ancestral ties with the surface world and reassures them that they have not been abandoned in the hostile environment deep beneath the surface of the earth. Many clerics multiclass as fighters or illusionists. They turn rather than rebuke undead.
History/Relationships: Callarduran is allied with the other gnome gods except Urdlen, although he rarely takes time to speak to any of them. He has a similar amiable but remote alliance with other nonevil Underdark deities such as Eilistraee, Shevarash, Dumathoin, and Geb, although his primary interest is the protection of the svirfneblin. He despises the drow and is always battling with the evil deities of that race and other foul UnderOerth deities.
Dogma: Callarduran led his chosen people into the deepest depths of the earth so that they might discover the joyous beauty of rubies and other gems. Beware the dangers of Deepearth, and guard against evil races such as the drow who employ any means necessary to seize what is not rightfully theirs. Protect and serve your community. Celebrate the beauty of minerals and gems and understand their value in craft, art, and magic.