The Horde Leader, The War Maker, The Lieutenant of Gruumsh
Lesser Power of the Infinite Battlefield of Acheron
Symbol: A bloodied longsword
Home Plane: Acheron/Nishrek
Alignment: Neutral evil
Portfolio: War, combat, overwhelming numbers, strategy
Core Worshipers: Orcs
Worshipers: Barbarians, fighters, half-orcs
Cleric Alignments: CE, LE, NE
Domains: Courage* (CW), Destruction, Evil, Mysticism* (CD), War.
Favored Weapon: Foe Smiter (+1 mighty cleaving longsword)
Ilneval (ill-nev-all) is the daring war leader, always leading the charge into battle with nothing but victory and destruction on his mind. Before a battle commences, however, he carefully plans his strategy so as to maximize his chances of winning and inflicting terrible damage. Ilneval is more cunning than Bahgtru and nearly as strong. His bravery inspires great loyalty among his followers, yet he does not transfer that loyalty to his own superior.
The War Maker brooks no challenge to his position, systematically destroying any potential rival. Ilneval is seen as the patron of powerful orc crossbreeds, particularly orc-ogres (orogs) and tanarukks.
The church of Ilneval occupies a prominent position in orc tribal life, second only to the church of Gruumsh, and they work in concert to oppress other faiths in order to ensure that position remains unchallenged. Many members of the clergy are officers in tribal armies, answering only to their chieftain. Although the church of Gruumsh is responsible for issuing the call to summon a horde, it falls to the temple of Ilneval to marshal the fractious tribes into a horde united against a common foe.
Clerics and adepts of Ilneval pray for their spells at dusk in preparation for the night’s battles. The church of Ilneval observes few holy days, other than token obeisance to those honoring Gruumsh in a calculated display of loyalty to the One-Eyed God, for Ilneval is not interested in remembering past victories but plotting new ones to come. The most sacred celebration of the year is held annually at Greengrass, when Ilneval’s clerics assemble hordes of orc warriors to swoop down on civilized lands in an orgy of destruction and violence. Many clerics multiclass as fighters. Only adepts of the most primitive tribes multiclass as barbarians.
History/Relationships: Ilneval serves Gruumsh as battle lieutenant, commanding the One-Eye God’s armies when his master does not wish to do so himself. The Crafty Warrior has destroyed one or two orc demigods before, and he secretly works to undermine Bahgtru as well. Gruumsh does not trust his self-serving lieutenant for good reason, but Ilneval remains loyal enough while the One-Eye God and Bahgtru remain on the same side. Ilneval loathes both Shargaas and Yurtrus, for their underhanded approach smells of cowardice. However, the War Maker is smart enough to use their talents effectively in battle with the gods of other pantheons. Despite his difference with the other orc gods, Ilneval loathes the goblinoid gods, the dwarven gods, the elven gods, and all the other traditional enemies of the orc pantheon and would never betray his race.
Dogma: Strength is as much a function of the mind as one’s body. Train hard and think craftily in preparations for war, for all life is an endless battle. Unite your tribe into a raging storm, for there is great strength in numbers if all can work in concert. Once the time for combat in nigh, however, charge into the fray undaunted and let the blood fly where it may. Only through personal courage do you prove yourself fit for the mantle of leadership.