Gruumsh is the chaotic evil god of destruction. He is the patron deity of orcs, who revere him as the leader of the orcish pantheon and god of conquest, survival, strength, and territory. Gruumsh appears as a powerful orc with one eye, usually wielding a spear, which is his favored weapon. He is a figure of fury and driven cruelty who rules with brute power.
Orcs who are not clerics or adepts are forbidden to speak his name, so he is also known as “One-Eye,” “The One-Eyed God,” “He-Who-Never-Sleeps,” and “He-Who-Watches.” His symbol is an unblinking eye.
The One-Eyed God gives simple orders to his followers:
- Conquer and destroy.
- Let your strength crush the weak.
- Do as you will, and let no one stop you.
The Orc God has no allies among the other gods. Gruumsh particularly hates Corellon, for the Creator of the Elves is the one who shot out Gruumsh’s eye in battle at the dawn of the world. Gruumsh is rumored to have had an alliance (and possibly more) with Lolth, but if this is true it ended badly for him as he hates Lolth as well.
Gruumsh’s greatest rivalry is with Bane. The war between the two has lasted eons; it follows a pattern of victories by Bane driving the orcs back towards Nishrek, only to have them suddenly attack with a bizarre ploy that scatters Bane’s ranks and pushes them back. A handful of times, Gruumsh has actually laid siege to Bane’s fortress in Chernoggar, but has never stood a chance of success. It is said that the war between the two of them will never end due to their natures: Bane will never surrender to Gruumsh, which keeps the God of Destruction determined to crush him.