Through the Fire and Shadow
The Way of Gizban
Gizbanism is a relatively new religion among goblinkind. Prior to the exodus to the Hidden Valley, goblins almost exclusively worshipped the Primal powers (each clan worshipped different aspects – the Perfect Predator (Wolf), the Quiet Watcher (Owl) and the Swift Hunter (Eagle)). Then the Shadow came, and the goblins were forced to flee into hiding.
The survivors continued their Primal worship in the Hidden Valley – but while some accepted their new existence, others began to question the spirits and came to believe that they had been unable to protect them. Without a direction, and no longer trusting in the Old Ways, they started to search elsewhere for inspiration.
Gizban heard their prayers and answered them. About thirty years after the Exodus, the Commands of Gizban were given in a vision to Zrok – a warlock of the Fey Wardens – and he became the First Prophet of Gizban. At first the religion grew in secret, but over the next couple of decades it grew from a cult to a full religion within goblin society, as more and more goblins became disaffected with the old ways and their current situation.
While there is a schism in society between the nature and Fey worshippers of the Old Way and the new congregation of the Gizbanites, it usually goes only so far as loud arguments and not actual bloodshed. However, the Gizbanites have become a formidable force in goblin politics, and have followers in almost all the clans.
Gizbanism has taken hold most strongly in the Hearth Defender clan (who are now almost entirely made up of staunch followers of Gizban), and to a slightly lesser extent the Shadow Hunter clan. The Fey Wardens are split about 60:40 between Gizbanites and the Old Way (the latter being followed by new traditionalists and the older members), but the schism has caused lots of argument and rivalry within this clan. Watchers tend to be more academic and remain out of the religious arguments. The Earth Tenders are almost entirely followers of the Old Way and are the most bitter rivals of the Gizbanites in political circles, while many of the Lost Teachers have found new purpose as Avengers of Gizban.
Gizban is often portrayed as a proud, fatherly goblin of middle age – his countenance is kindly, but stern. He is often portrayed as an experienced warrior wielding a mace – however, he is often shown ready for combat, not engaged in it. Gizbanites tend to favour blunt weapons because of this, but they are not limited to them. His symbol is a mirrored key, symbolising the freedom that he represents – this is often shown on shields, armour, or on necklaces. Sanctified maces wielded by clerics often have three small bars protruding at right angles to the shaft near the head of the weapon, making the top look like the symbol of their god (game notes: such a weapon would count as an Implement):
Gizban’s rules are as follows:
- Stand up for goblinkind. Though goblins may be small and overlooked, we will not be trampled on or oppressed. We will carve out our rightful place in the world alongside the other races, and they will respect us.
- The Fey are wild and free, and we should be too. Preserve the sanctity of the feywild, fight the corruption that seeks to infect it, and fight for freedom of goblins everywhere.
- Complacency makes us weak. It allows those who would destroy us to strike when we are unprepared. Always be ready, and always take the fight to the foe.
Domains: Freedom, Wilderness, Strength