Visions of Aquelae: The Redstone Band
Gruumsh, also known as Gruumsh One-Eye, is the patron deity of orcs, who regard him as the god of Conquest, Survival, Strength, and Territory. His symbol is an empty eye socket. Gruumsh appears as a powerful orc with one eye. A figure of fury and driven cruelty, Gruumsh rules his pantheon with brute power. His favored weapon is the spear. Ilneval is his most capable lieutenant. Gruumsh considers himself supreme, and considers every non-orc his enemy, holding special enmity for some. Gruumsh forbids all who are not his clerics or adepts to speak his name, thus he is spoken of as “One-Eye,” “The One-Eyed God,” “He-Who-Never-Sleeps,” and “He-Who-Watches” among orcish faithful and cautious other races. Gruumsh hates Corellon Larethian with a passion, because he lost his eye to Corellon in battle. He spreads this hatred to all of the Seldarine. Gruumsh also loathes Moradin and the dwarven pantheon. In a past time, Gruumsh had two eyes but he lost one in a fight with the chief elven god Corellon Larethian. Gruumsh meant to paralyze Corellon with his magical spear; this attack failed and initiated an epic battle. During the course of this battle Gruumsh injured Corellon and, according to legend, from the blood shed the elven people were created. Corellon ended the fight by putting out Gruumsh’s left eye, which is how Gruumsh earned his moniker “One-Eye.” Some orcish clerics deny this tale, dismissing it as elven propaganda, and claim that Gruumsh always had one eye.
The Orcs claim that when the world was being formed, all the other gods were placing their favoured people, and when they were done, and had chosen the spots they liked best, asked Gruumsh where he would place his chosen, the Orcs. In response:
“Gruumsh One-Eye lifted his great iron spear and stretched it over the world. The shaft blotted the sun over a great part of the lands as he spoke: “You hoping to cheat me and my followers, by take first, leave me scraps!. But One-Eye never sleeps. One-Eye sees all. There is a place for orcs to dwell…here!,” he bellowed, and his spear pierced the mountains, opening a mighty rift and chasms. “And here!,” and the spearhead split the hills and made them shake and covered them in dust. “And here!,” and the black spear gouged the meadows and made them bare. “There!” roared He-Who-Watches triumphantly, and his voice carried to the ends of the world. “There is where the orcs shall dwell! There they will survive, and multiply, and grow stronger, and a day will come when they cover the world, and they will slay all of your collective peoples! Orcs shall inherit the world you sought to cheat me of!”