Murlynd

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Greyhawk Deity
Murlynd
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Murlynd, as depicted in Dragon #71 (1983).
Title(s) The White Paladin
Home Plane Special, see below
Power Level Hero-deity
Gender Male
Class(es) Paladin 12/magic-user 12/illusionist 12 (18th level magic-user in EX2)
Alignment Lawful Good
Portfolio Magical Technology
Domains Good, Knowledge, Law, Nobility
Alias(es) Dr. D.R. Murlynd
Superior Heironeous

Murlynd (MURR-lind) is the Oeridian hero-god of Magical Technology. Murlynd's symbol is a solid, six-pointed star with rounded points.

Murlynd dwells in a variety of unusual planes and demiplanes, moving between his various abodes as suits his mood. He has a house in the Land Beyond the Magic Mirror.

Description

Murlynd takes the form of a handsome Oeridian male with weathered features. He is clothed in worn leather, and wears a light-colored hat of a type unfamiliar to the Flanaess. He appears aloof and taciturn, though he is quite personable among his allies. Murlynd is dangerous only when provoked by evil beings. He is known to wield the longsword, battle axe, and crossbow, as well as weapons of more unusual make. Murlynd is especially fond of a pair of strange, hand-held weapons that emit powerful projectiles. He has referred to these weapons variously as "45's," "six shooters," and "hog legs."

Relationships

Murlynd was sponsored to godhood by Heironeous. He is also known to be an ally of Celestian, Phaulkon, Zagyg, Keoghtom, Mordenkainen, and Heward. Iuz is one of his most fierce enemies. He was once a member of Zagyg's Company of Seven. Later, he adventured in disguise with members of the Citadel of Eight. He is currently on another plane contending with Saint Kargoth over a weapon known as the Quannon.

Dogma

Murlynd encourages others to learn from the advancements of civilized races in order to improve the lives of the common folk. His followers will not use inferior items if superior ones are available to them; they are commanded to protect the weak and innocent and to act with honor. They are always to consider Heironeous's followers their allies and Hextor's followers their enemies.

Scriptures

Murlynd's holy book, which often bears his symbol, is titled Murlynd's Early Adventures & Subsequent Ventures.

Worshipers

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Clergy

Murlynd's priests strive to uphold the virtues of law and good, and often work with the clergy of Heironeous toward this end. They use their knowledge of technology to aid the common man, and are encouraged to invent new devices and improve upon old ones. They work to destroy extremely dangerous magical or technological devices, and often find themselves working toward this end with followers of Phaulkon.

Spells past by clerics of Murlynd look different from standard divine magic, adding elements of a technological nature as Murlynd's own spells do.

Paladins

Paladins dedicated to Murlynd are called the White Paladins. They are actually an extremely rare sect of the church of Heironeous rather than an independent faith. They share Murlynd's fascination with otherworldly weapons and technology, seeking to use such items in their crusade against Evil. They can usually be recognized by their eccentric hodgepodge armor and clothing, much of it created themselves. They jealously guard the secrets of the firebrands, strange devices that can fire metallic balls at high speeds. They travel in search of exotic new equipment.

Their motto is Technology is an instrument of Justice so long as the hand that wields it is True.

Associated magic items

Murlynd's spoon is a magic item, a typical-looking spoon. When placed in an empty bowl, cup, or dish, the vessel fills with a thick, pasty gruel that tastes like wet cardboard, but nourishes a creature as much as a full meal.

Other magical items created by Murlynd include Murlynd's Hat and Murlynd's Rattlesnake Whip.

History

Murlynd's origins are unknown, other than his ethnic background. What is known is that he was a paladin of Heironeous and a member of the Company of Seven. He aided Zagyg in imprisoning Iuz beneath Castle Greyhawk, which has earned him the enmity of the Old One for life. At some point, Murlynd was sponsored to godhood by Heironeous. In disguise, he adventured for a time with members of the Citadel of Eight, including Tenser, Robilar, and Terik.

Spells

The following arcane spells are attributed to Murlynd:

  • Murlynd's Ogre
  • Murlynd's Void


Creative Origins

Murlynd originally was a player character played by Don Kaye in the original Greyhawk campaign run by Gary Gygax.

Bibliography

  • Conforti, Steven, ed. Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign, version 2.0. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2005. Available online:[1]
  • Holian, Gary. "Paladins of Greyhawk." Dragon #306. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2003.