Faiths of the Dawn Lands and the Worlds of Renessa
Torag (pronounced TORR-awg) is a stoic and serious god who values honor, planning, and well-made steel. He is an often distant deity, lending magical power to his clerics, but leaving his followers to make their own way through life, knowing that this will make them strong and determined.
During the Age of Creation, Torag was among the original gods who battled the Rough Beast who sought to destroy Golarion. He and Gorum forged the shell of the Dead Vault, which would serve as Rovagug's prison after his defeat.
The dwarves believe that Torag created the world at his great forge, striking it again and again with his hammer to get the shape he desired. As rocks tumbled and the sparks flew, the dwarves were born, made of stone with bellies full of fire. These dwarves were created deep in the Darklands and were perfectly suited to their environment. Torag ruled them justly for centuries, and they worked hard to be worthy of his approval. He gave them a single prophecy: that one day the earth would shake, and they would leave their darkened homes to press upwards in a Quest for Sky. When Earthfall struck in -5293 AR, the dwarves took this as the fulfillment of their prophecy, and began the centuries-long migration to Golarion's surface.
Torag is opposed to destructive and aggressive deities as a god of protection and creation. He and his followers have battled Rovagug and other destructive forces since the dawn of time. Despite their mutual opposition to Rovagug, the followers of Sarenrae and Torag are rarely close, following different codes of belief. Dwarves do not understand the worship of the sun, and see Sarenrae's willingness to forgive as folly and a sign of weakness. Torag respects Abadar and is friendly with both Cayden Cailean and Iomedae. Of all the deities, Torag has most respect for Erastil as they both value community and family.
Torag is the head of the dwarven pantheon. Of all these gods, only the bitter Droskar, a former student and now the duergar god of toil and slavery, holds no allegiance to Torag. The two deities are engaged in a slow-burning cold war that has continued for centuries.
Torag loathes Moloch, seeing Moloch's portfolio as a corruption of his own. In turn, Moloch considers Torag's priests his favourite sacrifices and actively seeks to convert dwarves. Zursvaater respects him as a smith, but considers his dwarven followers persistent pests and teaches his fire giants to enslave dwarves when possible.
A depiction of Torag.
Torag appears as a powerful and cunning dwarf, busy at his forge hammering out a weapon or shield. He is the consummate planner, with a contingency for nearly every situation. Art shows him as a stereotypical dwarf in intricate armor and carrying his warhammer Kaglemros (Dwarven for '"forger of many weapons").
The Father of Creation sometimes sends messages that appear etched in stone to those he favors, while earthquakes are seen as the ultimate sign of his anger. Those who survive an earthquake are thought to be blessed.
Torag and his family live in Forgeheart, watching over his people, outfitting Heaven's armies with his forges and defending Heaven from incursions.