Aug 2nd, 2007: This week features an oft overlooked deity, Istus. It is also
the debut of the even LESS known Dorgha Torgu (God of Material Dimensions and Elements). You won't find him in the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer or in any
published products either yet his part in Oerth history while brief is monumental. At one time his station in
the Baklunish pantheon must have been equal to Istus. Information on him can only be found in the
Oerth Journal issues #12 and #22. The article Thus Spake Gary Gygax: Ye Secrets of Oerth Revealed says:
"It is said that Dorgha Torgu is the outcast of the deities of Oerth.
This is because he is the one from whom came the Rain of
Colorless Fire upon the Suloise Empire, thus violating both his
Neutrality and his charge. While the Invoked Devastation of the
Suelwas wrought through the vilest of the Evil powers, the counter
response was unjust despite provocation. Swayed by the evil
counsel of Vilp-akf'cho Rentaq, that alien thing which is called an
Elder Elemental God, Dorgha Torgu bent dimensions and loosed
unnatural elements in his charge so as to precipitate upon the Suel
realm the near-invisible and unquenchable flames that consumed
the land, burning even rock to powdery ash.
Shunned now by all deities not of malign bent, Dorgha Torgu, the
Outcast of the Gods, wanders his domain in remorse."
And the article, Origins of the Twin Cataclysms adds:
"With the ashen staff, Ilkben and eight other Bakluni
mage-priests performed a ritual combining all four
elemental energies into one. At the climax of the ritual,
Ilkben inserted the staff into a 2-inch hole at the very center
of Tovag Baragu and opened four gates to the Elemental
planes. Though what occurred next was unclear even to
eyewitnesses, it is believed that Dorgha Torgu (greater
god of natural elements and demiplanes) emerged from
a gate and aided the waning spellcasters. By sacrificing
his own divine ranks Dorgha Torgu empowered the spell"
And of course those Mage-Priests survived thanks to the gods, like Istus goddess of fate, whom you know
FULL WELL realized what she was doing would screw the Flanaess in the future. Thanks alot Istus.
Check out the issues and enjoy!