[Archive] The Twelve Hoofed God


“…and so Hashut was cast out from Khaosus and smote His ruin upon the land, split in tern.  Three gods and yet one there were.  And so Hashut came to be known as the Twelve-hoofed God to mortals.  The three brothers piled the rubble from their ruin high, building a mighty black mountain that in latter days came to be called Mingol Zharr-Naggrund.  A gross of years it took them to build and when it was complete they stood atop the summit and surveyed the land, claiming it as their Kingdom.

Though one God, they were also three and quarrelled over who should rule.  Each claimed that he should be supreme and set out to prove it.

Rudharazgorlok, the Red Fire Bull journeyed West and then South, and everywhere he trod flames leapt up and great volcanoes rose.  In the south he warred with dragons and slew a gross, for his fires were too hot even for them.

Dronstokgorlok, the Thunder Striker Bull journeyed South, for he had seen the sun glinting off the waters of the sea and it enraged him for it reminded him of the fires of Rudharazgorlok.  He raced along the mountain tops, striking sparks with each hoof beat and cast himself into the sea over and over until the waters boiled and the steam blotted out the sun.

Uzgulmhornargorlok, the Death’s Shadow Bull journeyed North.  In those days the land there was fertile and great beasts roamed everywhere.  Everywhere he cast his shadow crops withered and beasts keeled over and when he left, a cold, dry, desolate plain strewn with skulls was all that remained.

The three Bulls ascended the mountain once more and bragged of their exploits, yet still they could not decide who was greatest.  They fought for supremacy for a tweleveday nonstop, wreathing the peak in fire and shadow that could be seen for miles.  Exhausted they each took a step back, too tired to continue, but too stubborn to submit.  Knowing none could claim supremacy, they agreed to a truce and decided to cast lots, leaving their fate to the Weaver.  They agreed to divide their Empire into three domains, the Land, the Sky and the Dark Places.

The lots were cast and to Rudharazgorlok went the land, the premier domain, and he filled it with his magmatic blood and stands of copper and iron hair from his hide; to Dronstokgorlok went the second domain, that which is the sky, and he called forth storms across the sky to cow any mortals that dared look up at his majesty; the last and least, the Dark Places, went to Uzgulhornargorlok, who bore the slight stoically, claiming the souls of all mortals under their domains as recompense.

And thus Hashut was one God and yet three and became known as the Twelve-hoofed God.  Thus, though He is worshiped as one Father, His children will invoke one of his aspects when dealing with one of His domains; miners, smiths and prophets call upon Rudharazgorlok in their duties, mariners will sacrifice to Dronstokgorlok, now called Stromfels by some, to placate him before setting sail, lest in His anger one of his storms sink them, and the morticians of the Cremitoria bow to Uzgulhornargorlok at funerals and place a gold coin on each of the deceased’s eyes so that their soul may pay the toll to enter His Kingdom.”

- Extract from the heretical text
the Khaosiad. Though worship of Hashut is of many faces and varied, and Dawi Zharr sailors do sacrifice to Stromfels and the temples of the Funerary Cult do depict Hashut as a skull-headed bull, the view of Hashut as a trinity deity as depicted in this extract has never been popular and most see the aspects as just different names for Hashut rather than of gods which are disparate from and yet simultaneously part of Him.


Very good entry! Had one of my votes.


Thanks Admiral

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