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Thautam is the dwarven god of mysteries and magic, a blind deity of darkness and lost treasures generally thought to be content puttering away in his workshop.[1][2]

"Bless this sword, with its ruby pommel and silver sharp edge..."
— The beginning of one well-known prayer to Thautam[1]


Description[]

Thautam is typically depicted as a blind and elderly dwarf with rheumy eyes.[1]

Personality[]

Thautam is obsessed with recovering as many artifacts from long-lost dwarven civilizations as possible. He also had special interest in protecting dwarven mines of magical resources like adamantine and mithral.[1]

Relationships[]

Within dwarvish folklore Thautam acted as a kindly uncle to Moradin, choosing to mutter advice to the Soul Forger from time to time. His servants included many earth elementals of various sizes, his herald being an elder member of their kind of astonishing toughness.[1]

Worshipers[]

Thautam's clerics believe that the spark of magic lay within all things, and they work to draw out the magic in all manner of things, from the walls of a dwarven fortress to the axes wielded by its guards. They blessed armor and weapons before battles, and mines and construction projects in more peaceful times.[1]

The training of clerics of Thautam meant learning to craft magic items, particularly weapons and armor. His followers are normally accomplished smiths and artisans, most of whom knew how to make at least one type of magic item. Among the dwarves, many magical arms and armor are dedicated to Thautam.[1]

Certain magic forges, called Forges of Thautam, are magical smithies that allowed magical weapons and armor to be made by dwarves that couldn't ordinarily do so.[3]

Because of his blindness, prayers to Thautam are particularly descriptive.[1]

Thautam's churches are small, for his clergy are few in number, but they are made distinct by being more obviously magical and whimsical than other temples. For example, a temple to Thautam might float in the center of a cavern, or feature gravity-defying spires and buttresses.[1]

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References[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Template:Cite book/Races of Stone
  2. 2.0 2.1 Template:Cite book/Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
  3. Template:Cite book/Races of Stone
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