THE ORCAL BELIEFS
The goblish, gorbish
and orcish inhabitants of Orcal, Nybelmar's biggest
realm, have their own, very special religion based on two Gods: Gocal and Mor.
The Myth of Gocal and Mor. In the beginning there was nothing, until the Hour of the First Creation. In this holy Hour, two twins came out of the former nothing, bearing the names Gocal and Mor. These two twins were genderless, and they were as different as night and day. Gocal, sturdy and serious, created the Johgab, the World and everything hard in it, just for the fun in it. And it happened in the Hour of the Second Creation. When Mor heard about this, it ventured from its nothing to its cousin's nothing. When it saw what Gocal had done, it immediately made all soft things, humourous and peace-loving as it was. And so the whole of Johgab was finished. After both were done with creating, they started to get bored once more and decided to mix some of their spirits and make a pet out of it. They named it Gaffel, and it looked like a cross-breed of mouse and lizard. They adored the animal at first sight, it was so adoreable. After some time, Gaffel finally saw the Johgab. It wanted to play with it and jumped on it, unknowing as it was. But when touching the Johgab, Gaffel melted. And from the melting resulted the races. First, its heart melted into the goblins and then the orcs and gorbas came from one of the melted eyes. All other races and animals came from a special part of the body. That is how the races originated.
Origin of the Orcals. It is believed by the Orcals that they originally came from the Sacred Land located in the east of Nybelmar, where Gocal, Mor and The Holy Thing are to be found. The Orcals believe that Gocal and Mor moved the greenskins from this holy land, fearing that the sight of sheer divinity could erase the mortals instantly. To guide the greenskins on their voyage the Gods summoned a strange, green light, and it appeared to the later prophet Ghukfur the Wanderer and led him towards the new lands.
Miracles and Wonders. As all gods, Gocal and Mor are said to have performed miracles.
The Coming of
Another known miracle is the so-called Coming of Gaffel, which happened in the sixth century b.S. following the Santharian Calendar.
It had been a good year till then, both in harvest, economics and politics. But suddenly, dramatic weather changes threw everyday life out of its usual balance. One day, it was so cold that many animals, plants and greenskins froze to death. The next day it is said that the weather changed to extreme heat, making it difficult to breath, and even more died on this second day. On the third day, to everyone's astonishment, it started raining mysterious, but adorable creatures from the sky. These creatures looked like a cross-breed of mouses and lizards, and were approximately half a ped high. As this was also the exact description of the mythcial beast of Gaffel, which Gocal and Mor used to play with, the beasts were named gafflers.
These creatures can now be found all over the northern part of the continent of Nybelmar. They are sacred to the inhabitants of Orcal, which is the reason why they aren't hunted. However, some Orcals catch gafflers in order to tame them in help them multiplying. On the other hand gafflers have always been a popular target for those who don't head Orcal beliefs like human hunters from other kingdoms of Nybelmar. Nevertheless it's very difficult to shoot one, as gafflers fire small air-bombs on the hunters.
Temples and other holy places. There exist
many temples dedicated to Gocal and Mor, but the most important ones are the
so-called Grand Temple located in the city of Orcal
and the Mountain Temple on top of the Zu'Ka mountain, which is located in the
southernmost forest in Orcal. As there are two
major temples in this area plus an additional one (the only temple dedicated to
Gaffel), a huge mass of pilgrims is wandering to this region every year. Another
holy place is the outdoors temple of the Vugart forest, where the famous goblin
Ba'Ul Hruk Gab was born.
Prayers and Worship. The Orcals are very fanatic in their belief in Gocal and Mor. They must pray two times a day, one in the morning for Gocal, and one in the evening for Mor. As the Orcal calendar has weeks with eight days, the Orcals go to the local temple every Gyfsday, the last day of the week. There are some strong believers who are called the "Fallen Priests", which mainly consist of beggars and people that have lost everything. They walk around in Orcal and whip themselves. The Fallen Priests also have an own battalion in the Orcal army, called "Religious Revengers".
Priesthood and other Brother-/Sisterhoods. The priests of Gocal and Mor make up the bulk of the religious-working people in Orcal, however, this is only one of the lowest grades a dedicated Gocal/Mor believer can have. Following is a table on the grades of the priests of Gocal and Mor.
Following is a chart on how the Orcal priesthood system works.
Famous priests and prophets. There are many priests/clerics of Gocal and Mor that influenced Orcal history.
One of them is Stark Raving Mad, whose original name was Kuftu Jog Gab. He was born in 471 a.S. As he grew up, Kuftu became more and more popular within the Gocal and Mor priesthood, and finally he reached the status of Soulmixer of Gocal. Immediately he started a war against the wild orc and gorba tribes, trying to convert them into Gocal and Mor believers. He converted some tribes with the support of his army, including the tribe which was located at the place where the famous fortress of Vargkul is located today.
Kuftu decided that he was powerful enough to go and convert another small tribe all on his own. Unfortunately, it is reported that there was an Uon'kh'al'on in the midst of the mob of warriors. The spellcaster cast a permanent spell of illusion on Kuftu, making him see hundreds of dragonflies circling around him. Shamefully one of the most powerful priest of Gocal and Mor, Kuftu Jog Gab, returned to Orcal. When the people heard about this, they immediately elected a new Soulmixer of Gocal and threw Kuftu into the wilderness. Since then Kuftu was called Stark Raving Mad.
Ghukfur the Wanderer
Gnufruk Gruknag Groku, the Pathfinder, born in 1632 a.S., was supposed to continue where Ghukfur did not make it.
Information provided by Gnufruk