Skull & Shackles
Gozreh (pronounced GOHZ-ray) is a dualistic god of nature, a god of the storm and sky and also a goddess of the wave and surf. Born of the ocean’s fury and the wind’s wrath, Gozreh is a fickle deity.
Gozreh is an ancient deity, thought to have existed for as long as the wind has blown and the waters swelled. His faithful are to be found in all places of nature, doing her will as they have for eons. He is counted among one of the original gods that fought against Rovagug in the defense of all creation.
Gozreh mostly remains neutral towards the other gods, unless they bring threats to his dominion. Despite this, he often comes into conflict with Rovagug, Nethys and Urgathoa, for their destructive or corrupting influences on the world. He is often at odds with Abadar over the encroachments of civilization on nature, yet cordial with Erastil and Desna. Erastil, in particular, is considered somewhat of a friend, due to their shared respect for nature.
Gozreh appears as a colossal humanoid whose lower body trails away into a mass of roiling elemental matter. Her female avatar of the sea merges with water and appears young and beautiful woman with wild green hair. The male avatar of the winds and clouds merges with a storm cloud and appears as a weathered old man with a long white beard. Images of Gozreh typically present his two forms reaching up from the sea and down from the heavens to touch one another in midair.
Priests of Gozreh are rugged folk and many are hermits. Men are expected to have long beards and women long hair. Seaweed and natural items are often braided into the hair of the faithful.
The Bonuwat people of the Mwangi Expanse worship a variant form of Gozreh, a janiform amalgam with Desna, whom they call Shimye-Magalla.
Shortly after the appearance of the Eye of Abendego, a splinter-cult of Gozreh called the Storm Kindlers became convinced the Eye was a manifestation of Gozreh. They flocked to the Sodden Lands, but were unable to cope with the harsh realities of life in the region and were soon killed. Their leaders wore magical masks that helped them navigate the flooded land. Some of these masks survive and are now worn by inhabitants of the Sodden Lands, who call them Goz masks.
Most cloud giants worship Gozreh as Ioz’om, the Sky Father, and believe that they are all his descendants. Storm giants worship Gozreh as the father-sky god Hyjarth and the mother-sea goddess Tourithia.