Skull & Shackles
Norgorber (pronounced NOR-gore-ber) is known as a deity of thievery and assassination, as well as a keeper of secrets. He is called the ‘Reaper of the Reputation’ by some, but he has more insidious titles among his other worshipers. He remains an enigma to most, and his true motives are unknown. Many of his own followers remain ignorant of his plans and designs. Norgorber is the only evil aligned god amongst the Ascended.
-Reaper of Reputation
-The Gray Master
-King of Thieves
Norgorber’s past before he ascended into godhood through the Test of the Starstone in 1893 AR is unknown. His followers go to great lengths to keep it a secret. Some believe that if the origin of the god became known, the god himself would become undone.
Norgorber is depicted most frequently as an ordinary human male dressed in brown and black clothing, with his face either partially or completely obscured.
Norgorber attempts to stay neutral in dealings with other gods. Abadar, Cayden Cailean, Erastil, Iomedae, Sarenrae, and Torag view him with disdain and will have little to do with him. A deceptive deity, he has been known to aid those who do not support his ideals as long as the benefit is mutual to his own ends. Before his demise, Aroden disliked Norgorber in all his aspects, despite being indirectly responsible for his ascension. Father Skinsaw is allied with Achaekek, while Norgorber is generally welcoming of Gyronna and Sivanah. Unsurprisingly, other deities do not fully trust him due to his penchant for betrayal and sabotage.
Worshipers of Norgorber are considered cultists by nearly all inhabitants of the Inner Sea region. The cult is forbidden in almost every nation except Absalom, where it is tolerated. The cult is split into four parts, each one focusing on a specific aspect of Norgorber and paying little attention to others. His followers wear masks to identify themselves and as a symbol of their devotion to the god. Some worshipers wear different masks in order to signify different emotions or signals. The masks themselves are often elaborate, with hinged jaws and coloured lenses. There are cults dedicated to Norgorber in Galt, Nex, Osirion, the River Kingdoms, the Shackles, Taldor, and Varisia.
Norgorber’s worshipers come from all walks of life and all of them are termed Sons and Daughters of the Mask; many are clerics, rogues, bards and assassins. Most followers of Norgorber will choose one of his Four Aspects to particularly worship. The most extreme are numbered among the murderous insane, who commit atrocities in his reverence. The followers of the cult of Father Skinsaw are known as the Skinsaw Men or the Skinsaw Cult. Spies and politically minded folk who worship him as the Reaper of Reputation consider him the deity of secret knowledge, such as the Ustalavic organization called the Anaphexia. Thieves revere the Gray Master. Assassins, alchemists and herbalists follow Blackfingers. Norgorber’s ceremonial colours are black and brown. The cultist’s clothes usually follow modern fashions, in order to blend in wherever they are.