Grandfather Mortal

Grandfather Mortal

Orlanthi Pantheon — Old Man, father of all mortals

see also Old Man, Wild Man

The first man was made through the cooperation of the gods as a creature to serve them all. Thus, humans have a touch of all the gods in them. But the whole was greater than the sum of the parts, and the gods found that they had wrought something new which they could not completely understand: the nature of humanity. Humans are still independent of the gods in many special ways.

The first man is called Grandfather Mortal and, at first, he was much like other gods. One day Humakt came to him and asked if he wished to test a newly discovered power. Grandfather Mortal agreed and so became the first creature to die — to have spirit and body separated. Due to this event all descendants of Grandfather Mortal now die. His spirit went to the Underworld, and all newly dead spirits go there still.

Grandfather Mortal has many descendants, for he was a popular plaything among the deities. Most intelligent humanoid species trace their descent from him, including humans, elves, trolls, and mermen.

He is pictured as a middle-aged or old man, dressed in whatever fashion local custom accepts as ancient clothing.

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Parent: Deities

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