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Wayland

by Marco Dalmonte

(Volund)
Patron of Metallurgy, Master of Constructions, Patron of Smiths and Armorers, the Gods' Smith
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 21 (Empyreal), TN, Matter
Symbol: a hammer floating over an anvil
Portfolio: metallurgy, smiths & armorers, engineers & builders, magical creations
Worshipped in: Known World (Northern Reaches, Heldann, Darokin), Norwold, Isle of Dawn, Alphatia, Hollow World (Traldars and Antalians)
Appearance: a wiry and bearded smith wearing a large leather apron and linen trousers, showing his broad chest while wielding a heavy hammer in his right hand. The race he belongs vary according to the followers he appears, but he always sports a short black beard, grey eyes and a slightly hunched back.
History:
LIKELY THEORY: Wayland was a skilled Antalian smith that lived in the XXII century BC. Thanks to the friendship he struck with some dwarven craftsmen he managed to discover the secret of iron forging way ahead of time (his kinsmen were still in the bronze age) and this allowed him to manufacture titanic weapons for the most known heroes of his time (Thor, Heimdall, Frey and Freyja). This helped him acquire a divine aura in the eyes of his fellow men and it also attracted Kagyar's attention, who sponsored him on the path of the Polymath. He was then reincarnated as a dwarf (Weland), a gnome (Wielandt) and an elf (Volund), and thanks to his talented skills for metalworking every time he managed to fulfil his quest: finding and forging anew Odin's sword, Balmung. This way he earned his place in the sphere of Matter in the XX century BC.
Personality: Wayland is also called the Gods' Smith and is famous for creating many of the Immortal artifacts found all around the world, as well as for being chief architect of Pandius, the city of Immortals located on the moon Matera. He is always busy with creating some new kind of magic item and he has a distinctive gruff and aloof character that he developed during his dwarven incarnation. He protects all artisans, in particular smiths and armorers which he's fond of, and gives his blessings to all those who like to create magic weapons, armours and golems. He's a trusted ally of Kagyar and Odin and has worked in team with Polonius many times, sharing a common passion for building and magic. He's got a friendly rivalry with Ilmarinen, another talented Immortal craftsman.
Patron: unknown [likely: Kagyar]
Allies: Kagyar, Odin, Polonius
Enemies: none
Classic D&D Stats:
Followers' alignment: any
Favoured weapons: throwing hammer (allowed all bludgeoning weapons)
Clerics' skills & powers: +1 bonus to Strength, +2 bonus to any skill related to metalworking or construction
D&D 3E Stats:
Domains: Matter, Magic, Crafts, Metals
Preferred weapon: throwing hammer
Sources: WotI, Master e Immortal set