Ilneval[edit | edit source]
Ilneval (ill-nev-all) is the daring war leader, ever leading the charge into battle with only victory and destruction on his mind. Before a battle begins, however, he carefully plans his strategy to maximize his chances of winning and inflicting terrible damage. Ilneval is more cunning than Bahgtru and nearly as strong. His bravery inspires great loyalty to his own superior. He brooks no challenge to his position, always destroying any potential rival. Ilneval is seen as the patron of powerful orc crossbreeds, particularly orogs and tanarukks.
The church of Ilneval occupies a powerful position in orc tribal life, second only to the church of Gruumsh, and they work together to oppress other faiths to ensure that position remains unchallenged. Many members of the clergy are officers in tribal armies, answerable only to their chieftain. Though the church of Gruumsh is responsible for issuing the call to summon a horde, it is the duty of the temple of Ilneval to marshal the scattered tribes into a horde united against a common foe.
Clerics and adepts of Ilneval pray for their spells at dusk in preparation for the night's battles. His church observes few holy days, other than obeisance to those honoring Gruumsh in a token display of loyalty to the One-Eyed God, for Ilneval is not interested in dwelling on past victories, but plotting new ones to come. The most sacred celebration of the year is held annually during Urtkharankhui, when Ilneval's clerics assemble hordes of orc warriors to swoop down on civilized lands, spreading destruction and violence. Many clerics multiclass as fighters. Only adepts of the most primitive tribes multiclass as barbarians.
Dogma[edit | edit source]
Strength is as much a function of the mind as one's body. Train hard and think craftily in preparation for war, for all life is an endless battle. Unite your tribe into a raging storm, for there is great strength in numbers if all can work in concert. Once the time for combat is nigh, however, charge into the fray undaunted and let the blood fly where it may. Only through personal courage do you prove yourself fit for the mantle of leadership.