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« on: 29 April 2001, 11:15:00 »

[Could this be used as an entry on the Gork and Mork religion? Info on the Gods later (in own entries)... Will write more later...]

Orcal beliefs. The inhabitants of Orcal have their own, very special religion based on two Gods: Gork and Mork.

In the beginning there was...:
In the beginning there was nothing, until the Hour of the First Creation. In this holy Hour, two twins came out of the former nothing, bearing the names Gork and Mork. These two twins belonged to no sex, and they were as different as night and day. Gork, sturdy and serious, created the Johgab, the World and everything hard in it, just for the fun in it in the Hour of the Second Creation. When Mork heard about this, it ventured from it's nothing to it's cousin's nothing. When it saw what Gork had done, it immediately made all soft things, humourous and peace-loving as it was. And then the Johgab was finished. After they were done with it, they started to get bored once more and decided to mix some of their spirits and make a pet out of it. They named it Gaffel, and it looked like a cross-breed of mouse and lizard. They adored the animal at first sight, it was so adoreable. After some time, Gaffel finally saw the Johgab. It wanted to play with it and jumped on it, unknowing as it was. When touching the Johgab, Gaffel melted and became the races. First, its heart melted into the goblins and then the orcs and gorbas came from one of the melted eyes. All other races and animals came from a special part of the body. That is how the races originated.

Where do the Orcals come from:
It is believed by the Orcals that they originally came from The Sacred Land, where Gork, Mork and The Holy Thing is to be found. After a while Gork and Mork moved the greenskins from this holy land, in fear of the last-mentioned being erased by the sight of The Holy Thing, Gork's hardness and Mork's softness. They summoned a strange, green light, and showed it to the later prophet Ghukfur the Wanderer.

Further miracles and wonders:
As all gods, Gork and Mork has performed some so-called miracles. One very known miracle is the so-called Coming of Gaffel, which happened in the Santharian year of 598 b.S.
It had been a good year till then, both in harvest, economics and politics. But suddenly, one day, it was so cold that many animals, plants and greenskins freezed to death. The next day was extremely hot, making it difficult to breath, and even more died of that. But the next day, it started raining some mysterious, but adorable creatures from the sky. These looked like a cross-breed of mouses and lizards, and was approx. 1 and a half foot high. This was exact with the description of Gaffel, and the creatures was named Gafflers, as the Orcals meant that they were a sign from Gork and Mork. These creatures can now be found all over the northern part of the Nybelmar continent. as they are sacred by the Orcals, they aren't hunted on from them, although they catch and tame them in multiplicity. These creatures have also been a popular target for human hunters, but almost no one has managed to shoot one, as they fire small air-bombs on the hunters.

Temples and other holy places:
There exist many temples dedicated to Gork and Mork, but the most important ones are probably the Grand Temple located in the city of Orcal and the Mountain Temple on top of the Zu'Ka mountain [see my 'To Koldar...' post], which is located in the forest south in Orcal. As there are two major temples in this area plus the only temple dedicated to Gaffel, it can only result in a large mass of pilgrims every year. Another holy place is the outdoors temple of the Vugart forest [the forest south in the Orcal area], which in the famous goblin Ba'Ul Hruk Gab was borned.

Prayers:
The Orcal are very fanatic in their belive in Gork and Mork. They must pray two times a day, one in the morning for Gork, and one in the evening for Mork. As the Orcal calendar [coming up!] has weeks with eight days, the Orcals go to the local temple every Gyfsday, the last day of the week. There are some strong belivers that are called 'the Fallen Priests', which mainly cosist of beggars and people that have lost everything, which walk around in Orcal and flagellate themself. These also have an own battalion in the Orcal army, being called 'Religious Revengers'.

Priesthood and other brother/sisterships:
The priests of Gork and Mork make up the bulk of the religious-working people in Orcal, being one of the lowest grades a Gork/Mork working beliver can have. Following is a table on the grades of the priests of Gork and Mork. [I have sent you a mail with it, Art]


Also following is a quick chart on how the priesthood system works. [I have sent you a mail with that one too, Art]



Famous priests and prophets:
There are many priests/clerics of Gork and Mork that have had influence, be it smaller or bigger, on the Orcal history. One of them is Stark Raving Mad, which original name was Kuftu Jog Gab. He was borned in 471 a.S.
As he grew up, he became more and more popular within the Gork and Mork priesthood, and finally he became the Soulmixer of Gork. He immediately started a war against the wild orc and gorba tribes, trying to convert them into Gork and Mork belivers. After he had converted some tribes with his army, including the tribe that was located where the famous fortress of Vargkul, where the prophet Gnufruk Gruknag Groku later on was borned, is located today. After some considering, Stark decided to go and convert the next tribe all on his own. Unfortunately, the tribe had an Uon'kh'al'on in their small mob of warriors. The Uon'kh'al'on casted a illusion spell on Stark, making him see cookie-monsters all around him. The Uon'kh'al'on immediately died of the energy drain. Stark flew back to the main capital of Orcal, Orcal, but since this was a permanent spell, he still saw cookie-monsters all around him. When the people heard this, they immediatelyelected a new Soulmixer of Gork and threw Stark in to the wilderness. That is how he got the name Stark Raving Mad. Another known prophet is Ghukfur the Wanderer, which you already have heard of.

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Edited by: Gnufruk the Trader at: 5/6/01 8:45:49 am
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« Reply #1 on: 29 April 2001, 12:59:00 »

Any proposals on more that should be added? Will write entries on Gork and Mork later...

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« Reply #2 on: 30 April 2001, 00:31:00 »

Some things here:

"When touching the Johgab, Gaffel melted and became the races." That's a bit fast, eh? Maybe some more details wouldn't hurt. The religion is mainly a goblish one, isn't it? Or are there other races believing in Gork and Mork too? If it is mainly a goblish one you could somehow stress that the goblins were the first and that other races somehow only came to life "accidentally" perhaps...

Exact dates (like 9189 b.S.) are not very realistic, because people started to count years much later and the dates of everything which happened before can only be re-constructed. I propose to say "somewhere in the 10th millenium b.S." or "in approx. 9200 b.S. in such cases.

Sailing: Are goblins not fearing water?

Maybe you could also work out what the two Gods' functions in the life of a goblin are. Are goblins good believers? When do they pray? What are the main differences to other religions? etc.

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« Reply #3 on: 30 April 2001, 00:56:00 »

Goblins dont fear water, who said that? They were actually partialy created of water. the Gork/Mork religion is belived in by almost all inhabitants of Orcal, and is therefore an orcal religion.

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« Reply #4 on: 30 April 2001, 02:00:00 »

Me was thinking the same. Goblins? Sailing?

Don't know much about them but never expected them to do such things.
Even they used simple wooden boats I might imagine that the distance between Northern Sarvonia and Nybelmar is too huge to overcome from there.

Eventually have them come from Southern Sarvonia and or even from the region around Strata.
Or maybe it should be only stated in the Chronicles of Orcal that the first Goblins arrived from some strange lands lying far in the west and nothing more.
Would make it a lot easier to believe..

Bye, Koldar

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« Reply #5 on: 30 April 2001, 04:04:00 »

Ok, changed the sailing dingy and the years. Added a priesthood 'section'...

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« Reply #6 on: 30 April 2001, 13:04:00 »

Added some more miracles and famous persons.

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« Reply #7 on: 30 April 2001, 23:48:00 »

Added one more famous person.

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« Reply #8 on: 06 May 2001, 02:42:00 »

I'm in the process of putting up the entry on Orcal beliefs and stumbled upon the following passage, which isn't quite clear. My comments are in brackets:

"A strange yellow light was shown to the later prophet Ghukfur the Wanderer, which came from a mysterious land far to the West.

[I assume you speak of the goblins at the Sarvonian continent.]

It told him to unite greenskins, and travel to the left with them.

[?]

Fortunately, the left was the direction of East,

[? East would be in the direction of Denilou, opposite of Nybelmar. If the light appeared in the west it would be logical to follow the apparition for Ghukfur. And why "fortunately", Gnufruk?]

and as he accomplished the mission and traveled to the East, he started having visions and fever-outbursts, mentioning something about being sent by two strange twins that created the world and being their ultimate savior."

[Maybe you could find a mythological reason for the sudden appearance of the light? Did Gork and Mork do something special perhaps? Played with something mayhaps? And why would they want the goblins to follow the light? Is there something they had to be afraid of, so that they had to be saved?]

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« Reply #9 on: 06 May 2001, 03:13:00 »

The directions were changed when we discussed if Goblins are capable of sailing this great distances, I think.
Now they don't come from Sarvonia anymore as it is a too great distance from the Northern Sarvonian continent to Nybelmar. Even seafaring nations have problems maintaining safe routes, you know.
Now these tribes come from the other side of Nybelmar.

Hope I understood that right, Gnufruk.

I would also suggest to keep the east of Nybelmar mystical for the moment if you don't have any definite plans there, yet.

Bye,Koldar

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« Reply #10 on: 06 May 2001, 06:46:00 »

One more question: You state that the Fallen Priests "walk around in Orcal and flagellate themselves". My dictonary and Altavista both can't get any meaning out of the word "flagellate". Do you mean perhaps that they whip themselves when walking around as a sign of their belief?

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« Reply #11 on: 06 May 2001, 08:13:00 »

In my 'Clue' flagellate is a word meaning that they whip themselves when walking around as a sign of their belief.

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« Reply #12 on: 06 May 2001, 11:52:00 »

Have you noticed my question on the east/west thingy too, Gnufruk? (See some posts above.)

And finally: I also would need just a few sentences about Ghukfur the Wanderer - that possible?

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 5/5/01 7:52:03 pm
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« Reply #13 on: 07 May 2001, 01:46:00 »

Ok, removed the Ghufur dingy and moved it to a new section.

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