The Heir to Disaster
Gnost, like his sister Eladriel, is the offspring of Gan and Unshib. He is the first god to have taken human form; he later taught this power to his fellow immortals (only Tarim and Yair refused this knowledge), a ruse which greatly expanded his influence almost everywhere. Gnost was charged by Atho in the early ages, like his sister, to watch over mortal humankind. Gnost proved too zealous a guardian, however, and began to enslave those he protected and to hoard their wealth. Later stripped of his riches stolen from gods and men alike, Gnost is now known as the Beggar King. He is seldom without his twin hounds Echmos (Jealousy) and Morrod (Deceit), which the god uses to tempt and corrupt all who oppose his quest for more dominion over the world. Eladric dogma teaches that Gnost, or at least ‘his worst limbs’, remain trapped in Vela’s Web and that the continued sins of men only help to free him from the trap. If Gnost ever escaped, prophecy states the world would fall to ‘a darkness and winter ruled by serpents’.
Evil; Cruelty, Deception, Jealousy, Murder, Greed, Dragons, the Underworld
Symbols and Omens
Wild dogs, blood stains, dragons, treasure, snakes.
Gnost is not welcome in any place. He is considered a roving nomad, despite being partially trapped in the underworld. However he is also the only god able to visit Laashil who remains trapped in the kiln of Firsthearth. Typically, his wanderings are done by proxy, through his hounds since the god himself is so loathsome, frightful, and unwanted.
Avatars and Manifestations
Gnost is seldom depicted, but is either shown in the form of a filthy beggar with two dogs or else as a black dragon or large serpent, often with one or two dog heads.