Vulcan in his Forge, oil on canvas painting by Pompeo Batoni, 94.2 x 73.7 cm, 1750
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In Irish mythology Goibniu or Goibhniu was a son of Brigid and Tuireann and the smith of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He and his brothers Creidhne and Luchtaine were known as the Trí Dée Dána, the three gods of art, who forged the weapons which the Tuatha Dé used to battle the Fomorians. His weapons were always lethal, and his mead gave the drinker invulnerability. He may also have been a thunder god. The stars were considered the sparks from his anvil.
His Welsh equivalent was Gofannon.
The smith holds a special fascination for the peoples. Smiths are thought to have magical powers of charm and healing, bestowed upon them by the god of the smiths, Goibhniu. Goibhniu is actually one of a triad of gods; Luchta the wright and Creidhne the worker in metal are also important craftsmen gods. Together they fashioned weapons for Lugh at the battle of Magh Tuiredh, each doing his part to create sound, sure weapons. Reputedly, weapons forged by the great Goibhniu will never miss their mark, and those stuck by them will certainly be slain. In the great Feast of Goibhniu, the god serves a variety of foods and drinks which can soothe, heal, and even make immortal their consumers.
Though his size and appearance may at first be threatening, Goibhniu is a generally warm and friendly fellow. He is especially fond of sharing stories of battle and fine armaments. He often makes food and drinks for those he befriends, sharing with them a small feast - the wines and dishes of which will be of a magical nature and will both prolong life and heal damage. However, when made angry, Goibhniu will show no pity, slaying mortals who have crossed him without so much as a second thought.
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Goibhniu is the divine smith of the Tuatha Dé Danann, who forges weapons and armors of metal. He is also associated with fire, and both blacksmiths and warriors call upon him for strength. Priests of Goibhniu are rare however, as he is most of the time represented by war-smiths (see new character class) who are true warriors and smiths, while priests will rather counsel metal workers and help the warriors of their tribe with some fire magic and enhancing weapons or armors.
• Domains: Metallurgy (new), Fire, Strength.
• Symbol: Hammer and anvil. Priests of Goibhniu always wear a pendant representing a small anvil and hammer, but also carry a hammer with them.
• Favored Weapon: warhammer.
• Area of control: Metallurgy and weaponsmithing, but also prosperity.
• Typical worshippers: Smiths and weaponsmiths, for the most, but also warriors.
• Duties of priesthood: Priests of Goibhniu are clerics rather than filidh. They are expected to support the smiths and warriors of their clan, helping the first in their work, and seeing that the latter are properly equipped, fed, and healed.
• Special Benefit: Priests of Goibhniu have access to a special feat of their own: Weaponsmith Expert, that gives them a +2 competence bonus on all Appraise , Craft, and Knowledge checks related to metal weapons and armors.
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