House of Gond

This temple has an impressive facade: broad stone steps ascend between massive pillars that support a portico adorned with gears, stone cogs that turn endlessly thanks to enchantments that also make them glow faintly in darkness. But the quiet splendor of this temple is marred by an air of snobbery and inertia. Here there is none of the excitement over new things and devices seen in other temples to Gond.

Visitors are not allowed to do more than view an entry hall crowded with interesting-looking but minor mechanisms such as the screw-lift water pump and the two-powder-mix cooking hot plate while facing eloquent pleas for donations to the greater glory of Gond unless their devotion to the God of All Artifice impresses the underpriests. Then they summon Lord High Smith and Artificer Gulmarin Reldacap. Only those who in Gulmarin's sole and haughty judgment serve Gond with sufficient dedication (that is, large monetary amounts) and style (conservative and respectful) receive any aid from Essembra's House of Gond. All others are treated to a blessing from the god and a further entreaty to join the faith or if one of the faithful, an exhortation to renew and strengthen their dedication by undertaking a task of Gulmarin's choosing and then shown the door.

House of Gond

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