Gruna

The sea-daimon Gruna, tyrant of the Wild Sea and divhi of the Cult of Gruna is as fearsome a legend as will be found on all of Ahlonia. The sea-divhi is generally depicted as an evil, malevolent force of nature, locked in a fit of permanent primal rage, he sinks ships, lays waste to coastal settlements with great waves, and can even make his way ashore under cover of dark to eat those who truly anger him. The cult holds that such rampages can be appeased with offerings, such as slaughtered livestock, produce, valuables or even in some extreme cases human sacrifice. Some believe that the favour of Gruna can even be gained if the sacrifices are generous enough, and some cult cells especially in Terr sacrifice entire parties of slaves to the sea divhi in secret rituals. It is said that Gruna knows everything touching salt water, and so rituals are conducted at the shore, in flooded (usually secret) cave systems, or even in elaborate salt water pools in cellars which act as profane temples.

Gruna is usually referred to as 'he' though no specific indication of gender is given in any scripture accepted as cannon. He is depicted very much like a bug-eyed barracuda, but with a more compact body and four clawed lizard-like legs. His mouth is large enough to plough through the hull of even the strongest ship, and is filled with at least three rows of teeth so long that the mouth cannot be closed. Gruna is said to be roughly twenty-five feet long from tail to head, yet he can conciel himself in even inches of salt water, leaping out to devour prey and then returning to being visible as no more than a transparent yet reflection on the water's surface. Gruna's presence in a body of water darkens it, his scales are a dark, sickly green and so he changes the water around him to better blend. In completely clear pools in shrines to Gurna this discoloration makes the creature's presence obvious.

The Church of the Dioune has proclaimed the worship of Gruna, possession of any of his religious teachings, or any ritual devoted to pacifying or courting Gruna to be high heresy, equal to that of the Order of the Black Sarith, and the Warriors of the Church spend a great deal of time routing out such cult cells, but in old Sigard and southern Highdunn the cult is too widespread for there to be any hope of wiping it out. Those who claim to have seen Gruna and lived are few and far between, but recently near an unnamed hamlet in southern Terr a creature has washed up on the shore that appears to fit the description of Gruna, though it is far too small to ever sink a ship. The body vanished within a few days of appearing, and it is assumed that it was taken by cultists, though anything is possible.

Gunagha-Cusanga


It is hard to say how much the goblyn divh Gunagha-Cusanga influenced Gruna, or how much Gruna influenced the goblyn faith, or if these two creatures are indeed one and the same. In the Yurgish Sect Cusanga is known as the Devourer of Infant Flesh, and embodies the darkness and violence and cruelty of goblynkind, he is the creature least invoked, when goblyns fear or when they want to arise terrible oaths of vengeance with no regard for themselves they call upon Cusanga, but the aid of this terrible creature always comes at great cost. Cusanga is said to be a creature with rubbery grey skin, able to consume even giants whole, with rows of razor sharp teeth. The goblyn depictions very much match the landsmen Gruna except for the absence of the legs. The belief that Cusanga can be invoked even in isolated bodies of water if salt is sprinkled into them is also common to the ceremonies of the Yurga.

Deep Shana


Those who have travelled the world believe that Gruna is simply another name of the great Baalfr of the Oceans, Deep Shana. Indeed this does seem likely, and many of the tenets of Gruna's cult and of the worship of Gunagha-Cusanga match the teachings of many other isolated cults of sea-monsters that are associated with the mother of leviathans.