The Smith

God of the forge and hospitality

Goibhniu (or Gaibhne – GAV-neh - in the Irish Gaelic Spelling) is one of the three divine brothers of cunning artifice. Together they form a male-triple god known colloquially as Na Trí Déithe Dána (na TREE JEE-heh DAW-nuh). This roughly translates as “The Three Bold (or daring) Gods.” Adding to the confusion, this is a title they have more or less co-opted from an elder group of divine brothers (An Daghdha, Oghma, and Ler). Gaibhne is the eldest brother and has the dual distinction of being a master of the forge as well as the keeper of the rules of Celtic Hospitality. When he is not fabricating masterful works of art in steel, he’s cooking up feasts, or brewing up divine beverages. Fortunately for the gods and mortals, he’s just as generous with his gifts as his brothers.

Meanmanra | Alignment

LG/NG/LN/N. Gaibhne is the keeper of all the rules that govern Celtic Hospitality, as such he tends to prefer followers that also adhere to codes of conduct. Additionally, working with various metal alloys and the techniques passed down for centuries requires discipline and an acknowledgement of the proper way things are done. Like his brothers, he believes in helping others, being benevolent, and in generosity. As the greatest of all hosts, he also does what he can to ensure the comfort and well being of his guests including rendering healing/medical aid if needed. That said, he has very little care or opinion of societal laws, governments, or discipline outside that necessary for being a host or or working a forge.

Tiarnais | Domains

Knowledge, Life

Gaiscí | Weapons

Generally speaking followers of any of “The Three Bold Gods” can use any weapon crafted by a skilled artisan (i.e. originally crafted with the Masterwork trait). 

Feathail | Symbols

A Metal Blacksmith’s Anvil is the symbol of those who venerate Gaibhne from more civilized locales. Other common emblems are Hammer or Giant Mallet over a Sword (i.e. in the act of forging), and a crossed hammer and sword over a forge. 

Gaibhne’s followers endeavor to bend metal themselves whenever or wherever they can. Skill level is not a requirement of discipleship, only the desire to improve and to make things with one’s own hands. As such, followers of Gaibhne tend to have lots of small metal items that they made themselves, much repaired equipment, and crafted brews in various states of experimentation. Sometimes they will also have a shrine to Gaibhne featuring a human shaped metal figure representing The Smith (since invariably the follower made it with their own hands, how much it looks like anyone in particular varies widely – and Gaibhne cares not.). Amusingly, a wrought iron two-tine dinner fork is just as likely to be a holy symbol of The Smith as the finest work of art (just so long as the user made it and it’s representative of their best work to date).

Crábhaid | Devotions

As one might expect, a big part of the worship of Gaibhne is done at a forge bending hot metal. Offerings of crafted items to him are best tossed into rivers in a symbolic eternal “quenching.” However, just as important as the crafting, are the requirements of being a gracious host, to entertain, to cook and/or brew. If a follower has a shrine to Gaibhne it is likely to have a small votive offering of food or beverage in front of the icon. This food or beverage is usually something home made. When a new batch of alcoholic beverage is prepared, the first portion is often poured out as a libation to The Smith (especially with distilled beverages where this first portion often contains higher concentrations of things best not ingested). Prayers tend to be over meals and prior to beginning a difficult task. Toasts and blessings are also a major component of following Gaibhne.

Geasa | Taboos

The only taboo related to work around the forge is related to allowing tools to go uncared for or unmaintained. However, violating the main tenants of Celtic Hospitality is a sure way to draw down Gaibhne’s displeasure. The “big ticket” items relate to failing to defend the host’s family or property once accepting hospitality (or directly causing harm on purpose without redress), causing violence or harm to guests, failing to provide at least some food or drink for those that have been accepted as guests, and (sometimes paradoxically) failing to offer hospitality in the first place. Of course, all these rules and restrictions only come into play if "hospitality" is officially (or inadvertently by a slip of the tongue) extended or accepted. 

Litrithe Eile | Other Spellings

Goibniu, Gaibhne, Goibhniu, Goibhniú, Goibhnie, Goibnu, Govne, Govnu


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