Gazetteer – 04a020502 – Grinder
As Mith created the stars, he did not always like how they turned out. He needed a means of disposing of them so he created the Grinder. The Grinder was a force of destruction so strong that it could swallow a star. So if a star came out too small, too hot, too dark or misshapen, Mith would throw the star into the Grinder and start again. Unbeknownst to Mith, the Grinder absorbed so much energy that it became self-aware. It no longer was an object, but an entity, and began to crave more and more energy.
When the Grinder learned to speak, it demanded Mith make him another star or he would swallow Mith, also. Mith grabbed his hammer and sought to destroy the Grinder, but the entity had become too powerful and Mith was nearly swallowed whole.
Mith fled the place where he had built the Grinder hoping the lack of star food would starve it to death. The Grinder’s hunger only bolstered its power and it reached out and grabbed nearby stars to consume.
As the Grinder learned about language, it realized that it did not want to be referred to as an object and demanded his worshipers to call him Grinder instead of the Grinder.
Grinder also realized that if he consumed everything he would partially be doing Mith’s bidding since Mith created him as a divine trash compactor. So Grinder changed to focus on destroying the creations Mith likes as opposed to the ones he would rather see destroyed, like chaos.
Grinder may seem like a chaotic entity, but Grinder is more powerful than chaos. Even the Laughing Man and the Beast feared Grinder. The one ally of Grinder is Demogorgon. The demon prince of rage and murder has always had goals aligned with Grinder’s wishes. The demon prince, himself, will make sacrifices to the god. Demogorgon considers himself to be Grinder’s adopted son. Scholars and priests debate on if that relationship is reciprocated.
Grinder is sentient nothingness but his symbol is of a black orb with eight smoky tentacles arrayed out like a symbol of chaos. Grinder is primarily worshiped by black-hearted dwarves who worship Grinder in secret inside dwarven societies. These dwarves have a pronounced form of OCD that makes them want everything to be perfectly clean.
“Cleanliness is godliness” is a code for Grinder worshippers to recognize each other. The more common phrase, “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” is never uttered by these groups. Anyone using that phrase will warn a cultist and they will either avoid that person or murder them. This code extends into the Cult of Demogorgon. Demogorgon demands that his worshipers pay homage to Grinder, so shrines to the god of destruction exist in some places. There are no known great temples to Grinder.
Despite being a primal power, Grinder hungers for more and more power. Prayers are mandatory for his worshipers. Prayers must occur at dusk, midnight, and dawn. The ritual involves beating a mat to clean it of dust, then destroying something of value on the mat, and then beating the mat again to clean it again.
Spheres of Annihilation are avatars of Grinder. They have the most primitive of intellects. They understand come, go, and stop. They can be communicated with through outer essence manipulation. To influence a sphere, a wizard need make a caster roll of DC20. The DC of the roll increases by 1 for each time influence is tried (The same caster pisses off a sphere slowly until it reaches a breaking point where it will seek to annihilate the bossy wizard.) The DC of the roll increases by 5 for each day the sphere does not destroy something of value equal to 50 silver pieces times * each point of the DC. This effect is cumulative and only sates at the rate of reduction in DC by 1 for each day the sphere is fed. If a sphere does not eat for 8 straight days it sleeps with a DC60 to influence it. Typically a discovered sphere must be fed every day for several weeks before influence can be tried. Sentient creatures sacrificed to a sphere sate it by a hit point as equivalent to 50 silver pieces. Worshipers of Mith sate a sphere at 3 times the rate of other sentient creatures.
Priests of Grinder will only feed a sphere. They will never try to influence it. A few enterprising dwarves have used spheres to create tunnels by leading them in a direction with treasure like a carrot on a stick.
Deities can not resurrect anyone sacrificed to a sphere — not even Grinder.
If a sphere touches another sphere, both spheres are destroyed. The blast from the contact of two spheres causes 40d6 damage. Evasion enables a reflex save, otherwise no save.