Came then Desmina, scorned and exiled by her people. And in her misery and wretchedness, did Desmina curse the gods for abandoning all who, like her, admired power and ambition.
And asketh she, "Where is the god to whom I may give my undying devotion? Where is the god to whom I may beg revenge against those who scorn me?"
And rumbled then the earth from far below, and with a terrible groan, split open. The ground grew white with frost and ice, and from forth the frozen earth spilled the rotted, skeletal minions of Grenth.
Appeared then the god, and with bony hands outstretched, welcomed the girl into His fold. Saith he, "I am your god. Follow where I lead, come whence I call, and the rotted corpses of the dead will be yours to control." And swearing allegiance in life and beyond, did Desmina thence become the god's first follower.
— Scriptures of Grenth, 48 BE
Unlike the other Gods who came from the Mists, Grenth was born of Tyria. He was later elevated to power after seizing control of the Underworld and defeating Dhuum, the previous God of Death. Recently, the forces of Dhuum have grown more powerful and taken back vast stretches of the Underworld, causing Grenth to ask mortal adventurers for aid. Grenth's teachings are celebrated during Wintersday, when his followers compete with Dwayna to determine which god will dominate the coming year.
Grenth is usually depicted as having the body of a man but the skull of a beast (in Canthan depictions, the skull is more draconic), and with the souls of his followers clamouring at his feet for his attention. In Cantha, the faces of these souls are always turned away from Grenth as if in shame. Elonians often leave offerings of bone, ivory and, when times are hard, flesh and sinew at the feet of statues of Grenth. When the world has the Favor of the Gods, mist flows from the base of the statues and their eyes glow brightly.
Concept art by Kekai Kotaki.
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|Religions of Tyria (edit)|
|The Six Human Gods||Balthazar (statue) • Dwayna (statue) • Grenth (statue) • Lyssa (statue) • Melandru (statue) • Kormir (statue)|
|Former and other deities||Abaddon (statue) • Dhuum • Elder Dragons • Great Dwarf • Menzies • Spirits of the Wild • Three Queens|
|Entities of religion||Avatar • Celestial • Charr gods • Druid • Envoy • Facet • Glint • The Great Destroyer • Unseen Ones|
|Non-theistic religions||Eternal Alchemy • Eternal Paradise • Great Forge • Sky Above the Sky|