Urogalan is the deity of earth and death. His symbol is the silhouette of a dog’s head.

Urogalan is a gentle deity for a god of death, respected and revered but never feared. He is seen as a protector of the dead. Because the dead are usually buried in the earth, he is also the guardian of the earth itself (as opposed to the green plants that grow in the earth, which are the dominion of other deities).

Urogalan rarely speaks or shows emotion. His voice, rarely heard, is tinged with loss. In appearance, Urogalan iss a slim, dusky-skinned human dressed in brown or pure white, representing his two primary aspects of earth and death.

Though few actually worship him, many revere him and pray and make offering to him when a loved one dies. However, Urogalan’s faithful believe that just as the earth is the giver of all life, so it ultimately receives all life into its embrace. They revere the soil and embrace death when their natural lives come to an end. He is one of the only dieties Lawfully aligned among Harrogothians.

Offerings to Urogalan include uncut gems and clay images of Urogolan. They are placed on flat rocks at the center of the temple while soft dirges and elegies are sung and read and percussion is provided by the pounding of bare feet making slow circles around the central stone.

Bodies are interned in stone or (more often) wooden caskets with a stone tablet graven with the name of the deceased and a symbol of the Black Hound on their chests and on their palms. Mementos of their lives are often buried with them.

Urogalan’s temples are often found in shallow basins open to the sky, in natural caves or in catacombs. They emphasize the natural terrain and their floors are always covered in six inches of dirt. The temples in Faraday and Lut Gholein are exceptions to this. They are both structures made of the black stone found on and around Mount Shaitan that has been skillfully formed into interlocking blocks.


Erna Hennik Hennik