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Goibhniu, God of Smithing and Brewing

  • Pantheon: Celtic Pantheon
  • Deity Title: Goibhniu, God of Smithing and Brewing
  • Deity Symbol: A hammer and a cauldron
  • Home Plane: Tir na nOg
  • Deity Level: Intermediate
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Aliases: Gobniu, Goibniu, Gobhniu, Govannon, Gofannon
  • Superior: None
  • Traditional Allies: Lugh, Danu, Brigid, Ogma
  • Traditional Foes: Balor, Fomorians
  • Divine Artifact: Undry, a cauldron that never runs out of food and drink.
  • Servants: Smiths, brewers, and warriors.
  • Servitor Creatures: Elementals, such as fire and earth elementals.
  • Sacred Animal: The wild boar.
  • Manifestations: A blacksmith or a brewer.
  • Signs of Favor: A strong sense of smell, success in metalworking or brewing, a sudden craving for ale.
  • Worshipers: Smiths, brewers, warriors, and those seeking protection.
  • Cleric Alignments: Lawful Good, Lawful Neutral
  • Specialty Priests: Smith-priests, brewer-priests
  • Holy Days: Beltane, Lughnasadh
  • Portfolio: Smithing, brewing, warfare, and protection.
  • Domains: Forge, War, Protection
  • Favored Weapon: Warhammer
  • Favored Class: Cleric
  • Favored Race: Dwarves
  • Duties of the Priesthood: Preside over ceremonies, craft arms and armor for warriors, bless the brewing of beer, and protect their communities.
  • Major Cult/Temple Sites: The Hill of Uisneach, Tara
  • Benefits: Divine protection in battle, the ability to create magical arms and armor, enhanced brewing abilities, and the ability to communicate with elementals.

Goibhniu is a mighty and ancient god, revered in Irish mythology for his incredible skill as a blacksmith and his ability to brew the sacred drink of immortality. As one of the Tuatha Dé Danann, he is a god of the forge, war, and healing, and his powers are legendary throughout the land. He is often depicted as a wise old man with a flowing beard and a fierce, unyielding gaze, who wields a massive hammer and wears a cloak made of the feathers of a thousand birds.

As a character, Goibhniu is known for his unyielding devotion to his craft, which he views as a sacred duty to his people. He spends countless hours in his forge, crafting weapons and tools of unparalleled quality, and he is never satisfied with anything less than perfection. Despite his gruff exterior, however, he is also known for his kindness and compassion, and he is always willing to help those in need, whether it be healing their wounds or forging them a new weapon.

Goibhniu is a tall and muscular figure with broad shoulders, thick arms, and calloused hands, standing at around 6 feet and 5 inches tall, and weighing over 250 pounds.

His ultimate goal is to protect his people and ensure their prosperity, both in this life and in the afterlife. He understands the importance of his craft in providing the tools and weapons needed for warfare, but also recognizes the importance of healing in maintaining the health and well-being of his people. He seeks to achieve this by continuing to hone his skills and pass on his knowledge to future generations, ensuring that the traditions of the Tuatha Dé Danann will live on for generations to come.

Goibhniu, God of Smithing and Brewing

Goibhniu, God of Smithing and Brewing

Alignment: Neutral Good

Armor Class: 21 (Natural Armor)

Hit Points: 900 (40d20 + 400)

Speed: 40 ft.

30 (+10)18 (+4)30 (+10)24 (+7)22 (+6)20 (+5)

Saves: Constitution +18, Intelligence +15, Wisdom +14

Skills: Arcana +15, History +15, Perception +14

Senses: Truesight 120 ft., Passive Perception 24

Languages: Irish, Dwarvish, Giant

Divine Domains: Knowledge, Forge

Legendary Resistance (3/Day): If Goibhniu fails a saving throw, he can choose to succeed instead.

Divine Aura: Goibhniu exudes an aura of warmth and craftsmanship, granting advantage on all ability checks related to smithing, brewing, and metallurgy made within 60 feet of him.

Legendary Actions (3 Actions): Goibhniu can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. Goibhniu regains spent legendary actions at the start of his turn.

  • Mighty Hammer: Goibhniu makes a melee weapon attack with his enchanted smithing hammer. The target takes 3d12 + 10 bludgeoning damage and must succeed on a DC 20 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
  • Mend the Armor: Goibhniu repairs a damaged object or heals a creature within 60 feet of him, restoring 5d10 + 10 hit points.
  • Divine Inspiration: Goibhniu bestows inspiration upon an ally within 60 feet, granting them advantage on their next ability check or attack roll.


  • Multiattack: Goibhniu makes two melee weapon attacks with his enchanted smithing hammer.
  • Smithing Hammer: Melee Weapon Attack: +19 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 4d12 + 10 bludgeoning damage plus 4d10 fire damage. If the target is a creature wearing armor, the armor must succeed on a DC 22 Dexterity saving throw or be destroyed.
  • Brewing Vat (Recharge 5-6): Goibhniu creates a magical brew in a vat, choosing from one of the following effects:
    • Healing Brew: All creatures within 30 feet of Goibhniu regain 10d10 + 20 hit points.
    • Strength Brew: Goibhniu and all creatures within 30 feet of him gain advantage on Strength checks and saving throws for 1 hour.
    • Inspiration Brew: Goibhniu and all creatures within 30 feet of him gain advantage on Charisma checks and saving throws for 1 hour.

Divine Artifacts:

  • Enchanted Smithing Hammer: Goibhniu wields a powerful hammer that functions as a +3 warhammer. On a critical hit, the hammer deals an additional 4d10 fire damage. The hammer also has the ability to destroy armor with a DC 22 Dexterity saving throw.
  • The Anvil of Creation: Goibhniu also possesses the Anvil of Creation, a legendary anvil that is said to be able to forge any weapon or armor with unparalleled craftsmanship. Items forged on the Anvil of Creation gain a +5 bonus to their attack rolls and damage rolls, and they are immune to any forms of corrosion or decay.

Lair Actions (On Initiative Count 20):

Goibhniu can take lair actions, choosing from the options below. Goibhniu can use only one lair action option at a time and only in his lair. Goibhniu regains spent lair actions at the start of his turn.

  1. Divine Blessing: Goibhniu bestows a blessing upon his allies, granting them advantage on all attack rolls and saving throws for 1 round.
  2. Smithing Mastery: Goibhniu enhances the weapons and armor in his lair, granting them temporary hit points equal to their maximum hit points and making them immune to all forms of damage for 1 round.
  3. Brewing Fury: Goibhniu uses his brewing skills to create a potent elixir that he hurls at his enemies. All creatures within 60 feet of Goibhniu must make a DC 20 Dexterity saving throw or take 10d10 + 10 poison damage and be poisoned for 1 minute. A successful saving throw halves the damage and negates the poison condition.

Regional Effects:

The region surrounding Goibhniu’s domain is infused with his divine presence, causing the following effects:

  • Magical Smithing: All weapons and armor crafted within the region gain a +1 bonus to their attack rolls and damage rolls.
  • Abundant Harvest: Crops and plants grown in the region are exceptionally bountiful, providing an additional yield of 50% and increased nutritional value.
  • Brewmaster’s Delight: Brews and potions brewed in the region are imbued with enhanced effects, lasting twice as long or providing additional benefits.


Goibhniu, the legendary Irish smith and god of metalworking, stands tall and proud, with a muscular build and piercing blue eyes. His long, flowing hair and beard are a fiery red, and his skin is tanned from working under the sun. He wears a simple leather apron and carries a massive hammer, the tool of his trade.

In the 1450s, Goibhniu has taken on a new project – the creation of a sword for the newly crowned King of England, Henry VII. He has been commissioned by the king’s court to forge a blade that will symbolize England’s power and might, and Goibhniu is eager to rise to the challenge.

As he works on the sword, Goibhniu can’t help but think about the state of the world around him. The Renaissance is in full swing, and Europe is experiencing a wave of change and progress. But with this progress comes conflict, and Goibhniu is worried about the wars and political turmoil that plague the continent.

As a god of metalworking, Goibhniu’s ultimate goal is to create weapons and tools that will aid humanity in its struggles. He wants to see a world where people can live in peace and prosperity, free from the fear of war and oppression. But he knows that his role is limited – he can only create the tools, it is up to humanity to use them wisely.

With this in mind, Goibhniu pours all of his skill and expertise into the sword he is creating. He knows that it will be used in battles and conflicts, but he hopes that it will also inspire bravery and courage in those who wield it. He wants his work to be a force for good in the world, and he will stop at nothing to achieve this goal.

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