Malsumis is a deity worshipped by the Algonquian peoples of northeastern North America, known for his association with evil and trickery. According to their creation myth, Malsumis was created from the dust left over from the creation of humans by the god Tabaldak. Unlike his twin brother Gluskab, who was gifted with the power to create a good world, Malsumis was given the opposite power, which he has used for evil ever since. Malsumis is depicted as a powerful, malevolent force that seeks the end of mankind, and is known for his association with wolves and the wilderness.
- Pantheon: North American Pantheon
- Deity Title: The Evil Brother of Gluskab
- Deity Symbol: A snarling wolf’s head
- Home Plane: Beastlands
- Deity Level: Intermediate deity
- Alignment: Chaotic Evil
- Aliases: The Wolf God, The Trickster
- Superior: None known
- Traditional Allies: Other deities of chaos and destruction
- Traditional Foes: Gluskab, any deity of order and protection
- Divine Artifact: None known
- Servants: Demons, chaotic evil mortals
- Servitor Creatures: Werewolves, worgs
- Sacred Animal: Wolf
- Manifestations: Wolves howling in the night, strange tricks and misfortunes befalling those who cross the deity’s followers
- Signs of Favor: A sudden increase in the presence of wolves, the successful completion of a particularly evil plan
- Worshipers: Outlaws, raiders, and other chaotic evil individuals who seek to bring about the end of civilization
- Cleric Alignments: Chaotic Evil
- Specialty Priests: None known
- Holy Days: The night of the full moon
- Portfolio: Trickery, Evil, Destruction
- Domains: Chaos, Evil, Trickery
- Favored Weapon: Short sword
- Favored Class: Rogue
- Favored Race: Half-orcs, orcs, goblinoids
- Duties of the Priesthood: To spread chaos and destruction wherever they go, to bring about the end of civilization
- Major Cult/Temple Sites: Secret hideouts and dens in remote areas, hidden within civilization in disguised form
- Benefits: Power over wolves and the ability to bring about misfortunes for those who cross the deity’s followers. The ability to call upon demons for aid in destructive schemes.
Malsumis is worshipped primarily by those who seek to gain an advantage through trickery and deceit, and his followers often attempt to appease him through offerings and rituals. He is also revered by those who are drawn to the darker aspects of the natural world, and by those who feel that the world is inherently hostile and requires cunning to survive. Malsumis is often associated with the Beastlands, a plane of existence that is said to be the home of all the wild animals and creatures of the world.
As a deity, Malsumis is aligned with chaos and evil, and is often portrayed as a cunning, manipulative being who uses his powers to advance his own goals. His followers are encouraged to embrace the same traits, and are expected to use their cunning and trickery to get what they want in life. Malsumis is often associated with the domains of Trickery, Chaos, and Evil, and his favored weapon is often depicted as a curved knife or dagger, symbolic of his role as a bringer of deceit and corruption.
Despite his evil reputation, Malsumis has a strong following, particularly among those who seek to harness the power of the wilderness and turn it to their advantage. His followers believe that by embracing his teachings, they can overcome the obstacles of life and emerge as victorious, no matter what the cost. Whether through their cunning and deceit, or their raw power and strength, Malsumis’ followers are determined to succeed, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
Malsumis is typically depicted as a large, imposing figure with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a wolf. He is often shown with long, shaggy fur and piercing yellow eyes that gleam with mischief and malevolence. He is also frequently depicted carrying a large, rusty weapon or staff, which he uses to terrorize the world and its inhabitants.
In many depictions, Malsumis is shown as being surrounded by a pack of loyal wolves, which he uses to do his bidding and spread chaos wherever he goes. He is often portrayed as being fiercely intelligent and cunning, using his wit and cunning to outsmart his enemies and wreak havoc.
Despite his fearsome reputation, Malsumis is also revered by some as a powerful deity who can bestow great gifts upon those who worship him. He is often invoked by hunters and warriors, who believe that he can help them in their endeavors, and by those who seek to use his power for their own selfish gains.
In the tradition of Native American gods, Malsumis is often considered a trickster deity, similar to the Coyote or Raven figures found in other cultures. He is seen as a source of both great evil and great good, and is revered as a powerful force that must be respected and appeased.