Dungeons & Dragons Deity
Title(s) The Healer, Great Mother, the Cave mother, the Blood Moon Witch
Home Plane Infernal Battlefield of Acheron
Power Level Lesser
Alignment Neutral Evil
Portfolio Fertility, medicine, servitude
Domains Earth, Evil, Healing (also Cavern, Family, and Orc in Forgotten Realms)

In many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Luthic is the orc goddess of Fertility, Medicine, Females, and Servitude. Luthic embodies the orcish feminine ideal, subordinate to male orcs but still protecting the cohesion of orcish society. Her sacred animal is the cave bear. Her symbol is an orcish rune meaning "home."

In many campaign settings, the orcish pantheon of gods consists of the leader Gruumsh, as well as Bahgtru, Ilneval, Luthic, Shargaas, and Yurtrus.

Publication historyEdit

Luthic was first detailed in Roger E. Moore's article "The Half-Orc Point of View," in Dragon #62 (TSR, 1982).[1] In Dragon #92 (December 1984), Gary Gygax indicated this as one of the deities legal for the Greyhawk setting.[2] She also appeared in the original Unearthed Arcana (1985).[3]

Luthic was detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about her priesthood.[4] Her role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[5]

Luthic's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[6]


Luthic is described as a matronly orc with very long claws. She fights bare-handed with her claws because only the males of the community are allowed to wield a weapon. She may also use powerful spells, as such arts are not considered manly in orcish culture.


Luthic is the wife of Gruumsh and mother of Bahgtru.


Luthic lives in the orcish realm of Nishrek, on the plane of Acheron.



Luthic's priests wear brown and black leather armor and fur caps.


Luthic is worshipped in caves.

Rituals and holy daysEdit

Luthic's most sacred day is midwinter's day, when treasures are sacrificed in her name.


  1. Moore, Roger E. "The Half-Orc Point of View." Dragon #62 (TSR, June 1982)
  2. Gygax, Gary (December 1984). "From the Sorcerer's Scroll: Clerics live by other rules". Dragon (Lake Geneva WI: TSR) (92): 22. ]
  3. Gygax, Gary. Unearthed Arcana (TSR, 1985)
  4. Sargent, Carl. Monster Mythology (TSR, 1992)
  5. McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground (TSR, 1996)
  6. Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. Faiths and Pantheons (Wizards of the Coast, 2002).

Additional readingEdit

  • Conforti, Steven, ed. Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign, version 2.0. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2005. Available online:[1]
  • Heinsoo, Rob. The Plane Above. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2010.
  • Dragon magazine #342 - “Spellcraft: Alien Blessings”

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