Warhammer - The Depths of Corruption
God of Thieves and Rogues
Ranald, the god of Thieves and Tricksters, the patron deity of thieves, gamblers and other rogues. It is claimed that he was once a human who managed to trick Shallya, goddess of Healing and Mercy, into making him a god.
He is portrayed as a charming and rogueish thief and con man of unsurpassable ability, but he may also take the form of a crow, a magpie or a black cat.
Common symbols are crossed fingers, the mark X, dice, and other symbols of luck. Anyone who wishes Ranald’s favour (good luck) might wear a charm with an X on it.
Although he is associated with crime, he is not evil but driven by his irrepressible sense of humour and his love of thievery, which to him is a means of humiliating pompous and imperious merchants, rather than avarice. To Ranald, the perfect crime is one which is only discovered weeks later. Ranald abhors every form of violence and does not allow violent crimes. In the eyes of the Trickster God one should use his brains, not his swordarm.
Much like Sigmar, Ranald was not born a god but managed to become one himself. While Sigmar did so by proving himself worthy, Ranald became immortal through lies and trickery. His means of ascension into the pantheon of deities provides his followers with an excellent example of his ideology. Ranald is often portrayed as a human male, normally with a charming appearance, but can also take the form of a crow, black cat or a magpie.
He tricked Shallya, the Maiden of Mercy, to let him drink of her tears, thereby deifying himself. Ranald wishes all his followers to lie, trick, and rise against authorities and laws, and what greater authority to circumvent than that of a god? Though generally regarded as impertinent and disrespectful of authority, Ranald is not known to dislike the older gods nor think badly of them.
Ranald loves nothing more than to bring down the mighty and raise the low and is considered to be a giver of good fortune, and many prayers are said to him by those wishing for a change of luck, or to keep the wealth they have gained so far.
The cult of Ranald is highly decentralised if it has any organisation at all. The few temples that openly exist are careful to emphasise Ranald’s role as a patron of trade. A large temple to Ranald is located in the city of Marienburg, currently led by Hans von Kleptor who are by all means Ranald incarnate with his handsome looks and sharp wits. The followers of Ranald believes him to be Ranald’s son of a mortal woman. Due to Marienburg’s independence in the Empire and status as an underdog, Ranald is widely and openly worshipped.
There are small shrines devoted to each of Ranald’s aspects. Shrines are never elaborate and are always hidden and easily concealable. Shrines to Ranald as the Night Prowler can sometimes be found in the dens of Thieves’ Guilds.
Priests of Ranald are wanderers, and train initiates on an ad-hoc basis. His cult has no formal orders and holy days vary from region to region and usually concedes with local folklore. Most cultures through the Empire have a day where families exchange gifts and tokens, and that day is usually considered holy to Ranald and his followers.