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In the beginning we lived as thieves,

Stealing fur and fang of beasts for survival
Then came the Builder who brought us the Hammer,
And with it we forged a new way of life.
To reject the Hammer is to denounce the Builder.

  — The Hammer Book of Tenets

  • A possible depiction of The Master Builder fighting The Trickster.
  • A possible depiction of The Builder, or else St. Edgar.

The Master Builder (aka "The Builder" or just "Builder"), is the principal deity of the Order of the Hammer, and its offshoot, The Mechanists (The exception being that towards the end, Karras was considered, and considered himself, almost to be above that of the Builder). He is the god of order and innovation and is the opposing force against the Trickster, the god of nature and chaos. According to Order's beliefs, the Builder taught[1] people to use the hammer and other tools so that they could protect themselves from dangerous natural environment and use technology to develop their civilization. Based on his deeds and assertions, a Book of Hammer was written, being the main compendium of laws and rules for the Hammerite Order. To the Hammerites, the most blessed symbol of the Builder is the Hammer.[2]

The Builder's doctrine tells[3] that the nature should be oppressed[4] and used as a resource for creating material benefits, such as advancing civilization or the building of factories and other buildings. Blind following to this doctrine may be dangerous as it may end up in destroying nature as a whole, this includes mankind itself along with all organic life. This was proven by Karras, who tried to destroy all biological life, seeking the Builder's favor.


  1. Break From Cragscleft Prison: In-game text#M3PRAY
  2. The Hammer Book of Lessons; The Book of the Master Builder
  3. Undercover: In-game text#M10VO77
  4. TG B11

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