I agree with a lot of what was said in the original few posts and since then, but I am not sure that Taurog is actually underpowered. He is actually probably the god I use the most (having only unlocked him, Mystera, Tikki, and Glowing, for some reason). I have used him to good effect recently with every normal class except Wizard line. This probably has something to do with the fact that Mystera is niche, Tikki is generally weak, and I can never remember what Glowing wants me to do and not do. But I think people are underestimating the power of committing to a primarily physical strategy. It allows you to get a lot of piety and conversion points from glyphs early. It's a little bit of a gamble, but much less so than a lot of other strategic choices. Until you have a good number of his boons, Taurog will still leave you enough mana to cast some of the more useful spells once or more times, which is usually enough, and it's not like you lose that much piety per cast. You usually can either go all the way with Taurog or grab what you need, fill up on piety, and then convert to another god. For example, an elven warlord can easily benefit from going half-way with Taurog, really upping his damage output while still keeping 10 mana for CYDSTEPP (he's probably not going to get to 20 anyway--especially if he's using those Glyphs instead of converting them). To be more explicit about it, the fact that it's easy to get piety with Taurog right from the beginning is really nice.
I completely agree that Taurog's retribution is too "swingy" though.
Were you expecting a coherent message? Alweth does not deal with such trifles. Ignore him or watch the thread get locked!