Gods of the Clergy
Though Triegenes is revered highest among the various patron deities in Crisillyir, he is by no means the only one. It is not uncommon, though, for the nonfaithful to pick up this misconception, given that all Clergy priests wear the symbol of the hook; the iconography of the other gods has become more subtle over the long centuries since the fisherman’s apotheosis.
Followers of these other gods have little in the ways of rivalry with each other, though some historians claim it was not always so: that Triegenes’ example united his followers beneath him, and with their followers’ union, the gods themselves could do little but fall in line.
Velkali, god of oases
Sonata, god of music
A common patron deity of bards in Crisillyir, hymns sung in praise of her are hardly stuffy affairs, though the bawdier numbers rarely see use outside of taverns. She is a mercurial god at times, embracing both happiness and sadness, good and evil… for all the colors and emotions of the world can come alive in song. At other times, she can be rigid and mired in tradition—for music without rules and rhythm is merely noise. In truth, even Sonata’s most devoted priests spend their lives trying to discern the nuances of her vague philosophy and ever-changing ideals, but the journey is both enjoyable and educational.
- Follow your muses. When inspiration strikes, do not ignore it—and do not be ashamed if others do not understand.
- Fill your life with music.
Mori, god of death
Still and silent as fallen snow, Mori waits for the souls of mortals soon to die. He does not reap, he does not collect. He welcomes dispassionately, guiding souls to their rightful places beyond. He has a minor following among Eschatologists, who enjoy the inevitable aspects of his priests’ doctrines, and the emphasis on the normalcy of death. His teachings are as follows:
- Live as you please, as Mori waits for you in the end.
- Do not be hasty in ending the lives of others, but above all, do not allow them to end yours.
Bane, god of war
Bane advocates the practice of combat both as a necessity for those who live in a harsh and unforgiving world, and as a natural way to better oneself both in prowess and standing. It is this single-minded pursuit of self-improvement through the conquest of others that leads many Clericists to conflate Trigenes’ teachings with Bane’s often-selfish philosophies. Since the fisherman’s passing, many of Triegenes’ most radical followers (a sad majority of modern upper-level Clergy officials, it seems) worship Bane second-most among the pantheon, so much so that Clerics in Lanjyr are hard to imagine without a mace or hammer in their hands—a tribute to Bane’s own favored weapon, the morningstar. Even godhands tend to stylize their steel gauntlets with spikes or rounded knuckles so that their fists more closely resemble the heads of maces. Bane commands:
- Hone your combat skills, be they with spell, blade, or battlefield strategy. The world belongs to the strong.
- Do not fight mindlessly, or without purpose. Murderers have no place calling themselves followers of Bane.
Nocturna, god of the night sky
Where many cultures might see darkness personified in a malevolent figure, Nocturna is revered as a comforter, a bringer of rest to the weary, and a keeper of celestial beauty who keeps the stars alight. Those who keep vigil over land or property during the night pray for her to watch over them, and she asks them to keep her commandments in turn:
- Keep the night sacred and safe. Hold in disdain all those who would use her darkness to hide their true intentions.
- Revere beauty in all its forms, and take pride in your own elegance, whether in your looks or in the practice of your trade.
Verdrua, god of beasts and magnolias
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