Heroes of Ynor
Gods of Ynor
There are 7 major gods in Ynor, all with their own temples and clergies. Following is a list of the gods with descriptions and dogmas.Actinopos (God of Light)
- Alignment: Lawful Good
- Portfolio: Fire, the sun, justice and leadership.
- High Temple: The Cathedral of Celestial Valour
The God of Light is revered all over Ynor, but most so on the Isle of Ynor it self, which is also why his high temple is placed there. Many different people follow Actinopos, from peasant to knight, from king to serf, the teachings of Actinopos reach many people. He is the twin brother of Melanora, which is also why the two gods tolerate each other. Actinopos has many forms that he shows to his followers, but the one he uses the most is that of a knight clad in golden armour, from which light emanates, and wielding a large bastard sword.
Dogma: Actinopos urges his followers to know them selves, to be open to the world and the light in all its forms shine in. He urges people to fight their own demons and never to succumb to personal darkness. He also wants his followers to be vigilant and watch for the minions of evil so that they more readily can defend themselves against threats against the light.
Clergy and Temples: The clergy of Actinopos most wear white robes, but they can be seen in other light colours. Depending on which order a cleric belongs to this will be reflected in the colour and style of clothing. Militant orders will wear light blue and white robes to emphasise their valour and purity, where as hospital orders would wear purely white robes in order to show they purity of their work. The temples and churches built to Actinopos are always light and spacious, not grandiose, but they all feel big. Often the windows are stained glass, featuring images of Actinopos or his avatars, but sometimes the windows are empty letting light and air into the temples. Temples are always located so that the sun is always easily visible.Melanora (Goddess of Darkness)
- Alignment: Evil
- Portfolio: Shadows, the night, the moon, trickery and betrayal.
- High Temple: The Temple of the Black Heart
Melanora is the twin sister of Actinopos, and his polar opposite. She is known for her blackheart and aptitude for deceit. Many people do not like Melanora or her preaching’s, but all respect her, since without her the Primordials would never have fallen. When Melanora walks amongst the mortals, she prefers to remain unseen, to all but those she favours. She often appears as a female rogue dressed in practical black armour and armed with sharp obsidian daggers.
Dogma: Melanora teaches her followers to rely on their own abilities, making them solitary and closed people. She also teaches her followers to trust no one but themselves. She urges thieves to use their craft, but on the other hand she urges those who have been stolen from to seek out revenge on thieves. She asks her followers to use force or guile to get things they want, that’s not to say that she is against merchants or their trade, because if the merchants are good enough they can trick a thief to buy from them any way.
Clergy and Temples: The clerics of Melanora work alone, the temples are often ruled by only one cleric who makes sure that things run according to his or her plans. Melanora’s temples often double as thieves guilds, making sure that Melanora knows the names off thieves and giving the thieves a network. The temples themselves are often unassuming buildings that, if you don’t know they are temples, you wouldn’t notice them.Beltharion (God of Magic)
- Alignment: Unaligned
- Portfolio: Wisdom, knowledge, mysteries and magic.
- High Temple: The Temple of Mana
The God of Magic is a strange god. He prefers to speak to his clergy in riddles and when he answers the prayers of his followers his answers always have at least two meanings. Few groups of people follow Beltharion, but those who do often have great powers. Both scholar and mage follow the teachings of Beltharion, but sometimes those of lesser status follow the God of Magic. When Beltharion walks the earth he often takes the guise of an elderly man of any race. Some times he is a kind old scholar and sometimes he is a rambling old street prophet.
Dogma: Beltharion favours those who follow scholarly pursuits, and urges all his followers, scholar or not, to seek out knowledge and to always broaden their horizon. Beltharion advocates curiosity and sharp minds. He wishes that his followers never turn down a mystery, and do all within their power to solve it. Beltharion loves those of his followers who are gifted with the gift of magic, but those who turn to the darkest of arts, necromancy, gain the God of Magic’s undying hatred, which he expects his followers to share.
Clergy and Temples: The clergy of Beltharion are truly diverse in their choice of garments; one thing that is in common is that a cleric of Beltharion never wears dull clothing. Some members of the clergy are required to wear specific garments, such as members of The Ministry of Silence, who always wear dark green robes. Beltharions temples are often more akin to libraries, since searching for knowledge is the best way to praise Beltharion, but of course the temples also have altars and benches for when the temple has mass. Beltharions temples are often placed in the centre of a city or close to a place of education.Cidalor (God of War)
- Alignment: Unaligned
- Portfolio: Destruction, honour, duty, bloodshed and conflict.
- High Temple: The Church of Fallen Heroes
Cidalor is the God of War, lord of bloodshed and champion of honour. He is known by many names, most of which are bloody and some which are outright curses. Cidalor revels at the sight of bloodshed and war. Some warriors claim that during great wars they can see him standing on a ridge or hill surveying the battlefield. When Cidalor appears the mortals it is always as great warrior of his or her nation, but always with skin of bronze and bulging muscles.
Dogma: Cidalor is strait forward in what he wants from his subjects. He wants them to fight with honour, meaning that they never back down from an honourable challenge, since doing is high dishonourable. Cidalor asks his followers not to stop violence, unless it is unjust, for example if a group of armed brigands start to kill unarmed townsfolk. Cidalor commands his followers to keeps their weapons at the ready at all times, since there is no way of knowing when it will be needed.
Clergy and Temples: There are two types of clergy for Cidalor: the battle clerics and the preachers. The battle clerics travels with large armies or other groups that are linked to violence, they serve as both field medics and capable warriors. The preachers are stationary entities; their duties are to spread the word of Cidalor and to train people to fight. Cidalor’s temples are built like fortresses, easily defendable and tough. The halls of his temples are decorated with weapons and trophies gathers by the clergy and warriors sworn to Cidalor. The temples themselves are always placed on tactical locations and are often used by the cities as fortresses during times of war.Gratina (Goddess of Love)
- Alignment: Good
- Portfolio: Love, passion, lust, friendship and kindness.
- High Temple: The Pantheon of Passion
The Goddess of Love is worshiped all over Ynor, by all types of people. Poets write poems about her splendour and many statues have been carved to honour Gratina. Gratina is known for her reluctance to meddle with mortal affairs, but from time to time she does meddle if two people are too perfect for each other and they don’t see it. Gratina favours beautiful forms when she visits the mortal planes; she is at her best when the people of Ynor fall for her, men and women alike. In fact she is known to take on both male and female guises when she visits Ynor.
Dogma: Gratina wants little from her followers in order to gain her blessing. First of all her followers may never question love, because she doesn’t, and it moves at its own whims. She wants her followers to be kind-hearted and never refuse to help those who need it, and to always share what can be shared. Her followers must be open and friendly to people who cross their paths, because the stranger could be a friend they never met. Gratina wills that love and friendship are the driving, and most important, forces in life and that they are treasured above all else.
Clergy and Temples: Clerics of Gratina are never “ugly”, this does not mean that they have to be breathtakingly beautiful, because to Gratina beauty comes from within, this just mean that a cleric of Gratina is always appealing in some way. Clerics wear beautiful and expensive garbs in order to show status and even the lowliest acolyte wears simple but elegant silk robes. Gratina’s temples are almost exclusively built in marble or other polished stones, and always dressed with things of beauty, being statues or paintings. The architecture of the Cirthean Conclave is favoured by those who construct temples for Gratina.Tempana (Goddess of Time)
- Alignment: Unaligned
- Portfolio: Time, destiny, prophesy, decay and ruin.
- High Temple: The Cathedral of Prophesy
Tempana is the Goddess of time and destiny. It is said that she knows how everything will play out and that she knows the fate of all creatures and gods. Tempana is not widely worshiped as such, but many give her mouth praise at a daily basis, or before a large change in their lives. Tempana prefers the guise of wise, almost crone like, elderly women when she visits Ynor, she has no race that she favours above others. She also sometimes assumes the guise of black cat.
Dogma: Tempana preaches consistency, she asks her followers not to try and break the chains of fate, and instead listen and live in the now that is. She wills her followers to try and live in the now, since there is no use thinking of the future, since it is already decided. She commands her followers to listen to their elders, because they have lived longer than them, thus they have felt the passing of time on their own bodies and minds.
Clergy and Temples: Clerics of Tempana are almost always strange. They think differently from regular mortals because Tempana speaks to them all from time to time. The clergy of Tempana are known for their ability to create the future, not that they shape it, but they are able to go into a trance and create works of art that forehadow events yet to come. The clergy of Tempana prefer simple temples of wood or brick, the only real decorations in the temples are the works of art the clerics make and holy symbols of Tempana.Thanator (God of Death)
- Alignment: Unaligned
- Portfolio: Death, fatalism, sorrow and endings.
- High Temple: The Temple of Sorrow
Thanator is a god feared by some but respected by all. All but the most crazed mortal minds know that they shall all feel his cold grip and that death one day will take them. Thanator is a god known for is sombre attitude and cold demeanour. Followers of Thanator are often very fatalistic in their world view and some knightly orders of Thanator seek to overthrow any king or lord that thinks his will be forever. Thanator favours the form of the hooded reaper when he walks among the living, often making him indistinguishable from his avatars and clergy.
Dogma: Thanator preaches to his followers that they should try and save the dying because death is a natural end. He asks his followers not to fear death and by extension him, because his followers must know that death is not an evil, but just the natural end to life. He asks his followers not to think that something is forever, be it, love, life or success.
Clergy and Temples: Clerics of Thanator wear black hooded robes and often carry wooden staffs outfitted with skulls and other symbols of death. Albeit sombre, clerics of Thanator are some of the most open clerics in Ynor, all having been trained in how to speak with the greaving and dying. The words of a cleric of Thanator are softly spoken and aim to shed light on the end of life. Thanators temples are often very small, having only room to fit a single family, a coffin and a cleric, but often these temples have sprawling underground catacombs in which sermons are often held.