Aurethan (3.5e Deity)
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|Symbol:||A scale shaped like a greataxe with the face of a jester on the hilt|
|Home Plane:||Lawful Plane Mechanus|
|Portfolio:||Honor, Glory, Trickery, Misfortunate happenings, Competitions, Health|
|Clergy Alignments:||Lawful Neutral|
|Domains:||War, Sun, Trickery, Luck, Law, Healing|
|Favored Weapon:||A Greataxe|
Aurethan was once a barbarian illusionist and trickster that was saved by a king after his village got burned down. After serving as a jester, he wanted to actively help protecting his kingdom and vowed to defend his king. He was loyal and, although he had expertise in illusions, general trickery and talking his way around combat, he was also a fierce warrior swinging his trusty Greataxe Corona. His legend began to spread when he alone defended a fort against a group of 150 trained warriors. Afterwards, he began to become the protector of his disciples and soon his followers.
After many years, he was a legend. The "Barbarian Knight" "Axe-wielding demon" and "Wise Wildling" were a few of the names he was given. Few were the enemies that dared to oppose his kingdom or his disciples, but powerful were those that truly did challenge him.
One day he was offered a large sum and supernatural powers to abandon his kingdom and leave his followers. He was surrounded by mighty warriors, some of them being legends of their own, but still he declined the offer and held up his weapon with a smile on his face. After a long, drawn out battle, he was badly wounded, almost unable to move and had the opponent's blade pushed against his throat. It was then that his opponent asked him once again if he was willing to gain power untold and riches vast... Though he vowed to protect his resolve even then and closed his eyes, only to feel a new source of power rush through him, sparking the divine power he now has. When he opened his eyes, the opponents were gone and his wounds were healed. Realizing the battle of resolve that just tested him, he meditated there for a whole month and soon left the material plane.
He teaches his worshippers and followers to always uphold their honor, seek challenges to overcome ones limits and defend their personal code, for everyone can rise in strength high enough to gain followers. That alone is no reason to restrict their personality or growth. His teachings preach that good and evil need each other to exist and henceforth, war is a necessity in order to achieve peace, but choosing either side is fine, for good and evil will always fight each other, even if a person wanders off the right path. Ending this conflict is nearly impossible in his belief. He thinks that laws are the construct that allowed mankind to evolve this far and teaches to follow the law wherever possible. However, he believes in personal principles even more. Wherever those two conflict, honoring your true self is the right choice.
He keeps close watch over his few followers and intently watches events that challenge personal beliefs. He is known to sometimes act, should a follower in grave danger still uphold his personal code in an honorable way. He also values honorable combat and thus gets attentive if a follower challenges a foe in an honorable manner.
Should a believer act in a way that strongly opposes their personal code, they feel weakened and start losing their powers. He watches closely over followers that commit such acts and does not hesitate to strip those of power that do not have this resolve.
If one was to summarize the way his followers act, it would probably be:
1. Always act out of your own free will, but follow laws and commands that do not speak against your principles whenever possible.
2. Uphold the code you set for yourself and do not break your principles.
3. Do not humiliate others or make fun of others for their personal belief.
4. Seek challenges to overcome your limits! Try accomplishing feats that seem hard.
5. Whenever possible, try to fight your opponents at their strongest.
6. Tricks and illusions are a viable tactic to achieve your goals. However, backstabbing and the kind are despicable.
7. Do not mindlessly kill. There must always be a reason to end a persons journey to fulfillment.
8. If possible, find a solution that does not include unneeded bloodshed
Clergy and Temples
His temples are usually built on mountaintops, so his followers can meditate in peace. They have small unusual looking entrances that look like strange but mostly regular doors. Inside, there are large halls with multiple small arenas designed for man-to-man-combat. His followers belief that having a bout to defend your own belief and increase your capabilities is an important part of life. After all, how can you know that your resolve is strong if it has not been tested? There is usually a residing cleric in a temple, to heal any followers after such a match.
Aside from that, even though small in number, his clerics and worshippers are usually spread out around the world, following their own set goals.