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Lord Shadow

Lord of the Shadovar, Scion of Darkness

Domain: darkness, night, loss, suffering, tyranny, fear, vengeance
Symbol: an azure diamond upon a black backdrop
Sacred Items/Creatures: onyx, obsidian, nightmares, undead of all kinds, violets, belladonna
Alignment: LE
Clergy alignments: LN, LE, NE
Follower alignments: LG, LN, LE, TN, NE, CE
Spell domains: cold, darkness, evil, law
Allies: None
Enemies: Jarmila, Callamir, Lysara

History

The true name of Lord Shadow has been lost to the centuries. Older even than some of the gods that fell during the Silence, he was once a mortal man of the Zin'Charu, and is said to have been one of the greatest wizards to have ever walked the realms. He, along with his entire city and its people, disappeared in 549SG during a magical experiment, and were believed long lost before their sudden escape from the Plane of Shadow in 726SG, returning to the realm as the powerful Shadovar. Despite having ensured their survival, and putting all of their resources to the restoration of their patron during the Silence of 737SG, divinity was fatally wounded during the ascension ritual, and so Lord Shadow took the god's place and arose as the new deity of darkness.

Regards to Undead

The regular use, and even occasional alliance with, the undead is an unspoken standard to the faithful of Lord Shadow.

Vestments

All clergy are expected to wear robes or garments of black for ceremonies and official matters, with trim in white or azure. The symbol of Lord Shadow should also be worn prominently in any official matters. Outside of the temple, faithful are permitted to omit any apparent signs of their faith where subtlety is required, or where it would put risk to their person or mission. Otherwise, they are expected to maintain public signs of their association, to ensure that Lord Shadow's power is seen and felt across the realm.

Dogma

The world is filled with darkness, fear and suffering - the only separation is between the powerful who wield these gifts, and the powerless who cower before them. Hope is merely a temporary shelter for the weak, for as each day inevitably ends beneath the cloak of night, so will all things inevitably succumb to darkness. Submit to the word of Lord Shadow and his ranking clergy, for true power can only be gained through unwavering loyalty. Spread His fear across the realm, and strike down those who would defy His will, so that all may come to know servitude in His name.

Faith-based groups

  • Winter's Teeth: A small, fanatical sect formed primarily by faithful of former ice goddess who have kept many of their old traditions, under the leadership of a powerful entity known only as the 'Lady in White'. They seek to continue the spread of influence and fear during harsh winters, and hold a far greater sway in the northern lands.
  • Order of Midnight: The knightly order of the faith, charged with enforcing its will across the realms and defending its faithful. They are known for their ruthless and merciless application of their religious tenets and the clergy's directives.
  • The Black Violets: A splinter group of sadistic followers said to draw inspiration from the ancient writings of the long lost church of ancient goddess. They work to spread the fear of their Lord by mastering the art of torture and suffering.
  • The Order of the Eclipse: A monastic organization originating in the Wildlands, the Order of the Eclipse is dedicated to the promulgation of law and the abolishment of chaos. To this end they see the practices and activities of the Nine Hells as something to emulate. The Order is often seeking ancient tomes and rituals to draw power from the Nine Hells, and to summon its denizens. They are not concerned with the morality of their methods, only the end result. The monks of the Order operate as the spiritual leadership, while a contingent of hellknights works alongside them to enact the Order's will.
lord_shadow.txt · Last modified: 2021/05/25 22:30 by titania