Thrones of Dust
Erathis is the patron deity of Setour, many claiming that it was by her intervention that the wilderness was pushed back and the disparate provinces were forged into a united country.
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|– - – Lesser Precepts|
|– - – Saint Brel|
|– - – Saint Frey|
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Erathis is the god of civilization. She is the muse of great invention, founder of cities, and author of laws. Rulers, judges, pioneers, and devoted citizens revere her, and her temples hold prominent places in most of the major cities of Setour. Her laws are many, but their purpose is straightforward.
- Work with others to achieve your goals.
- Community and order are always stronger than the disjointed efforts of lone individuals.
- Tame the wilderness to make it fit for habitation.
- Defend the light of civilization against the encroaching darkness.
- Seek out new ideas, new inventions, new lands to inhabit, new wilderness to conquer.
- Build machines, build cities, build empires.
- Guard all walls and borders.
- Build things to last. Guard them against the elements.
- Respect your elders. They have built the world you live in.
- Cherish your young. You build the world for them.
Erathis is often depicted in statues and paintings as a woman in a fine robe and styled hair. In her right hand she usually holds either an orb or a crown, and in her left hand she holds a tall staff. Seven lengths of chain hang down from a ring at the top of the staff, making it look like a flail. Each chain ends with an overly large key. According to legend, the each of the keys represents the dominion over one of the provinces that Erathis granted to humanity.
There are many saints of Erathis, great heroes of civilization. These are usually canonized after death, though at least two have been Living Saints.
Sainthood is granted to those faithful of Erathis who have performed such great acts of faith, such miracles for the betterment of community and civilization, that the blessing of Erathis is said to glow around their heads like a halo. These are mere mortals who have archived great acts of invention, discovery, architecture, law or leadership. They are artists and explorers and inventors and judges. According to legend, Saints of Erathis join her as Angels, watching over their attributed domain.Known Saints
- Saint Brel, archangel of Innovation. Architect and inventor. Revolutionized the technology of large construction projects. His techniques and designs have since spread across the four nations, bringing about a golden age of massive civic and religious architecture. His grand cathedral resides in Valentile, capital of Rivemar, the southern province of Setour.
- Saint Frey, archangel of Law. A wood elf judge, convert to Erathis. Reknown for his perfect and innate knowledge of all law and a piercing gaze that was said to see the guilt that lay in a man’s eyes. He sat in judgment of thousands of cases, with his signature Greatbow suspended behind him. His word and judgment were so powerful that when he condemned King Herventine VI to death for cowardice and treason, the king only asked the honor that Saint Fray deliver the killing blow himself. Frey did, with an arrow that drove straight into the king’s heart. Frey was made a Living Saint by the church at the age of 176, and eventually left Azurein to return to his homeland in Tir’Heth, where he faded into myth.
- Saint Doma, archangel of Fortresses. Military Architect. In the conquest of the highlands of Ausiel, Saint Doma was said to have personally designed, organized and overseen the construction of seventeen keeps, castles and holdfasts, many of which still stand to this day. There are also over thirty smaller fortifications and watchtowers that claim to have been built by him. He was made a saint some 70 years after he died, after the final great victory and decisive conquest of Ausiel by the fledgling country Setour.
Over the past century, faith in Erathis has greatly diminished in Setour, nearly extinct. This is usually attributed to the harsh persecution of the faithful by the Demonic overlords of the country. However, the scholars and theologians of other nations look to Erathis as an example of a “vanished god”, one who seemingly withdrew from the affairs and governance of mortals, which fostered doubt and eventually disbelief.
The lack of faith in Erathis has been a downward spiral for the deity. Her power weakens because people no longer believe, and people refuse to believe in a god that does not manifest power.
Since the founding of the nation, Setour has been home to dozens of knightly orders and monastic traditions worshiping Erathis. The last of these, the Knights of the Towers were apparently wiped out during the last hundred years of war in the north of the province, and during the subsequent purging of religious organizations by the Demon empire.