Thrones of Dust
Ioun is the god of knowledge, truth, and history. Sages, scholars, and tacticians revere him, as do all who live by their knowledge and mental power. Ioun is the patron of study, history and lore. Libraries and museums are sacred places to the faith.
- Seek the perfection of your mind and its control over the body.
- Bring reason, perception, and emotion into balance with one another.
- Accumulate, preserve, and spread knowledge in all forms.
- Pursue education, build libraries, and seek out lost and ancient lore.
- Guard relics of the past from those who would abuse them.
- Stand up for the truth against those who would twist it.
- To lie is to commit a sin against reality itself.
- Liberate knowledge by breaking the chains of secrecy.
- There are no wrong questions.
- There are many right answers.
- All things remember. All things learn.
- The memories of the sword are truer than the memories of the swordsman.
Organization and Demographics
The worship of Ioun is not concentrated in any one country or race; it is evenly spread across the four nations, each culture bringing its own wisdom and history. As such, there are no major cathedrals or hierarchies; each temple or monastery is self-contained.
The worship of Ioun has formed a number of orders over the course of its existence.
In civilized lands and during peace time, these orders tend to be of a political nature, ensuring the recording and spread of knowledge. Since the faith is composed of all nations and races, the followers of Ioun have little trouble crossing national borders. Several sects of the faithful actually engage in clandestine espionage, “liberating” national secrets, exposing hidden plots and secret dealings.
In wilder lands and during times of war, the followers of Ioun become highly focused weapons, disciplined seekers and protectors of knowledge. They move in small groups, seeking libraries and other repositories of history and knowledge that may be in danger. They rescue scrolls, tomes and historical artifacts, guarding them in fortified monasteries until peace returns.
The two largest and most well known orders related to Ioun were both founded in the country of Setour. It is actually believed that they are the continuation of the same order, though without a central hierarchy and a long period of missing information, this remains unproven.
- The Hand of Truth, a vanished knightly order.