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The Sovereign Host
The Sovereign Host is a group of nine deities collectively representing the entire world, but focusing on aspects of civilization—community, the protection of the weak, the slaying of wild beasts, fertility, construction, and the like. The Sovereign Host is the most widely worshiped body in Khorvaire. Nearly everyone offers prayers to the Host as a whole and to individual deities for specific actions. For example, a farmer might whisper a prayer of thanks to Arawai when his baby is born healthy, and a blacksmith might sing the songs of Onatar when working at her forge.
The Sovereign Host finds worshipers among all races and from all walks of life-peasants, kings, and adventurers. The faithful worship the pantheon as a whole, rather than devoting themselves to specific deities. Worshipers of the Sovereign Host are called Vassals.
As a group, the Host exhorts its followers to:
• Place your trust in the community. The group is stronger by far than the individual. The great light of a city is composed of the thousands of flames of its citizens. You must ensure that your flame is as bright as you can make it.
• Treat others as they deserve to be treated. If they haven’t harmed you or yours, treat them kindly.
• Bring the light of civilization to the darkness of the wilds.
|The Sovereign Host||Good||All the world, focused primarily on aspects of civilized life|
|Arawai||Good||Agriculture, fertility, the wilderness as natural resources|
|Aureon||Unaligned||Knowledge, law, arcane lore and magic|
|Balinor||Unaligned||Beasts, the hunt, the cycle of life|
|Boldrei||Good||Community, home, hearth|
|Dol Arrah||Lawful Good||Light (physical and metaphorical, the goodness of the soul), honor, selflessness, military strategy, war|
|Dol Dorn||Unaligned||Courage, duty, physical prowess, soldiers and warriors, war|
|Kol Korran||Unaligned||Wealth, trade, commerce|
|Olladra||Good||Fortune, luck, success|
|Onatar||Unaligned||Forges, crafts, industry, fire|
The Dark Six
Complementing the Sovereign Host and its focus on the light of civilization, the Dark Six represent the darkness of the wilds. The two pantheons were once combined, but a great schism separated them. The Dark Six now oppose the Host on all fronts. Where the Sovereign Host is generally good, the Dark Six are by and large evil. Where the Sovereign Host values community and government, the Dark Six value individuality and anarchy. The Dark Six are cruel, passionate, brutal, and wild.
Although worship of the Dark Six is not common, the people of Khorvaire haven’t forgotten that
these deities have power over aspects of the world. Although the average peasant reveres the Sovereign Host, few people are so assured that they refuse to offer a prayer to the Dark Six when appropriate. Everyone knows that the neighbors do the same, although none ever speak of it.
|The Dark Six||Evil||All the world, especially the primal wilderness and nature’s destructive forces|
|The Devourer||Chaotic Evil||Storm, flood, famine, other aspects of nature’s wrath; also, the sea|
|The Fury||Chaotic Evil||Wrath, passion, vengeance|
|The Keeper||Evil||Gluttony, greed, necromancy|
|The Mockery||Evil||Violence, betrayal, dishonorable victory, love of carnage, war|
|The Shadow||Chaotic Evil||Ambition, dark magic, corruption|
|The Traveler||Unaligned||Change, cunning, innovation, deception|
|The Blood of Vol||Unaligned||Divine power of the blood, immortality, undeath|
|Khyber Cults||Chaotic Evil||Madness, destruction, aberrant creatures, darkness|
|The Path of Light||Lawful Good||Light, progress, self-improvement, freedom|
|The Raven Queen|
|The Silver Flame||Lawful Good||Protection, generosity, destruction of evil and the unnatural|
|Wardens of the Wood|