Heironeous

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Domains: Chivalry, Justice, Glory, Honor, War, Inquisition, Law, Valor

Alignment: Lawful Good

Titles: The Archpaladin, the Invincible, the Valorous Knight

Power Level: Lesser Deity

Clergy: The majority of Heironeous’ faithful are soldiers, mercenaries, or city watchmen; those whose professions are militaristic. Priests of Heironeous often travel the world on orders from their superiors to seek out and destroy evil. Older priests often work as strategists, military instructors, or judges. The whole of the priests are collectively known as the Valorous Host. The titles below are for the priesthood and knightly order but they are separate from the duty-based titles (postulant, novitiate, professed priest, cloistered cleric, affirmed priest, and templar). In everyday use, senior priests are called Father or Mother while lesser priests are called Brother or Sister. Before advancing in rank, priests of Heironeous must clearly demonstrate their bravery, honor, and sense of justice in a Test of Valor. The exact nature of these tests varies but they are revealed through prayer and divinely-inspired visions. They can range from tests of fortitude that can be completed within the temple to crusades against the forces of evil.

Hierarchy:
• Blessed- novice
• Glorious- priest
• Paragon- senior priest; Paragon-General- senior priests who command armies
• Hero of the Third Rank
• Hero of the Second Rank
• Hero of the First Rank
• Champion of Glory
• Knight Gallant
• Knight Courageous
• Knight Valliant
• Knight Champion

Holy Days:
• Communion- 10 Wer. This is a day of quiet introspection.
• The Day of Just Rebellion- Late Talrus. This day commemorates the battles fought to free (past kingdom) from the oppressive rule of (other past kingdom).
• Fortnight’s Feast- This is a two-week event from Noros to Henn which celebrates the victories of the Heironean armies of the (past kingdom) over (other past kingdom) during the Battle of a Fortnight.
• Justday- 20 Talrus. This is a time when each worshipper of Heironeous is expected to right some injustice. This can range from apologizing for a minor misdeed to leading rebellions against unjust kings.
• Newmass- 1 Abass. This is this celebration of the new year. It is spent reflecting on the past year and giving one another gifts.

Garb: Chainmail and blue robes with silver trim.

Dogma: Heironeous sees the world as a deadly place, filled with perpetual challenges and trials for those who battle for justice and defend the weak and innocent. His followers should always act with honor and chivalry, and to uphold justice. Danger is to be faced head-on, with calm and resolve. Those who defeat evil are rewarded with glory, while those who uphold the tenets of the Archpaladin are rewarded with virtue. The Archpaladin’s teachings have been codified in a chivalric code known as the Heironean Code. It consists of three sets of duties: Duty to the People- this duty stresses courage, justice, mercy, valor, protection of the weak, and faithfulness to church superiors of officer or righteous law. Duty to the Archpaladin- this duty stresses obedience to Heironeous himself, devotion to the church, generosity, championing good against evil, putting the needs of the church and the faith above those of mortals. Duty to a Lady- this duty pertains to the concept of courtly love, devotion to one’s beloved, and respect toward all women in general.

Popular Phrases:
“Go with the calmness of the Archpaladin before a fight”- popular goodbye among those facing a long journey
“Strength comes from within"
“Evil can manifest in many ways, but so can good.”

Symbol: A silver lightning bolt clutched in a fist
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