Apollo

Apollo

Intermediate god
Pantheon: Olympian Pantheon
Titles: The Musician of the Gods, The Archer God, The Farshooter, The Healer, The God of Light, The God of Truth
Home Plane: Olympus
Portfolio: Light, prophecy, music, healing
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Worshippers: Bards, elves, wizards, sorcerers, healers, sages
Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG
Domains: Good, Healing, Knowledge, Magic, Sun
Holy Symbols: Lyre
Favoured Weapons: Composite longbow

The god of music, light, and healing, Apollo appears as a comely, beardless young man carrying a golden lyre and a silver bow. It was Apollo who first taught people the healing art. While generally benevolent and helpful, he can be truly terrible when angry, often loosing arrows that visit disease and death on targets they strike. He is quite vain about his musical prowess.

Dogma

Apollo is a tolerant god who is interested in healing wounds and ailments of the spirit as well as the body. He preaches peace, forgiveness, and justice over revenge. He urges his followers to make peace where they can and to help those who have strayed atone for their misdeeds. He does not tolerate willful acts of evil, however, and has no patience with unrepentant criminals. He has a very low opinion of thieves and those who make their livings dishonestly (it is said that no falsehood has ever passed his lips). He advocates stern penalties for outlaws.

Apollo urges his followers to be bold and relentless when facing evil, but also to remember to have compassion for the victims of evil and to take time to appreciate the finer things in life, especially music.

Clergy

Apollo’s clerics often wear golden or yellow garb. They serve as advisors, teachers, diplomats, and healers. They prefer a peaceful role, mediating disputes and making the injured whole when they can. They are not afraid to take up arms when necessary, however, and gladly make their points on the battlefield if they cannot do so in the council chamber.

Temples

Apollo’s temples are usually placed in sunny spots or near caves or hot springs. In addition to hospitals for the sick, Apollo’s temples usually also include divination chambers where his clerics divine the future.

Aspects

Avatars: Apollo’s avatars are usually, but not always, beardless young males who look just like he does. He makes little use of them, except to counter great evils.

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