Heironeous

Source: Player's Handbook, p107; Complete Divine, p112; Deities And Demigods, p72.

Intermediate god
Pantheon: Greyhawk
Titles: The Invincible
Home Plane: Celestia
Portfolio: Chivalry, justice, honour, war, daring, valour
Alignment: Lawful Good
Worshippers: Fighters, monks, paladins, judges, constables
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, NG
Domains: Glory, Good, Inquisition, Law, War
Holy Symbols: Fist holding a lightning bolt
Favoured Weapons: Longsword

The deity of valor, Heironeous, appears as a tall human male with coppery skin, auburn hair, and amber eyes. He wears a suit of exquisite chain mail and carries a longsword. He wages war against evil of all sorts, especially his half-brother and nemesis, Hextor.

Dogma

Heironeous expects his followers to uphold the highest ideals of chivalry and justice and to treat adversity as a challenge to be met and overcome, just as evil should be overcome. The world is a dangerous place where those who fight for justice and who protect the weak and the innocent face a never-ending series of challenges. He exhorts his followers to act honorably at all times, and to uphold the virtues of justice and chivalry with deeds, not just words. Those who face danger with certainty and calm will prevail against evil, Heironeous advises.

Clergy

The religious hierarchy of Heironeous is organized like a military order. It has a clear chain of command, lines of supply, and wellstocked armories.

Clerics of Heironeous fight against worshipers of Hextor whenever they can and spend the rest of their time protecting the civilized lands from the threats of evil. Older clerics work as judges, strategists, and military instructors. The church as a whole is very militant, always championing some cause or embarking on a crusade to against evil or injustice. Though some find their high ideals and intense devotion to their cause a little intimidating, the church of Heironeous is widely admired. This admiration comes mostly because the followers of Heironeous battle genuine evils, usually with little thought of monetary reward. “Glory is the reward for defeating evil, while virtue is the reward for upholding the tenets of Heironeous”, say the clerics. Heironeous’s clerics also oppose clerics of Hextor wherever and whenever they can.

Many of Heironeous's clerics begin their training as pages to a cleric or paladin of Heironeous, absorbing the code of chivalry as they see it lived before their very eyes. Pages that show promise become squires, then full-fledged clerics.

Temples

Temples to Heironeous always have a slightly militaristic look to them. In unsettled areas, they double as fortresses. Even in settled or urban areas they usually contain open, grassy courtyards where soldiers can train. Most temples provide healing and other spellcasting for those fighting the forces of evil.

Prayers

Many of Heironeous's teachings are collected in a series of numbered analects, which worshipers are fond of quoting: "The 34th Analect states, ‘Never die easy; strive always for a valorous end.' "

Rites

Heironeous's followers are eager to recognize bravery, chivalry, and other battlefield virtues in a ceremony that culminates in a medal or other decoration given from the clergy to a warrior - sometimes posthumously.

Quests

The traditional chivalric quests are the bread and butter of a follower of Heironeous. They joust against the mysterious Black Knight, rescue the princess from the dragon, and lead the vanguard of a shining army of good.

Aspects

Avatars: Heironeous sends his avatars to prevent or reverse great injustices, to aid courageous mortals fighting against desperate odds, and anywhere he suspects the hand of Hextor at work.

Herald: A solar is Heironeous's herald.

Allies: Allies are hound archons, trumpet archons, and hound archon heroes.

Relics And Artifacts

Relics: Helm of the purple plume, sword of virtue beyond reproach.

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