Symbol: Fist holding a lightning bolt
Home Plane: Celestia
Alignment: Lawful good
Portfolio: Valor, chivalry, justice, honor, war, daring
Worshipers: Paladins, fighters, monks, judges, constables
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, NG
Domains: Good, Law, War
Favored Weapon: Longsword
The deity of valor, Heironeous (high- roe -nee-us), appears as a tallhuman 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
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-ender series of challanges. 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 wil prevail against evil, Heironeous advises.
Seat of Secular Power
Heironeous’ source of power, as with most Deities comes from worshipers, artifacts, and wonders. The seat of Heironeous’ power is The White Kingdom, established over seven and a half centuries ago. The White Kingdom is a theocracy governed by Heironeous himself supply a steady stream of vigilant worshipers, as well as secular armies to wage divine war with. Among the many temples that have been built by the White Kingdom, two have risen to the level of Wonders and bestow their own divine ranks to Heironeous. These two Wonders are The White Cathedral and The Ivory Tower.
Cannonical Holy Texts
The Book of the Code
This is a three chapter book which outlines the Code of Conduct for every Knight to follow. It was writen down by the First High King Priest, later revised by the Hundreth High King Priest after the shift in attitude towards Feminine Knights and the Duty to the Lady.
Book of Valor
Is a nine chapter book that outlines the lives of the 5 Champions of Heironeous who fought alongside Heironeous during the [The Dawn | Dawning]. The book is said to be written by [Boccob], with parts or whole chapters from the Champion’s themselves. It was adopted as Cannonical by the First High King Priest. The book is read for its listed feats of valor, tales of virtue, and codes of conduct that are laid out in the Champion’s own words. It is also the only text to write of Heironeous time on the material plane itself.
Inscription at the Blazendshield Cathedral
Written by High King Priest Gregold II before his defense of the Blazendshield Cathedral during the Hundreth and Fifty Third Campaign, this Inscription is said to be the words Heironeous shared with the High King Priest before he rallied his troops for their Final defense. While the Cathedral was successfully held against the dark forces of Hextor, the High King Priest fell during the battle. It was said that his words remained in the mind of the troops to inspire courage despite their leader’s falling.
h3. Holy Days and Rituals
The Five Champion’s of Heironeous
These Five Paladins were with Heironeous during the Battle after the Dawn. Each of the Knights is said to personify one of the 5 virtues of Knighthood. The Champions are revered for their service to Heironeous, and for the virtues they embody. The Heironian Callender includes a month dedicated to each of these Champions and it is said that a person born under the month of one of these Champions is a lesser paragon, embodying their virtue as well.
The Champion of Valor
— Said to embody boldness and determination when facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery.
The Champion of Honor
— Said to embody honesty, fairness, and integrity in one’s beliefs and actions; Highly respected, as for worth and merit.
The Champion of Faith
— Said to embody religious devoition; sacred rather than secular. Showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for Heironeous, with an earnest wish to fulfull religious obligations.
The Champion of Strength
— Said to embody martial skill, bodily health, and mental power; able to exert great muscular power; vigorous.
The Champion of Justice
— Said to embody moral rightness, based on ethics, rationality, law, and religion; The exertion of justice and excerising of mercy.
Clergy and Temples
The religious hierarchy of Heiroeous is organized like a military order. It has a clear chain of command, lines of supply, and well-stocked 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 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 litle 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.
Heironeou’s clerics also oppose clerics of Hector wherever and whenever they can. Temples to Heironeous always have 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.
Holy Days and Rituals
The Trials of Knighthood
The Tournament at Dawn
The Feast of Honor
The Feast of Valor
The Feast of Justice
The Feast of Faith
The Feast of Strength
Military Alliances and Armies
[Order of the Ivory Staff]
[Council of the Brilliant Flame]
[Cavaliers of Purple Valor]
[Knights of the Shinning Fist]
[The Platinum Guard]
The Heironian Pantheon is the Pantheon followed by the followers of Heironeous in the White Kingdom. It is a limited Pantheon that denies the existance of several Gods while forbidding the worshiping of several others. The Pantheon is built up of 5 Tiers, the Top Tier is Heironeous himself, the supreme lord. The Second Tier is a collection of Heironeous’ brother in arms against the darkness. The Third Tier is a collection of Gods that serve the world, neither for good or evil. The Fourth Tier is the spot of lesser Gods to the Lesser races, or of other small importance. The Final and Bottom Tier, or the 5th Tier are the Unmentionables, the Gods of Evil and Corruption whose very names can turn a soul black and damned the namer.