Thursday, August 8, 2013

Arae: Divine Patrons Pt II (Saints)

The Holy Trinity is widely revered in the Land of Arae, with many a village cleric serving the Almighty in their communities or abroad. Such clerics are the standard clerics of Law (LG, CG, NG) referenced in page 11-13 in the Blood and Treasure Players Handbook, with all of the benefits and restrictions mentioned therein. However there are many clerics who identify strongly with a particular Holy Saint, once-mortal men and women who served The Holy Trinity, and now have powerful rank in the court of The Most High.
Below are detailed three Saints who serve The Holy Trinity. They are powerful beings who are completely loyal to The Almighty. Individually they can (in DnD terms) be considered Demigods in their own right, but all would react poorly to being called addressed as such.
Each stat block of the Saints has the following details:
Alias: Different spellings and names in other cultures.
Feast: Days in which the Saint is celebrated.
Symbols: Symbols by which the Saint is recognized and invoked.
Patronage: This is what the Saint in question most interests himself. Any event that effects a large amount of the Saints patronage will draw that beings attention.
Cleric Alignments: Clerics who identify and seek to coordinate with a particular Saint must be of this listed alignment.
Power: Rather than turning or destroying undead, clerics of a particular Saint gain the listed power.
Favored Weapons: Clerics of a specific Archangel are also proficient in these weapons, as they are symbolic of their patron Saint.

St Brigid
Alias: Mary of the Gael, Brigit (Elves), Hestia (Dwarves)
Feast: February 1st
Symbols: Brigits Cross, arrows, bells, open flame
Patronage: Babies, bastards, midwives, vets, poets, scholars and dairy farmers
Cleric Alignments: Chaotic Good, Neutral Good
Power: Clerics dedicated to St Brigid can speak with domesticated animals commonly found of farms (cattle, sheep, dogs, chickens etc) as though under a permanent speak with animals spell.
Favored Weapons: Club

“We become that which we love.”
-St Brigid
Saint Brigid is a Half-Elf woman who lived along the Gael Coast centuries ago. It is said that she was the daughter of the ancient Elf-Lord Dagda and a mortal woman. And though it was her mother who raised her, she retained much of the majesty of her mighty father.
She is the patron saint of babies, midwives, and children whose parents aren't married. Brigid also serves as a patron saint for scholars, poets, and farmers (especially dairy farmers). She is widely revered as a model for the industrious woman, especially midwives and those who work with farm animals. Halflings, Half-Elves and Humans are her most ardent followers, though females of all Northerly races revere her, as her blessings in childbirth are greatly desired.
In art, St Brigid is depicted as a beautiful Human or Half-Elf maiden with golden hair and a serene expression. Fire symbolism, including light, candles, illumination, heat, warmth or sunrises are all often used. Arrows, bells, thresholds and doorways are also included in St Brigid symbolism.
Clerics and Churches
Clerics dedicated to St Brigid are almost always women, but a small number of male clerics do serve her, especially among Half-Elves and Half-Orcs. Clothing is typically white or tan plain spun robes meant to be serviceable but not showy. A cross made from rushes or straw is their holy symbol. Chuches dedicated to St Brigid are often orphanages where orphans are trained as clerics, midwives and animal doctors.

Saint Christopher 
Alias: Reprobus, The Traveler
Feast: July 25, May 9
Symbols: Giant or Ogre, Dogs Head, Spear and Shield
Patronage: Bachelors, travelers, gardeners, toothaches, epilepsy
Cleric Alignments: Chaotic Good, Neutral Good, Neutral
Power: Clerics dedicated to St Christopher are skilled at bend bars, break down doors and swimming.
Favored Weapons: Greatclub or Quarterstaff

"Si en San Cristóbal confías, de accidente no morirás" ("If you trust St. Christopher, you won't die in an accident") -Engraving on a Medallion of St Christopher
Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travel, physical labor and opposition to evil. In life he was a particularly intelligent Ogre who, after a wild life of raiding and wickedness, was converted to Christianity by a hermit. In seeking to lead a holy life the Saint dedicated himself to helping travelers cross a dangerous river where he eventually met the Christ Child himself.
Christopher is widely popular, and is especially revered by bachelors, travelers (especially those who need help finding transportation), people dealing with storms, gardeners, people suffering from toothaches or from epilepsy, and people who are dying and want to make peace with God.
In art, St Christopher is depicted as a middle-aged, bearded giant or ogre with a staff who wades across a river carrying a child on his shoulders. In many depictions his staff is a living tree.
Clerics and Churches
Clerics of St Christopher are always physically powerful people (STR 14+) and many are Half-Orcs, Half-Ogres, Orcs and Ogres who have left the ways of their wild people. All clerics of the Saint are used to working outdoors and many are skilled or semi-skilled laborers of one kind or another. Churches to St Christopher are always in rough country and along pilgrimage routes. Such churches are at least half-inn, serving food and drink to traveler.

St. Nicholas
Alias: Sinterklaas, Wonderworker, Father Christmas,  De Goedheiligman (Dwarves)
Feast: December 6
Symbols: Gold Coin, Twin Candles
Patronage: Christmas, children, candy, students, poor people, merchants, pawnbrokers, bankers, travelers, sailors, judges, prisoners
Cleric Alignments: Any Good (Chaotic Good predominates)
Power: Clerics dedicated to St. Nicholas are skilled in Hide, Move Silently and Trickery. Clerics dedicated to St Nicholas have no special power over undead.
Favored Weapons: Whip

"These are your presents, and they are tools not toys. The time to use them is perhaps near at hand. Bear them well." -Father Christmas, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
St Nicholas is the patron saint of Christmas, children, students, poor people, merchants, pawnbrokers, bankers, travelers, sailors, judges, prisoners, and many different cities and churches. In life the Saint was a Bishop in a far away land, where he performed many miracles and acts of charity. He was particularly well known for aiding children and the poor, and for pursuing those who prey upon them. In The Land of Arae he is widely loved by nearly all of the people, particularly among the Elves and Gnomes, who were his first converts in Arae. The Gnomes in-particular adore this saint, whose moniker of "Wonderworker" inspires them to create elaborate toys and other devices.
In art Saint Nicholas is depicted as a smiling, white-bearded Human or Gnome adorned in red, green and gold. He is generally depicted with children and riding in a wagon or sleigh.
Clerics and Churches
Clerics of St Nicholas are happy men and women who seek to bring hope and joy into the lives of others. Those who can grow beards do so (Dwarf women included!), and are frequently blessed by the saint with thick luxuriant growth. Such clerics are always "good with children" and are full of stories, and quickly become a favorite person of the young and young at-heart.
Churches dedicated to St Nicholas are happy places, and usually have sizable food pantry's and a few rooms for travelers. Orphanages dedicated to the Saint are considered the happiest of any such establishment. Gnome made churches are often workshops for mechanical toys and wondrous devices. 

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