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Agaleus

The Deity
The Church

 

 

Religion

AGALEUS, god of Law and Justice

Agaleus is known as the King of Souls and the Final Judge, for all those who die must come before his throne to be judged. He is the patron of judges, lawyers, guardsmen and all those who love the law.

Associations

Agaleus is not generally a popular god.  Most live more in fear of his justice than in hope of it, though this is more a comment on the mortal condition than on the god himself, who is completely fair.  He is most popular in those societies where order is revered.  Human, halfling and dwarven cities often have a temple to Agaleus, while this is rare among the other races.  Nonetheless, all are aware that they will stand before him in the end.

Alignment

Agaleus is Lawful Neutral. However, his laws promote goodness and punish wickedness, so some philosophers argue that he is in fact "good".

Representations

Agaleus is represented as a middle-aged unsmiling man with long black hair and piercing eyes.  He most often bears the Scales of Judgment in his left hand and the naked Sword of Justice in his right.

As a symbol, Agaleus is most often represented by the Sword and the Scales of Justice.  

Among animals, he is represented by a wolfhound, loyal and noble.

Purpose

Agaleus is the judge of mortal souls.  Those who lived lives of great goodness may go on to live with the gods in Heaven, or to reside in bliss in the Fifth Hall of Agaleus, while the extremely evil are sent to the demons of the Abyss.  But most will reside in the halls of Agaleus, his or her afterlife determined by their actions in life, until at last they are reborn into the world.

Agaleus is impartial and just in all his actions.  He knows no prejudice and no lie remains hidden from his probing questions.  On extremely rare occasions, his wife Valendria may move him to pity or mercy, but these are legendary events.

Servants

Of all the gods, more of the Celestial Host is engaged in the service of Agaleus than any other.  They watch over the lives of mortals, shepherd the souls of the dead to his court, and aid in the eventual reincarnation of mortal souls.  Chief among them are:

Hellebore, Malbor's Advocate - This is the only member of the Infernal Host allowed into Heaven.  It is Hellebore's vocation to inform the Judge of Souls of all the evil, petty, secret acts in the life of a mortal who comes before him, and advocate that this or that mortal should be given over to the Abyss.

Farikh ben Al'soud, Soul's Advocate - The greatest mortal jurist who ever lived, Farikh was also of pure heart, and strove to see the good in all who came before him.  Thus, at his death, Agaleus brought the great judge to his court, where he speaks on behalf of each soul to be judged, speaking all the good, noble and noteworthy acts of each life.

Midhael, the Angel of Retribution - When a wrong occurs that is so epic and terrible that the gods demand immediate punishment for the wrongdoer, Agaleus sends his warlike servant Midhael to punish the wicked.

Coram, The Soul Forger - This mighty celestial was once the greatest of Mordhal's apprentices, and now works for Agaleus, reforging the souls of those that are to be reborn.  Prayers for the dead often include an invocation to Coram, pleading for a better life in the future. 

Adhmaer, Master of the First Hall - Adhmaer is he who rules the First Hall, from whence souls may from time to time return to Theeurth.  It is to him, as well as Agaleus, that prayers of raise dead and resurrection are directed.


THE CHURCH - The Courts of Agaleus

Church Description

The church of Agaleus, known as the Courts of Agaleus, is closely concerned with the administration of law and justice in mortal societies.  In most cases, these societies have secular legal systems, but frequently consult with the clerics of Agaleus, who are known to be learned and unbiased. In some cases, the Courts of Agaleus are the justice system.

In many of the nations of the Successor States, although systems of justice are secular, administered in the name of the king, only the Courts of Agaleus are given the power to judge the kings or the royal families. 

The Courts maintain strong ties to the other lawful churches, particularly the Great Church.

Church Structure

The Courts of Agaleus are a strict hierarchy, each Justice or Vigil reporting to a higher, clearly defined, authority.  Each Court has one or more Justices, each of whom fall under the authority of a Prothonotary, usually based in a large city.  Each Prothonotary reports to the single Prolocutor for his nation or region.  The Prolocutors are responsible only to the High Justiciar, who is the supreme patriarch or matriarch of the Order and whose palace is in the Conorrian city of Adamos.

The Vigils are closely tied to the Courts and take their orders from the Prothonotary.  In addition, there are small groups of Inquisitors and Bloodhounds who work within the church.

Doctrine

Justice Comes to All, in This Life or the Next.  The Agaleans believe that no one escapes justice in the end.  While they tirelessly pursue evildoers and lawbreakers in the mortal world, they live in the firm belief that those who escape justice in this world meet their fate at the hands of Agaleus.  For at least one faction within the Courts, justice in this world is therefore a kindness of a sort - it does somewhat to cleanse the soul of the wrongdoer before he is judged at the Final Throne.

Judgment is the Right of All.  Every soul has a right to be judged.  Only the soulless may be slain without a trial and evidence, unless there is no other means to apprehend them or end their wickedness.

Vengeance Belongs only to the Gods.  If everyone were to seek redress for the wrongs committed against them, there would be no justice.  Blood feuds, vendettas and vengeance killings are all strictly against the laws of Agaleus.

Death is a Gift of the Gods. The Courts teach that death is a gift, an end to toil and sorrow, and a chance either for a new life or the rewards of the old one.  It is therefore highly evil to create the undead.

Holy Days

Agaleus has two holy days, The Day of the Dead, and the Day of Atonement.  

The first, celebrated on the 2nd day of the year, is a remembrance of the dead, and is marked by solemn processions to Agalean shrines, and then private ceremonies in the home in honor of one's ancestors and fallen loved ones.  

The second is the day after Midsummer, and it is a day when the faithful pray to Agaleus for mercy and forgiveness of their sins.  On this day, it is believed, Valendria has the most influence over her husband, and so many also sacrifice to her in hopes of her intercession on their behalf.

Preferred Weapon

The preferred weapon of the Courts is the longsword, the image of the Sword of Justice.

 

 
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