ARTORIUS, god of Strength and Valor
Artorius is the Great
Warrior. He is the patron of soldiers, mercenaries, guardsmen and
Artorius is the god of the body, physical struggle and
protection of the weak. He is a popular deity, worshipped by
most of the good mortal races, but especially beloved of the
Artorius is Neutral Good. He represents both the order of
armies and the chaos of battle. He is revered both by
organized soldiers and by individual warriors.
There are as many images of Artorius as there are societies to
understand him. He is pictured as a shirtless blond Skane
giant or an armored Conorrian general, as a dwarven shieldman or
an elven blademaster. However, in all of these
representations, he is shown as a perfect specimen of the race
His symbol is a long-hafted double-bladed axe. Among
animals, he is represented by the lion.
Artorius promotes the struggle to perfect one's body and to use
it in defense of the weak and the righteous. He values
personal bravery and development in his followers. Any who
die in battle for a cause are held in high esteem by Artorius, but
not those who simply die seeking glory.
The Valorguard - The once-mortal
daughters of Artorius and mortal women from across Theeurth, these
valorous women became their father's instruments on death.
They ride across Theeurth, invisible to the living, seeking out
battles and acts of valor. Those who die a valorous death
are said to be brought before the throne of Artorius by one of the
Valorguard, who speaks of the mortal's actions before the Final
Barathor, the Great Lion - Greatest
of Artorius' servants is Barathor, father of lions, who sits at
the foot of the god's throne. When Artorius is particularly
interested in mortal events, and cannot attend to them himself
because of the Ban, it Barathor who travels to the mortal sphere
in his master's stead.
THE CHURCH - The Halls of Artorius
The Halls of Artorius, as his churches are called, are found in
any place were soldiers, mercenaries, guardsmen or warriors
congregate. It is one of the most zealous of churches on the
subject of opposing the evils of Malbor and the duty to protect
The Halls of Artorius are spread widely
throughout mortal lands, but there is no central Artorian
authority. Rather, each city or region has its own local
organization, and the heads of each of these organizations both
cooperate and compete with each other on matters of dogma and
authority. However, each recognizes the others as legitimate
and equal. Various synods and councils held over the
centuries keep the faith in various regions remarkably similar.
There are three main orders within the
church: the priests, the Crusaders and the Weapons
Masters. Each is independent of the others, but cooperate
closely at the local level.
Protect the Weak. Strength is a gift. Those
who have more must honor the gods by using it to protect those who
have less. The faithful must constantly train their bodies
to be ready when adversity comes.
Honor Your Brothers and Sisters. The Artorians believe
that all the descendants of Shorral are equal, regardless of
strength, size or station. They therefore shun all signs of
social elitism, rank or privilege. This is, of course, an
ideal. Many Artorians fail to live up it.
This belief occasionally puts the Artorian faithful in conflict
with notions of aristocracy and kingship, but more commonly, the
philosophy is taken to mean simply that those of superior social
standing must be generous to those of inferior standing.
Honor Your Body. The faithful avoid tattoos,
piercings, or other permanent markings, as well as the ingestion
of alcohol, tobacco, or other intoxicants. This last is
routinely ignored by soldiers of all rank and nation.
The 11th day of Northhale is the only day universally
recognized by all Artorian churches as holy. Known as The
Day of Remembrance, it is a day to honor the fallen heroes from
all wars. In addition, each church commemorates local heroes
and battles on the anniversary of their occurrence or death.
Artorius' own weapon is a great two-headed battle axe.
However, his faithful only marginally prefer the battle-axe over
other weapons. Artorians use whichever weapon is available
and appropriate to their place and culture.