Lunar (3.5e Deity)
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|Home Plane:||Material Plane, Deific Sphere|
|Portfolio:||Night, Silence, Darkness, Philosophy, Mind|
|Clergy Alignments:||LN, N, LE, LG|
|Domains:||Darkness, Mind, Meditation(ECS), Moon(SpC)|
|Favored Weapon:||Scimitar, Falchion, Kukri, Halberd, Shortbow|
The planes of Tirr have three major celestial bodies, each one appearing as the gods of the Pantheon watch over the celestial globe that contains the planes within it, protecting their realm from any possible breaches and the influence of Varglokirr. These three deities appear to those on the planes below, particularly the material plane as great celestial objects, such as the Sun, the Star, and the Moon.
A symbol of the night, himself, Lunar takes the form of the moon when seen from the Material Plane. The nemesis of Helios Majora and, to a much lesser extent, her little brother and child-god, Helios Minoris, he takes on the ideal of darkness. His most commonly assumed avatar is that of a tall, slender man, cloaked in the very night sky, itself. Upon his forehead is the ouroburos, the symbol of infinity, symbolizing his mastery of emotion and mental serenity. When he does appear to mortals, it is usually in an effort to lecture on the properties of serenity in mind and body, and the principles of Stoicism.
His appearance over the many planes of Tirr is the harbinger of night, taking his turn to preside over the planes from Majora, who begrudgingly relents, given her inability to challenge the will of the Pantheon. Minoris, however, interferes with his night every two days, allowing those who walk the planes to enjoy a period of twilight, while causing Lunar trouble to no end. Despite this, Lunar himself maintains and espouses stoicism, and refuses to allow the petty grudges that Majora and Minoris hold to affect him or his duties, which leads to his being the voice of reason in many disputes, and giving him many followers who respect and admire him.
Lunar's followers are dedicated to the dark and the enlightenment that can be found within. While Lunar is primarily a deity of darkness, he is also a deity of the mind, and his followers espouse his particular philosophy of stoicism. His followers spend most of their time indoors, during the day, meditating and ruminating on the world, as well as sleeping. When night falls, they emerge and perform their duties with quiet efficiency. Lunar stresses the rigorous logical thinking and the mind unswayed by emotional outbursts, and his followers reflect this - rarely, if ever, do they turn away from another simply based on their political or moral misgivings, so long as they do not pose a disruption of the order in their lives and communities.
For this reason, many a repentant vampire and werewolf, creatures who have an affinity with the night, have found themselves welcomed into the covenants of Lunar, taking shelter among the clergy and earnestly seeking to minimize the damage their curses have done to civilizations. Some often join his orders seeking cures, while others join simply looking for a group of like-minded people who will not judge them for their curse. Still, some come to the monasteries and chapels of Lunar seeking revenge for their kin who have been slain by worshipers of Helios Majora, but these individuals are turned away. Lunar has no need of those whose minds are ruled by anger and hate, regardless of justification.
Of course, his followers often have encounters with those of the Sun-God's, sometimes culminating in great battles, and other times only ending in petty squabbles, often with the light-worshipers to leave with a foul word. Major conflicts can, and do happen, however, as there have been several purgings of the usually well-received Moon Cult by those who worship the Sun, often tainting the reputation of several orders of faithful.
Clergy and Temples
Clergy of the Moon Cult are often quiet and unimposing, if not outright secretive, making them the subject of many rumors and gossip, but they are usually welcomed among most townsfolk with no issues, considering their nature is the least of most town's worries. Indeed, many are often consulted for second opinions on matters that weigh on people's minds, given their logical and stoic nature. Some priests even give services in therapy and consultation.
Lunar rarely utilizes paladins in his service, at least, to a lesser degree than most deities. Those that he does accept are typically tasked with guarding the cult and its treasures, but they can sometimes often be dispatched for various purposes, often to rescue their brethren or recover items stolen by others, such as the followers of Helios Majora.
Temples dedicated to Lunar abound, with the most largest on being located in Goldengate with most of the other temples of the Pantheon gods. They are traditionally made with simple masonry, and adorned in black banners with silver trim, emblazoned with the crescent moon upon them. Some more significant temples are made partially or wholly with obsidian.
Lunar has a seat as one of the Lesser Thrones of the Pantheon of Tirr. He is closely aligned with Fate and Hel in their more moderate views, and while Helios Majora tends to oppose him, he does not reciprocate; He is only concerned with his goals.
While his sister has a one-sided poor relationship with Lunar, Helios Minoris does not share exactly the same sentiments, and usually only harasses Lunar to please his sister. When alone with him, Lunar often tries to teach the young god many things, and in a way, it is speculated that he plays the role of a father figure.
Outside of the pantheon, Lunar shares ties with Undine, the Aesirean Goddess of Oceans and Merfolk, as he controls the celestial body that affects and creates the tides, the manipulation of which has, at times, been a necessary goal for the Aesir. He also shares relations with Mana, given their similar interests in matters of the mind, although they recognize distinct boundaries between philosophy and science.