Auri (3.5e Deity)
From D&D Wiki
|Symbol:||A golden disc with a closed fist|
|Alignment:||Chaotic Neutral (inapplicable in Years of Gold campaign setting)|
|Portfolio:||War, Bravery, Might, Creation, Destruction|
|Clergy Alignments:||CG, CN, CE|
|Domains:||Earth, Sun, War|
|Favored Weapon:||Unarmed (clerics of Auri deal unarmed damage as a creature one size category larger and gain Improved Unarmed Strike instead of proficiency or Weapon Focus if they choose the War domain)|
|The phoenix is believed to symbolize|
Auri's passionate cycle of creation and destruction.
The chief among the titan pantheon of Pansaer and the creator of the universe, Auri is the Overgod and the eldest among all existing beings - or so he claims. The world twists and turns according to his whims, which is often not a good thing, considering he's immature and quick to tire, leading to him coming up with "entertainment". While he's not evil per se, he's almost entirely indifferent of the plight of the folk he's created, and can be outright tyrannical when his rule is questioned. Then again, he can show incredible compassion to those he believes worthy.
In the beginning of the world Auri challenged the other divine beings that ravaged the world, gods and monsters alike, for rulership of the world. Four other elder titans (see Pantheon) allied themselves with him, and together they slew the lesser gods and titans and gained absolute control of the world. The battle left the primordial world in shambles, so Auri reforged the world to his and his pantheon's liking. Even to this day he dwells in a great forge in the sun, forever forging wonders and terrors for the world to behold.
Auri is venerated as the creator of the world, the bringer of light and life, the giver of bravery and of unbending will. He is feared as the source of earthquakes, war, unrelenting sun, volcanoes and of fires both natural and artificial.
Auri is indifferent of his mortal followers and demands nothing of them, just like all the gods of Pansaer's pantheon. His clerics, on the other hand, have a strong presence in the world, and preach that the strong deserve to rule: since every man has been given two hands to wrest control from others, why should he not use them? Followers of Auri are expected to train themselves in combat (traditionally wrestling and fisticuffs) and to keep themselves in good physical condition. The weak are meant to be trod on, the church teaches, and openly condemns cripples, feminine men and (especially in more rural regions) women in general.
Clergy and Temples
The priests, clerics and other clergy of Auri disdain complex clothes and jewelery, and prefer simple, white clothing adorned with bands of yellow as the only decor. Only the most important members of the church, called Ministers, wear a simple golden chain as a sign of their status, and the few High Ministers among their numbers have a small ruby set into their chain. Clerics of Auri often openly wear armor and weaponry, keep their hair short and their bodies fit, and don't seek to convert people to the faith - they let people decide for themselves, although they think very little of those who decline.
The more rural temples and churches of Auri are simple wooden houses, usually with an altar of stone covered with a clean, white cloth and no seats (followers of Auri are expected to be strong enough to stand on their own two feet). The larger a following is in any given region, the larger the church, and the greatest temples of the Overgod are massive complexes built entirely of gleaming alabaster and adorned with golden discs engraved with the god's emblem, a clenched fist. These temples often serve a secondary purpose as military training grounds.
Auri is the mightiest of the titan-gods of Pansaer, are rules of the the four others of his kind: Luni, the Maiden, Ahti, the Mariner, Mieli, the Hunter and Morran, the Scholar. Groke Who Is Cold is also part of his pantheon, although more because Auri doesn't dare challenge the strange god-being directly. He also rules over titans and greater giants (such as fire giants), who, although not directly divine, are great enough to be acknowledged as related to the gods. Auri shares a close relationship with both Luni and Morran, the former of which is the object of his desire and the latter shares his love of artifice and creation.