Skills: Investigate, Ride, Search, Survival
Paths: Nature, Protection, Spirits, Wilderness
Avatar: Ghostly Dire Tiger
Weapon: Great Club
Opposed Alignment: None per se. However, any abilities that target an opposed alignment instead target those who despoil the environment.
Many, so called, primitive peoples worship the spirits - those of the ancestors and nature. The priests - often called shamans - commune with the spirit world to ensure peace and tranquility as well as to ensure that balance between folk and nature is maintained. Larger groups of ogres and some orcs follow this path; however, other folk have been known to follow this path.
Alignment: Way of the Warrior
Skills: Acrobatics, Athletics, Ride, Tactics
Paths: Destruction, Heroism, Strength, War
Avatar: Warrior Spirit (Use stats for Guardian Angel but change strength to 15 and sword to Broad Axe)
Weapon: Broad Axe
Opposed Alignment: Way of Peace
More a life philosophy than a religion, the Way of the Warrior points its followers toward constant self improvement. It requires one to sharpen his skills in battle if not outright war. Because it may allow the individual a chance at some form of glory, many orcs follow this path to delay - if not prevent - their rebirth and the consequent loss of the paradise between lives.
Alignment: Way of Peace
Skills: Blend, Investigate, Search, Sneak
Paths: Knowledge, Life, Protection
Avatar: Guardian Angel
Opposed Alignment: Way of the Warrior
Those who follow the Way of Peace have forsaken violence and seek to better themselves through meditation and their world through action. While they do not normally raise arms against others they may protect those weaker than themselves. Though few orcs follow this path, there are some who feel that the best way to end the cycle of rebirth is to bring Paradise to the living world.
Alignment: Dwarven Pantheon
Skills: Athletics, Haggle, Search and *
Paths: Earth, Order and *
Avatar: Earth Elemental V or Water Elemental V (Idona only)
Opposed Alignment: Kell Soul-breaker (See Dark King)
The Dwarven Pantheon represents the holy family. Hrothgar is the patriarch of that family and was the first dwarf. He is considered to be the All-Father. He is the patron of priests and the nobility. Freya, his wife, is the bearer of his children and the patron of both mothers and caregivers. Hamar, his oldest son, forges dwarven souls on the Anvil of Life and is the patron of craftsmen. His priests also serves as confessors and council those in need of repentance. Dalgar, the second son, is a mighty warrior and hunter and is the patron of the same. Idona, his daughter, is mistress of the seas. She is patron of fishermen and sailors. All dwarves are known to pray to her for safety when upon the water.
*The specific patron deity provides an additional skill, an additional path and the ritual weapon.
Hrothgar - Investigate - Knowledge - Throwing Spear
Freya - Survival - Protection - Quarter Staff
Hamar - Crafting - Metal - Mallet
Dalgar - Tactics - War - War Hammer
Idona - Ride# - Water - Harpoon
# The first focus of Ride MUST be water craft.
NOTE: only dwarves may take this alignment. The priests teach that the other (lesser) folk have their own deities but that the holy family concern themselves only with dwarves. A convert is only entertained if he/she has dwarven blood and undergoes a quest to prove his/her soul is truly dwarven.
Alignment: Moon Godess / Green Man
Skills: Blend, Crafting, Ride and *
Paths: Protection and *
Avatar: Stone Golem
Opposed Alignment: Oblivion (see Dark King)
Though known by many names and faces the Moon Godess represents the feminine elements. Her partner is the Green Man, both husband and child. He represents the masculine elements. They are partners by their priests / priestesses focus on different elements. Many folk away from cities make offerings to these intertwined deities. Even in the cities - if nature can be found, there are those who follow their path.
* Males and Females have different roles. Therefore there are unique skills, paths and weapons.
Female - Prestidigitation - Life, Magic - Dagger
Male - Survival - Beasts, Wilderness - Quarter Staff
Alignment: The Lord of the Purifying Flame
Skills: Acrobatics, Prestidigitation, Ride, Survival
Paths: Fire, Nature, Order
Avatar: Angel of the Purifying Flame (Use stats for Fire Elemental V)
Weapon: Long Bow
Opposed Alignment: The Lord of Darkness (see Dark King)
Though most think of it as the religion of many saurians, this faith has adherents of all races. The Lord of the Purifying Flame is believed by his faithful to be the only true god. He is often referred to as "God" or "The One" - with the capital letters well understood by tone of voice. The great temple in the Catama desert is surrounded by flowing water but a bright fire burns at its center. All adherents to the faith keep a small shire with a flame constantly lit in their homes. To them, it is not mere fire but a spiritual reminder that The One must purge them of all uncleanliness before they will be ready to join him in Heaven. Smaller temples also maintain fires should a home-fire burn out.
Skills: Bluff, Disguise, Prestidigitation, Sneak
Paths: Chaos, Curses, Deceit
Avatar: Ancient Sidhe
Opposed Alignment: Varies*
The Trickster is worship in the small things in life. The boy who eggs a noble, the women who tells her married lover that she is with child just to see the look on his face, and the noble who sets puzzles and pranks on all his guests have all - knowingly or not - worshiped at the altar of the Trickster. Not surprisingly, priests of this deity are often practical jokers, clowns and jesters. However, some veer into far more dangerous games ...
* He/she/it opposes everyone and no one as the situation requires. Provided that tricks are played on others, the Trickster is happy. If another moves to restrain this activity, then they have shown themselves to be in Opposition.
Skills: Bluff, Disguise, Haggle, Prestidigitation
Paths: Beauty, Deceit, Secrets
Weapon: Fan Blade
Opposed Alignment: None
The Seductress is often worshiped in the cities. Every brothel has a shrine for those who work there. She is even given the occasional offering by married folk (both men and women) who seek a little extra in their lovemaking. She also is a favorite of spies as they often rely on wiles to seduce secrets from others. Her priests and priestess are universally lovely (Comely feat strongly recommended), and excel at removing things from others - a bed and clothing are optional.
Alignment: Sun God
Skills: Crafting, Investigate, Search, Tactics
Paths: Good, Heroism, Life, Light
Avatar: Guardian Angel
Weapon: Long Sword
Opposed Alignment: Dark King
The Sun God is known by many names, Helos, Onus, Ra, but the world over he is seen a benefactor and protector. His priests teach that he smiles on believer and non-believer alike granting his protection to all. His shield is the sun and he watches over the earth for signs of decay and corruption. His houses of worship are open to all who need them and many come and worship on the first day of the week.
Alignment: Dark King
Skills: Blend, Bluff, Disguise, Sneak
Paths: Darkness, Death, Destruction, Evil
Opposed Alignment: All (though not all see him as their opposite)
The Dark King is known by many names, Kell Soul-breaker, Oblivion, The Lord of Darkness. If the Sun God gives the gifts of light, life and creation to the folk of the earth; if he protects them and offers them the chance to make something for themselves; then the Dark King seeks to bring darkness, death and destruction upon the folk of the earth; he seeks to tear down what they have built and enslave them to his will. His followers blend into society, never showing their true faces. One of his priests might be a beggar, another a blacksmith and still another a noble. It is even whispered that some of his priests are brazen enough to pretend to the priestly mantle of another faith for a time.
Heroic characters should not take this alignment.
In general most people are happily polytheistic. They leave offerings when they feel something is important. Translation: un-aligned. However, there are devout followers of each faith - even the Dark King.
The average Joe on the street may leave an offering to the Sun God while on his way to a brothel so he can leave an offering to the Seductress before heading home to his wife who is leaving a saucer of milk out in honor of the tiniest spirits who bow to the Moon Goddess. Neither of them are aligned.