Compassion

The God of Compassion and Valour (Greater Power) is widely respected throughout the lands, but his churches are less organised and less powerful than the other ‘goodly’ gods. His followers are more likely to be found singly or in pairs working amongst the poor and needy than in great congregations singing his praises. He calls more paladins than any other god, especially among humans.

In Qulom, he is known by two aspects: ‘The Spotless’ and ‘Hope of the weak’. These are both minor churches, as the majority of peoples in this land are too busy trying to survive themselves rather than spending their energy helping those less fortunate. Even so, there are still some in this bleak land who are selfless and compassionate enough to spend their lives aiding others with no thought to their own perils.

In his aspect of ‘The Spotless’ , he is the keeper and giver of the law. He is worshipped by judges and others who would see just and honourable laws for all. Priests of the spotless often work as lawyers and advocates in towns and villages helping to keep the law from falling into chaos. They wear purple robes, and their symbol is a small set of brass scales. They often find themselves in conflict with worshippers of the lady of chaos.

In his aspect of ‘Hope of the weak’, he is the protector of the helpless. It is this aspect that is worshipped most by paladins, although priests of this aspects can be found (usually in alms houses or makeshift hospitals helping the sick and infirm). There are several paladin orders associated with this aspect, including the order of the Heavy Heart, whose emblem is the heart pierced by a sword.

  • Domains:

Clerics of the compassionate churches may take any two of the following domains from the list below:

Community, Good, Nobility and Protection

  • Hierarchy:

As these churches are quite small, there is little in the way of organisation in them, and the priests rarely meet in large groups. A group of priests in the compassionate churches might travel together in a mission to help out the unfortunates in an area, in which case they are either headed up by the most senior amongst them, or the one who suggested the mission. The most common response to questions about the structure of the priesthood is; “the god has no favourites but those we help.”

  • Tenets of faith:

The church believes in the following ideals, that are followed by both the priesthoods and paladins following the aspects of compassion:

1: Help those in need.

A member of the church must spend a good portion of their days in service to those genuinely in need of help. The poor, the downtrodden and the dispossessed.

2: Forgiveness is greater than revenge

Negative emotions such as vengeance , hate and envy fill the soul with darkness. A member of the church must try to prevent themselves falling into such base emotions, instead cleansing themselves through prayer and good works.

3: Justice is for all

A member must not stand idly by and see injustice being done. From the highest in the land to the lowest beggar, all must receive the same measure of truth and justice.

4: Good deeds before good words

Anyone can say that they will do things to help others, but hardly any do. A member of the church prefers to judge people on what they do rather than what they say they will. Actions speak louder than words.

Compassion

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