CRB is a repository of all the creative things that float through my mind about the RPG Pathfinder. Two major features are random character generation and building characters based on the god they worship. Anything that seems like it adds to the creative aspects of the game will pop up from time to time, including location descriptions, adventure ideas and even short stories. CRB won't just be my own creativity, it will open the floor to anyone who has an idea sparked by what I present to you.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Winter Auroras - Followers of the Empyreal Lord Pulura

It’s Saturday and thus time to talk about a god. For those of you who haven’t been a part of my explorations into the religions of Golarion, here’s how it works:

Imagine, if you will, you're creating a character for a group. Your only instruction is that you must be a worshiper of a specific god. You do not need to be a divine casting class, although you can be, but the party’s purpose is working toward the goals of this specific divine being. I'd like not just a race/class combo, but a little bit about why the character would choose to dedicate themselves to this particular deity. Feel free to make up secret or not-so-secret orders within the church, or even sects outside of the church that you think might be interesting. With only this one piece of information that must be true, let your imagination run wild with the rest.

Today's god

Pulura, Chaotic Good Empyreal lord of constellations, homesickness, and northern lights
Pulura’s Pathfinder Wiki page 
Pulura’s Archives of Nethys Entry 

Although she is but an Empyreal Lord Pulura was worshiped as an actual deity, although minor, in Sarkoris. Seen as the opposing force to Kostchtchie by the Kellids there they were considered dualistic gods of cold.

The Wandering Stars

Many who worship Pulura seek out her lost places in the Worldwound, once known as Sarkoris. Many pilgrims clamor to travel into this twisted place to show their devotion to their goddess. One of the most popular destinations is an idol on the walk of lost gods in a town that was once called Gundrun. Travel to the idol, or any other location sacred to Pulura, is dangerous at best.

The Wandering Stars is a group dedicated to guiding these pilgrims through the ever-twisting landscape that is the Worldwound. Some are granted divine power by Pulura, and some have their own divine power and choose to serve the goddess. Many have no divine gifts at all but are excellent trackers and scouts. All have but one mission: Ensure that their charges return from the abyss on earth that is the Worldwound. Members of the wandering stars would rather give their own lives that those they guide may live.

Guiding Light

Though the Wandering Stars stick to the Worldwound, Pulura has many among the ranks of her followers who are excellent guides. These folk travel further across the frozen north and can sometimes be convinced to act as Sherpa in warmer locales. The guides are known as the Guiding Light because they never use a map. They always follow the stars, trusting in Pulura to lead them on the true path.

The guide’s emblem is that of a glowing firefly the, sacred animal of their goddess -- but there is another that claims the lightning bug as sacred. The minor deity Kitumu supposedly even takes the form of a giant firefly, and for this the Guiding Lights despise her. Some members of this faction, especially in their later years, travel from the cold north to the jungles of Mwangi to try and find the supposed hidden temple that houses the hibernating deity.

The Rememberers

Of all the lands in Golarion, Sarkoris was the spiritual home of Pulura and the Kellids are favored people. When the Worldwound ripped its way onto the material realm and devoured Sarkoris, dispersing the once great clans of Kellids, a piece of Pulura faded with it. Where most other folk of Golarion no longer remember the old name, calling it the Worldwound, the former residents remember.

The Rememberers or those-who-remember are a group of Kellids who can trace their lines back to the great lords of Sarkoris. Comprised of stroytellers, elders, and even some of the famed Sarkoris God Callers (read Dave Gross’ King of Chaos to learn about these summoners), these Kellids take pride in their heritage and look to make sure no one ever forgets them or the land of Sarkoris.

The Stargazers

Resting on the peak of one of the Tusk Mountains, where the range that runs through the Realm of the Mammoth Lords meets the Winterwall Glacier sits the great observatory of the Stargazers. The grand structure was built with a large glass dome so that the brothers of the stars can always see the night sky. Within the frigid walls also exists a grand library that has some of the most accurate star charts ever made on Golarion.

The Stargazers are an ascetic order that very rarely leaves the confines of the home of the heavens, and they very rarely allow outsiders into their home. Rumor has spread that the brother’s library contains clues as to the whereabouts of the lost artifact known as the bard of pleated light.

Drift Wardens

Although a majority of Pulura’s followers are from Kellid stock, her battle against the demon lord Kostchtchie has driven more than a few Ulfen to her banner. Despite the fact that not every follower of the star goddess fights in the war against the heartless giant god, there is one group dedicated to it. The Drift Wardens, a mixed group of Ulfen and Kellids seeks to protect both their peoples from the predations of the demon lord’s minions.

The group spends its time shoring up defenses in the Land of the Linnorm Kings and the Realm of the Mammoth Lords. They are particularly vigilant in culling the number of frost giants in those regions to keep Kostchtchie’s power contained. There is rumor that there are white dragons who now dedicate themselves to the demon lord and many of the resources of the Drift Wardens are now put toward finding out if these rumors are true.

And those are just some of the followers of The Shimmering Maiden. Each seeking to do good in their own way. But who would be your devotee of the Empyreal Lord?

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