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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Weight of a Life

Followers of Damerrich

Illustration by Luis Perez
Although I have some issues with good folk and the willing taking of life, there are times when death is called for. The followers of Damerrich are often called upon to do the deed when this is the case. The Empyreal Lord of executions, judiciousness, and responsibility levies upon her followers the unenviable task of putting to death those who have broken the law. Her devotees must be strong of will and heart, so let’s take a look at three possible sects of The Weighted Axe.

As always, let us imagine we are sitting at our theoretical gaming table. Our imaginary GM sets out the rules for the game we will play. In this game, we are to make a follower of Damerrich. The character does not need to be a divine caster, just a devotee of The Weighted Swing. What character do you make?

For more information on Damerrich
Damerrich’s Pathfinder Wiki Page

The Solemn Stroke

In many a goodly nation that abides by a system of law, small settlements cannot afford to maintain their own judges. In these cases traveling judges, often member of the sect of the followers of Zohls called the Jurists, act as a representative of the law for anything more than a petty crime. On occasion they must come condemn a criminal to death, they are however not the ones to carry out such grizzly sentences.

When someone must be called upon to perform an execution, members of The Solemn Stroke--a sect of Damerrich worshipers--are prepared to do the deed. These holy executioners do not kill for the love of killing, they kill so others do not have to. They know full well that the death of another by someone’s hands weighs as heavily on their soul as their patron’s axe. Rather that have that weight change the lives of others they give of themselves this sacred duty to spare the effects that killing has on others.

The Sacred Second

In the lands of the Dragon Empire living up to one’s promises and responsibilities is of the utmost importance. In some cases large failures are followed by ritual suicide. Although these acts of penance are usually only for the most egregious failings, they are used so that both the shamed one and their family may keep their honor intact. During this act to cry out in pain is considered another failure and so a second is usually chosen to silence the person permanently should the need arise.

Although her following is small one small sect of Damerrich is known well. The Sacred Seconds can be called upon to perform the task of helping one keep one’s honor without causing another to have the weight of killing on their hands. Like many followers of the Weighted Axe they feel it is their duty to spare others from having to kill even if it is an act of law.

The Tutors

Many of Damerrich’s followers follow paths of personal responsibly, but they all know that taking account for your own actions is a learned trait. The Tutors are a group of devotees of The Weighted Axe who look to instill a sense of purpose of action in the youth so that they never meet the blade of their brothers and sisters in other arms of Damerrich’s church.

Members of this group tend to be ex-adventurers, martial artists, teachers, or academics. Anyone who has skill they can impart while using that as a parable for personal responsibility. The Tutors are well respected, especially among the nobility and aristocracy in places like Taldor, Brevoy, and Ustalav. Admittance into the organization requires not just a skill to teach, but tests of one’s ability to properly handle unruly children.

The weight of the world – and the axe – sits on the shoulders of the Empyreal  Lord’s followers. Who is your disciple of Damerrich? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to The Weighted Hand? Where does their devotion come from? Let me know in the comments.

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The opening illustration was created by the fine artist Luis Perez. You can find him on TwitterTumblr, and on Instagram at luisperezart.

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