Blood And Iron
Alignment: Neutral Evil
While Morrow has become the most prominent deity of the Iron Kingdoms, the cults devoted to his twin sister Thamar exist in relative obscurity; a fact her adherents prefer. Despite this, the teachings of Thamar have had tremendons impact on the Morrowan faith, forming a conceptual counterpoint by which their beliefs and morality are defined. To adhere to Morrowan’s path one must reject Thamar’s, and vice versa. Thamar has had just as profound an impact on the thinking and philosophies of mankind as her brother, but her legacy is cast in shadow since Thamar’s faith is inherently subversive and is associated with the darker aspects of human nature.
The concept of transgression as a gateway to enlightenment is fundamental to Thamarite belief. For this and other reasons, this faith has always been relegated to cult status, and its adherents are both feared and loathed by the dominant religions. Those who truly understand Thamarite philosophy know there are many roads to unlocking one’s own inner potential, some subtler than others. Thamar is seen by her faithful as the goddess of knowledge in all forms. She is a champion of the downtrodden, the outcast, the vengeful, and the iconoclastic. She is a goddess of freedom, self-expression, and perseverance. Those drawn to her darker aspects for their own sake or who use their faith as an excuse to justify atrocious deeds are blind to her true path. Besides the nefarious villains among her faithful there have also been heroes advocating the liberation and freedom of the spirit. When it has suited their ends, Thamarites have even shown a willingness to come to the defense of pious Morrowans.
For Thamarites morality itself is an enslavement of the spirit. Acts of crime and rebellion for their own sake are hollow in the goddess’ eyes, however. Thamar and her followers find enlightenment only in unshackled spirit and the triumph of the individual over the many. She is the Patron not of selfishness but of self-accomplishment.
Thamarite advocates do not usually channel her power through prayer like priests of other faiths; while dark miracles have been known to manifest when her name or those of the scions are invoked, this is exceedingly rare. Most believe the best way to gain power over reality is to master the arcane arts. Thamar is the goddess of magic as well as knowledge, as it was she who bestowed the Gift on humanity. Arcane practitioners are thought to carry forward the mystical work Thamar began before her ascension. No arcane path is forbidden to Thamarite worshipers, at least in theory. Necromancy in particular has been embraced as one of the oldest and most primal of arcane arts, inextricably linked to life, death, and the power of the immortal soul.
Scions of Thamar
The following lists all the current Scions which serve as Thamar’s most powerful divine servants and serve as patrons for those who worship the goddess. Having a patron Scion is common both for evil clerics as well as superstitious criminals.
|Sc. Aidan||Grave-Robbers, Treasure Seekers and Adventure|
|Sc. Bolis||Gamblers, Smugglers & Evil Merchants|
|Sc. Delesle||Necromancy and Death|
|Sc. Drayce||Thieves & Corrupt Leaders|
|Sc. Ekris||Infernalists, Diviners and Tyrants|
|Sc. Khorva||Patron of Assassins, Murderers, Thugs and Enforcer|
|Sc. Lukas||Madmen, Rapists & the Depraved|
|Sc. Nivara||Wizards & Sorcerers|
|Sc. Roth||Soldiers, Mercenaries and Bandits|
|Sc. Stacia||Evokers, Arson, Champion of Female Wizardry|