Defenders, Deliverers or Deceivers
“Happy the man who keeps his heart pure from Guilt and crime! Him we avengers touch not; He treads the path of life secure from us. But woe! Woe! To him who has done the deed of secret murder. We, the fearful daughters of Night, fasten ourselves upon his whole being. Thinks he by flight to escape us? We fly still faster in pursuit, Twine our snakes around his feet, And bring him to the ground, Unwearied we pursue; No pity checks our courage; Still on and on, to the end of life We give him no peace nor rest.” – Passage on the Erinyes in the Holy book of Saint Anath
Names: Saint Anath, The Hammer, Lady Justice, Judge of Paradise. Followers: Barristers, Judges, Town Guards, Bounty Hunters and anyone who keeps the peace or up holds the law. Followers of Saint Anath are often very serious people for they believe that without order society will be lost. Sphere of Influence: Community (Home), Destruction (Rage), Inquisition, Law (Archon and Inevitable), Protection (Defense and Purity) and Retribution. Symbol: A silver balance above A golden eagle clutching a war hammer in one talon and a long sword in the other. Alignment of Clergy: LN, LG, and on occasion LE. Favored Weapon: War Hammer or Longsword.
Anath is a powerful saint indeed, she is in charge of dispensing judgement on all mortals of Nalmorah and even amongst the other saints of Salah. Only the One God is above her. Who Anath was during her mortal life has been lost to the ages. One parable conjures the image of Saint Anath as a Magistrate who doled out justice in a decadent and corrupt city. In the story Anath can not be swayed by any bribes including offering of land, title and treasures from the governor. Anath sentenced the governor’s son to 10 years of hard labor for some heinous crime. Outraged the governor sent his minions to kill Anath’s husband and children. When she returned home to find all their throats slit Anath vowed revenge. She hunted down each of the assailants, judged them and executed them. Then her wrath turned to the governor. Anath seized the governor from his bed in the middle of the night, she brought him to the court house and tortured him for hours until he confessed his sins, all of his sins. Anath dragged the beaten and broken governor out on the court stairs. She made him publicly confess his crimes, denounce his title and then Anath removed his head.
Saint Anath’s clergy are barristers, judges and peace keepers through all of Nalmorah. They punish the wicked and track down escaped criminals. First and foremost they believe without laws chaos would destroy all life. Whether the laws of the land be the rules of a Tyrant or Benevolent ruler it does not matter law comes first and they will uphold it. Cross it and you will cross them. If Saint Anath’s Clergy believes the laws are unjust they will still uphold them until the laws can be changed by going through the proper channels.
Saint Anath’s faithful are the lawmakers of The Empire, both civil and ecclesiastical. Priest and Clerics that act as the long arm of the law go through their martial training right out of seminary school and then spend 2 years learning both the laws of the land and the lay of the land. Trained in hunting, interrogation and combat these worshippers of Saint Anath bring justice to the criminals no matter where they hide. Other devotees of Saint Anath go to law school to become barristers and judges. The laws of The Empire are created and upheld by these Priests and Clerics. Barrister training takes 4 years of training in addition to seminary school.
A special group devoted to Saint Anath are known as the Dogs of Erinye are the mortal arms of the Erinyes, a trio of divine beings Saint Anath created to punish the crimes that were extortionately inhumane such as rape and fratricide. The Dogs of Erinye receive their orders from the Erinyes through prayer and hunt down the miscreants one by one. In these cases the Dogs of Erinye are judge, jury and executioners. The punishments always fit the crime on scale and harshness. Many Dogs of Erinye earn coin as Bounty Hunters throughout the lands of Nalmorah.
Ordained clergy of Saint Anath are expected to have staunch morality. They are expected to take no bids, be swayed by no personal bias and hold themselves in the most ethical levels even when no one is looking. They are allowed to marry as all clergy of Salah and can own land and titles, although they make sure any such thing bestowed on them is due to their diligence and not to gain their favor.
Dogs of Erinye: Bounty Hunters of the most vile transgressors.
Order of The Repentance and Vindication: An Order of Canon Lawyers.
Jurist of Anath: Judges that hear the cases of the highest level in The Empire.
The Fulcrum: A group that ensure the balance is kept.
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