Lathander

Lathander_symbol.jpgThe Morning Lord

Lathander is the deity of creativity, dawn, renewal, birth, athletics, spring, self-perfection, vitality and youth. He favoured those who dispelled the undead and blessed those who planted new life. Lathander is also the god called upon to bless birth and fertility related ceremonies.

Novices in the Lathanderian faith were called the Awakened, while clerics were known as Dawnbringers. The full priests took a new name in his service when they were ready to signify that Lathander personally recognized and accepted them. This new name could either be used instead of their old name or simply used only when addressing other Dawnbringers and when in solitary prayer. Other titles included (in ascending order): Dawngreeter, Dawnlord, High Dawnlord, and Dawnmaster, while an elite cleric was referred to as a Morninglord.

All of Lathander’s clergy respected art, liberty, nature, and culture; promoted betterment of oneself; and strove to bring hope to their followers and others. Many of these followers worked in various creative arts. They were intolerant of evil, especially undead and inaction that caused evil to prosper. Most ceremonies of Lathander were held at dawn and actions and contracts agreed to at sunrise were said to be blessed by him. Funerals, among his followers, were held at dusk, and followed by a wake that lasted until dawn.

The symbol of Lathander is a sunrise, the priest’s holy symbol depicts this scene with pink, red, and yellow gems. Sometimes the symbol is just a simple rising sun. Note that a sun symbol by itself is not used, as this is the symbol of the sun god Amaunator.

Orders

Order of the Aster: A small restricted order of paladins and fighters sponsored by the church of Lathander.

Order of the Sun Soul: A monastic brotherhood with links to Sune and Selûne as well.

Lathander

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