The Blessed Protectors of Ariala

Copyright Jason Brisbane © 2009

Edited by Mario Butter for The Guild Companion

"She will defend all those who seek her help"

Focus: Peace

AKA: The Protector, The Defender

Culture (Temple Locations): Ariala is worshipped in all cities and towns in the Southron Kingdom. She defends the poor and is the primary Deity in the Southron Kingdom.

Membership: Women are the Clerics, defenders of the Faithful and Poor. Men are Paladins: warriors of the Faith and Defenders of the Righteous. While primarily humans, other urban races are also called into her service, although this is rare.

Benefits of Membership: All Clerics and Paladins gain Shield Training upon successfully completing the Rite of Initiation of Priesthood. To retain this benefit, priests must maintain at least 1 PP to retain a link to the goddess.

Restrictions: In addition to that Shield Training restriction above, Clerics will always seek to hold off trouble from the defenceless, even sacrificing their own lives. Paladins will always seek to defend their Clerics, putting themselves between the attackers and the Clerics, irregardless of the dangers, and sacrificing themselves for the Clerics good.

Symbol: a harp .

Dress: The Clerical dress of women is either military when in combat or a long white robe with a surcoat of red down the front. Men also where the robes in temples, but wear bracers in addition to symbolise their constant military awareness. Men commonly wear heavy armour in combat. (Plate, most commonly)

Structure: Theirs is a military lifestyle, with the goddess at the order's head. Underneath is the ArchBishop of Herendanaar and the various other Bishops, then High Priests of Temples and Priests, then Paladins as the bulk of a fighting force. Paladins typically live in cloisters alongside the temple proper. Priests live on the second floor of the temple.

Philosophy: Priests' and Priestess' of Ariala believe that Ariala defended the races in the Old World by the transportation to this world. She defends the races all by her guiding hand and gentle words. Her Priestess' and Paladins' hope to follow in her footsteps and bring unity and salvation to all through peace and prosperity, primarily spiritual. She will defend all those who seek her help and will not turn away a plea for help, regardless of who asks for it. This has been a point of contention with Secular Authorities, but is the cornerstone of the goddess's beliefs and is strictly upheld.

Activities: Clerics of Ariala seek to provide strong defenders against the tyranny of human greed, and against demonic forces, including undead forces. As such they spend a goodly portion of their time in training and perfecting the use of weaponry with which to defend one-self and others. Those who seek to enjoy combat over the defence of others can be banished from the church for a year and a day, or excommunicated. (Some seeking to ally with Garal). Worshippers of Ariala believe that the defence of the people allows greater freedom to enjoy the better things in life, particularly those that give praise to Ariala. Thus many learn various musical instruments, singing hymns of praise or other artistic pursuits.

Favoured Categories: Clerics of this order have their Favoured Categories as Artistic (3) and Combat (3). This is in addition to the ranks normally granted in these areas.

Spells: Arialians have the following spells as their sphere. They gain access to all of the spells under the Ariala sphere and may select 7 spells from the Selectable list for their sphere up to 20 spells.

* Spells from the Cleric Sphere
** Spells from the Harper Sphere
*** Spells from the Warrior Mage Sphere
Ariala Sphere Selectable Spells
Bless* Charm**
Calm* Confusion**
Control Animal* Dancing Weapon***
Cure Disease* Distraction**
Divine Hammer* Guardian Blades***
Dreams* Lifegiving*
Harm* Lifekeeping*
Holy Symbol* Major Healing*
Intuitions* Resist Damage***
Nature's Strength* Sleep**
Restoration* Weapon's Fury***
Tree Skin*
Turn Undead*