The Psionic Wars
The Sovereign Host
The Sovereign Host consists of the deities commonly worshiped by the majority of Khorvaire’s population. Most people revere the Host as a pantheon of gods, offering prayers to different deities in different situations. Even clerics are often devoted to the entire Host rather than to one specific patron. Taken as a whole, the pantheon is Neutral Good and favors those with an adventurous heart and strong morals. The Sovereign Host has a counter called The Dark Six and some still believe the two together make up the entire pantheon, but the Dark Six are generally patrons of criminals and evil-doers and were long ago banished by the rest of the pantheon because of their evil ways and plots against the other gods. The symbol of the Sovereign Host as a whole is the Octogram in yellow and blue representing the light and community of civilization.
The Sovereign Host has two doctrines as a whole, these doctrines outline their relationship with the world. These doctrines are:
The Doctrine of Universal Sovereignty
As is the world, so are the Gods. As are the Gods, so is the world. This Doctrine means that the Gods are omnipresent and know all. A blacksmith praying for Onatar’s aid in the forge isn’t praying for Onatar’s attention, instead he is acknowledging that Onatar is already there and praying both in thanks and for guidance.
The Doctrine of the Divine Host
The Sovereign Host is one name and speaks with one voice. The Gods are the letters of that name, and the sounds of that voice. This Doctrine is the reason that most followers of the Host honor all the Gods equally, believing that honoring one alone would be akin to acknowledging that trees exist, but not that mountains or clouds exist. There are a rare few who worship one of the Gods almost exclusively because they feel a special bond with that particular God, but even these few usually agree that the rest of the pantheon exists.
The Gods that make up the Sovereign Host are:
“Sovereign of Life and Love” NG
Most people think of Arawai as the goddess of farming and fertility, but this is a narrow view of the deity’s role in the pantheon. More properly, she holds dominion over all plant-life and the natural world as well as love and romance. A traveler lost in the woods or a follower wondering if someone they are interested in is the right person to be their love are likely to pray to Arawai. Sacrifices to Arawi offer grains and other consumable plants and produce. Vassals request good harvests and live, healthy births from Arawai, as well as guidance in the wild. Arawai’s holy symbol is a stalk of wheat or the Octogram in bronze and green, representing grains and plant life.
“Sovereign of Law and Lore” LN
Aureon is the lord of all knowledge and the scribe of all laws, without which civilization could not exist. He is also the god of magic as a tool for mortals. He is the patron of teachers, judges, saints, scholars, and wizards. Aureon’s rites are formal, with specific methods for offering thanks or requesting favors. Sacrifices can be almost anything, so long as they have value to the petitioner and represent a willingness to place material acquisition below the desire for understanding. Oaths to tell the truth, such as those before a magistrate, are often taken in Aureon’s name. Aureon’s holy symbol is an open tome or the Octogram in black and white, representing both ink and paper and the sharp division between knowledge and ignorance.
“Sovereign of Horn and Hunt” N
The lord of beasts is one of the most violent of the Sovereign Host; he is neither cruel nor bloodthirsty, but simply represents the cycle of life, the eternal hunt of predator and prey. he begrudges none the right to kill for survival, but holds great malice for those who hunt for sport or trophies. He is patron of rangers, hunters, and trappers and is constant companion of his sister Arawai. Together they represent all aspects of the wild that can be tamed, at least in part, by civilization. Sacrifices to Balinor consist of animal flesh, which must come from a creature slain for food, fur, or tools; killing an animal only for sacrifice is an insult to the sovereign of the hunt. Most often, sacrifices are given in thanks for a good hunt or good meat, though some prepare sacrifices before setting out on particularly long or dangerous hunts. Tradition holds that the better the cut of meat sacrificed, the more Balinor is inclined to hear the request or thanks given. A silhouetted pair of antlers or the Octogram in brown and red, representing the flesh, blood, and fur of the beasts is Balinor’s symbol.
“Sovereign of Hall and Hearth” LG
The goddess of community, home, and hearth, Boldrei is everything positive about society itself: its support and protection, its comforts and customs. She is the patron of civil servants and community leaders as well as the protectors of society against the wilderness and invasions. She is wife to Aureon and the two form the centerpiece of most vassals faith in the Sovereign Host, for it is they who reside over most facets of daily life. Boldrei is invoked in prayers and rites celebrating marriages, coronations, and other civil ceremonies. Sacrifices usually consist of items representing the comforts of home, such as feather-down or coals from the hearth and are usually sacrificed in request for safety of a village or town or in ceremony as mentioned above. Boldrei’s symbol is a fire in a stone hearth or the Octogram in orange and grey representing fire and stone.
“Sovereign of Sun and Sacrifice” LG
Dol Arrah is the light, not only of the sun, but of the best aspects of the mortal soul. She is the goddess of honor, forthrightness, and self-sacrifice. Many vassals see her as no less vital to civilization than Aureon and Boldrei, and they believe that when mortal races accept this truth, the world will become much brighter. Dol Arrah is the patron of paladins, diplomats, all who seek justice, and warriors who fight with wisdom and honor as much as with weapons. To a lesser extent, she is also the patron of explorers, who bring the light of honor to dark places, and to all who revere the sun. She aids Arawai by lighting her way during the growing season. Dol Arrah does not require specific items for sacrifice so long as they have true meaning to the petitioner, and rites done for her are usually done when seeking the most honorable path or when searching for a choice of light when all choices and paths seem dark. A rising sun or the Octogram in yellow/gold and white, representing light and purity are the symbols of Dol Arrah.
“Sovereign of Strength and Steel” CG
Dol Dorn is the most martial of the Sovereign Host. He is the patron of all who fight for a living – among them soldiers, gladiators, and athletes. Dol Dorn despises those who shed blood in cruelty or greed, or who revel in mindless violence. He always stands by the soldier who fights for duty or homeland and favors games, sport, and honorable competition. Although he does not bless an unjust cause, he does protect warriors thrust into battle by a bloodthirsty ruler. Sacrifices to Dol Dorn often require petitioners to shed their own blood, proving their willingness to endure pain for what is right. Nearly all vassals of the Sovereign Host pray and sacrifice to Dol Dorn before going into battle or engaging in physical competition. His symbols are a longsword crossed over a shield (or just the longsword if the symbol is on a shield), or the Octogram in red and silver to represent blood and steel.
“Sovereign of World and Wealth” N
Kol Korran is the god of trade, wealth, and commerce. He is the only second-generation member of the Sovereign Host, which is appropriate since wealth and trade only appear and prosper after the other elements of society fall into place. Kol Korran is patron to merchants, traders, and all who seek wealth; in his darker aspect, he is also patron of thieves and fences. Most rites to Kol Korran require the supplicant to melt money or valuables, sacrificing a small amount of wealth in exchange for earning far greater. These rites are usually observed after being payed or after losing a large sum of money, in hopes that you can make more next time you receive payment. His holy symbol is a nine-edged, two-sided gold coin stamped with the Octogram or the Octogram in silver and gold representing the wealth of precious metals.
“Sovereign of Feast and Fortune” NG
The god of good fortune, Olladra is the most popular of the Sovereign Host when things are going well, and one of the most reviled when they are not. She is the patron of gamblers, entertainers, and rogues, or anyone in general who is seeking good fortune. She is kind but fickle, and even her most faithful cannot honestly say they know what inspires her to grant her blessings to one person and not another. Olladra accepts any valuables as sacrifices but looks more favorably on those gained through luck, such as those gained through gambling winnings or “found money”. These sacrifices are done in preparation for something risky or a night of gambling, as well as in thanks after a particularly close or successful such night. A domino or the Octogram in white and dark grey, representing both good and bad fortune. The pattern on Olladra’s Octogram is reversed from the pattern on Aureon’s to prevent confusion, as the colors are very similar.
“Sovereign of Fire and Forge” NG
Without Onatar, the civilized races could never have risen above the beasts to build communities and societies. He is the god of the forge, of craft and industry, and also of fire. He first inspired mortals to build tools and weapons, then to improve on those already built. He is the patron of smiths, artisans, inventors, some who craft magic items, and even a small but growing number of warforged. He also receives prayers of those who venerate fire, which legend says he gave to mortals to help them survive the cold winters. Onatar prefers petitioners to create something, rather than sacrifice something, during their rites. Since this is not always practical, however, he also accepts offerings of old tools and weapons that have served well. These rites are done on holy days that honor Onatar and before particularly difficult forging or construction projects. Onatar’s holy symbols are a crossed hammer and tongs or the Octogram in red and orange, representing the common shades of fire.