Ilmater represents the persistence of life, and how life will endure and go on even under impossible circumstances. He is an old god, and his broken and battered body shows the ravages of the terrible battle against the Old Ones. Ilmater used himself to protect his friend Oghma from a terrible demon, and he was able to escape thanks to Ilmater’s sacrifice. Ilmater was left for dead but survived, and walked back from the battlefield to his home on the Great Mountain, his body broken Despite his terrible pain and suffering he stopped along the way to help those in need and treated everyone with great compassion. There were those who tried to help him, but nothing seemed to heal his broken and battered body. When he touched those in pain, he took it on himself in order to relieve their suffering. He was forgiving of all who truly repented for their sins, and always welcomed any act of kindness or hospitality. To this day, followers of Ilmater will always stop to help the injured as they never know when it may be their own god in disguise. When he finally arrived at the Great Mountain, his body was healed by the other gods, but whenever he descends to the mortal realm he takes on his previous damaged form. The other gods upon the mountain felt terrible guilt and shame at having left Ilmater behind, believing him dead, but he forgave them and this spirit of forgiveness is one the church encourages.
Priests of Ilmater wear rough and simple robes, and wear red strings wrapped around their wrists as symbols of the god’s bloody torment. His clergy include clerics, paladins and monks, and are fairly commonly found around the world, especially among the poor, slaves, and those who suffer illness or disability. To discover life where it should not exist, such as a blooming flower in a burnt field, or a small animal in a desert or wasteland is thought to be a sign of lmater’s presence. His temples are also the local hospital and care home, where those who need assistance living day or day or who have suffered terrible injures live, usually becoming clerics or priests themselves. The grounds usually have a garden and some of the temples will challenge themselves to grow plants that either can not grow in that environment, or are very challenging to grow in order to demonstrate that given enough love and care, life may endure. They find duties for all people and find a way to make everyone feel involved in the working of the temple. They show compassion to all and will turn no one away, but his paladins despise cruelty and abuse, and those they discover doing committing these atrocities to humanoids or animals) will meet a swift and painless end.