Talos

talosGod of storms and destruction. He ruled in the time of the Old Ones, sending violent storms and sweeping the land with destruction. When the other gods rose up against the demons, they had to convince him it was in Talos’ best interest to align with the gods and drive out the demons. Thanks to Leira and her trickery, they succeeded, but this act displeased Talos. Promised he could retain his power, he aligned with them, but quickly removed himself when the war was over, remaining distant from the rest of the pantheon. He only appears on the Great Mountain when affairs enter his domain. He very rarely communicates with his followers and it is very uncommon for him to interfere in the mortal realm.

Talos appears as a broad-shouldered, bearded man with one good eye. He wears half-plate armor over black leather, and black leather gloves. His empty eye socket is filled with whirling stars and covered with a dark eye patch. It is said that when he lifts the eyepatch he is able to see anywhere in the world by looking through gusts of wind.

His dogma is self-serving, demanding utter obedience from his priests and instructing them to spread destruction where they might to remind the world of the power of the storm and of their god. The church of Talos is small by the standards of a greater deity, and his followers are fanatical in their love of destruction. The clergy has no formal hierarchy; obedience is enforced through might. Priests of Talos are fond of extorting sailors and farmers, threatening that Talos would bring destructive storms upon them if they did not placate the angry god. They are wont to pursue wealth and luxury with many indulging in acts of random or spiteful violence, pillage and banditry. Talossan clerics are also committed evangelists who seek to gain converts through fear or the enticement of raw power. Clerics and clergy of Talos wear black robes and cloaks shot through with teardrops and jagged lines of gold and silver. Worship of Talos has been outlawed in many places, so temples and shrines are rare and well-hidden. Most Talossan holy sites were secret because of the church’s reputation, but are often found in places where avalanches, mudslides, lava flow or other natural disasters are likely to occur as worshipers believe Talos will protect them. There are no specific holy days, but worshipers of Talos have been witnessed delighting in storms and disasters, watching and encouraging their god’s holy power, unafraid of being harmed themselves. If a worshiper is lost during one of these holy rites, it is felt the individual was not faithful enough. While the elven god Deep Sashelas is known for his temper, the most disastrous of storms are attributed to Talos.