Wrath of the Righteous
Once a powerful angel known as an empyreal lord, Sarenrae led the heavenly hosts in the charge against the Rough Beast, Rovagug, and it was she who dealt him the great blow that led to his chaining. Now a goddess in her own right, Sarenrae is kind and loving, a figure of light, guidance, and healing, and has great patience with those who choose to be blind but may one day see. Yet for all her compassion, Sarenrae is also a powerful force against evil, and strikes down the irredeemable without mercy. Her alignment is neutral good, and her portfolio is the healing, honesty, redemption, and sun. Her domains are Fire, Glory, Good, Healing, and Sun, and her favored weapon is the scimitar.
When you travel, you can often recognize others of your faith by their dress, as the Keleshite robes of the desert dervishes have become synonymous with the faith in many worshipers’ minds, as have the symbol of a sunburst and the colors of white, red, and gold. Your fellows
sometimes wear jewelry sporting ankhs or stylized doves, and even in the cold north, far from the deserts of Qadira and Osirion, the truly devoted carry scimitars in homage to your goddess. By these signs, you demonstrate your allegiance to the Dawnflower and invite others of your faith to approach you to share the light. Though the desire for material wealth frequently leads otherwise good souls astray, followers of Sarenrae often appreciate artistically done golden ornaments, seeing in the metal’s glitter a weak reflection of the sun’s holy rays.
The worship of Sarenrae is ancient, and so her followers’ forms of devotion are as diverse as the clouds in the sky. Some throw her name around as a casual oath, while others interweave their devotions to her throughout the day. Adventurers devoted to the Dawnflower know that worship is not merely a theory but an activity that underpins the rest of your actions. By helping others, you guide them into the light and help justify your own existence. If you are a true devotee of the Dawnflower, you have strong diplomatic skills and a gentle nature, having tempered your steel in the calm fires of the Dawnflower—yet when required, your sword still strikes true.
Like your goddess, you are open and friendly with worshipers of other faiths—even many of the evil ones. Unless someone has shown himself to be irretrievably evil, your faith demands that you treat him with the kindness you would show to anyone who had lost his
way. Redemption is rarely a swift process, and your faith demands the patience to hold your temper and help others to walk the righteous path. Only the followers of Rovagug are denied a chance at salvation, for to entertain the Rough Beast is to display a total rejection of righteousness.
There are few taboos in your faith, and most of them deal with casual cruelty or thoughtlessness that might harm others. When you have been thoughtless, or when you have unnecessarily crushed hope or joy—whether on purpose or inadvertently—you must seek out the wronged person and obtain his forgiveness. If he does not forgive you immediately, you must (within limits) serve him for a period, depending on the severity of the offense. If he asks you to harm another, your service is ended: you serve only the good.
Code of Conduct
The paladins of the Dawnflower are fierce warriors, like their goddess. They provide hope to the weak and support to the righteous. Their tenets include:
• I will protect my allies with my life. They are my light and my strength, as I am their light and their strength. We rise together.
• I will seek out and destroy the spawn of the Rough Beast. If I cannot defeat them, I will give my life trying. If my life would be wasted in the attempt, I will find allies. If any fall because of my inaction, their deaths lie upon my soul, and I will atone for each.
• I am fair to others. I expect nothing for myself but that which I need to survive.
• The best battle is a battle I win. If I die, I can no longer fight. I will fight fairly when the fight is fair, and I will strike quickly and without mercy when it is not.
• I will redeem the ignorant with my words and my actions. If they will not turn toward the light, I will redeem them by the sword.
• I will not abide evil, and will combat it with steel when words are not enough. I do not flinch from my faith, and do not fear embarrassment. My soul cannot be bought for all the stars in the sky.
• I will show the less fortunate the light of the Dawnflower. I will live my life as her mortal blade, shining with the light of truth.
• Each day is another step toward perfection. I will not turn back into the dark.