Shamash

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  • Titles: The Celestial Sultan, He of Two Eyes, The All-Seeing One, Light of Heaven, Celestial Watchman, Defender of the Faithful, The Burning One, Flesh Scorcher, Thirstmaker.
  • Aspects: Sun, nobility, vigilance, order, moon.
  • Symbol: A golden sun disk, partially overlaid by a lunar disk.
  • Priesthood: Eyes of Shamash (priests); Rays of Shamash (paladins).
  • Herald: A hawk-headed human carrying a mace (use the stats for a herald of Sigel from the Hellfrost Bestiary).
  • Holy Days: Priests hold a small ceremony each dawn and dusk.
  • Duties: To destroy the forces of darkness, to promote law and order.
  • Sins: (Minor) not welcoming the sun each morning, remaining underground for more than a day, performing a minor evil or immoral act, talking with a demon (except to Intimidate or Taunt it); (Major) knowingly befriending a follower of Iblis, permanently blinding a foe, refusing to fight the forces of darkness, not standing up against immoral behavior, committing a major evil or immoral act; (Mortal) willfully aiding the forces of darkness.
  • Signature Power: Light.
  • Powers: Altered senses, analyze foe, aura, banish, bless/panic (bless only), bolt, boost/lower trait (Notice and Tracking only), burst, champion of the faith, deflection, elemental manipulation (fire only), energy immunity (cold, coldfire, darkness, heat, fire, ice, or water only), environmental protection (fire/heat only), farsight, fatigue, heat mask, invisibility, precognition, prolonged blast, sanctuary, sentry, smite, speed, sphere of might, stun, summon elemental (fire only), summon herald, wandering senses, warding.
  • Trappings: Followers must have a light, heat, or fire trapping whenever possible. They cannot take darkness or necromantic trappings.

Father of the gods, Shamash is referred to as the All-Seeing One and He of Two Eyes (referring to the sun and moon). During the day, he focuses his attentions on the world of mortals, keeping only a cursory eye over the underworld. At night, he travels to the underworld to keep order while the moon watches over men.

Although magic is known to emanate from the moon, magic is not one of Shamash’s aspects. That honor falls to Ishkar, Shamash’s daughter. (Worship of Ishkar fell out of favor after Suleiman’s death. She should be treated as a lesser deity.) Shamash seeks only one thing for the mortal realm— harmony and order. However, in order for this to be achieved, he must first destroy the minions of Iblis, which basically includes anything evil or supernaturally evil. With such a wide number of foes, Shamash expects his priests to wage continual war against the forces of Iblis.

Shrines to Shamash are rare, though most citizens have a holy symbol over their front door to ward off evil. Temples are typically rectangular structures aligned east to west. Large doors in the east are opened just before dawn, allowing the first rays of the day to shine onto one half of the altar. At dusk, the western gates are opened, to catch the last rays of the setting sun, which illuminates the other half of the altar. The inside of the temple is decorated in gold and silver, the colors of the sun and moon, and mirrors positioned with great care and adjustable according to seasonal changes in the orbit of the sun and moon, allow the occupants to see day or night without use of lanterns. Only during the nights of the new moon is the temple cast in twilight, as the light from the stars provides the only illumination. During this time, the temple clergy pray almost continually, trying to ward off any evil unseen by their god.

Both paladins and priests are expected to be capable of martial combat, though paladins do the bulk of actual combat. Priests are required to research evil cults, people, or places, allowing the paladins to come up with a suitable plan for cleansing the stain. Festivals always occur at dawn, midday, or dusk. Typically these times refer to the sun, but ceremonies under the full moon are also common. Worshippers are generally naked, allowing the heavenly light to cleanse their bodies of sin. Despite being a good god, Shamash accepts evil creatures as sacrifices.

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Shamash

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