Dove's Baldur's Gate Campaign
Court of the Radiant Sun
Grael Amaun promoted a different perspective on Amaunator than was commonly seen around the time of Netheril. While at that time he was primarily venerated as the deity of law, of unflinching adherence to law, to the letter, Grael instead emphasized the solar aspect and Amaunator’s other aspects; though still maintaining a clear obedience to law and order. This shift in focus was both practical and personal. On the one hand it was the overwhelming adherence to law, without thought of compassion, which heralded Amaunators fall. However, even had that not been the case, talk of contracts and the like is hardly a rousing way to attract converts. On the other hand, from a personal perspective Grael had relatively little dealings with law and contracts, his time has been spent delving in dark abandoned temples and the like, and he tended to speak from what he knew best.
In practice this means the following:
- To uphold and serve the law, for it is what allows civilization to flourish.
- Stand against the darkness, for no shadow can stand against the light.
- To rule justly with order, for chaos breeds corruption.
As an extension of these it could then be said that the duty of a follower is to be lawful, be true to his promises and contracts, to stand between the innocent and the dark, and for rulers to govern with law and order, and that they are not above the law themselves.
|Sovereign||Supreme leader of the church, as appointed by Amaunator.|
|Sunlord||Oversee large areas, serve to run the day to day affairs of the church at large.|
|Archon||Oversees several temples.|
|Judge||Serves as the head of a temple.|
|Adjudicator||Senior Priest, deals with minor issues, contracts, etc.|
|Procurator||Priest, often deals with paperwork, rulings, and other file management.|
|Templar Basileus||Leader of the church paladins, as appointed by Amaunator, or lacking such appointment, by the church sovereign.|
|Templar Polemarch||Oversee large areas, serve to run the day to day affairs of the order at large.|
|Templar Archon||Oversees several temple orders.|
|Templar Marshal||Serves as the head of a temple order.|
|Knight Templar||Senior Paladin of the Order.|
|Lord Justiciar||Supreme leader of the Inquisitors, as appointed by Amaunator, or lacking such appointment, by the church sovereign.|
|Justiciar||Oversee large areas, serve to run the day to day affairs of the inquisitor branch.|
|Counselor||Oversees several temple branches. Acts as legal counsel in major cases, akin to a district attorney.|
|Inspector||Serves as the head of a temple branch. In legal proceedings often acts as prosecutor or other legal counsel.|
|Detective||Senior Inquisitor, deals with running investigations, occasionally as legal counsel.|
|Officer||Inquisitor, often deals with mundane investigations, follows up to ensure court orders are followed.|
As it stands
Much as any deity, the supreme position would be in the hands of Amaunator to choose, and without his will, this position is left open. Presently the church is run by Hope Amaun, who acts as Sunlord.
The Rule of Three
As Grael grew older he realized he might not see his goals accomplished, and as a result elected to formerly codify the ‘rule of three’. It was under this principle his birth and that of his ‘siblings’ had been arranged. Though unrelated by blood, the parentage of Creed, Faith, and Grael was carefully planned and they were raised as a family until the unfortunate collapse of that endeavor, the intent being to have three scions to lead an effort to restore the god. Grael was born of a Lawful Neutral outsider, Faith of a Lawful Good outsider, and Creed of a Lawful Evil outsider. More than that regarding the parentage of those three is unknown, but grael followed through with that plan, save that he is the father of all three of the current Scions of the True Sun.
It is believed this endeavor was based on an ancient prophecy and is related to Amaunator’s three aspects. Morning, High Noon, and Dusk.
Organizational Titles & Responsibility
The honorific “Radiant” is granted to those who perform a notable service to the church, only one such member historically was granted it.
Non-clerics, namely paladins, have their own ranks. Paladins of an equal rank to a cleric, still tend to be subservient to the clergy. Thus a paladin with a rank equal to an Adjudicator would be compelled to obey an Adjudicator. However, a clause does present the paladin with the right to contest this during certain emergencies. Invoking this clause renders the paladin subject to a full hearing following the resolution of the crisis to explain himself and potentially face punishment.
Inquisitors deal primarily in countering False Amaunatori(lathanderites), sharrans, and other enemies of the church. Secondary to that is seeking out corruption within the church itself. Additionally they often serve the role of investigators in trials, and even potentially as prosecutors/advocates in such. Much as paladins, the inquisitor is subject to the clergy, but again like the paladin has certain clauses that they may invoke, with similar results. Inquisitors tend to be given more wriggle room, given their unofficial status as an internal affairs branch.
Oracles are not generally respected or accepted. Being a lawful deity, the notion of a divine servant that avoids the organized and accepted church is seen as a bizarre anomaly. That said, oracles of other religions/faiths are treated less severely, as it may make more sense in those cases.
Sunmasters in the church of Amaunator were an elite branch focused in more direct action against the enemies of the church and the restoration of their god. Their talents while unique, do not actually grant them any additional benefits in rank or position.
Businessmen, merchants, anyone whom would benefit from contract creation, negation, dispute resolution, etc. Politicians, nobles, and others in a ruling position might see benefit, especially politicians seeking to curry favor as being just or lawful, such as a constitutionalist. Anyone who lives by the law or makes living from it would have obvious reasons why they might consider following him. Other potential worshippers include adventurers, people afraid of the dark, and fans of the Beatles- Here Comes The Sun.
The church of Amaunator was one of the primary netherese deities, his worship was widespread and was highly popular. However, with Karsus folly he took no action to aid his followers, compelled not to act by virtue of magic being outside of his jurisdiction. The result was a mass abandonment of him by those who once venerated him. Fading away out of neglect, he would be replaced by others in newer pantheons. Numerous theories would speak to his ultimate fate, that he was reborn as Lathander, became a desert deity known as At’ar, would go to other realms, such as Oerth or join the Kara-tur pantheon; few knew the truth, he died from neglect.
Still, this did not stop various cultist, heretics, and acolytes from continuing to worship him, and they in turn did on occasion receive divine powers in response, though no words of guidance or support from the god himself.
Grael was one such, raised from his earliest memories for the task to revive Amaunator, he had endeavored to follow it, and even came close once. Since that failure however, he instead focused at least part of his time in the more traditional methods, establishing a new church in Silverymoon, that once saw some success in gaining converts. These followers are Graelites, a term used to separate this particular branch of Amaunator worship from those more heretical beliefs of Daelegoth Orndeir, or others with their own interpretations.
The efforts of Daelegoth Orndeir would eventually come to fruition and solidify his power in the church, and combined with the spellplague and political fallout in Silverymoon would see much of Graels efforts fall apart. He himself would continue, albeit it more with subtlety.
Since that time the few remaining faithful, often persecuted, have taken to traveling in great wagons which also serve as houses, knowing they can rarely stay in any one location long.
Two prominent heresies involve Amaunator, the Risen Sun, which believes Lathander is Amaunator, and the three faced sun heresy that suggests that the sun portfolio is three parts and cyclical. It is the official position of the Graelites that the Risen Sun is nonsense, and that the three faced sun no longer applies.
The three faced sun heresy was true; however, the cycle was broken. With the fall of Amaunator, the time of Jergal and the coming of Lathander, things happened that interfered with the natural proper cycle, all of it laying the blame at the feet of mortals interfering with divine affairs. Jergal was without a doubt dominant if not before, after Amaunators fall from grace, however he was challenged by three mortals, and dusk fell to Myrkul. This prematurely ended the dominance of dusk, and lead to the talfiric deity of the dawn rising to power. He then attempted to alter all the gods with the dawn cataclysm, and to further complicate the issue Myrkul was slain by mortals who then never absorbed the portfolio of dusk.
In the end the cycle is broken, and it is the duty of the Amaunatori to see the deity restored, as time will offer them no aid on the subject.
The Magic Sun Son Heresy
The magic sun son heresy, or simply son heresy, is only partially related to Amaunator, and primarily is heretical to the church of Lathander. This heresy puts forth that the deity known as lathander who rose to power after the fall of netheril is in fact the love child of Amaunator and Mystryl. While no evidence exists of a relationship between two explicitly being noted anywhere, it is based on circumstantial evidence, primarily related to the portfolios the deities had.
Both Amaunator and Mystryl shared the time portfolio, presumably due to a contract error, a potential source that would lead to the two being together in discussions. Amaunator, a deity of law who was always exact in acting in exact accordance overlooked the issue and never tried to assert his authority against Mystryls claim on the same portfolio.
Both of these deities existed at the same time, and in the same pantheon, yet in regards to this error never resolved it, something that is somewhat irregular for Amaunator if not Mystryl. This relationship could also add to the deafening silence of Amaunator during the fall of netheril. With Mystryls sacrifice he was stricken with grief, unable to care for his followers in the face of this loss.
Enter Lathander, a new deity that came out of seemingly nowhere, and featuring portfolios that were once both Amaunators, and Mystryls. It is then surmised based on these theories and circumstantial evidence that Lathander is actually the child of the two. Amaunator turned his back upon those who had caused the death of his love, and as a result Lathander took up the remaining portfolios of Mystryl as well as those of his mourning father.