Kaedo, the Fire within the Forge

"When we all die, what will be our legacy? The horrors we destroyed, or the beauty we created?"

God of autumn, the forge, and mountains, Kaedo represents times of controlled transition, specific change, and, most importantly, steady, positive progress. Like autumn comes every year to usher summer into winter, and the forge stands to create beauty from disparate pieces, and the mountains stand resolute yet slowly changing, Kaedo is flame tempered by control.   He is considered the great equalizer of the Children of Yamma, for he looked at the status quo and considering how changes affect the long term. He mediated and he compromised, but he ensured that there was constant, consistent progress. Despite all appearances, he understood that change was the state of nature, and he strived to make it positive, at least in the long-term.  

Depictions, Symbols, and Names

Kaedo is most often depicted as a dwarf or goliath man of bronzed skin, muscular form, wavy russet hair, and eyes of grey stone. He is usually clad in light, airy robes, working over a forge or positioned in one of the physical domains he represents.   Kaedo's symbol is an intricate lattice of refined metals, resembling a flower or a spider web. In more rural areas, artisans will craft small trinkets and the like that are dedicated to Kaedo. Generally, any trinket or work of craftsmanship created specifically for Kaedo functions as his symbol, but the metal lattice web is the most popular among his largest temples and most skilled craftsman, for they take high skill in metallurgy.   Kaedo is known by many names, such as Kaedo, the Fire within the Forge, Change, Balance, or the Spark of Inspiration, to name a few.  

Ancient Home

Kaedo called Vokatha his home. There, amongst the greatest volcanoes, he built the great fortress Kaedana, within which he crafted some of the greatest achievements of blacksmithing ever and observed the steady march of progress across the planes.   No longer does the forge ring and no longer do the flames burn as Kaedo's house lies empty, save for his faithful constructs and divine followers who attend his crippled god-spirit.  

Worship and Distribution

Few are the artisans who do not harken to Kaedo for inspiration, guidance, and skill, doubly so among blacksmiths. Kaedo has a hyper-dense core of worship in the form of these craftspeople and workers who call to him; also, many manual laborers petition Kaedo for strength and willpower to weather their work and succeed.   Beyond those, however, Kaedo has few truly devout. In fact, the overlap of artisans who worship Kaedo and his actual temple-clergy and the like is very high. This does mean that Kaedo is widespread and a staple in almost all societies, but he is not a household god like Yamma.   The people of the mountains, such as dwarves, goliaths, and the like, are especially fond of Kaedo. Many of these communities place Kaedo at the place of utmost respect.  

Champions of Kaedo

Champions of Kaedo are known as Forgemasters of Divinity. They are named during times of peace to create great new tools for mortalkind, or times of war to craft the arms and armor needed to restore peace. There have been no Forgemasters named in the Age of Extant, but there were many in the Reckoning and the Age of Rebirth. Below are some of those Forgemasters that are known today:
  • Lasarie Aldaviel. Worked during the Reckoning, created weapons such as Requiem.
  • Bori Flameshaper. Believed to have created the Forge of Kaedo in Demtodhir, and used it to create a great many weapons and arms.

Divine Domains

Kaedo is the god of autumn, the forge, and mountains. Clerics of Kaedo tend to be within the Artistry, Forge, Knowledge, Light, and Order Domains, while Paladins of Kaedo swear Oaths of Devotion or the Crown.  

COMMANDMENTS OF KAEDO

  • Worry not of today's struggle. Plan instead for tomorrow's bounty.
  • Seek peace in your craft, and seek progress through your works.
  • Like a mountain, be resolute. Like a mountain, share in the beauty of change.

Methods of Worship

The most common way to worship Kaedo is by the forging of the trinkets and symbols mentioned in the Depictions, Symbols, and Names section. The act of creating, and dedicating that creation to Kaedo, is the ultimate sign of respect, and the more love and care that the craftsman puts into that creations, the higher regard they are showing.   Kaedo has few rites or sacraments. A prayer to Kaedo is simply a request for guidance or skill and the promise to dedicate the act of crafting to him. When things are made, when civilization progresses, Kaedo is honored.

Holy Day

Kaedo's holy day is Traeliorn 4, Camirth, the Fall Equinox. Known by numerous names across Emaxus, the day is most commonly referred to as Vendamia. It is a day of inspiration, resolutions, and celebratory dinners, the method varying depending on who's celebrating.   For artisans who follow Kaedo, they take the day to petition the Fire within the Forge for inspiration and divine blessings, while other followers seek to ensure consistent positive change for themselves and their communities, planning and hoping for the coming year, before finishing it all off with a feast.

Ancient Foes and Allies

Kaedo didn't have as many set enemies as many of his compatriots. Kaedo viewed existence on the grand scale of change and progress. In the grand scheme of things, there are few things that can threaten that. Those things that are a threat, however, Kaedo and his followers are vigilant against.    The Obsidian Lords -- chiefly Xael, who is the antithesis of Kaedo -- the untold aberrations of Xeccamund, and threats of a similar caliber, those are the things Kaedo considered his true foes, and he thought it his duty to make ready the instruments of war and protection to survive.   Kaedo's followers tend to be close with Isael's, An'liceth's, Laianath's, and Yamma's followers. Each overlap with some crucial aspect of follower, and the militant arms of each god's followers are especially fond of having weapons forged under Kaedo's blessing.

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