Heliod, God of the Sun (Heel-ee-Ed)
"The great hart stood like a statue, its hide painted gold by the dawn. The Champion laid down her weapons and stepped forward within an arm’s length of the beast. The hart, sacred to Heliod and bathed in the god’s own light, bowed to the Champion, marking her as the Chosen of the Sun God."
The god of burning light and fiery retribution.
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Heliod represents law, justice, retribution, and the bonds of kinship. Heliod presides over matters of family honor, questions of morality and virtue, speeches, marriages, acts of protective bravery, dawn meals, and self-sacrifice. Heliod's name is often part of legal proceedings, and sacrifices to him are made in times when the greatest aid — or the strictest justice — is needed. The divine symbol for Heliod is his weapon, Khrusor, the Sun Spear. His sacred animal is a Hart. Heliod radiates with pride and self-assurance. His presence fills the sky with light, blocking mortal access to the dark, starry view of Nyx, and in person he has the same overwhelming aura of awe and brilliance. He is convivial and gregarious, making friends and forming bonds easily, and he sees himself as the ally to all. But others know that Heliod can be fickle in his loyalty. Heliod's greatest ally today might be the target of his retribution tomorrow.
Heliod, God of the Sun by Jaime Jones
THE JEALOUSY OF GODS
As the world's population grew in number, so too did the theists. Gods grow in power as they are worshiped, and as a result, each god tries to coerce the populous into shared, or single worship. Among the most popular of the gods were Heliod, God of the Sun, and Purphoros, God of the Forge. Heliod's desire for praise and glory place him in conflict with Purphoros, and while neither god could slay the other, they fought savagely. In one of the battles, Purphoros' weapon, a blade infused with chaos that could destroy the night sky itself, fell from the heavens and was taken by a frightened individual known as Elspeth.
Elspeth hid herself for many years, until she tried to understand the gods by praying to the Sun. Heliod was displeased with her and tried to burn her alive with his rays to acquire her sword, but was prevented from doing so by her own power. Instead, he saw fit to make her his 'champion', and converted the weapon into a spear called Godsend. Heliod's conflict with Purphoros escalated into a war among the pantheon, and Kruphix, God of Horizons announced the Silence, where the gods were forced not to interfere temporarily in mortal affairs until they could sort mess in Nyx, the home of the gods.
A new god was being made, Xenagos, and Heliod was about to sit idly by while a potential threat to his throne was being born. He sent Elspeth to kill him, but when Xenagos achieved his apotheosis, he was quick to blame Elspeth, and attempted to kill her again, but failed. His hatred and jealousy of Elspeth increased, and to make matters worse, he feared she could rise to godhood like Xenagos and threaten his power. So he waited for the right chance, and struck when Elspeth was exhausted after her final battle with Xenagos. He glared his blinding light, taking Godsend away from her and stabbing her with it, taunting her in a final desire to humiliate his own champion as she died. He gave her corpse to Ajani Goldmane, telling him to take her out of Nyx and let her soul be captured by Erebos, God of the Dead, as she had previously agreed with the dark god to exchange her life for that of Daxos, her friend, mentor, and lover. With this, Heliod departed.
Glimpse the Sun God by Aleksi Briclot
The wrath of a god.
Worshiped byAzorius Senate
Divine SymbolKhrusor, the Sun Spear
Religious ColorsWhite, Gold, Yellow
EdictsLight, The Sun, Law, Justice, Retribution, Kinship, Jealousy
Professional SkillsSkills that Priests may teach at major temples and gatherings
Devotion, Exhort, Oratory
Clerics of Heliod are given access to the powers he offers. Some miracles are restricted to more trusted or higher ranking members of this religion.
Backlash (Fire Shield)
Elemental Summoning (Fire Elemental)
CommandmentsTrue worshipers of Heliod follow his commandments carefully, with those who ignore or are ignorant of such laws may find themselves praying to deaf ears, or worse.
- Avoid praying to Heliod at night.
- Always keep at least one candle lit during the night.
- Keep travel, and any work during the night at a minimum.
- Eat a large breakfast, a decent lunch, and a small dinner.
- Bathe in Heliod's light for at least 10 minutes.