This is one of the Deities of the World of Claybough
God of Storms, God of Strength, Lord of Thunder, Lord of the Fist, Patron God of Athletes, the Storm Fury, the Iron Bull
- Intermediate Deity
- Symbol: orange rune on a solar eclipse
- Alignment: chaotic good
- Portfolio: strength, bravery, glory, athletics, sports, brawling, courage
- Worshipers: athletes, fighters, barbarians, rogues, sailors, pilgrims, merchants, farmers
- Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG
- Domains: Chaos, Good, Liberation, Luck, Strength, Travel
- Favored Weapon: greatsword
Overview: Eclypse Callisto is an unusual god in many ways. He is considered the most headstrong god in the pantheon, and certainly the most mercurial. He pursues his passions first and ponders the consequences later.
Many people call upon Eclypse or pray to him. His name is often foremost on the lips of athletes, gladiators, and warriors of all kinds. They seek his favor, his blessings, and an opportunity to earn glory. They also offer thanks to the God of Strength for their successes and natural talents.
At the same time, many people pray to Eclypse in hopes of appeasing the God of Storms. Sailors, pilgrims, merchants, farmers, and adventurers all ask for protection from storms. They seek to appease the god’s turbulent anger; when Eclypse rages, the skies seethe with thunder, lightning, and powerful winds. Much like the storm, once it ends, Eclypse’s temper disappears with shocking suddenness, and all is right once more.
Few formal churches dedicated to Eclypse exist throughout Kara-Tur, and even those are widely divergent, unorganized, with little interaction or communication between one church and the next. Each temple is independent, operated by one or more priests and a number of acolytes. Not surprisingly, no two Eclypse temples are the same; they offer different religious services, they observe different rituals, and they emphasize different aspects of Eclypse’s beliefs.
The clerics of Eclypse’s faith are widely respected by common people. They often admire his clerics for their strength, athleticism, and competitive spirit. His clerics tend to be outgoing, enthusiastic, and personable. At the same time, clerics of other religions have little respect for Eclypse’s followers. They look at Eclypse’s clerics as pretenders or amateurs. In their view, Eclypse’s “religion” is nothing more than a collection of athletes and old warriors with no clerical training, no perceivable liturgical trappings, and no formal structure.
For their part, clerics of Eclypse care nothing for the opinions of other religions. If other priests wish to hurl insults, so be it. These clerics are often surprised, however, to learn that Eclypse clerics enjoy challenges and honor duels (usually to first blood). Many followers of Pelor, Bahamut, and Bane have made the mistake of offending a Eclypse cleric, only to wind up unconscious with a bleeding nose, black eye, and fat lip. This is not to say Eclypse clerics attack every insolent fool, but they enjoy providing free object lessons to those in need of learning.
Although Eclypse’s faith enjoys a measure of respect from people, there is a darker side to his religion and his worship. In Eclypse’s eyes, competition is the only true way to separate the wheat from the chaff, and competition can sometimes become brutal or harsh. Eclypse encourages the competitive spirit, but he also encourages the passions that can come with ambition. After all, if you cannot summon enough emotion for a contest, you don’t really deserve to win. The focus on competition extends to all avenues of life, not just sporting events or games.
Competition is a fact of life in nature and amongst all living creatures. In nature, animals compete to survive. When resources become scarce, individuals must compete to meet their needs and fulfill their goals. With any clash, there must be a winner and a loser. Eclypse cares nothing for the loser; such an individual’s only hope of reclaiming his honor is to offer up another challenge and this time score victory.
- Commandments of the Stormlord:
- Bravery above all. There is no glory in cowardice.
- Strength is the path to greatness, but greatness is the responsible use of strength.
- The glory of the Stormlord lives through your glory on the battlefield.