Belendor is the god of destruction, fire, growth, dying (not death, that is Enoth).
Belendor is one of the three main Powers created by Fate before any mortals walked the planes. To describe Belendor as “evil” is to misunderstand its nature. Belendor is a force of destruction, which is necessary in the natural order as all things that are created must have an eventual end–Belendor is all too happy to be the vehicle for that end; Belendor will even join in the creation of something great just to see it ultimately fall.
Followers of Belendor reject the idea of good and evil. They believe they are beyond such binary understandings. The only truth for followers of Belendor is that everything dies and rots away. Only the strongest will hold it off the longest. Their actions will make society stronger as only the very best will withstand the trials. Too much creation will choke the life out of all.
Belendor, as a god, is not focused on the pain that can come from destruction. Just as it is impossible for mortal beings to understand the divine, so it, ironically, is it impossible for them to comprehend how their actions would be viewed through our limited lense.
Followers of Belendor interpret its nature in various and contradicting ways due to the fact that a force for destruction is impossible to fully understand. A derelict house must be destroyed because it keep it standing would cause potential harm, however, is such an action evil? However, to destroy a healthy, productive child would be viewed as evil, unless that child were to live and cause more “evil” by living. With the nature of destruction impossible to understand, followers of Belendor range in their actions from the nearly insane spreader of chaos and misery, to the cold and calculating bureaucrat who promotes a law that serves himself alone.
For the most part, followers of Belendor don’t view their actions as “evil” but simply necessary. Good and evil don’t come into the equation, the universe creates and destroys, they are a part of that. Some may argue that their destructive behaviors bring about a greater good that can come from destruction. Others revel in it.
Followers of Belendor often follow other “evil” gods.
Approbation and Displeasure
Actions/ideas that please Belendor:
- Killing of enemies–armed or not
- Destruction/undermining of laws that do not benefit an ultimate destruction
- Aiding enemies of a kingdom
- Killing of beings that promote order
- Setting fires
- Opposing followers of Aranayan or gods aligned under Aranayan
- Giving cursed items to unsuspecting people to cause destruction
- Prolong the dying of a creature
Actions/ideas that displease Belendor (and may result in the loss of magical abilities):
- Helping others if it doesn’t help one’s self
- Creating something new unless it promotes a greater disorder
- Killing of beings that promote chaos
- Aiding the servants of gods aligned under Aranayan or Enoth unless it is to undermine them (sometimes even gods aligned under Belendor if their goals conflict)
Holy Places and Holy Days
Due to the general discrimination towards followers, Belendor has hidden temples across Azkon that are only known to the most loyal and proven worshipers. Revealing of the location of these sites to non-initiates is punishable by death.
The holiest days of each month, for Belendor, are the first days–as they are the beginning of a new time of destruction. Most especially the Winter Solstice (when the night is the longest), and the second week of October.
The second week in October marks the week the Hazon Dynasty collapsed. While this is normally celebrated by races on Azkon as a day of liberty from the slaving empire, followers of Belendor see it as the beginning of various groups fighting for the scraps left behind–the destruction of an empire and the following destruction of various groups as they kill each other over what is left. This holy day is called: Liberation Day (the followers of Belendor co-opt the name to mean Liberation from Order).
Followers of Belendor point to the earliest signs of worship at 3,000 years ago with a temple located in an unknown location, somewhere in what is now the Wild Plains.
With the rise of the Hazon Empire 1,000 years ago, Belendor worship was outlawed across the empire, and widespread purges swept the lands, driving followers into the remote corners of the continent.
It is commonly “known” that Belendor caused the rift crisis 200 years ago that split the continent and started the decline of the Hazon Empire. This causes, at times, a strangely grudging respect towards Belendor in some races and professions, as they see Belendor’s hand in bringing down the empire.
After the fall of the empire, Belendor worship has become increasingly common in Azkon.
Correct Worship and Rites/Rituals/Requirements
Followers of Belendor typically engage in:
- Ritual burning of one’s enemies–these typically are done with great ceremony and grandeur–sometimes these rituals are rewarded
- The destruction of finely crafted weapons and armor
- The carrying of anything that can create fire
- The practicing of elemental, dark, runic magic
- It would be rare for a follower of Belendor to practice arcane (order based) magic
- Attempting to witness every dawn, as a new day to sow destruction
- Make an offering to the fires of dusk (food, incense, wood) and the destruction of the day