Enoth is one of the Four Powers, and is the god of balance, order, earth, death (but not dying), life (but not birth), learning, and the afterlife.
Titles: The Harbinger of Order, The Great Balancer, Judge of All, Deathwatcher, He who Guides, Lantern of Insight
Holy Creature: Snails. The shell of a snail follows the fibonacci sequence, is slow and plots it’s course very carefully, and though it looks gross, properly prepared and handled it is considered a delicacy, reminding people that not all is as it seems.
Enoth was created by Fate, to be the balance between Aranayan and Belendor, and as the foil to Twiggle. As Aranayan is the light that drives humanity forward, and Belendor is the darkness that keeps humanity from retreating, Enoth is the equilibrium beneath them, keeping them ever toeing the line, constantly beset by Twiggle who seeks to throw them off that line. Enoth has watched humanity ebb and flow, as it always has, and always will. Enoth is always nudging people slightly to the direction they must go, keeping them ever towards the balancing line. As humanity sways towards the light, Enoth brings forth darkness, and as humanity plunges to the depths of darkness, Enoth shines a light to show the path forward, and to do otherwise is to neglect his duties. Enoth has gone through many forms, but has always existed in all times since he was created, much like his three brothers, though he has adamantly denied Twiggle this title for all of living memory (and even longer).
The importance of balance can be seen in nature. Trees that grow too tall choke the life out of smaller trees. A person who eats too much or too little will damage their body. A summer that is too hot or a winter that is too cold will cause more death. Only in balance can creation survive.
Enoth often appears to mortals to achieve certain goals. It varies from time to time. Sometimes it is to guide a paladin to the path of darkness, and others a templar to the path of goodness. Enoth has appeared to spare the lives of lesser beings, for their true potential has not been achieved, and are still a part of Enoth’s plan for the world. Enoth often appears in a cloak, sometimes with his lantern, sometimes without. Enoth will only speak directly when it is his place to do so, otherwise, Enoth will remain silent or speak in riddles and half truths.
Since Enoth has moved on, the new Enoth has taken to being more upfront than the last. He spends time remarking on the nature of his mantle, as Order and Balance are often at odds with each other. Where the last Enoth was cold and aloof like, this one is warmer, and attempts to guide with a more open view.
Followers of Enoth vary from simple peasants to the royalty of Azkon. The most devout followers of Enoth can look like very unpredictable people to people who don’t understand their dogma–they may seek to fight “evil” and then suddenly turn around and fight “good” if one starts to overrule the other.
“Balance is a must in all things. To become unbalanced is to become undone. Those who are not balanced are not long for this world, and will sooner, rather than at their appropriate time, be judged by The Great Balancer.”
To some, this means doing neither too much right or wrong. If you take people’s chances to grow strong, then they shall be worse off in the long run. However, if you do not lend a helping hand when one is needed, you will find that there is no one to lend you a hand when you need it.
Wardens are Enoth’s agents upon this world. They are granted a shield, which is believe to be a portion of Enoth’s Mantle, to guide the Warden to where they must be. A common tale told to children is that Enoth, seeing that day and night were unbalanced, put his lantern in the sky to shine light during the night, and attached a part of his cloak to the sun, to cause it to cast shadows wherever it shone.
Followers of Enoth often follow the other Gods of Order, and will never follow the Lords of Chaos.
Approbation and Displeasure
Actions/ideas that please Enoth:
- Preserving balance
- Doing things to put the agents of Chaos at a disadvantage.
- Supporting his goals, and his agents (primarily the Wardens)
- Teaching others the folly of their ways, and helping to guide them to a more balanced path.
Actions/ideas that displease Enoth (and may result in the loss of magical abilities):
- Supporting the agents of Chaos
- Any action that disrupts his precious balance or the order of the natural world.
- Acting rashly and not thinking out your plan before doing something
- Any action that speeds or prolongs the death of a creature
High Places and Holy Days
Enoth values balance in the creation of shrines and temples. Any temple dedicated to Enoth is symmetrical in make, as is any shrine. In the center of most cities lies, at the least, a shrine to Enoth. Followers of Enoth often try to plan a trip to the center of Azkon, to realign their spirits to the balance of the world, and to remind themselves that if they do not find their centers, the afterlife shall not be kind to them. Temples to Enoth are located in the Hazon Dynasty, the Wild Plains, and the Dragon’s Peak Mountains.
The holiest days of each month for Enoth worshipers are the ides as they represent the balancing days. The holiest two days are the fall and spring equinoxes along with the first week of July (middle of the year). It is common to see rituals to Enoth on these days.
Followers of Enoth point to the earliest humans on Azkon (at least 5,000 years ago), with the height of Enoth worship being under the Hazon Dynasty as it was ostensibly an Enoth centered empire. Some wonder why if the Dynasty was so blessed by Enoth that it crumbled to ruin. History says it was a bastion of order. Perhaps Twiggle was able to influence it’s downfall.
Since the fall of the empire, Enoth worship has declined with many races and factions blaming Enoth for the successes and horrors of the empire.
Correct Worship and Rites/Rituals/Requirements
Followers of Enoth typically engage in:
- Giving offerings on the ides of each month, the equinoxes, and the first week of July
- Offering an iron ball, a perfectly tuned instrument, or three gold coins
- Enoth rituals are rarely ornate or showy, but instead are practical–one would generally not see incense burning, censers, or feasting. One would see more “chore” rituals: meditation, preparing for the next season (clearing away of dead leaves, gathering of fuel for winter)
- Praying over the dead and seeing them enter the afterlife
- Ensuring that even the followers of Chaos receive a proper burial. All life eventually goes to Enoth. Such is the cycle of the natural order.