Together they stand against the dark,
As they fought, there grew a spark.
A love simple and pure,
Something that will forever endure.
-From the Lay of Aravel and Tidron
Tidron is the god of night, killing undead, hunters (not of beasts), paladins, artists, self sacrifice, and the moon.
Titles: The Eternal, The Lost, The Argent Guardian, The Father of Owls, Muse-Seeker, Watcher in the Darkness, He Who Will Fall, Father of the Moon Elves, Silverbow, Everwounded
Tidron is one of the lesser powers aligned under Aranayan. He is a kind, and noble soul who embodies all the virtues of paladinhood and seeks to make the night a thing of beauty for lovers to enjoy rather than a dark, fearful time for evil to grow. He is represented by and embodied by the moon- a great shining orb that keeps the darkness at bay. Tales of Tidron claim alternately that the stars, who shine dimly beside the moon, are a field of night-blooming flowers in the heavens that he has planted for his love Aravel in homage to her glowing beauty or that they are argent flecks of his own blood, shed while keeping evil at bay.
Tidron often walks amongst the mortals of the world, taking joy in protecting them and helping guide those who would become paladins or hunters of the undead upon their paths. It is said that Tidron has worn many faces over the long years but he always has a similar appearance. Tidron is a homely man with kind eyes and long hair that he wears tied back in a simple braid. Records and accounts have Tidron appearing mainly as a human man, and very rarely as an elf. It is not Tidron’s visage, homely and plain, but his voice and conviction that would mark him as a god. He is bold, determined, and uncompromising in the face of evil. His followers say that Aravel was blessed with majesty and beauty and that Tidron, lacking in both, swore to watch over her and protect her and her followers in the long dark nights so that no harm would come to them. He also keeps a watchful eye on the Twain, seeking to teach and to guide them, though no one can say why he is so fond of the pair of vagabonds.
Tidron is a complex god. He is kind and devoted with all his heart to Aravel, whom he loves dearly. But he also is a fearsome foe of all evil, particularly the undead. Tidron despises Misigoth and his creations and would love nothing more than to scour them from the earth so that they no longer haunt the night he finds so beautiful. Legend holds that silver blades are so fearsome to the undead because Tidron and Reghasting labored together to craft them- Reghasting manning the forge as Tidron quenched each blade and arrowhead in his own flesh and blood, imparting a small measure of his hatred of the undead into each completed weapon. The most devout will insist that their silver blades are forged by night, under the light of a full moon.
Tidron and Aravel
The first Tidron and Aravel were brother and sister, their parentage being a controversial mystery. However, they are the gods whose mantles are replaced the most. Only Enoth, the oldest Power, knows the true number of Tidrons and Aravels who have walked the planes. Sometimes the two are brother and sister, sometimes they are lovers, but Tidron is always the first to die leaving Aravel alone.
It is said that there are really only two Tidrons and two Aravels. A brother and sister souls, and a lovers souls. The stories go that their souls are reborn through the ages, so when Tidron dies, Aravel knows she is not long for the world and will see him again in another life. Sometimes Tidron and Aravel look for the birth of their replacements, knowing that it marks the near end of their time together.
There is also a darker story, one of the cycle being broken, where Tidron will not be reborn and Aravel will live an endless number of lives doomed to wander alone in her grief.
All those who are foes of the undead follow Tidron to a greater or lesser degree. And every person who follows the path of the paladin pays homage to the first and greatest of their calling. Hunters of evil and hunters of the undead are almost always devoted to the Silverbow. This overlap brings followers of Nenteth into conflict with followers of Tidron at times, and many small but harmless arguments over the nature of hunting, hunters, and who can call themselves by that name have been had over the long years. Divine mages, in their violent obsession with undead, often also call upon Tidron.
Moon elves count themselves amongst Tidron’s most devout followers and maintain that their race was created from the blood that Tidron and his beloved Aravel both shed in one of their many fights against evil. They do not deign to consider Aravel their mother nor do they worship her with the same reverence that they have for Tidron. This often causes conflict between moon elves and the clergy of Aravel who see the exclusionary worship of moon elves as disrespectful to Aravel.
Tidron is also the patron of artists. It is said that he was first inspired to make art by Aravel’s beauty. He watches over artists of all types, from lovestruck poets to painters. The faithful of Tidron say that the most beautiful and perfect pieces of art are divinely inspired, blessed by Tidron himself. The constellations in the sky were painted there by Tidron’s brush, to help light the darkness. And sometimes, outside the hearing of moon elves, it is said that the blue upon their faces comes from drops and smudges of paint as Tidron created them.
Though owls are not sentient creatures in their own right, they are considered to be sacred by followers of Tidron. They see owls, who watch in the darkness, as symbols of Tidron. It is said that hearing the cry of an owl at night means that Tidron is near. Though, this auspicious omen could mean that Tidron is bestowing his favor or offering warning of undead close by.
Tenets of the Faith
- Death is not an end, it is the beginning of a new journey. Act with bravery, offer your life, and you will be reborn to serve once more.
- Watch in the darkness for threats that seek to hide in Tidron’s holy night. Strike them down with bow or blade that they may not harm another.
- Cherish those whom you love and protect them. Let the night and moonlight be for love and lovers.
- Hunt evil ceaselessly and offer it no mercy unless your vows require it. Black-hearted villains rarely change their ways and should be suspect until they prove their change meaningfully.
- Guard the night so that beauty may exist during the day and thrive under Aravel’s warm caress.
- Aid paladins in their endeavors, regardless of whom they follow. They are all students of Tidron’s valor and should be respected.
Approbation and Displeasure:
Actions/ideas that please Tidron:
- Preventing the spread of Misigoth’s foul taint. Sanctifying cemeteries, killing undead, and rooting out hidden conclaves of his followers are all actions worthy of followers of Tidron.
- Aiding fledgling paladins. Though all the Lords of Light accept paladins in their service, Tidron feels a connection to them all and exhorts his followers to aid them whenever possible.
- Vigils. Standing watch through the long night echoes Tidron’s sworn vows and duty to make the night safe for all.
- Brave and noble sacrifice. The greatest act that any follower of Tidron can perform is the sacrifice of his or her own life in the pursuit of a good, noble, or worthy cause. In particular, Tidron respects sacrifice to save the lives of innocents, as well as warriors who choose death to save their comrades. It is said that Tidron and Enoth have an agreement that allows these rare chosen souls to have the thread of their life spun back out and are reborn anew.
- True love. Tidron is pleased when his followers echo the love between himself and Aravel.
- Teaching. Teachers and elders are beloved by Tidron for their role in passing on wisdom and good virtues, like those held dear by paladins, to the youth.
- Adoption. Tidron knows evil and war leave many orphans behind and respects those who open their homes to them.
Actions/ideas that displease Tidron (and may result in loss of magical abilities):
- Cowardice. Tidron abhors cowards, particularly those who balk in the face of death.
- Breaking sworn vows or oaths.
- Disrespect shown to Aravel, her faith, or her followers. Though Tidron may see his love but rarely, she is first in his heart.
- Allowing undead or followers of Misigoth to live. There can be no mercy and no redemption for those depraved and evil beings.
- Drunkenness. More than a glass or two of wine or ale is excess and will dull the senses, making it easier for evil to creep in unnoticed.
- Pride. Tidron sees humility as a virtue worthy of praising and hubris or pride as corrupting.
- Using the phrase “silver tongued”–even though Tidron would smile upon the use of silver in defeating undead, it refers to lying which he would find unacceptable
Holy Places and Holy Days
Tidron’s only holy days are solar eclipses. His followers celebrate the brief moment when day becomes night and Tidron and Aravel are united. Tidron does not permit revelry to interfere with duty, though, he does permit his followers to celebrate the anniversaries of their marriages and the birthdays of their beloveds as well.
Rare is the temple to Tidron that stands alone. Most of his “temples” are temples of Aravel. His followers conduct services and ceremonies at night, echoing the relationship between Aravel and Tidron. They stand and protect the temple, yet rarely see the priests of Aravel. It is said that the moon elves keep ornate and elaborate temples devoted to Tidron, but none other than their kith and kin are allowed in.
Tidron’s history is as dark and mysterious as a moonless night. His holy texts tell of hundreds of incarnations of Tidron. As a man with dark skin and eyes the color of the moon who loved a woman with hair the color of the sun and was slain protecting her honor. As a youth who protected his younger sister from an undead monstrosity, dying to save her, and was swept up into the night sky upon his death so he could always watch over her. That he stood alone at the gates of a castle to protect a princess and her twin children and was slain defending them. That he offered his own body to be tortured to spare a farmer’s daughter from the torment. Clearly, Enoth has connected his life thread in some way to the world, a way unknown by mortals.
He is representative of the best qualities of chivalry, fraternity, and romantic love and it is whispered that his kind spirit, his true heart and his valor are so great that his homely, plain appearance is the only way to keep him from outshining the sun and thus his humility to avoid outshining his beloved Aravel.
Tidron has not been seen in some time. It is known that he quarreled with Aranayan and was struck down by a beam of white-gold radiance and has since gone missing. Perhaps Tidron stepped into the beam to protect the mysterious woman who appears in every tale about him. In any case, it is unknown whether Tidron survived.
Correct Worship and Rites/Rituals/Requirements
Followers of Tidron typically engage in:
- Conducting all prayers and ceremonies under the light of the moon.
- Becoming paladins or undead hunters in the image of their god.
- Respecting women, the innocent, and children.
- Celebrating marriages. Priests of Tidron are favored to perform marriages.
- Calling upon Tidron, and not Enoth, at the hour of their death. It is unknown when this ritual began but it is very common amongst the devout.
Paladin Oath of Tidron
- I will strive to keep the night safe for lovers and purge it of the unclean taints of undeath and evil.
- I live my life in the darkness that the light may be preserved for others.
- My blood will spill and my flesh will be rent before harm comes to another. I offer myself willingly that they might be spared.
- There is no mercy for those who follow Misigoth or for his creations. Evil is to be cleansed and redemption can only come for those who prove they are deserving.
- I will seek to become worthy of a blade of silver so that my lord’s blessing is upon me and I may destroy his undead foes.
- I will not allow my hatred of evil to fill my heart. I will keep it open that I may be blessed with a love like that of my Lord and his Lady.