Freedom's Blade

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Freedom’s blade is said to have aided the Mystic Lord in the creation of humans and to have also created the hill elves, which are believed to be nearly extinct and are now called the forgotton elves. Freedom’s Blade is the champion of warriors, both martial and magical, and those who are oppressed, be they slaves, serfs, or the wrongfully accused. He revels in the raw power of nature, especially in thunderstorms, which is why some also call him Lord of the Winds. While he is fearsome in battle, he is also benevolent and wise and recognizes that freedom must be tempered with responsibility, meaning that those with power should only wield it when the need is great and the reasons are just.

Depiction:
Freedom’s Blade is most commonly depicted as a man wielding a sword with a wing-shaped hilt. Often, the sword is shown as planted in the ground, with Freedom’s Blade resting his hands on the pommel, though depictions with him raising the sword high in the air are not uncommon. Sometimes his sword or hand is shown as sparking with magic energy.

Worshipers and Clergy:
Many humans worship Freedom’s Blade. Common prayers ask for strength, luck, and freedom from burdens. Those living under oppression pray for it to end.

The clergy of Freedom’s Blade often travel around, preaching in communities that they stop in. Disputes are sometimes brought before them. The clergy beseeches Freedom’s Blade to grant victory to whoever is just, then those involved in the dispute have a trial by combat. Victory conditions depend on the nature of the dispute, with “until yield” for minor disputes and “to the death” for major disputes or crimes. Clergy also perform blessings of warriors in times of war. A major component in most rituals of Freedom’s Blade is the breaking of a chain. At the start of a trial by combat or during a blessing of warriors, the clergy will use a winged sword to break a chain. The number of strikes it takes to break the chain indicates how much favor the clergy has with Freedom’s Blade, with fewer strikes indicating higher favor.

Temples and Shrines:
Shrines to Freedom’s Blade are commonly made by warriors after a battle. Weapons are planted in the ground on the battlefield and broken chains are hung from them. It is said that when the wind blows and the chains rattle, Freedom’s Blade hears it and is pleased, granting favor to the warriors.

Temples to Freedom’s Blade are usually constructed on hills where the wind blows strongly. These temples have broken chains or other broken symbols of oppression attached to them. They often have a space dedicated to the rite of trial by combat, as well as places for travelers to rest.

Religious Texts and Philosophy:
The main religious text of Freedom’s Blade is a book titled Wisdom of the Freed. There are not many copies of this book and the original was lost in history. The current copies are believed to be incomplete, as evidence suggests there are missing sections. Most of the book teaches that oppression in all forms should be opposed.

Domains:

  • Good
  • Liberation
  • War
  • Luck

Freedom's Blade

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