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The Awakeners of Mortals and the inspiration for much of Ahlim’s art, law, philosophy, and society. The six are worshipped everywhere in Ahlim in some form or another.
Called the Mother of Kindness and Peace, she is worshipped by many common folk for her association with community and harmony. Her church is relatively informal and local chapters are named the Marian Houses. They provide care for the disadvantaged and neglected of Ahlim. Clerics, Druids, and Rangers find a place in the Marian Houses, protecting the vulnerable.
Called the Mother of Light, Art, and Purity, she is worshipped by many common folk for her association with goodness, and her hatred of corruption, decay, and darkness. She is said to be the Empress of the Sun, and has no peers. Her congregation are named The Aurorans and they fight against corruption and evil. Many clerics and Paladins follow Meridar, turning her light against Ahlim’s enemies. Her Angel of Purity was reborn as Malik, but due to a scheme by Graz’zt this angelhood has passed to one of his servants, Rakshasa, unbeknownst to Meridar.
Called the Father of Justice and Creativity, he is worshipped by many common folk for his association with righteousness, and his never ending quest for truth. Sulgastor is a pioneer of truth and rightness in the world and institutions of learning often pay tribute to him. His largest following is in Salisa, known for its intellectual and magical institutions. The Bright Eyes of Sulgastor are his Church and oversee the safe use of Magic in Ahlim and are primarily composed of Clerics, Wizards, and Bards.
Called the Father of Order and Obligation, he is worshipped by many common folk for his association with Law, and his upholding of the public good. Houses of Civil Law and Groups devoted to public safety are Eldor’s domains. His Church is named The Order of The Silvered Gauntlet and often serve protecting the populace of Ahlim from internal and external disorder. The Order often function as keepers of the peace or militia with Paladins, Fighters, and Wizards finding employment within their ranks.
Called the Mother of Passivity and Objectivity, she is worshipped by many common folk for her association with inner peace and love of all life. Druids and nature-lovers follow her, particularly those who live in her forest in Rzeka. People who strive to preserve, honour, and protect nature in her name are called The Emerald Enclave. The Emerald Enclave has a strong following in Rzeka and is mostly composed of Druids, Clerics, and Rangers.
Called the Father of Storms and Chaos, he is worshipped by many folk for his association with good fortune, strength, and respect for nature’s fury. He is said to be the Lord of the sky and sea, and has no peers but the earth itself. Ajaakor is the only Annerian whose centre of worship is in Akundin and he is worshipped where nature is at its most dangerous. The congregation of Thunder in Berapi honour him and live close to his realm. Clerics, Sorcerers, and Monks find a place within The Thunders. His Angels Air and Water, have recently been reborn as Ghesh and The Spectre, respectively.
The Three Missing Annerians
These Annerians have been mostly absent from recent religious doctrine for a number of reasons but, partly due to the actions of The Warriors of The West, they are receiving more recognition.
known as The Star Mother, or The Mother of The Night Sky, Nyx dwells in The Astral Plane and is supposedly Soul-Melded to The Seer. Nyx/The Seer recently became recognised as a full Annerian and their church is flourishing. She is associated with prophecy, knowledge, and guidance. Her first Angel, Knowledge, was recently created in The Cerulean Sea, and is known as Rey.
Known as The Earth Father, Und was the patron of the Dark Elves before The Scourge. He was Ajaakor’s brother, and held dominion over the Elemental Planes of Earth and Fire. Unfortunately he was slain by the man who would later become known as The Vengeant, and much of his power is gone from the world.
Known as The Wanderer, or The Traveller, Jelan was the patron of the Sand Elves for many millennia. At some point, long before The Scourge, Jelan left Ahlim, journeying to far away worlds. When they returned their spirit was drained and they were all but dead. Now though, they have supposedly been reborn, into a mortal form.
If you are interested in pursuing the inspiration for The Annerians you should refer to the work of Peter Mohrbacher. Particularly his “Angelarium” and “Emanations” projects.