The Spectres of Amar Pass
“Zahara, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.” -Healing Prayer
Names: Zahara, The Light Bringer, Guiding Light of Virtue, Curador, Luminary. Followers: Zahara is the Patron of the Avarians, also among her followers are Apothecaries, Healers, Shamans, Midwives, Druids, Rangers, members of the Order of Echor and anyone fighting against evil and the undead. Spheres of Influence: Community (Family and Home), Glory (Heroism), Good (Agathon), Healing (Restoration and Resurrection), Sun (Day and Light), Repose (Souls). Symbol: Zahra has two commonly used symbols; The first is the shining torch of hope and the second is the Phoenix. On occasion the two are combined into one symbol. Alignment of Clergy: Neutral Good, Chaotic Good and Lawful Good. Favored Weapon: Mace.
The goddess Zahara is the daughter of Anath; who bore Zahara and her brother Aingeru; and the two beings known as Aditi and Anslem. Aingeru was born first as darkness reigned, his birth caused his mother much pain and suffering. He was death incarnate, the midwife helping Anath died the moment she touched the pale skinned, fair haired infant. Aingeru wailed in the arms of the clasped midwife too far for his exhausted mother to reach. The sound of his cries pierced Anath’s ears, she covered her ears and shut her eyes trying to block out it all as life slowly slipped from her body when suddenly a calm over took Anath. At first she believed it to be death, the first of her kind to experience it. Then Anath realized the calm was just a reassuring feeling that everything was alright. Moments later Anath gave birth to Zahara, light broke through the darkness as mother held child.
Zahara is truth and kindness. Among all the Gods she is the most merciful, even the undead creatures of Aingeru her faithful swear to fight is not hated by Zahara. She pities the poor twisted souls. If there was a way to save them Zahara’s light would have found it. Zahara has never raised her voice, even in the presence of Beliel or her brother. She a calming spirit. Like their goddess the faithful of Zahara try to do no harm, be kind, protect the innocent and be truthful.
Priests and Clerics of Zahara are the type that clothe, feed and shelter the poor without a second though and even if that means they will go without. They who heal the wounded during times of war no matter which side they are on. Their kindness, decency and generosity is unrivaled but it is not wise to mistake them as pacifist push overs. When confronted by wickedness and abominations of lifelessness the faithful of Zahara are quick to jump to action. With wisdom and precision Clerics of Zahara wage a war against evil, particularly against the undead obscenities of Aingeru.
The hierarchy of amongst Zahara’s sect is structured but not ridged, Priests and Clerics are called Brother or Sister (depending on gender). The longest servicing Priest is known as the Holy Father or Holy Mother (again depending gender). Counsels are formed for dealing with issues and again is ordered by years of service. Churches dedicated to Zahara typically have a wing dedicated to healing the sick and wounded. Priests and Clerics offer apothecary services without much charge to those who need it and magical healing if need be. These acts are done without hesitation morning, noon or night.
The faithful of Zahara hold life in all forms in high regard; New life is highly celebrated, Spring time is filled with festivals in Zahra’s name and death is looked at as a time of mourning those who have departed yet paying reverence to the life they lead. A funeral ceremony for a faithful of Zahara is held at noon, the dead is placed on pyres and burned. This is often followed by celebration in the form of drinking and story telling of the fallen’s life.
The Ordained dedicated to Zaahra are looked at as shepherds who guide the faithful on the good path of light. Clerics and Priests of Zahra often give counsel to the members of their church outside of the typical worship day. Priests and Clerics devoted to Zahara often go into further training beyond seminary school in such professions as doctoring, midwifery or apothecary work to further serve the needs of the community. This training typically takes another 3 years on top of their years of seminary schooling. Other members specialize in combating the foes of Zahara and take training in defeating evil, undead and the Immortal abominations of Aingeru. The training length varies by the specialty.
The Brother and Sisters of Zahara are expected to live life with virtue and kindness. They are allowed (and typically encouraged) to marry and have children. They are allowed to own some property but often live in housing provided by the church. Poverty is not a vow they take but they do take the vow of Altruism and having an over abundance means you have not given to the well-being of others.
Hands of the Blessed: An order of extremely gifted healers both mundane and magical.
Torch Bearers: An order of Zahara dedicated to eradicating undead no matter where they hide.
Sions of Dawn: An order of Zahara dedicated to the struggle against evil.
Light Bringers: A secretive and ancient organization that serves as Zaahra’s army against Aingeru’s abominations known as vampires.
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