Agartha Version 1
Name: Barbatos (Bar-Bat-Oss)
The Infernal Cleanser, The Lord of the Flames,
Portfolio: God of fire, volcanoes, wrath, anger, quarrels, destruction, renewal, elemental fire, purification through fire, renewal, suffering
Description: Barbatos is depicted as a demon like humanoid with two massive black horns. His flesh is hard and red with visible veins of lava coursing through his skin. His eyes glow like two white hot coals and his hooves appear to be made of cooled magma. When enraged the gaps between his flesh erupt in bright flames and two torrents of fire swirl around his horns. His favorite weapon is fire but he is also known to use a kanabo made of cooled magma. His omens always involve fire and are never subtle. It is common for him to create a face in a fire and speak directly to his worshipers. He is known to be arrogant and vengeful; and he tolerates no affronts to his power or shortcomings among his priests. Barbatos, like the other Elekin gods, has a very simple religious symbol that consists of a red or orange triangle pointing up.
Dogma: His worshipers are to seek power in knowledge, wisdom, and strength, defend the light and warmth of fire and of hearts, and distribute knowledge, wisdom, strength, warmth, and light. Fire is the greatest source of cleansing and it is both the embodiment of destruction and renewal. For while it burns down the forest the ash it creates will give nutrients to the forest that will come after. Fire and purity are one and the same and smoke is produced by air in its jealousy of the flame. Barbatos teaches worshipers to be like fire by both embracing destruction and creation, for without destruction there cannot be life. The reward of successful ambition is power. Reaching a higher state is inevitably accompanied by difficulty and personal pain of some sort. Barbatos sends his pure fire to temper our souls and allow us to achieve a pure state. Expect to be tested and rise to the challenge no matter what difficulty and pain it brings. Those above you have proven their worth and deserve your service. Barbatos wants his worshipers to be wary of Moruba and his followers because of their patients for chance, for Barbatos if you want change you must act swiftly and decisively toward that end. Barbatos teaches that fire is pure, cleansing, and strong. The weak and impure burn, while the strong survive. Guide others to Barbatos’ pure light so that he may reforge all life into its essential form.
Worshipers: Barbatos’ worshipers includes fire giants, red dragons, and spellcasters interested in fire magic. Some of his clerics revere the renewing aspect of Barbatos, knowing that devastation is necessary for rejuvenation to occur.
Clergy: Barbatos’ clerics wear robes with red trim. They cast continual flame spells on their amulets. A temple’s high cleric, called an Eternal Flame, represents the highest possible religious authority. All are subservient to the local Eternal Flame. Below the Eternal Flame are various terraces holding dominance over the ranks below them. Adherents on the lowest terrace deny themselves all worldly goods and pleasures, donating to the higher terraces all but the minimum needed to remain alive. (In the case of adventuring clerics, this minimum includes armour, weapons, and magic items.) As a cleric advances through the terraces, more and more rights and pleasures are granted to him, but only through great hardship and difficult
often fatal tests of faith. Barbatos’ adherents tend to be fanatical schemers who wish to “cleanse” the world and rebuild it according to what he dictates. Highly motivated and easily manipulated, clerics of the lower terraces tend to “burn out” quickly (often literally) in their efforts to advance to the next terrace. Senior clerics use their underlings as pawns, frequently sending them on missions for which they are not properly trained or equipped, so that only those of the highest skill and ambition will advance. Almost all of his clerics share a fiery temper: They are quick to take offense and use violence to enforce the rigidity of their chosen lifestyle. The primary goal of all clerics is to acquire land, wealth, influence, and power, and few church activities involve anything that does not directly contribute to one of these goals.
Temples: Often carved from lava, these imposing edifices feature constantly burning braziers and bonfires, with several dozen adherents tasked with keeping the holy flame alive.
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Significant Holy Days:
- Summer Solstice