Agartha Version 1
Name: Canopsu (Can-Op-Sue)
The Honorable Pyromancer, The Pulse of Justice, The Cornerstone of Society
Portfolio: God of holy, fire, light, sun, summer, day, agriculture, civilization, nobility, pride, chivalry, justice, honor, valor, honesty, truth, discipline, and miraculous healing.
Description: Canopsu is depicted as an older man with wild golden hair and beard, dressed in robes or armor of shining white and gold. His favored weapon is a mace said to blaze with the fire of the sun itself. His chosen messengers are generally ancient griffons. His holy symbol is a sun with a face on it.
Dogma: Canopsu believe that the life-giving sun is the best cure for all of life’s ills. Justice and freedom are brought about through charity, perseverance, and self-sacrifice. His worshipers strive to perform so many good acts that evil has no room in which to exist, though they will fight if necessary. Canopsu is wrathful against the forces of evil, and is especially opposed to the undead. Canopsu dogma has it that the energy and power of life originates in the sun. Canopsu sees the world as a deadly place, filled with perpetual challenges and trials for those who battle for justice and defend the weak and innocent. His followers should always act with honor and chivalry, and to uphold justice. Danger is to be faced head-on, with calm and resolve. Those who defeat evil are rewarded with glory, while those who uphold the tenets of the Canopsu are rewarded with virtue.
Worshipers: Canopsu is a popular deity, much-beloved by common folk and the most prominent god among humans. The faith of Canopsu is also very militaristic, launching crusades against evil and championing causes. As one would expect, many soldiers, city watchmen, mercenaries, and others who make their living by the sword find themselves honoring Canopsu.
Clergy: Canopsu’s clergy heal the sick, bless crops, help the needy, and destroy evil and the undead. Priests of Canopsu often travel the world on orders from their superiors to seek out and destroy evil. His priesthood attracts many naive youths to his service, but training is rigorous enough to send many of them back to their farms. Canopsu’s elite priests are called Radiant Servants. Vestments are typically yellow or gold.
Temples: Canopsu’s churches are usually massive elaborate cathedrals, but can also be wayside shrines and small chapels. They are arranged so that the sun shines into most of the rooms during the day and tend to be airy and blindingly white.
Rituals: Services to Canopsu include triumphant battle hymns, communal prayer, offerings to brightly colored statues of the god, and the sharing of hearty, strengthening foods. Weddings and rites of passage often take place at the beginning of a new season. Farmers often request a ritual known as the Blessing of the Sun-Kissed Field.
Holy Texts and Sayings: The Proverbs of the Honorable Pyromancer
Significant Holy Days:
- Justday: Held in early summer it is a time when each worshipper of Canopsu is expected to right injustices.
- The Holy Day of Canopsu: This day, also known as the Summer Solstice, is very holy and is a time of quite reflection on how one can be closer to Canopsu. This holiday is so holy because it is believed that this is the day that Canopsu is closest and most active in the material world.
- Fortnight’s Feast: This two-week event is held in winter, and celebrates the victories that Canopsu’s followers have had over the forces of evil.
- Shards of the Sun: Small golden quartzes that eternally shine, they are said to be created when Canopsu’s blood is spilled and then solidifies into stone.
- Dawnstars: They were gifts from Canopsu to four Radiant Servants who rescued a paladin from the bowels of the underworld. They are magical maces that have special qualities against undead and regenerate their wielders.