Agartha Version 1
Name: Horic (Whore-Ick)
The Eternal Scribe, He of the Third Eye, The Sentinel of Magic
Portfolio: God of magic, knowledge, wisdom, mental power, astrology, stars, philosophy, law, reason, study, alchemy, apothecary, medicine, foresight, and prophecy.
Description: Long ago Horic transcended physical form and is now only exists in as pure magical energy. Despite this he is often depicted as he once looked, a gaunt faced man with a long flowing beard and a weak body. His favored weapon is magic and he uses no physical weapons. His messengers are generally ancient magic users who have begun to transcend their physical forms as well, though not entirely. His holy symbol is three melting candles bound with twine.
Dogma: Horic’s dogma holds magic to be the most important thing that there is because its energy is necessary to properly balance the universe. Magic is an energy source of finite extant, and may eventually wane. Horic promotes the research and creation of new spells and magical items, under the theory that this increases the amount of magic available to everyone. He also supports the proliferation of knowledge and wisdom, and all things associated, seeing these things as essential to the development of magic.
Worshipers: Horic seems not to care whether he is worshiped or not. Nonetheless, he receives devotion from wizards, sorcerers, seers, alchemists, oracles, astrologers, doctors, scholars, lawyers, philosophers, psychics, and sages.
Clergy: Horic’s clergy are described as echoing his detached stance on worldly affairs, and instead look towards different pursuits such as magical research and the creation of magical items.
Temples: Horic’s temples are described as being fortified structures with vast libraries, and are usually sited in urban locations. They tend to have very practical purposes and usually are universities, hospitals, pharmacy’s, observatories, mage towers, courts, etc. Services performed by Horic’s temples include the identification of magical items, selling potions and magical items, offering divination and legal advice, etc. Almost all of Horic’s temples feature a generally tall, round tower that is the location of its library; the more elaborate temples have many of these towers. Some temples of Horic are guarded by pious templars who combine arcane magic with martial training.
Rituals: Horic is honored with magical research and experimentation, with the burning of incense, the reading from books of arcane lore. Each creation of a new spell or magic item is celebrated. Prayers to Horic utilize florid and elaborate language, signifying great sophistication, labored formality, and a robust vocabulary.
Significant Holy Days:
- Celestial Conjunctions: As many clerics of Horic are astrologers, profound conjunctions of the stars, moons, and Wanderers are observed by the church with the uttering of prophecies and other various complex ceremonies.
- Great Discovery: Celebrated early in the year, this holiday honors the magical discoveries made in the previous year. Every five years, the holiday is expanded to include testing for magical talent and expeditions to rediscover lost lore.
- The Last Rite of the Prophet: When a powerful cleric or other devotee of Horic dies, a somber eulogy is held. In addition, some of the magical power is drawn from the corpse to empower a magic item.
- The Rod of Reversal: It looks like a length of unbending steel chain. It reflects spells cast on its wielder.
- The Sphere of Time Scrying: It is a blue-hued crystal ball that can be used to divine all events of the past.
- Horic ’s Blessed Book: A book with infinite pages and whose writing can only be seen by the individual who wrote in it.