Curse of the Crimson Throne
Church of Sarenrae
Once a powerful angel known as an empyreal lord, Sarenrae led the heavenly hosts in the charge against the Rough Beast, Rovagug, and it was she who dealt him the great blow that led to his chaining. Now a goddess in her own right, Sarenrae is kind and loving, a figure of light, guidance, and healing, and has great patience with those who choose to be blind but may one day see. Yet for all her compassion, Sarenrae is also a powerful force against evil, and strikes down the irredeemable without mercy. Her portfolio includes healing, honesty, redemption, and the sun. Sarenrae’s faithful are united by a desire to make the world a better place. They believe wholeheartedly in redemption, yet this should not be mistaken for weakness. They are equal parts healers and crusaders, and seek to stand up to evil in all its myriad forms. The worship of Sarenrae is ancient, and so her followers’ forms of devotion are as diverse as the clouds in the sky. Some throw her name around as a casual oath, while others interweave their devotions to her throughout the day. Adventurers devoted to the Dawnf lower know that worship is not merely a theory but an activity that underpins the rest of your actions. By helping others, you guide them into the light and help justify your own existence. If you are a true devotee of the Dawnf lower, you have strong diplomatic skills and a gentle nature, having tempered your steel in the calm fires of the Dawnf lower— yet when required, your sword still strikes true.
There are few taboos in your faith, and most of them deal with casual cruelty or thoughtlessness that might harm others. When you have been thoughtless, or when you have unnecessarily crushed hope or joy—whether on purpose or inadvertently—you must seek out the wronged person and obtain his forgiveness. If he does not forgive you immediately, you must (within limits) serve him for a period, depending on the severity of the offense. If he asks you to harm another, your service is ended: you serve only the good.
When you travel, you can often recognize others of your faith by their dress, as the Keleshite robes of the desert dervishes have become synonymous with the faith in many worshipers’ minds, as have the symbol of a sunburst and the colors of white, red, and gold. Your fellows sometimes wear jewelry sporting ankhs or stylized doves, and even in the cold north, far from the deserts of Qadira and Osirion, the truly devoted carry scimitars in homage to your goddess. By these signs, you demonstrate your allegiance to the Dawnflower and invite others of your faith to approach you to share the light. Though the desire for material wealth frequently leads otherwise good souls astray, followers of Sarenrae often appreciate artistically done golden ornaments, seeing in the metal’s glitter a weak ref lection of the sun’s holy rays. Sarenrae’s wisdom is encapsulated in The Birth of Light and Truth. The book is old and many versions exist. One of the features common to nearly all printings is the inclusion of extra pages, so that the reader might record new experiences that reflect Sarenrae’s teachings. Within the book’s text, worshipers find both the history of the goddess and practical advice for living, as well as church doctrine, folk remedies for illnesses, and suggestions for dealing with undead or other evil creatures.