Rise of the Overlord
Known Names: Melnador (Brandobian)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Spheres of Influence: Freedom, Liberty, Happiness
Holy Days: Every full moon
Place of Worship: Wilderness
Colors: Black, grey, white
Church: The Face of the Free
Sacrifice: Broken chains from freed slaves
Priesthood: Messengers of Liberty
Tenets of the Faith: Clerics of the Guardian (who is also known as the Liberator, Free Soul, the Insurgent One and the Inducer of Independence) value freedom and liberty above all else. They are ever vigilant in seeking out those who enslave or oppress others. It is their duty to promote happiness and defend freedom for all walks of life. The Guardian’s clerics, the Messengers of Liberty, have a strong commitment to charity and provide assistance to the less fortunate. This makes them popular with the commoners.
The primary goal of their church, the Face of the Free, is to ensure liberty for all through the overthrow of oppressive governments. When the Messengers of Liberty reside in cities, their actions are covert. In these situations, they organize frequent celebrations to promote the Insurgent One as the god of happiness, but openly seem to ignore the other aspects of freedom and liberty.
In areas where their cause seems hopeless, clerics emphasize the positive by focusing on individual successes in the war against oppression. Church meetings and services often result in celebration as congregants discuss grand plans and reminisce about past successes. Unfortunately, their rosy attitude and celebratory nature sometimes prevent the church from making any real progress in the liberation of bondsmen.
While clerics residing in cities are careful not to openly advocate the overthrow of a government, clerics residing in the wilderness are free to promote insurrection among the peasants. Wilderness sects of the Messengers of Liberty are foot soldiers in the battle for autonomy. Those clerics living in the wilderness advocate self-dependence staunchly. They attain information (such as slave caravan schedules or government expansion plans) from the city-bound clerics’ spy network and use it against those who encroach upon freedom. These clerics often rob from rich slave merchants to further the cause of emancipation or simply to aid the poor and gain loyalty among the masses.