~Lord of Knights~
|Symbol:||Kite Shield of Pure Silver|
|Portfolio:||Honor, Chivalry, Loyalty, Valor, Justice|
|Domains:||Protection, Good, Healing, Law|
In the era of Melagaunt, Mel'heron was befelled in what was called the Dark Babal. The gods of the time (Vadriphose, Thrungeedia, Sapherian, Spelldar, Chaosmous, and D'lam) were brought down to the state of mortals. Siding with man and the other races fighting against Melaguant they were able to beat back his forces and reclaim their status.
Vastur was one of these mortals, a knight of unknown lineage now, lead his fellow knights against MelaGuant in that final battle. When it was over he and what few knights remained saw to the safety of the gods. They brought them far from the sight of the battle, tended to their wounds as they could and sat in protection of their slumber. For 1000 years they sat until the gods awoke. Vastur was still alive, his own valor and sense of duty never wavered. In reward for his service and unerring ideals of knighthood the other gods brought him with them in their ascension to godhood.
He became the Lord of All Knights, a perfect example of what it means to be one. He also is the keeper of the law. Both those of man and of gods.
The religion that spawned has held to the ideals of knighthood and its virtues, only those who have strong will and determination ever join the ranks of the temples. Based on these virtues and not so much a religion it has always remained one of the smallest churches but one of the most respected and revered.
Clerics of Vastur and the knights are closely related, the main difference being where they are stationed and their task. Those that stay in the temples are considered Priests, those in field are considered Knights. Since this can change at any given time all are usually called Knights of Vastur. Within their own ranks there lies a complex hierarchy, divided into church, region, and order. This has become more of way of identifying where knights are from, and used as a show of respect, more then as actual representation of rank. Especially to those outside the church.
Each member swears an oath to uphold the ideals of Vastur unto death. Each sect has its own versions and placement of the virtues but all hold them steadfast. For those that falter in their duty and their virtues there is always compassion and the chance of redemption. For those who blaspheme them and turn their backs completely death is the only recourse. Death before Dishonor.
The Virtues of VasturEdit
Liberality, Honor, Good faith, Glory, Unselfishness, Pride, Courtesy, Bravery, Loyalty
While these virtues outline Knighthood, followers of Vastur all try to live up to these standards. Abide by the laws, and respect the laws of other cities and cultures. Worshippers pray daily, they must tithe at least 5% of their income, must perform one selfless act of kindness, and always help those in need. Most importantly they must obey the law!