Lathander

The Morninglord
Greater Deity
Symbol: Road travelling into a sunrise
Alignment: Neutral good
Pantheon: Faerûnian
Portfolio: Birth and renewal
Domains: Life, Light
Favoured Weapon: “Dawnspeaker” (mace)

Lathander (lah-than-der) is a powerful, exuberant deity who is popular among commoners, nobles, merchants, and the young. Although occasionally given to excess abundant enthusiasm, and vanity, he is an optimistic and perseverant deity who blesses new ventures and destroys undead with his mace Dawnspeaker. Lathander is a vibrant power that enjoys doing physical things for the sake of doing them.

The eastward-facing churches of Lathander are generally wealthy and not afraid to show it (sometimes to the point of gaudiness). There is no central religious authority in the church, and the head of each church is respected equally, regardless of the size of its flock. The church encourages its faithful to build new things, restore barren areas, foster growth in cultivated lands, drive out evil, and work to restore or lead civilizations to new heights of harmony, art, and progress. Churches sponsor athletic contests to promote unity and camaraderie, promote the arts through similar competitions, and finance the recovery of lost items.

Clerics of Lathander pray at dawn. The church holds the ceremony called the Song of Dawn on Midsummer morning and at the equinoxes. During it, the clergy and the faithful sing harmonies and counterharmonies to praise the Morninglord. Lathander’s clerics are expected to keep physically fit and make regular offerings of coins, items, inventions, or food to his temples.

Lathander is also known as Amaunator by some, as a god of a sun. It is variously thought that Lathander may be an avatar of Amaunator, others claim they are the different names for the same deity, while others hold that Amaunator is a separate being altogether. Clerics of Amaunator tend to see the deity in a far more lawful light, and are known for being extremely strict. The truth however is that Amaunator and Lathander are in fact different aspects of the same being, each coming to the forefront in different times of history. Amaunator was mainly worshipped during the age of Netheril and the post-Spellplague years, but in less turbulent times Lathander is usually the deity’s form. Lathander has been prominent, and Amaunator considered absent, since 1485 DR.

Dogma:
Strive always to aid, to foster new hope, new ideas, and new prosperity for all humankind and its allies. It is a sacred duty to foster new growth, nurture growing things, and work for rebirth and renewal. Perfect yourself, and be fertile in mind and body. Wherever you go, plant seeds of hope, new ideas, and plans for a rosy future in the minds of all. Watch each sunrise. Consider the consequences of your actions so that your least effort may bring the greatest and best reward. Avoid negativity, for from death comes life, and there is always another morning to turn a setback into a success. Place more importance in activities that help others than in strict adherence to rules, rituals, and the dictates of your seniors.

Lathander

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