Solea Splendis

Solea Splendis is a lower god, exarch of Kira and patron of mercy. As an exarch it is assumed that she was once human, although it is little known who she may have been.

Since the disappearance of Kira, Solea Splendis has been increasing in popularity in the prayers of the Church of Light.

She seeks to offer words of comfort and calming to those in pain, oppressed, or in great need; she does so by seeking to endure any pain if it will lessen the pain of another.

Those who are oppressed, sick or poor are likely to be worshipers of Solea Splendis and those who have a dislike of weakness (tyrants, for example) do not understand why anybody would turn to her. A typical follower of Solea Splendis is generous and sharing, advocating spiritualism over materialism. Worshipers believe that all injustices should be rectified and that a death with meaning is not shameful. Cynicism and dark humor is common. They do not believe in impeding desires of others, even when those desires conflict with their own duty to provide alleviation and healing.

The clergy of Solea Splendis are known collectively as Soleans. During a war, Soleans will gather supplies in order to treat the dying and wounded. Soleans also shelter the homeless and offer moral support to those who need it. They will tour the wealthy areas of towns and cities seeking donations to help cover the costs of the church. The Soleans wear grey tunics, trousers, a tabard, or robes, and, unless a novice, wear a skullcap, which is red for senior clergy and otherwise grey.

Monks and clerics in the Soleans faith are known as the Adorned. Clerics of Solea Splendis pray for their divine magic once per day, in the morning, but must ritualistically pray a further six times per day or more. The cleric receives no holidays and celebrates no regular festivities, but may request a Plea of Rest – a week during which time he or she is free from the rules laid out by Solea Splendis's faith. Clerics of Solea Splendis are duty-bound to convince the dying to pray to Solea Splendis. New initiates are often overcome by the suffering they witness as part of their work, and many develop a cynical attitude towards life, but most persevere nonetheless, even when faced with a hopeless cause. Specialty priests of Solea Splendis are known as Painbearers.

Many of Solea Splendis's clerics are known as Healers. These specialist priests are focused completely on healing and lessening suffering in the world. They take a very negative view of any Solean who suffer needlessly, such as a self flagulator, believing that these people are unwittingly doing the work of Malym by increasing suffering in the world and to Solea Splendis herself who shares all pain with mortals. The healers are often charged with founding Sanctuaries and hospitals in the poorest cities in the kingdoms. The healers follow strict vows and usually swear pacifism, chastity and poverty so as to blend in better with the down-trodden and poor whom they mean to help. this gentle and humble appearance often grants them acceptence into slums and wins them love from commoners who view them as selfless healers who take nothing in return for their kindness.

Followers of the Solea Splendis are often perceived as martyrs and intentional sufferers, to the point of ridicule by some. However, they are known as some of the best healers in the realms often being found in some of the worst possible conditions, helping the oppressed, the diseased and the poor. In adventuring groups, they are often the ones who will take all risks to save a person in danger, putting the needs of others above their own, to the exclusion of their personal risk.

The reputation of Solea Splendis was damaged shortly after the Time of Mists when a cult professing to be Soleans began inflicting suffering (on others and themselves), kidnapping and rioting. The Soleans suspect that these cultists were under the influence of Malym. The cult was mostly eliminated.

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