God of Chivalry and Honor
Favored Weapons: Lance, Bastard Sword
Mortal understanding of Kath is primarily through his main aspect as the honorable war god; but he has a lesser known aspect as the great mediator.
Kath the Chevalier
The son of Gromm and Braeya, noble Kath is the embodiment of honor; both in war and peace. Brother to Kern and Mishya, Kath's view of war falls in between his siblings. Kath and his followers fight when necessary - the defend the weak, or right a wrong - but wars of aggression or greed are beneath them. Not as defensively minded as his sister or as strictly practical as his brother, Kath's vision of warfare is an honorable, chivalrous affair, fought to defend the weak, uplift the oppressed, and liberate the enslaved. A true follower of Kath will go so far as to sacrifice themselves in the service of their ideals.
Kath governs honorable warfare and chivalrous conduct; both on and off the battlefield. When the gods were young, and still battled actively between light and darkness, Kath fought alongside Skylae, and became enamored of the goddess of truth. He swore to serve her and her cause, and his blazing sword fought for truth. Kath's followers emulate this service; often swearing themselves to a quest, to a monarch, or to an ideal. Followers of Kath adhere to a strict code of conduct, and are granted great favor for emulating the honorable conduct of their patron.
Whenever the minor gods require a champion to represent them, Kath is invariably chosen. Among all the younger gods, Kath is said to be the greatest warrior, more powerful even than his father Gromm, though of course Kath will only champion great causes or to take up arms against an injustice.
Before the time of Skos, Skylae's reputation was smeared by whispered rumors among the gods. It was said she had given a strand of her hair to a mortal to be used as a bowstring. Skylae denied the accusation, but Hylarr retaliated by giving a Dark Chalice to her own followers - a violation, Skylae said, of divine law. Kath took up the quest to prove Skylae's innocence; to track down and destroy this Chalice and restore the balance of the mortal world.
For eons, Kath searched - sometimes aided by the other gods - until he concluded that the Chalice must be concealed by the power of another god. Evidence led him to Kylee, whom Kath questioned about the Chalice. The sea goddess said she would answer Kath's question if he bested her in a game of chess. Kath played cleverly and won three games, and Kylee sulkily told him that Vultan would know where the Chalice was hidden. Kath came to Vultan, who would not answer his questions unless Kath bested him in a battle. Kath drew his sword, but the fire god wreathed himself in flames - a fearsome sight. But Kath knew no fear, and charged Vultan. Kath and Vultan fought - a titanic clash which caused fire to burst forth from twelve mountains in Naduum. Kath bested Vultan, and the laughing fire god told him the Chalice rested with Cheleria. Kath found Cheleria, and asked after the Chalice - but Cheleria would not answer him unless he first gave her a gift. Kath composed a poem to her beauty on the spot, and flattered Cheleria told the Chalice was not under the sky, but he should ask Ulf, who would know of the Chalice was hidden in the earth. So Kath rode to find the earth god, who paid him no heed. Angered by his rudeness, Kath smote Ulf a mighty blow with his lance at full charge - but moved the earth god not at all. Chastened, Kath asked his question again, humbly. It took hours for Ulf to answer, but finally the earth god slowly told Kath that the Chalice was hidden beneath the Dannenbrock itself.
Kath went to the Dannenbrock, and found the Chalice hidden beneath Avaruum's abode - but the greedy god could not stand to lose the Chalice to Kath, and so cast it away, into the mortal world. Kath and his followers quest for the Chalice still, seeking to find it and give it to Skylae, who could then prove her innocence and punish Hylarr for her crime.
Kath the Mediator
Ironically for a war god, Kath's minor aspect serves as a mediator and peacemaker amongst the other gods. Kath's diplomacy has settled many dispute between the other gods. Treaties and negotiations are often begun with an appeal to this aspect of Kath.
Chatalize stands apart from the other minor gods; dwelling apart from the others, in her own kingdom in the underworld. An age ago, Chatalize wished to come to the Dannenbrock to welcome Dra, the youngest of the gods. Some of the gods were in favor, and many against - but Kath took up Chatalize's cause, arguing that she should be allowed to come to the Dannenbrock when she wished. Through careful diplomacy and negotiation, Kath secured the right of Chatalize to visit the Dannenbrock whenever she wishes, and indeed Kath keeps a guest tent for her outside of his own pavilion. Chatalize was grateful to Kath, and to this day Kath and his followers enjoy Chatalize's blessings.
Kath was once asked to defend Alyssa's honor against Brandt's accusations. He had accused her of luring his followers away from their oaths with her wiles. Alyssa swore her innocence and so Kath took up her defense before Halgar. Partway through the mediation, he realized Alyssa was guilty. She had sent one of her priestesses to lure a Brandtaden away from its divine mission. Still, Kath defended her to the best of his ability, upholding his own honor in her defense. After the case was settled, and Halgar had ruled in favor of Alyssa, Kath chastised the goddess of love for attempting to deceive him. Had she been honest with him, he said, he would not have been forced to lie in her defense.
Symbols, Priests and Temples
Kath's symbol is the shield. He dwells in a battered campaign tent on the Dannenbrock, a symbol of his constant quest for the Chalice.
Often working in close alliance with Kern and Mishya, Kath is also friendly with Chatalize and Braeya, whom he champions often. Brandt is an occasional ally and occasional foe; depending on the circumstance, but Kath and Vuul are arch-enemies.
Priests of Kath often learn to ride and fight much like Knights of secular orders. Tournaments are commonly hosted as festivals by Temples of Kath, with priests sometimes competing. Priests of Kath worship through deeds, and so can often be found on perilous quests or riding to war with armies.
Kath's temples tend to be open affairs; often surrounded by stables, an armory, and practice fields.
Penance is very important to the followers of Kath. Their patron holds them to a high standard, which mere mortal followers cannot always adhere to. Penances include quests, usually undertaken when another is wronged; vows such as silence and poverty, usually undertaken to erase dishonor; and sacrificial acts of heroism, usually undertaken to redeem great failings. Kath honors those who sacrifice themselves for the sake of others.
A powerful and rugged Knight, Tolwyn is often abroad, chastising Knights for pride or other excesses, saving damsels in distress, and jousting as a black knight with no device.
Kath's tenets are written in the Tolwyn Scrolls.
Followers of Kath must follow all local laws unless it would cause them to violate another tenet.
They may not violate their code of conduct, as determined by themselves or their local order.
They must give mercy to a surrendered enemy.
They must always be fair in their dealings with others.
They must complete any quest they swear to undertake.
They must swear fealty to a lord or king, and honor that oath.
If they are a King themselves, they must act as a servant of their subjects.
They must never slay an innocent or through inaction allow an innocent to come to harm.
They must always oppose Necromancy in any form.
Sacred Animal: horse