Vultan

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Vultan

The last of the four elemental gods to bring his gift to the peoples of Galhadria.

Domains: Artifice, Ash, Fire, Magic, Metal, Smoke

Favored Weapon: Maul, Bec-de-Corbin

Vultan, God of Forge and Fire

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The god of fire is the father of Alyssa by Cheleria and Shyla by Kylee. Vultan has a fiery nature - quick to anger and quick to action, often driven by enthusiasm which burns out if quick success is not reached. Vultan has great appetites, often drinking and eating with gusto, or forging new masterworks in marathon sessions. He is a driven and productive god, until he burns out, and loses interest in everything for a time. His disinterest is as strong as his interest in his works. He either loves or he hates; there is no middle ground with him. This black and white world that Vultan lives in is neither moral nor ethical (as it is for many gods) but driven more by success and pleasure. But even what Vultan sees as a success or pleasurable is inconstant and often unpredictable.

One of the few things Vultan regularly treasures are fine works of metal. Precious or mundane, he loves the strength, luster, and durability of metals. They are one of the few things in all of Uhel‘s creation that can withstand his burning wrath. His fires make them only purer, to the delight of the god of fire. Vultan taught the mortal races how to work metals - copper and iron and other mundane metals. Once Cheleria taught mortals the magic of the air, Vultan taught them what he knew of fire through Bors.

Like the other elementals, Vultan rules over the primal states of magic. He has dominion over fire, metal and artifice magic and with these comes the majority of golemcraft. Forged from metals - exotic and mundane - and powered by his fire elementals, some of the first golems were crafted to help fight the dragons in the First Age. The secrets of golem craft (that of Vultan and that of the other elemental gods) were passed to the other mortal races by the Ansvar.

For eons, since the Age of the Elementals, Vultan has pined after his one and only love, Cheleria. His passion for her is matched only by his anger at her when she spurns him. Continually he pursues her and she ignites his passions as she pushes back against him. He tries endlessly to win her, or to destroy her. Vultan is intensely jealous for her and despises Ulf for stealing the affections of his lover. On the same coin, Vultan spends much of his time with Ulf, and works closely with him when placing new ore veins or erupting new volcanoes. To Kylee he is entirely indifferent; her waters completely quell his passions, both constructive and destructive.

Nearly all depictions of Vultan have him wreathed in flame. Some have it pouring from his hands and others from his mouth. Many depict the god with hair and beard of white-hot fire. All depictions emphasize the intense gaze and impressive musculature of the god of fire, making him not unlike the fire giants who work his forges and do his bidding.

Symbols, Priests and Temples

Vultan's symbol is the flame. His sacred colors are red and yellow.

Most priests of Vultan are smiths, first and foremost, and clerics second. The few who do not dedicate themselves to the forge dedicate themselves directly to flames.

Priests of Vultan often wear heavy leather aprons instead of priestly robes, and many carry the tools of the forge with them at all times. Their aprons either have a stylized metal brooch or an imprinted image of a flame in the center of their chests.

Temples to Vultan are filled with three things: brazers, altars and forges. Large metal brazers, often bronze or mithril, are filled with everburning fires. Altars, some small and some large, are often used to offer burnt sacrifices to the fire god. Iron or adamantine grates cover them and large utensils are specifically prepared for these burnt sacrifices. Every temple to Vultan contains at least one functioning forge, capable of smelting at least iron, tended by the priests.

Temples to Vultan are often adjacent to shops, run by lay-persons, where the tools, weapons and armors made by the priests are sold. The proceeds are funneled back into the temple for newer and more exotic metals or to fund expeditions to discover such materials.

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A titanic Fire Giant, From and his fellows pumps the bellows that cause fire to spew forth from the earth. It is said that steam and fog are caused when he drinks Dra's ale. Thus, fog is also called 'the breath of From.'

Tenets

Followers of Vultan may never use damaged or broken metallic equipment and must carry a replacement item in case of damage. This extends to tools used in forge work (whether they are metal or not).

They may never sell a metallic item they know to be flawed. They must attempt to fix (either themselves or by hiring someone else) the item before selling it.

Followers of Vultan must have training at the forge and must attempt to craft a metallic item to be given in offering ot Vultan once per year.

Priests of Vultan must prepare their spells near some kind of open flame.

Cleric of Vultan

Deities of the Kingdoms