The Church Of Kelemvor

KELEMVOR (Greater God)
Lord of the Dead, Judge of the Damned

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Symbol: Upright skeletal arm holding the golden scales of justice
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Portfolio: Death, the Dead
Domains: Repose, Fate, Law, Protection, Travel
Favored Weapon: "Fatal Touch" (bastard sword)

Kelemvor (kell-em-vor) assigns the essences of the dead to their proper place in the ongoing cycle of existence. Taking a different tack from his predecessor gods of the dead, he is neither malign nor secretive. He promises that all dead will be judged in an even-handed and fair manner. He is kind, forthright, and earnest, though occasionally stern. His main problem is that he solves problems with direct action and frequently does not anticipate the negative consequences of his haste down the road.

Kelemvor's church assist the dying, the dead, and their families. Its members see to funerals, burials, setting the affairs of the dead to right, and enacting wills. The church claims the property of those who died intestate and with no clear heirs so that its work in aiding the dying can continue. The church marks sites of disease with plague warnings, hunts down undead creatures to destroy them, recruits adventurers to fend off monsters that cause too much untimely death, and (rarely) grants swift and painless death to those for whom death would be a mercy.

Clerics of Kelemvor pray for spells at sundown. They have annual holidays on Shieldmeet and the Feast of the Moon. Both of these involve telling tales of deeds of the dead so that they may be remembered. The remainder of the church's rituals are tied to death, funerals, and wakes. Kelemvor's clerics sometimes multiclass as necromancers or rangers, using their knowledge to hunt down and destroy undead. They turn undead rather than rebuking them.

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History/Realationships: Once a mortal who knew Cyric, Kelemvor inherited his portfolio from Cyric after an error made by the Prince of Lies. Cyric hates Kelemvor and stives to regain what he lost, and Kelemvor in return fights Cyric. He also fights Talona (goddess of poison and disease) for the many untimely deaths she causes and Velsharoon (god of undead spellcasters) for the undead creatures he represents. Mystra, whom he knew as a mortal, and Jergal, who records the passing of the dead, are his allies.

Dogma: Recognize that death is a part of life. It is not an ending but a beginning, not a punishment but a necessity. Death is an orderly process without deceit, concealment, and randomness. Help others die with dignity at their appointed time and no sooner. Speak against those that would artificially prolong life beyond natural limits, such as the undead. Do honor to the dead, for their strivings in life brought Faerun to where it is now. Forgetting them is to forget where we are now, and why. Let no human die a natural death in Faerun without one of Kelemvor's clerics at their side.

Percival Stoutheart is a knight-crusader of Kelemvor from the converted temple of Myrkul in Selgaunt, Sembia. His superior, Father Castigaan, is leader and founder of the Crusaders of the True Death.

Illustration by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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