Whaythrad, the Order of
Excerpts from the Ver’Aana
…The universe was infinite, formless and cold
All sages acknowledge this simple fact
The Source of all warmth and light was born into the midst
And the void began to melt
All beings remember this in their hearts
And the void transformed into water
And the water of creation began to flow
This ebb and flow soon gave rise to a thought
Which begat life
Which begat shape and form
The Source, whose glorious name has been lost
Birthed children who lived in the inner reaches
Where her warm embrace was strong
The first child was named Whaythrad
And shone brightest of all the offspring
The second child was named Dys
And he too shone unspeakably bright
There were many other children
Athos, the great, fiery wolf
Ever faithful to Whaythrad
Most loyal of all beings
Enburmos, the volatile trickster
The first to tame the arcane forces
Earth, of two natures
Caught between the raging forces of good and evil
Shouldering the burden of preserving the balance
Imryna, lithe and beautiful
Who birthed the first mortal inhabitants of the universe
Giving to them song, dance and the arts
Hesiphon, stocky and strong
Who created the second race of mortals
Patron of metal-craft and stonework
Petraiya, the lover of Whaythrad
The most beautiful of all creatures
Mortal or immortal
Niwaren, the sad lover of Dys
Sister to Petraiya
Mourner for the dead and shepherd of parting souls…
…After some time, Dys and Enburmos became bored and created the human race to accompany the people of Imryna and Hesiphon on Earth.
But this new race proved to be imperfect, exhibiting the extremes of both good and evil in their actions.
A great war was started on Earth and the Source trembled…
Enburmos recognized his mistake and was poised to destroy his creations in fire.
But Dys, in rebellion, did not backdown, and was cast far from the others, reduced in stature and power, shamed.
As Enburmos was about to consume all creation, a song floated up to him from the Earth.
Imryna was singing quietly to herself and Enburmos, entranced by the beauty and simplicity of her melody, could not bring himself to complete his task.
It was then that Whaythrad stepped forth, with Athos and Petraiya at his side, to guide the people of Earth…
…Would that our days be long and plentiful, abiding in the strictures and laws provided by Whaythrad, with the faith and persistence of Athos and graced by the love and beauty of Petraiya.
May we nobly walk this mortal life, attaining the highest good, to pass into the Heavenly Order for a short time, bathe in the light of Whaythrad, the Luminous One, and then return once more to walk again on Earth, with greater nobility and devotion than before.
May we seek in our meditations to uncover the truths of right action, and to bring these seeds of wisdom to fruition in our life in the world. This is our first tenet: to promote the cause of righteousness and goodness in the holy name of Whaythrad.
May we bring others into the light, not by proselytization or force, but by setting the example of virtue. As Whaythrad, Petraiya and Athos led us out of despair and ruin by showing us the path, let us show others, providing guidance and assistance, and presiding over regular congregations of the faithful. This is our second tenet.
But the force of evil is strong in the world, and sometimes great and noble action is necessary. May we seek to strike down the forces of corruption and tyranny, acting as a bane of all the wretched powers that be. May we, guided by the light of Whaythrad, use our righteous force of arms to defeat those that would threaten the peace and prosperity of the people of Atharill, to mercilessly crush the unholy undead, and to bring to justice the followers of the Betrayer and the Wraith-Song, who’s influence is still felt to this day. May we always seek to provide aid and assistance to our brethren, the holy men and women of Sabanis, who protect these lands with the might of their arms. This is our third tenet…
Priest of Whaythrad
Alignment: Lawful Good
Minimum Ability Scores: Wisdom 9. Wisdom 16 means +10% experience
Races: Humans, Half-Elves, Gnomes, Halflings, Dwarves
Proficiencies: Nonweapon Proficiencies Required: Religion. Nonweapon Proficiencies
Recommended: Reading/Writing. Weapon Proficiencies Required: None.
Nonweapon Proficiency Group Crossovers: Priest, General, Warrior
Armor: All armor and shields
Weapons: Bows (all), dagger/dirk, hand/throwing axe, javelin, knife, lasso, polearm, spear, staff sling, stiletto, swords (all)
Major Spheres: All, Healing, Protection
Minor Spheres: Charm, Divination
Powers: The priest can cast the detect evil spell three times per day in addition to all other spells. Turn Undead (same as the Cleric ability). Permanent +1 to hit and damage vs. all evil enemies, above and beyond all other bonuses
Followers: The followers are received at 9th level, and consist of one third-level priest and two first-level priests of the same order, plus one fifth-level paladin, three third-level paladins, and six first-level paladins to act as soldiers, and one third-level mage and two first-level mages to act as special agents; the priests and mages will be of the exact same alignment as the priest they follow, while the paladins will automatically be lawful good. The priest may take the following on adventures: One priest, two paladins, and one mage of his choice. The priesthood will pay for half of the cost of stronghold construction at 9th level. Such strongholds are often built with hospitals and libraries as part of their construction, but this is not a requirement of the order
Sacred Animal: A lone wolf might be an avatar of Whaythrad himself…
Holy Symbol: The holy symbol of Whaythrad is light itself. In broad daylight, priests of Whaythrad may cast any spell with the holy symbol component without having to physical manipulate anything (V,S and other M components still apply). In dimly lit areas, like dungeons, the priest must physical wield or have physical access to the a light source, such as a torch, and will use it in the somatic element of spell casting (gesturing with the torch, etc.) GM may rule that sudden light sources constitute a sign from Whaythrad (such as lightning), and may override the darkness rule, functioning as broad daylight.
A common icon of the Whaythradian Order. The three beams of light symbolize Whaythrad, Petraiya and Athos.