|Titles|| Last of the First Humans |
The Last Azlanti
|Home||Aroden's Domain, Axis|
|Portfolio|| Human culture |
|Worshipers||Aroden has few worshipers now, as he is dead (formerly Absalom, Andoran, Cheliax, Sargava, Taldor, Varisia)|
|Domains||Glory, Knowledge, Law, Protection|
Aroden was an immortal descendant of the ancient human kingdom of Azlant which sank below the waters of the Arcadian Ocean in -5293 AR, when the Starstone fell from space. The impact created the Inner Sea and cast the world into a thousand years of darkness.
Somehow Aroden survived. Thus, he is considered the "Last of the First Humans" because he was (by several thousand years) the last "pure-blooded" High Azlanti to die. Other Azlanti survivors of the cataclysm interbred with other humans and, of course, died of old age.
He is best known for raising the Starstone to its current resting place on the Isle of Kortos, at the heart of the city of Absalom. He thereafter ascended into the heavens, becoming the patron deity of the Kingdom of Taldor. Before his ascension, he is known to have completed a number of miraculous tasks. The most famous of these is his destruction of a demonic cult dedicated to Deskari in Sarkoris, driving them into the Lake of Mists and Veils. Another known miracle occurred when Aroden traveled to the settlement of Egorian in Cheliax. The town was surrounded by plains of red roses, half of which turned white at Aroden's mere presence. These flowers maintained their coloration for thousands of years to come.
After his ascension, Aroden worked hard to protect and aid humanity. He guided the brightest and finest of humanity to Absalom, where he encouraged the growth of the city. Usually, he preferred to provide aid from a distance (such as the siege of Absalom in 166 AR, when the Archmage Nex invaded). Even so, when necessary, Aroden took a very active role in the destruction of humanity's foes. Soon after his ascension, he led a host of mortal heroes and powerful outsiders into the abyss to slay the demon-lord Ibdurengian, who had been harassing Azlanti humans since before Starfall. He also defeated the wizard-king Tar-Baphon in combat in 896 AR, although the exact reason for this conflict is unknown.
Over a period of a few thousand years, Taldor (which is located due east of the Isle of Kortos) spread northwest across the southern reaches of the continent of Avistan, where its frontier land claimed territory now known as Cheliax. When Taldor eventually became decadent and effete, the clerics of Aroden took their religion (and their mandate from heaven) west to Cheliax.
Aroden was a god of human culture, innovation, and history. An important prophecy known as the Starfall Doctrine suggested that he was to manifest in Cheliax in 4606 AR, marking the beginning of a long-awaited Age of Glory. Instead, at the appointed hour, Golarion was wracked with three weeks of storms (leaving the Eye of Abendego as a lasting reminder). When the weather broke, the clerics of Aroden found themselves disconnected from their god, and all presume Aroden is dead.
Church of Aroden
Most of Aroden's followers have become clerics of Iomedae, his greatest servant, who is one of the few mortals of Golarion to travel through the Starstone and gain divinity herself. Those few who do stay true to the Last Azlanti have been left without divine power, sometimes resorting to mimicking true clerical ability with magic items. They preside over crumbling temples, many of which have been taken over by other religions, most prominently that of Iomedae.
Priests of Aroden wear elaborate, archaic, multi-layered vestments popular in Taldor when the center of the church was still located there. Tall hats or helmets are common as well, and are said to have been inspired by the fashions of ancient Azlant.
The Twelve Guises of Aroden
When Aroden walked the world disguised, he took on one of twelve guises: beggar, thief, fisherman, hunter, shepherd, farmer, soldier, merchant, tailor, craftsman, artist, and scholar. Travelers to Westcrown can find these guises carved into stone along the northern wall of the Canaroden in Westcrown, a long running canal in the Parego Spera district.
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