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Brigh


Brigh
Holy symbol of Brigh.
(Deity)
Titles The Whisper in Bronze
The Whisperer in Bronze
Home Axis (probably)
Alignment Neutral
Portfolio Invention
Clockwork
Time
Worshipers Humans, gnomes, half-elves, half-orcs, androids, sentient constructs
Cleric Alignments
Domains Artifice, Earth, Fire, Knowledge
Subdomains Construct, Metal, Smoke, Thought
Favored Weapon Light hammer
Symbol Bronze feminine mask with forehead rune
Sacred Animal Termite
Sacred Colors Bronze, silver

Source: Lords of Rust, pg(s). 70ff.

Brigh (pronounced BRY)[1] is the goddess of invention and seems to particularly favor creations that take on a life of their own, like clockworks or constructs. Unfortunately, the sort of creative minds who engage in the sort of invention that Brigh most favours, are those who are not prone to worship—they tend to devote themselves to invention instead. As a result, her following is not very large. Many of her followers see her as the personification of their chosen form. No one seems to know whether Brigh was once a mortal granted divinity or whether she was a construct granted not only life but a potent spark of true divinity.[2] Many of her worshipers wear a single toothed gear as a piece of jewelry, and it is not uncommon for some of her followers to carry sets of miniature tools.[3]

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Appearance

A depiction of Brigh.

Brigh is normally shown as either a woman made entirely of intricate bronze clockwork topped with a metal skullcap or as a woman clad in clockwork armour. Her holy symbol is a feminine mask with a single rune engraved on the forehead.[2] Gnomes depict her as one of their own rather than as a human, featuring long eyebrows and metallic wire hair.[4]

Her herald is Latten Mechanism, and she frequently summons as servitors Karapek, a sentient bronze alchemist construct, and Salometa, an inventor able to emit energy that separates alloys and metals into their component materials.[5]

Worship

Her followers believe that all knowledge is meant to be built upon. To a devotee of Brigh, inventions are their legacy, attention to detail is paramount, and being willing to innovate around problems is critical. Physical and social needs are acknowledged as necessary but valued less than alchemical or technological creation.

Brigh welcomes all research and invention as devotion, including the creation of destructive contraptions, but opposes acts of destruction that impede learning and development. She expresses her pleasure through spontaneous repairs, bronze sheens on mirrors, whispered encouragement from constructs, stimuli associated with workshops (such as the scents of grease or gunpowder), and flashes of insight. When upset, constructs malfunction, reagents explode, and tools fail or break.[6]

Clergy

Which many of her worshipers are human, she counts many gnomes, half-elves, and half-orcs as followers, as well as intelligent constructs. Her clergy largely consists of clerics who devote their lives to laboratory or workshop experimentation; those who go into the field seek lost techniques or technologies that could lead to new innovations, then write and publish their research to share with others. Others worship by building and selling contraptions as priest-peddlers, roaming civilization selling functional inventions. Brigh also inspires some inquisitors who pursue uncontrollable constructs or abusive or careless inventors.[4]

Devotees of Brigh keep strange hours as they are prone to lose track of time during their work, and many use stimulants to extend their work days. When working in groups, they discuss their work enthusiastically; with others, they are often considered detached from their communities outside of technological population centers like Alkenstar or Numeria.

Her clergy has no formal dress, preferring pragmatic shop wear with a few decorations indicating their worship of Brigh and field of expertise.[7]

Laypersons

Lay worshipers include crafters such as blacksmiths and toymakers, research-focused alchemists, and inventors.[4]

Holidays

Brigh's low profile means there are no holidays devoted to her. Her worshipers mark anniversaries of great inventions and discoveries, especially local ones, and honor related national holidays and other gods' holy festivals, such as Abadar's Taxfest out of respect for the mathematics involved, Andoran's Wrights of Augustana for the feats of ship building, and the craft of fireworks in Sarenrae's Sunwrought Festival.[8]

Holy Text

Brigh's holy text is Logic of Design, an essay on invention, experimentation, documentation, and discovery that also functions as a textbook on the scientific fields of metallurgy, electricity, physics, and stonemasonry. It is more informational than dogmatic, and reinforces the tenets of scientific methodology and shared knowledge that underpin her worship.[7]

Shrines and Temples

Brigh has few centers of worship, and outside of Alkenstar and Numeria, her followers typically maintain a detached presence where they research and worship. Temples to Brigh are designed like workshops with tools for crafting, storage for inventions, and a shop that sells goods built at the temple. Temple leaders are usually called the High Clockfather or High Clockmother. Notable temples and shrines to Brigh include:[4]

Relationships with Other Deities

Brigh is on good terms with Abadar, who appreciates the improvements to process and record-keeping that her inventions provide; Torag, for his creative work; Cayden Cailean, as she appreciates the science of brewing; and Shelyn, with whom she is closest despite sharing little in common aside from an appreciation for artistic creation. She works well with any non-evil deity who shares the Artifice domain, including Bharnarol and Eldas.

Norgorber's closed approach to research has put her off further alchemical collaboration with him, and she dislikes Rovagug's utter absence of creation in favor of total destruction.[7]

References

Brigh is featured in an article of Lords of Rust.


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