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Iomedae
Iomedae's holy symbol
(Deity)
Titles The Inheritor
Light of the Sword
Lady of Valor
Adjective Iomedaean
Home Iomedae's Domain, Heaven
Alignment Lawful good
Portfolio Valor
Rulership
Justice
Honor
Worshipers Paladins, knights, warriors
Cleric Alignments
Domains Glory, Good, Law, Sun, War
Subdomains Archon, Day, Heroism, Honor, (Judgment), Light, (Redemption), (Revelation), Tactics
Favored Weapon longsword

Iomedae (pronounced ahy-OH-meh-day)[1] is the goddess of righteous valor, justice, and honor. Having served as Aroden's herald, she inherited many of the Last Azlanti's followers upon his death, and continues to espouse the ideas of honor and righteousness in the defense of good and the battle against evil.[2]

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History

As a mortal, Iomedae was a Chelish human who led the Knights of Ozem in the Shining Crusade against the forces of the Whispering Tyrant. In the fall of 3832 AR[3][4], Iomedae, was the last mortal to pass the Test of the Starstone and ascend to godhood. Her actions took the notice of Aroden. She became his herald, replacing the slain Arazni. She served him in this capacity until Aroden's death in 4606 AR.[5]

Relationships

Iomedae views Abadar, Cayden Cailean, Erastil, Sarenrae, Shelyn, and Torag as the equivalent of allies. She harbours a grudge against Pharasma, for keeping secret the demise of Aroden. With the exception of Asmodeus, she never associates or parleys with evil gods or fiends.[2] Even with Asmodeus though, Iomedae treats him with extreme caution, and never in more than an advisory role.[6]

Appearance and emissaries

Iomedae manifests as a valiant sword-mistress in full plate mail. She wields a long sword and a heraldic shield. Her shield casts a holy light, blinding evil beings, and her aura causes malevolent forces to tremble and falter.[2]

Servants

Iomedae's servants include a number of former mortals who have been given divine power following death.[2]

Jingh
This servant of Iomedae is manifested as a wheel of bright white metal, illuminated by holy fire.[2]
Saint Lymirin
This former priestess of Iomedae sometimes appears as an eagle-headed winged humanoid.[2]
Peace Through Vigilance
This servant is a young but cheerful and spirited celestial gold dragon.[2]

Church of Iomedae

An artist's rendition of the goddess

The Church of Iomedae is assertive and vigilant in rooting out evil. Many of its followers are actively involved in the Mendevian Crusades.[7] In fact, the threat of the Worldwound gave the church a purpose—finish the task Aroden started years ago and finally defeat Deskari. Many worshipers took to the First Mendevian Crusade as a way to lessen the loss of Aroden, becoming zealots.[8]

Worshipers and clergy

Iomedae's priests are composed of clerics and paladins. Personal cleanliness as well as an honorable demeanor are both very important for her followers. An hour of prayer a day is practiced, in addition to a weekly public worship service. [2]

Many halflings are treated unjustly on Golarion, indeed many are slaves. Nevertheless, some of these oppressed halflings believe in justice and often worship Iomedae.[9] Most halfling paladins serve Iomedae.[10]

Young knights who are inspired by classical courtly tales tend to follow Iomedae. They can be counted on to remain idealistic, even in the face of great evil. Their honor and faith are strong enough to overcome the vices and sins of their enemies.[11]

Temples and shrines

The temples of Iomedae function as both a church and living space for her holy knights. Also commonly used are former temples of Aroden. These buildings are often painted white and feature arched entrances, pillared courtyards, fountains, and statues. [12]

Holy texts

Her holy text recounts the 11 miraculous Acts of Iomedae.[12]

Holidays

The Inheritor's Ascendance is celebrated on the first of Arodus every year.[12] On the 19th of Rova is the Day of the Inheritor and the 6th of Lamashan is Ascendance Day.[13]

Organizations

Followers of Iomedae in Lastwall prepare to defend themselves.

The most famous of the military orders devoted to spreading Iomedae's word is the Knights of Ozem, in whose number Iomedae herself served when she was mortal.[14]

References

  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 246. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Sean K Reynolds. (2008). Gods and Magic, p. 20. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-139-8
  3. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 239. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  4. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 202. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  5. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 202-203. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  6. Sean K Reynolds. (2010). Asmodeus. Mother of Flies, p. 67. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-199-2
  7. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 164. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  8. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 199. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  9. Hal Maclean and Amber E. Scott. (2010). Halflings of Golarion, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-278-4
  10. Hal Maclean and Amber E. Scott. (2010). Halflings of Golarion, p. 20. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-278-4
  11. Gareth Hanrahan, Steve Kenson, Patrick Renie, Tork Shaw, and Jerome Virnich. (2012). Knights of the Inner Sea, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-460-3
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Sean K Reynolds. (2008). Gods and Magic, p. 21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-139-8
  13. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 238. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  14. Colin McComb. (2011). Faiths of Purity, p. 23. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-314-9


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