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The mysterious god known only as the Peacock Spirit had much to do with the rise of the empire of Thassilon. A god or goddess of indeterminate gender, it was worshiped by scholars and researchers of rune magic. Its symbol, a large peacock feather with an open eye, adorned the thrones of the early emperors. The worship of the Peacock Spirit ended with the decline of ancient Thassilon.
Church of the Peacock Spirit
The Peacock Spirit was known to be a religion of mystery. Even in its prime, little of its dogma was understood by those outside the church, and so even less can be inferred by modern scholars. It is said that in ancient times, the inner circle of its most-devout worshipers knew the deity's true name.
Temples, monasteries, and followers
The Peacock Spirit was served by an ascetic order of monks, many of whom built monasteries on the Storval Plateau in the ancient domain of Shalast. One of the few of such structures to have survived to the present is the Black Tower, now part of the stone giant enclave of Jorgenfist. It was built and run by a group known as the Therassic Order. The monastery of Sech Nevali, located in the Mindspin Mountains of the southern Hold of Belkzen, was originally dedicated to the Peacock Spirit, although it has been in the possession of a different order for a long time. The Therassic Spire in the Varisian city of Kaer Maga is thought to be associated with this deity as well. The only other known surviving temples are said to be located in the mythical city of Xin-Shalast in the Kodar Mountains. The Peacock Spirit also sponsored an order of knights known as the Order of the Green Feather, and some believe that the contemporary Monks of the White Feather in Qadira secretly worship the deity as well.
Holy Texts & Artifacts
- Emerald Codex of the Therassic Order
- A collection of spells and rituals devoted to the Peacock Spirit, penned by the Therassic Order. One known copy of the text was written on wyvern hide, and consisted of 18 scrolls.
- Revelation Quill
- Originally created by worshipers of the deity from a peacock feather, this quill is said to still be tied to the power of the Peacock Spirit. When properly used, it can answer questions posed to it, leading some to believe that the Thassilonian deity might not be completely dead.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wolfgang Baur. (2007). The History of Thassilon. Burnt Offerings, p. 78. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-035-3
- ↑ Rob McCreary. (2010). The Godsmouth Heresy, p. 6. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-280-7
- ↑ Wolfgang Baur. (2007). Fortress of the Stone Giants. Fortress of the Stone Giants, p. 41. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-039-1
- ↑ Wolfgang Baur. (2007). The History of Thassilon. Burnt Offerings, p. 75. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-035-3
- ↑ Wolfgang Baur. (2007). Fortress of the Stone Giants. Fortress of the Stone Giants, p. 25. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-039-1
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Wolfgang Baur. (2007). Fortress of the Stone Giants. Fortress of the Stone Giants, p. 27-28. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-039-1
- ↑ James L. Sutter. (2008). The Hold of Belkzen. Skeletons of Scarwall, p. 62. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-099-5
- ↑ James L. Sutter. (2010). City of Strangers, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-248-7
- ↑ Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Spires of Xin-Shalast. Spires of Xin-Shalast, p. 30. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-041-4
- ↑ Brian Cortijo. (2009). Qadira, Gateway to the East, p. 23. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-180-0
- ↑ Stephen S. Greer. (2008). Sins of the Saviors. Sins of the Saviors, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-040-7