Kaï-Den
Kaï-den
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Symbol

A blue eagle with wings spread out, superimposed on the sun, and carrying the scales of justice in its claws.

Home Plane

Celestia

Alignment

Lawful Good

Portfolio

Justice, law, compassion, sun, healing, courage

Worshippers

Paladins, fighters, monks, humans, dwarves, elves

Cleric Alignment

LG, NG, LN

Domains

Glory (Heroism), Good (Redemption), Healing (Restoration, Resurrection), Law (Judgment), Nobility, Sun (Day, Light), War

Favored Weapon

Radiant Justice (warhammer)

The All-Father, The Sun King, The Celestial Judge
Greater Deity

Kaï-den is one of the most prominent deities of Celesia. His worship dates back as far as anyone could remember. His church can be found across the world, with each branch having different customs or focusing on different aspects of the deity.

The Sun King. It is said that after the creation of reality, Kaï-den breathed life into the first souls, becoming the father of all life. As all life on the world depends on the the light of the sun, so did it become the channel from which Kaï-den provides for his children. His is the light that provides warmth within the darkness and that drives away that which preys in the night. But like how the sun can be equally harsh as te comfort it provides, so too is must Kaï-den adopt the stance of the stern father when his children stray from the the proper path. Yet take comfort that his undying light will forever shine the way back home.

Master of Law The universe may be cold and uncaring, but Kaï-den is not. If the universe is unfair, than it is up to every person to bring fairness to the world. The ruthlessness of chaos can be held back by the creation of laws, socially agreed upon rules that form the foundation of any civilization. However, these laws must serve to protect people's freedom and happiness, and allow all people to live together in harmony. Laws can be a double-edged sword; it is up to every person to ensure that only those that serve every person, without exception, are the ones that are upheld, and to strike down those that benefit a few at the expense of others.

Champion of Justice. There are those who would ignore the law for their own gain, at the cost of causing pain to others. Such crimes cannot go unanswered. To do so would cause their victims fall into despair, and without hope of a better life, many would give in to darker impulses. Justice serves to relieve victims, and prevent the spread of despair. However, punishment for vengeance's sake is no better than the original crime. Penance must lead the way to atonement. Criminals must come to understand how their actions have harmed others, to truly regret their action, and seek to lead a better life. There is no greater victory over darkness than to have those who once practiced evil willingly return to the light.

Patron of Healers. As the father of life, Kaï-den knows the ways to sustain it. He has passed on that knowledge to his children, and the act of healing is perhaps the most altruistic action one can make, to give something to others solely for their own benefit. To Kaï-den, healing of the body, of the mind, and of the soul are all equally important.

The Basics


Kaï-den is a lawful good deity. Over two thirds of his clerics are lawful good, with most of the remainder being lawful neutral and a minority being neutral good. Priests of the faith typically wear white and blue for everyday wear. During holy rituals and ceremonies, they wear more elaborately clothing with additional gold trimmings to their clothing.

Titles and Terms of Address

  • Initiates: Sun-brother/sister, Brother/Sister of the Light, law-brother/sister; addressed as 'Brother/Sister'.
  • Shrine: Sunkeeper, Lawkeeper, Stalwart; addressed as 'Father/Mother'.
  • Local: Dawnspeaker, Justkeeper; addressed as 'Father/Mother'.
  • Regional: Sunkeeper, High Justice
  • Leader:

Relations with Other Religions


Kaï-den leads the Wardens of the Light, and most of those gods consider him not only as their leader, but as their father as well. Minué can be said to be closest to him, often considered as his current consort. Vandarion is his general, and Shenlong is his knight.

He and El-Sathys share a mutual respect, and Kaï-den always welcomes her wisdom. Legends state that they were once brother and sister. Certain myths hint that Kaï-den and Firhanna once had a short dalliance that gave birth to Deianeira.

Kaï-den and Zhao-Kahn are eternal enemies. Both stand in opposition for what the other represents. Legend states that they were once close brothers at the beginning of creation, but they eventually feuded over how to guide it. The rest of the Masters of the Dark all hate Kaï-den, but fear his power as well. Aside from Zhao-Kahn, the only one whose hate overwhelms her fear is Noué, who, if the myths are to be believed, was once Kaï-den's lover. She desired his power, and they became bitter enemies.

Roles Within the Faith


A Cleric's Role

The clerics are the backbone of Kaï-den's faith. As the primary anointed agents of their Lord on the mortal plane, blessed with His Grace and capable of manifesting His Power, almost all clerics are part of the hierarchy of the Church of their region. They are expected to teach and lead the faithful by words and example. Clerics of Kaï-den are taught to be well-versed in laws, both local and abroad. They often serve as councillors to community leaders, magistrates, and legal advisers. A cleric of Kaï-den can be counted upon to fully defend the most heinous of criminals in a court of law. Other clerics operate healing houses and clinics, especially to those who are unable to pay for it.

A Paladin's Role

Kaï-den has a very strong martial aspect, as He leads the fight against evil. It is only natural that paladins flock to his faith. These anointed warriors are the first line defence against the darkness, all the while striving to exemplify the high moral code of their Lord. A paladin serves as a beacon of light in dark places. They venture out to root out sources of evil, and defend the innocent in dangerous places.

Aphorisms


Holy Texts


The Light of Kaï-den: This book is the most basic and most widespread text of Kaï-den's teachings. It contains a collection of scriptures written by holy figures. Its words have been attributed to angels bearing the messages of Kaï-den. It also contains several texts written by those holy figures that explain the faith for laymen, and include parables to serve as examples.

Relics of the Faith


Holidays


Winterfest: This holiday takes place on the winter solstice and celebrates Kaï-den's compassion and love for his children. On this day, followers of Kaï-den go above and beyond what is normally asked of them and provide everything they can to the needed. This holiday is also celebrated by many other people regardless of their faith. Besides doing charity work, gifts are exchanged between loved ones.

Three Myths


Father of Creation: Legendary myths of different sources corroborate with ancient Kaï-denite scriptures that say that Kaï-den is one of the Creator Gods of the Universe. The myths say that Kaï-den, as a young adult, came with his fellow Creator Gods from a previous universe where the weakest creature was as powerful as a god. However, that universe was dying, and its inhabitants were blind with their own arrogance to do anything but die. Kaï-den escaped that universe as it died with his fellow godlings to the Void, bringing with them a single seed from their home. However, that seed was powerful enough to give birth to a new universe. In the act of creation, Kaï-den breathed life into the newly-born universe, and imbued creatures with the first souls, making him the All-Father.



Deities of Celesia
Wardens of the Light Kaï-denMinuéTierraVandarionSt. ArgathDeianeiraHeiranisLucialPhaenyaShenlong
Servants of the Grey El-SathysFirhannaKarthamorJeshakhetBelthazarGuntherKimyliaSeshalisShyzanSindall
Masters of the Dark Zhao-KhanAsmodeusNouéOrcusCyleneDanikaSevrashThraxisTiamatXarios
Demigods NavariSt. Radimus
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