Ur, the Wheel.

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Disciples of Ur are expected to advance and defend civilization and Law wherever they go. Ur asks that his followers defend the innocent, punish the guilty, and work for a society in which they are protected from evil.

Alignment: Lawful Good
Favored Weapon: Longsword
Domains: War, Good, Law, Protection, Glory, Community.
Followers: Knights, Lawyers, Royalty, Government, Warriors, Adventurers, Mercenaries.

History

It is believed and reported in the Urian religious text “The Revolution of Order” that Ur reveled himself to the early Men and Dwarves as, “two wheels of light that bathed the supplicating mass as the sun shines on Oearth.” (Revelation 2:17). Since then the doctrine of Ur has been spread by Men and Dwarves about the the Wheel and his commandments instructing them to practice martial arts and war as a why to defend against the chaotic world that they inhabit. Although it is also told that this dogma was misinterpreted by the early believes to be a proactive force scourging brutal (or more brutal then early men and dwarves) races and vile demons and monsters. This devolved into using Ur’s word to go to war against each other under the guise of purging a fallen tribe or peoples that were “reveled to have fallen from grace”. The Prophet Hrothdor (pronounced ‘Roth-Door’) the Shield. Who, having vanquished a mighty Daemon who possessed his warlord uncle Yor the Ram, was elevated as a paragon of Ur’s virtues and gave the “Sermon of Honor and Righteousness” to the ancient ancestors of Cromdor. From then on the Urian doctrine was on honorable diplomacy, defensive political policy, martial trainning, and as a last resort, open warfare. With the death Hrothdor coming 83 years after his Sermon (making him 107 at death and in combat no less) -Prophet 21:17-24, the main temple of Ur was built in the Crucible Mountains where he is interred to this day. A strong influence in Cromdorian society and spreading a network of knightly orders dedicated to defending the beleaguered races of Dunmeir and stories of Errant Knights and adventurers slaying evil in The Wheels’ name has grown the Urian faith into the name most invoked for glory and righteous blessings of warriors and kings who call out to Ur for his wisdom and power continent wide.

Doctrine

The main tenants and beliefs given down by Ur calls those who would worship him to build communities and lawful governments to guide the civilizations of the world into honorable and goodly towns and cities devoted to harmonious and orderly growth. That by striving to drive out, by wisdom or the sword, cancerous elements of cruelty, disparity, fear, and barbarism out of the land in order to build a stable and prosperous future that balances the freedom of the worlds peoples but with a structure of laws and customs that codify the bound by which all peoples are to interact and meet out resolution or punishment in a mutually decided fashion. Although the Revolution of Order (RoO) has many parables of fairness and honorable behavior of people and dwarves it also calls for violent destruction of brutal and “uncivilized and chaotic” races and monstrous humanoids. The second facet of Urian faith, being the training and execution of armed combat, most often in reference to be brought against those who would spurn civilization and orderly communities. Also as a practice for health and personal strength and power to defend ones home and way personally. In fact the Chapter in RoO called “Steel Within” details the philosophy of martial training of all able men and women of all races as a way to build personal discipline and a universal understanding for self-defense that if taught to everyone would spurn inter-community crime because of fear of meeting an armed and trained foe if one was to make a victim of rape or theft. Ultimately this martial focus would make for a a tough and self reliant and confident community. Such focus on this part of Urian Doctrine has led to many an martial style being codified and indeed incorporating Urian faith into there very design making sword or archery training a philosophical exercise in itself. Thus owing the spread of Ur to warriors, militia’s, kings, martial ascetics, and mercenaries and adventures continent wide.

Observances and Practices

The Right of Steel – A ceremony usually commemorated at the end of some kind of martial training. Be it militia, knightly, or even teacher to student to honor Ur giving the people the knowledge of battle and ordered martial combat. Invoking Ur to bestow wisdom on the now lethally trained man or woman to use there knowledge with measured thought and only in a righteous and just manner. Mock Combats of great Urian warriors such as Ferra the Dragoon and her female band defending the Pass over the Black River against the Dark-kin who ravaged the Ismar Steppes or more popularly Hrothdor’s fight against his Uncle Yor and the Ram Daemon Cornugon.

Right of Kings – A ceremony which is usually preceded by the reading the results of an election or council decision to elevate a new community leader. Although Ur does not forbid hereditary ruler-ship it cautions that the right to rule must be just and by consent of the governed but leaves the means explicitly absent. Anointing of the King or Queen, reading of scripture, and shows of wisdom, leadership, and tests or shows of faith are common.

Right of Order – The systematic teaching of the literate and good citizen in the laws of the realm. Usually only observed in literate or among certain castes of societies (tradesmen, merchants, always law enforcement persons). Magistrates and Urian Priests (which are sometimes one in the same) hold classes, usually in the winter, instructing the townspeople of the importance of order and law as well as personal rights and legal procedure. Mostly a waste on the commoners as they operate mostly by common mores and traditional cultural agreements of behavior and codified transgression taboo’s and behaviors. This practice is famously a mandatory observance for Cromdor government officials, commissioned knights and officers, and landholders both agricultural and business oriented which is both a test of faith and written (or oral) testing of knowledge of law.

Artifacts

Hrothdor’s Shield – The Round shield which all other Urian priests and Knights emulate, the large iron Shield is adorned with the pressed image of the Twin Wheels or Order and Benevolence. Other then that it has resisted rust and time’s erosion and looks no different then other shields discovered from the same time. This shield is held in the Temple that serves as Urian capital of the faith and Hrothdor’s final resting place. The Shield has been removed only twice. Once to battle the Goblin and Lizardman horde that nearly ground the Cromdor people into extinction by Edrick Cromdor, the one responsible for founding the Cromdor Alliance Kingdom. Then by the Dwarven King of the Crucible Mountains, Urthar Illmanite to slay the Dark Elf Iliacray the Poison Queen. It is said that the Shield repels magic and drives the carrier to the thick of combat, pressing aside all lesser warriors with righteous zeal. Both of the men who wielded it became great and just rulers who then forged an alliance together before the end of their reign. As such it is sought by every two-bit, lip-service, king or duke who thinks using it will destine them for greatness and as such it requires a mass council of Ur’s highest priests.

Justice and Benevolence AKA the Twin Wheel Bracers – Two Admantine bracers, one with a circular band of white gold and one of yellow gold each respectively labeled in celestial “Justice” and “Benevolence”. Scores of Elves, Dwarves, Humans, and even two recorded histories of Halflings have found one or the other while performing acts pertaining to Justice (The Elf Jasail Strider, a ranger seeking the Bugbear murderer Domwarg, found Justice clamped on the branch of sacred elm tree) or mercy and kindness. (The Halfling Wensley Bisbey an alchemist of some local renown, in his quest to rid the Waterblight of the communities down stream of the Tommall River and tributaries was said to have found it brought to him by a bear at the rivers edge.) Each is said to bestow the power of great mercies and magic pertaining to healing and protection in the case of Benevolence and combat and the destruction of evil beings in the case of Justice. Each Bracer is said to cause the wearer to project an aura of authority and direct the wearer to like-minded allies. Although individually they have come into the Churches possession whenever each have been tried to been brought together mysterious circumstances separate them from their carriers and cast them into obscurity. As such the Church now only sends clerics to verify that the Bracers are authentic and then allow the bracers to be loosely held in ceremonial coffers where they mysteriously and reliably disappear.

Ur, the Wheel.

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