Chionanthus

KIONANTHUS
The Lorekeeper, the Father of History

Lesser Deity
Symbol: A dove clutching the flower the god is named for
Home Plane:
Alignment: Neutral Good
Portfolio: Knowledge, history, poetry
Worshippers: Academics, students, historians, poets, sages
Cleric Alignments: CG, LG, N, NG
Domains: Knowledge,
Favored Weapon: Staff

Kionanthus (key-oh-NUN-thuss) is the son of Salix and Horaptuh. Almost unknown to the Kamorans, in whose pantheon he and his mother were born, among the Parthans he is revered as the source of all knowledge and the father of history. It was he who inspired the first epic poets to a tradition of recording the great deeds of their people for posterity. From those humble beginnings sagas were compiled, histories written, and grand libraries erected. The crowning achievement dedicated to him was the Grand Library of Sartha, which may very well be the greatest center of knowledge on Verosia.
Kionanthus resembles a mature-looking Parthan man of a somewhat indeterminate age. His skin is of an olive complexion, his hair is dark brown and curly, and his eyes are a pale gold. He keeps a rich, full beard that reaches down to the base of his neck. Kionanthus affects flowing white robes that are seemingly non-descript; as one stares into their folds, however, the silken threads transform into moving lines of prose. It is said that the entire saga of the Parthan people is woven into the god’s garment—that as new events are recorded, they are added to the fabric.
Kionanthus is worshipped at learning centers throughout Parthus, regardless of size or location. Even young children learning to read and write do so under statuettes of the god of lore. Together with his mother and brother, Kionanthus is worshipped as one of the Pillars of the Citadels—a founder of the Parthan civilization.
Priests of Kionanthus perform their prayers at the dawn and dusk of the day, and before undertaking tasks related to the gaining or imparting of knowledge. They do not have recurring sermons at specific churches, but shrines of Kionanthus can be found in various locations throughout each citadel (again, schools, etc.). See also below.

History/Relationships: Kionanthus tends to have little time for others, and thus limits his contacts with the world outside his halls of knowledge to his divine family and those who can aid him in his studies. He loathes Kraetis, whom he sees as an uncultured brute. He is ambivalent toward Kastorius, whom he views as little more than a weapon or a tool. Kionanthus works close with his mother, Salix, in their quiet quest to free the Parthan people from their legacy of war. He sees his and Myrrha’s children as the way forward to that future.

Dogma: Knowledge imparts freedom of the mind and the power to make choices.

Clergy and Temples: Kionanthus’ priests are among the foremost historians and sages of the Parthan people. Unlike many other religious orders, Chionanthan priests are recruited from both the men and women of a Citadel’s population. The only requirement the god has for his followers is that they possess a keen mind and a thirst for knowledge.
Every learning center in Parthus is home to a Chionanthan shrine—if even a small, votive statuette. Every library, both personal and public, is a tribute to the god. The greatest repositories of knowledge in all Verosia are the Libraries of Kionanthus —homes to thousands of tomes, scrolls, and tablets from millennia ago. Some have survived countless wars and disasters, but it is a sad fact that the wars fought between the Ronans and the Parthans have rendered these centers of learning inaccessible to sages from various realms. Legend tells of a Great Library, hidden to all but the chosen Chroniclers of Kionanthus, where the priesthood stores the original of all ancient texts and all the knowledge thought lost to the ages remains. The priests do not speak of it, and no others have claimed to have found it.

THE CHRONICLING
The single greatest religious mystery dedicated to Kionanthus is held on the waning days of the last moon of the year. During this time, the citizens of each Citadel gather in theatres, arenas, or other suitable locations to watch the priests of Kionanthus tell the saga of the year gone by. The compilers of the Citadel’s history have transcribed the year’s deeds (those they are aware of, at any rate) into poem form (think Iliad) and through this medium remind their people of theirs and their leaders’ deeds. Priests of Salix are also present at this event, and with reason far greater than mere symbolism: they subject the Chionanthan saga-tellers to spells that detect any falsehood.
When the chronicling is complete, the poems are compiled with the rest of the Citadel’s history. Chosen priests of Kionanthus’ order travel the length and breadth of Parthus and take copies of these histories to bring back to their god’s Grand Library. The histories held there and elsewhere are seen as sacrosanct by the Parthans. There are few crimes more sensational than an attempt to either steal or alter a piece of their history.

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