Cyclopedia - Heironeous
eironeous is the Lawful Good God of Chivalry, Justice, Honor, War, Daring, and Valor. Sometimes know as the Arch-paladin his holy symbol is a silver lightning bolt, often clutched in a fist. The half-brother and sworn enemy of Bane (known as Hextor in the NorthKingdoms) and staunch ally of Bahamut, Pelor, Pholtus, Rao, Saint Cuthbert and Zichus.
Heironeous sees the world as a deadly place, filled with perpetual challenges and trials for those who battle for justice and defend the weak and innocent. His followers should always act with honor and chivalry, and to uphold justice. Danger is to be faced head-on, with calm and resolve. Those who defeat evil are rewarded with Glory, while those who uphold the tenets of the Arch-paladin are rewarded with Virtue. The Arch-paladin’s teachings have been codified in a chivalric code known as the Heironean Code made up of three sets of duties: Duty to the People, Duty to the Arch-paladin, and Duty to a Lady,
Temples, chapels, and shrines to Heironeous can be found through Enderrin. His church is the state religion of Aladorn and has a strong following in the Vale of Selenica, Lythandor and Gwenvyrr. The beautiful cathedral of Heironeous in Selenica marks the end of a pilgrim trail leading all the way back to Aladorn.
The faith of Heironeous is a very militaristic one, launching crusades against evil and championing causes. As one would expect, many soldiers, city watchmen, mercenaries, and others who make their living by the sword find themselves honoring the Archpaladin.
Priests of Heironeous often travel the world on orders from their superiors to seek out and destroy evil. Older priests often work as strategists, military instructors, or judges. Priestly vestments include chain mail and blue robes with silver trim.
Full priests are called the Glorious or, collectively, the Valorous Host. Other titles used by Heironian priests are Knight Gallant, Knight Courageous, Knight Valiant, and Knight Champion. Senior priests are called Paragons, while those who command armies are known as Paragon-Generals. These titles are separate from duty-titles such as postulant, novitiate, professed priest, cloistered cleric, affirmed priest, and templar. They are also separate from ranks within the temple hierarchy such as deacon and abbot. In everyday use, senior priests are called Father or Mother, while lesser priests are known as Brother or Sister.