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Aroden, the Last Azlanti (Dead God)

Aroden was a widely-worshiped and much-revered god. He had been the god of humanity, human ingenuity, and history. The Church of Aroden had been the state chruch of both empires of Taldor and Cheliax. The church helped to spread human civilization throughout the lands around the Inner Sea.

Aroden had been a human, the last survivor of the lost land of Azlant, which fell millennia ago along with ancient Thassilon in a cataclysmic event called Starfall. How Aroden survived Starfall and the thousand-year Age of Darkness is no longer remembered. He became a great hero, and his deeds inspired people everywhere to build a new civilization on the ashes of the old.

His last work as a mortal was to raise the Starstone from the bottom of the sea, creating the Isle of Kortos in the process. That act caused Aroden’s ascension to godhood, making him one of the few ascended dieties. That occurred in Year 1 of Absalom Reckoning.

Aroden’s works were mighty, and many still stand. These include the Cathedral of the Starstone in Absalom, and the Arch of Aroden that spans the Hespereth Strait.

A set of prophecies called the Starfall Doctrines predicted that Aroden would return in the city of Westcrown in Cheliax in the year 4606 to usher in the next great Age: the Age of Glory. However, at the appointed hour, Aroden did not return. Instead, the entire world was wracked with earthquakes, storms, and tidal waves for three weeks. The permanent hurricane called the Eye of Abendego formed off the coast of the continent of Garund, and the Worldwound opened in the land formerly known as Sarkoris. Priests of Aroden found that they no longer received any divine power from their deity, and all attempts to contact Aroden through powerful magic failed.

The world came to the sad realization that the god of humanity was dead.

Iomedae accepted most adherents of the Church of Aroden into her cult, and many temples of Aroden were converted to temples of Iomedae (which is why Iomedae is often called the Inheritor).

Aroden was Lawful Neutral. Priests of Aroden had access to the Glory, Knowledge, Law, and Protection domains. His favored weapon was the longsword.


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