Baldur

 

Titles

Favored of the Gods

Home

Asgard (Body) and Niflheim (Soul)

Alignment

Neutral Good

Portfolio

Love, Innocence, Peace, Forgiveness, Justice, Rebirth, Light and Purity

Worshipers

Artists, Bards, Skalds

Cleric Alignments

Any Good

Domains

Glory, Good, Nobility, Sun

Subdomains

Honor, Legend; Friendship, Redemption; Hubris, Martyr; Light, Revelation

Favored Weapon

Unarmed Strike (Clerics & Warpriests gain Improved Unarmed Strike as a Bonus Feat)

Symbol

Baldr’s Brow (Daisy):

Sacred Animal

Horse

Sacred Colors

White, Red and Yellow

The son of Odin and Frigga, Balder (bald-er) was the favorite of the gods. Renowned for his beauty, Balder led an idyllic life until he became troubled by ominous dreams. The gods so loved Balder that they sent Frigga to extract an oath from all things, animate and inanimate, that they would not harm him. She overlooked the mistletoe, thinking it too weak to harm anything. The gods delighted in Balder’s invulnerability and amused themselves by throwing things at him. Loki discovered his weakness and tricked Hod, Balder’s blind twin, into throwing a sharpened dart of mistletoe at Balder, guiding Hod’s hand so it aimed at his brother’s heart.

The dart killed the god of beauty, and Frigga suggested that someone journey to the underworld to ransom her son. Hermod, messenger of the gods, volunteered to go. Hel agreed to release Balder if all of Asgard shed a tear for him (some myths say that all creation had to cry). Loki refused to shed a tear, and Balder’s spirit remained in the underworld. When the gods placed his body on its funeral pyre, his wife Nanna joined her husband on the fire. Balder was prophesied to return after Ragnarok as one of the gods who would rule the new creation.

Dogma

Balder’s cult has two facets. One teaches that the mental and emotional state achieved while creating beautiful objects brings the artist closer to the gods. It also teaches that the gods deserve reverence and gratitude as the sources of artistic inspiration. The other facet teaches that out of great tragedy come new growth, new opportunity, and new hope for the future. It focuses on renewal and rebirth by reminding mortals that even the beautiful and beloved Balder had to suffer in order to become a god when the cycles changed. As with other Asgardian cults, Balder’s worshipers teach acceptance of fate, but in their case, they try to accept it with a smile and laughter.

Clergy and Temples

Not all of Balder’s clergy possess great physical beauty, but a disproportionate number of them do. They dress simply but well. Many are skilled artists. Those seeking comfort after a great loss are well advised to seek someone in Balder’s service.

Balder’s temples are sturdy forts, like most Asgardian temples. They are the most beautiful and well-designed temples of the pantheon without being gilded, luxurious, or overdone. Their beauty comes from elegance and simplicity. Not only are the carvings and paintings lovely, but the buildings themselves are skillfully designed for their locations and environments. Temples to Balder usually appear in areas with high gnome populations, and the signs of their artistry are clear. Wooden tools, implements, and weapons are forbidden in Balder’s temples. The temples generally contain a small armory and workshops or studios where the clergy can receive the god’s inspiration.

Visitors to Balder’s temples can feel overwhelmed by the grace and elegance, though the clerics are open and smiling. Those seeking comfort receive it with as much privacy as they desire. Those seeking inspiration are told stories or shown artwork related to their particular talent. Bards are particularly welcome, and many temples host performances by famous skalds.

Baldur

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