Pholtus (Greyhawk Action)
Lawful Neutral, First Generation Oerdian god
The Oerdian god of theocracy and an unwavering god of law, both natural and human, Pholtus sees himself as the first and final law-keeping god. This makes him unpopular with other law gods and their clergy. Where his cult is dominant, other religions are pushed aside.
Pholtus (FOHL-tus) is a stern Oeridian guardian of unbending Law, depicted as a tall, slender man in a white robe, with fair skin and hair, and eyes that shine with the fires of devotion. He carries the Staff of the Silvery Sun, an ivory object shod in silver and topped by an electrum sun-disk. His holy symbol is a full moon (Luna) partially eclipsed by a smaller crescent moon (Celene). He believes that he is the prime authority on Law and the natural order, which makes him unpopular with other gods. He particularly despises the Oeridian wind gods and is opposed by St. Cuthbert.
The One True Way is a strict path, but guarantees greatness. Show no tolerance for those who do not give all for the cause of Law, Fanaticism in the name of the Blinding Light is praiseworthy, and Law's champions shall be rewarded in the era when chaos has been vanquished.
This church does not have much respect for those of other religions, especially chaotic ones. The anthem of the worshipers is "O Blinding Light"; the church has three ascending orders: Glimmering (preferring white garments), Gleaming (preferring white and silver), and Shining (preferring white, silver, and gold). Clerics of the Blinding Light are expected to bring the word to unbelievers, and brook no argument against this practice. This quest means they must travel far from their churches, usually in groups should unbelievers and heretics turn hostile. They smite chaos where they find it, and Evil once chaos is rooted out. These clerics get along well with conservative paladins. When not preaching, they act as judges, lawyers, and arbiters.
His main stronghold used to be in Medegia, before that province fell to the undead. He is popular in Andoran. Pholtus has traditionally been worshiped by the Northern Oerdian tribes that settled this area. In this aspect he is a god of enlightened rule and civilization. The new Andorean branch of the church is less dogmatic, and fights evil and lawlessness in that order. They dress in typical Andorean fashion, but in monochrome, going from black with white cuffs and collars for devoted lay members to a light grey for lower clerics and white for ranking clergy. This branch of the church is Lawful Good.
Alignment: Lawful Neutral (Lawful Good)
Good (Normal or Agathion), Knowledge, Law, Nobility (Leadership), Sun.
Mark your brow with five white stripes and hang suncatchers on as many public buildings as you can. If no buildings are around, hang the suncatchers from a tree or natural formation instead. Never hang a suncatcher in the same place 2 days in a row. Gain a +4 sacred bonus on saving throws against light and blindness effects.
- Bright Magic (Sp) color spray 3/day, hypnotic pattern 2/day, or blindness/deafness (blindness only) 1/day
- Body of Light (Su) You gain a +4 sacred (or profane if evil) bonus on saves against effects that would blind you. In addition, whenever you make a successful saving throw against a spell or effect with the light descriptor (such as sunbeam), you can choose to ignore the effect entirely and redirect its path toward two different creatures or spaces within 30 feet of you. The designated creatures or spaces are affected as though they were caught in the effect’s area or were targeted by the effect.
- Rainbow Orb (Sp) You can cast prismatic sphere once per day.