Hiropeh

Name Hiropeh
Titles Moonbeam Knight, Dame Moon, Foe of Corruption
Alignment Lawful Good
Portfolio Honor, valor, resistance to corruption, the moon
Worshipers Paladins, knights, legal reformers, honorable good vigilantes
Depiction Female knight with the head of a wolf
Holy Symbol A full moon
Domains Glory, Good, Law, Liberation, Moon*
Subdomains Archon, Heroism, Honor, Loyalty, Revolution, Wolf*
Favored Animal Wolf
Favored Weapon Scimitar

Holy Symbol of Hiropeh

Dogma

Everybody has a duty to act with honor, valor, and justice. All deeds, even those done by cover of night, are judged by Hiropeh, whose eye is the moon. If you see corruption, particularly institutionalized corruption, it is your duty to undermine it and replace it with a new, just order.

Mythology

Hiropeh is strongly associated with the moon, although the nature of this assocation changes from tale to tale. In common parlance, she is the moon. It would not be out of the ordinary to hear someone use the phrase “Hiropeh’s light” to mean simply “moonlight”. But in priestly stories, Hiropeh is more commonly said to be either on the moon, or in the moon. Some traditions say that she is neither of those, but that she did create the moon, or that she uses the moon to keep watch over Meier.

In Lasant, a new religious tradition focusing on the triune of Hiropeh, Lotheria, and Saralek is spreading at a prodigious rate. According to this tradition, these three goddesses are sisters, and all three sit in tribunal over the souls of the dead. This runs contrary to most established teachings, which hold that Avatrunei is the sole judge of the dead.

Both the old and new religions believe in the Hiropean Ethics, a set of 11 chronicles that detail the goddess’ divine law, supposedly transcribed from tablets carved from moon rock. The original tablets are held to still exist somewhere on Meier.

Worshipers

While most good clerics choose to pray and receive new spells at sunrise, it is traditional (but not required) for clerics of Hiropeh to choose moonrise instead to pray for spells.

Paladins of Hiropeh often elicit surprise from their startling willingness to break the law. But, as Hiropeh would have it, there is a clear distinction divine law and secular law. Divine law means the tenets of honesty, trustworthiness, and justice — these rules must never be broken. Secular law means whatever the mortals in charge happen to come up with, and becomes invalid when it does not at least resemble the foundation of a lawful good society.

A paladin of Hiropeh must work within the secular system to pursue the ends of good and justice whenever possible. When the system is corrupt or dysfunctional, however, the paladin must work outside the system. It’s not about putting good before law; it’s about putting divine law before secular law.

Hiropeh is also a particularly popular deity for paladins who feel unappreciated, or who resent a less-than-perfect secular authority. Hiropeh and Yetzahara are constantly fighting over these disaffected paladins. Where Yetzahara aims to feed into these souls’ disillusionment to corrupt them into antipaladins, Hiropeh teaches that a paladin who stands for good in a society where evil reigns is the greatest of heroes.

Paladin Code

The paladins of Hiropeh are vigilant beacons of light in what they see as a very dark world. They fight corruption wherever they see it, whether it’s on the dirty streets or in the highest echelons of government. Their tenets include:

  • If the secular authority is just and rightful, I will work alongside it. If the secular authority is ineffective or a hindrance, I will work around it. If the secular authority is itself corrupt, I will work to replace it with a just one.
  • I am at all times truthful, honorable, and forthright, but my allegiance is to the cause of justice. I will do what is necessary to serve it, including misleading others.
  • I will protect my allies and friends. Like wolves in the same pack, their interests are my interests. But I will not let our friendship blind my sense of justice, if they should turn to evil.
  • I reject Yetzahara’s call to sin, and have no sympathy for those who embrace wicked ways.
  • No matter how black the night gets, the moon always returns to shine upon the world. I, too, will never abandon my principles, no matter how twisted the world around me.

See Also

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