Ilmater (ill-may-ter) is a generous
and self-sacrificing deity. He
is willing to shoulder any burden
for another person, whether it is
a heavy load or terrible pain. A
gentle god, Ilmater is quiet, kind, and
good-spirited. He appreciates a humorous
story and is always slow to anger.
While most consider him nonviolent,
in the face of extreme cruelty
or atrocities his anger rises and
his wrath is terrible to behold. He
takes great care to reassure and protect children
and young creatures, and he takes exceptional offense at those
that would harm them.
Unlike most other faiths, the church of Ilmater has many saints
Perceived by most as a puzzling crowd of martyrs, the church of
Ilmater spends most of its efforts on providing healing to those that
have been hurt. It sends its clerics to impoverished areas, places
struck by plague, and war-torn lands in order to alleviate the suffering
Ilmater’s clerics are the most sensitive and caring beings in the
world. While some grow cynical at all the suffering they see, they
still are compelled to help those in need whenever they encounter
them. His clerics share whatever they have with the needy and act
on behalf of those that cannot act for or defend themselves. Many
learn the Brew Potion feat so that they can help those beyond their
Clerics of Ilmater pray for spells in the morning, although they
still have to pray to Ilmater at least six times a day altogether.
They have no annual holy days, but occasionally a cleric calls for
a Plea of Rest. This allows him a tenday of respite from Ilmater’s
dictates, which prevents the cleric from suffering emotional
exhaustion or allows him to perform some act that Ilmater would
normally frown upon. One group of monks of Ilmater acts as the
defenders of the faithful and the church’s temples. These monks
can multiclass freely as clerics.
History/Relationships: Ilmater is an older deity. He has long been
associated with Tyr (his superior) and Torm, and together they are
known as the Triad. Ilmater is also allied with Lathander, but he
opposes deities that enjoy destruction and causing pain and hardship
for others, particularly Loviatar, whose nature is the diametric
opposite of his own.
Dogma: Help all who hurt, no matter who they are. The truly holy
take on the suffering of others. If you suffer in his name, Ilmater is
there to support you. Stick to your cause if it is right, whatever the
pain or peril. There is no shame in a meaningful death. Stand up to
all tyrants, and allow no injustice to go unchallenged. Emphasize the
spiritual nature of life over the existence of the material body.