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Considered the most honorable and caring of the Human Pantheon deities, Hurrian is the Defender of Man, the Champion of Honor, the General of the Gods and, after the Gods War, became known as the grim Storm Lord. Hurrian is called the Reluctant Warrior, for though He is a god of combat and the patron of warriors everywhere, He and His followers do not revel in battle as the adherents of Nier do. Hurrian lifts His sword only when there is no other choice and then, only for the most honorable and just of reasons. His warriors do not shed blood for the glory of battle, nor do they find joy in the misery of the conquered.

Yet when marauding bands of villainy appear on the horizon, seeking to burn, rape and pillage one’s home and family, ever will the Blades of Hurrian rise up and defend all that they hold dear.

It seems contradictory that a deity known for his calm and reason would also be the god of the turbulent power of lightning and storms. This power was assumed during the God War when His father, Illiir, commanded Him to do battle with the Air Elemental Lord of the elorii and absorb its power. Though still portrayed as a caring deity, some in the higher echelons of the priesthood feel that this power corrupted Hurrian, as well as the other three deities that took unto themselves the power of the Elemental Lords.

Holy Symbol: A small pendant in the form of a sword, pommel up. On the battlefield his holy symbol is often the blade in hand rather than a symbol or pendant.

Position within the Pantheon: General of the Pantheon. Brother to Nier and Larissa, son of Illiir and Saluwe’.

Favored Weapon: Longsword, “Thunderstorm”

Animal: Lion

Color: The Gray of stormy skies

Appearance: Hurrian may appear as a battlescarred veteran, weary but unbowed, always keeping his left side to the shadows. He has also appeared as a roiling massive storm cloud.



Sphere of Influence

There are few areas in the Known Lands that do not have at least a small shrine to Hurrian. Canceri is one of these places where the teachings of Hurrian are seen as weak and repugnant. The former Coryani province of Ulfila and the Milandisian duchy of Moratavia, now the Free City-States of Almeric, are almost entirely made up of followers of Hurrian.

Another area of strong Hurranic worship is in the arid region of the Hinterlands. Here the aspect of Hurrian as the Storm Lord is venerated for His life bringing rain and cool winds. Some of the Yhing hir tribes, especially the Skohir, worship a little known, but recognized aspect of Hurrian as the Warrior in Battle Rage. Myth has it that once Hurrian was as blood thirsty as His older brother Nier and would fly into terrible rages that could only be sated with blood. After one battle, the devastation was so horrific, that Hurrian was shocked and sickened by it. He tore these furies from His being and cast them to the winds. The Skohir and others are able to call upon these raging furies and take on a tiny bit of their power in times of need.



Temple

Temples dedicated to Hurrian are built with a central open atrium. It is considered a good omen or blessing if a rainstorm or a lightning flash strikes during a ceremony. Many of these temples are built in areas of higher ground, with the more grandiose ones built high on the mountain tops.


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Role of the Priest

Much like their deity, Hurranic priests believe that their most sacred duty lies in defending mankind from all the myriad terrors and dangers that exist in the world. When conflict erupts between their charges, they urge for a diplomatic solution and encourage compromise in the hopes of preventing bloodshed. However, when this fails, or when one side seeks the utter destruction of the other, the priests will weigh the merits of both factions before choosing which they will favor. Pity the side that must now face the noble Hurranic priests, for none are deadlier when their ire is raised.


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