The Sundering of Vaul
Name: St. Cuthbert
Rank: Intermediate Deity
Areas of Concern/Portfolio: Common Sense, Wisdom, Zeal, Honesty, Truth, Discipline
Titles: of the Cudgel
Holy Symbol: A starburst of rubies, a wooden billet, or a crumpled hat
Alignment: LG (LN)
Origin of Worship: Unknown
Core Worshippers: Humans
Common Worshippers: Others
Favored Weapon(s): Club or mace
Other Preferred Weapons: bludgeoning weapons
Weapon of the Deity Spell: +1 mighty cleaving club or light mace or heavy mace
Domains: Destruction, Domination* (CD), Good, Inquisition* (CD), Law, Protection, Strength.
Special Notes: Clerics are restricted to one of two alignments: LG or LN. LN clerics must be more proficient at wielding positive energy; thus they convert to cure spells and turn or destroy undead.
Description: St. Cuthbert (CUTH-bert) may have once been a mortal man as his worshipers claim, but if so it was long ago and from an unknown people. His three prominent symbols are a starburst of rubies, a wooden billet, or a crumpled hat, and while he takes many forms (including that of a common yokel or white-haired mustached man in plate mail) he usually is shown with a bronzewood cudgel. He reacts favorably to other lawful nonevil deities, although he has a great rivalry with Pholtus. “The words of St. Cuthbert are wise, practical, and sensible. The word of the Cudgel is law, and the word must be spread so that all may benefit from his wisdom. Weakness in faith and acting against the Saints teachings are intolerable in believers. Unceasing effort should be made to bring unbelievers into the fold. Honesty, truthfulness, practicality, and reasonability are the highest virtues.” St. Cuthbert’s clergy consists of three divisions that have different purposes: the Chapeaux, which seek to convert people to the faith, the Stars, which exist to retain doctrinal purity among the faith, and the Billets, which minister to and protect the faithful. Clerics of the Cudgel are stern folk who speak their minds plainly. They do not suffer fools and discipline those who backslide in faith. They train in the arts of war and keep themselves physically fit. The Chapeaux wear traditional crumpled hats, the Stars wear a starburst insignia of copper, gold, or platinum, and the Billets wear an oaken or bronzewood billet symbol. St. Cuthbert teaches new clerics with specially recruited mentors that have drill-sergeant attitudes and stern demeanors. Day and night his acolytes pray, train, and fight, until they can recite entire books of St. Cuthbert’s scripture from memory. Like Heironeous, St. Cuthbert urges his followers to undertake quests that uphold the chivalric ideal. But more of the Cudgel’s quests involve righting a wrong or avenging a fallen hero. Tracking down the bandits that stole the viscount’s tax collections, imprisoning the blackguard who slew Sir Cyrrus the Bold, and liberating a province conquered by demon armies are all crusades that a follower of St. Cuthbert would lend his sword to. St. Cuthbert’s religious teachings are passed on in the form of commandments, all of which begin “Thou shalt” or “Thou shalt not.” In general, clerics of St. Cuthbert are more likely than most to pepper their speech with thee, thine, and other archaic pronouns. Solid, imposing buildings are favored by the architects of St. Cuthbert’s temples. Many feature engraved quotations such as “Chaos and evil prevail where good folk do nothing” or "obstinacy brings lumps to the heads of the unfaithful.’ The clergy there otter healing and protective magic, but they’re careful to make sure that those they help are worthy of St. Cuthbert’s favor. All of St. Cuthbert’s ceremonies include a brief but fiery sermon from a member of the clergy, who exhorts the listeners to turn from their chaotic ways and adhere more closely to the laws of St. Cuthbert.