Titles: Forger of Souls, The World-Hammer
Portfolio: Smithing, Creation, Strength, Birth
Worshipers: Smiths, Dwarves, Artisans, Masons
Domains: Artifice, Earth, Fire, Protection, Strength
Favored Weapon: Warhammer
Symbol: A hammer and anvil
Palus (pronounced PAL-us) is the god of creation, birth, and the forge. He insists that simple truth is obtained from the act of creation and that true understanding of the world only comes through dedicated work and the perfection of a craft.
Palus’s dogma is simple; create for the sake of creation and perfect your craft. Through this edict Palus teaches patience and dedication two attributes he holds as the most important. Palus teaches that while the artisan may pass and his work may wear away into dust the act of creation itself is inviolate.
Some creation stories attribute Palus with creating the world, saying he shaped it from a ball of clay, sculpting every mountain and ravine. He is also said to have forged the dwarves of the world from Terrasath herself, using stone and iron, shaping them in his own image. He is said to have passed on the knowledge of tools to mortals, teaching them how to build, carve, smith, and every other manner of artifice. While most of these stories are folktale and speculation what is confirmed is that behind almost every great feat of engineering, arms and armor of legend, or technological advance has been a devoted follower of Palus. The plane Palus calls home is the Soulforge, where every deific weapon and artifact has been built.
Palus is considered shy and introverted even by the standards of mortals. This quality, combined with his lack of moral convictions, has prevented him from forming strong relationships with the other deities. Palus has a mutual respect for Nanna Ayya as they both strive to lead peaceful and simple lives and instill this ideal in their followers. Petracles and Palus also share many mutual interests valuing progress and production. Palus is perhaps closest to Lucina, whose honest affections and naive appreciation for the world (at least by a god’s standards) worked their way into his heart. One story tells that when Lucina was still new to the world that she wandered into the Soulforge by mistake and found Palus working at the forge, the fires would frequently singe his unkempt beard as he worked. Lucina stopped him and without even introducing herself braided his beard effectively keeping it safe from the fires. Struck by her kindness Palus created her a net called Heartweave; a magical device capable of taming any creature it ensnares. Palus does not get along with his sister Nalara. Her propensity for destruction and love of causing natural disasters in populated areas, have made the two akin to opposite sides of a single coin, never seeing eye-to-eye.
Palus appears as a brown skinned, muscular, bald, male dwarf with golden eyes and a long soot-black beard braided neatly. He is usually depicted at work at a forge but sometimes is shown working with wood, clay, or another material.
Worshipers and Clergy
The church of Palus dedicates itself to creation. They are frequently one of the first churches to appear in a new town or city and take an active role in city planning and construction. They task themselves with creating large ornate structures and monuments, sometimes even building monuments or churches to other deities usually in cooperation with that church. In the same regard the church is usually involved with arming city guards or even whole armies during times of conflict. The clergy itself is only loosely organized, most followers preferring to dedicate their time to their craft rather than organized worship. Typical dress is simple earth tones meant to be efficient so as not to impair work.
Temples and Shrines
It is not uncommon for temples of Palus to serve more as workshops and places to contract work than as places of organized prayer. In this respect temples of Palus typically contain multiple workshops, forges, kilns, and mills.
Holy Texts and Rituals
Rituals to Palus are often done as part of the creation process and are usually simple rites or prayers to be performed during the act itself when convenient.
The last week of every year is called the week of the master and is reserved for reflection on the work completed that year. This week is meant for craftsmen to feel pride for their accomplishments and the knowledge and skills they have gained. No work is supposed to be done during this week of reflection, though this can be ignored in times of extreme need. The following week is called the week of the apprentice, during this time craftsmen attend to their work with renewed vigor and it is common for many to undertake works of charity. This is meant to be a week of humility and a reminder that regardless of how much work has been done and how much has been learned there is always room to improve.