The Church of Torm

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Torm (pronounced TORM), known as The True and The Loyal Fury, was the god whose portfolio consisted of duty, loyalty, and righteousness. His symbol was a right-hand gauntlet held upright with palm forward.

History

Prior to the Time of Troubles Torm was a minor demipower. Torm gained considerable attention and praise during the Godswar when his faithful helped keep one of the missing Tablets of Fate safe, and his own avatar battled and completely destroyed the avatar of Bane outside Tantras on Eleasis, seemingly killing the god who had already been weakened by Mystra and her servant Elminster.

Torm knew he did not have enough power to do this, so he chose to absorb the souls of his worshipers in Tantras, knowing that they would be instantly killed. The transferring of souls was done voluntarily and took thousands of lives, but Torm chose to spare children aged 14 and below. These individuals became known as the Martyr’s Progeny.

Torm died in the conflict too, but because of his loyalty to his portfolio was resurrected by the overdeity Ao at the end of the Time of Troubles, with his power greatly increased.

In 1385 DR, just after the Spellplague, Tyr abdicated his godhood and granted Torm all his deific power. Tyr counselled all of his followers to offer their allegiance to Torm.

Torm then became a greater god and master of Celestia following the death of Tyr in a demonic invasion.

Relationships

Torm had a friendship with Helm prior to the latter’s death in 1384 DR, though the two deities’ priesthoods were cold to one another. Torm had many enemies amongst the foul deities, but the return of his arch-nemesis Bane forced Torm to concentrate his efforts again.

It was well known that he and the Red Knight were fond of one another, but whether the two were friends or lovers was something the duo kept to themselves.

Torm was also a comrade of the dragon god Bahamut, and both gods had battled side-by-side against evil gods and devils on many occasions.

The Triad

Torm was one of the three deities of similar interests known as the Triad, along with Ilmater and Tyr. It was often said by common-folk that Torm was the weakest of the three in his subservient role, but the role he played was of true importance: he acted as the nexus that held the three together. Torm tempered Tyr’s zeal for justice with his gifts of mercy and humility. The Triad broke up with the death of Tyr, and after that Torm took the seat of the master of Celestia.

Worshipers

Torm’s worshipers consisted of those who favored the causes of both good and law. Righteousness, honesty, loyalty and truth were their primary pursuits. In the post-Spellplague world, which was more dangerous and darker than ever, they shone as beacons of hope and courage.

Orders

Order of the Golden Lion

High Cleric Barriltar Bhandraddon served as Torm’s pontiff and ruled from the magnificent Temple of Torm’s Coming in Tantras. From this place, the pontiff extended Torm’s reach and worship by sponsoring continent-wide knightly orders, including the prestigious Order of the Golden Lion.

Members of the Order of the Golden Lion, known as Tormtar, guarded temples of deities whose worshipers the Tormish had persecuted during the Time of Troubles. This act of aiding other goodly faiths was called the Penance of Duty.

Along with the Penance of Duty, the Tormtar also had to fulfill the Debt of Dereliction (the act of expending every resource possible to eliminate cults of Cyric and Bane), and the Debt of Destruction (the act of locating and recording areas of dead/wild magic and repairing the Weave). As the Order was created during the renaissance of Torm’s church, it enjoyed a notable diversity in regard to the skills (classes) and races of its Tormtar.

Eye of Justice

The Eye of Justice order based in Westgate was considered heretical by many Tormites. The Order worshiped a form of Torm they referred to as the “Threefold God”, which they believed to be a combination of Torm and the dead gods Tyr and Helm. Members of this sect had no pity or fear and often used tactics some would consider questionable. The Order attracted outcasts from other orders as well as people seeking redemption for evil acts.

Girded Healers

Members of the Girded Healers order worshiped both Torm and Ilmater. The primary purpose of this order was to heal those touched by war or the Spellplague.

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The Church of Torm

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