Dawnflower

484px sarenrae holy symbolKnown to her faithful as the Dawnflower, the Healing Flame, and the Everlight, Sarenrae (pronounced SAER-en-ray) teaches temperance and patience in all things. Many know Sarenrae as Morwyn, one of the Lords of Heaven, and those who do are blessed with the five Gifts of the Maker. Compassion and peace are her greatest virtues, and if enemies of the faith can be redeemed, they should be. Yet there are those who have no interest in redemption, who glory in slaughter and death. From the remorseless evil of the undead and fiends to the cruelties born in the hearts of mortals, Sarenrae’s doctrines preach swift justice delivered by the scimitar’s edge. To this end, she expects her faithful to be skilled at swordplay, both as a form of martial art promoting centering of mind and body, and so that when they do enter battle, their foes do not suffer any longer than necessary.

Sarenrae manifests as a bronze angelic beauty, with golden hair composed of flowing flame. From one hand emits a holy light which trickles down like liquid luminescence, whereas the other holds a scimitar emblazoned with radiant fire. Her holy light provides healing and sustenance, while the scimitar creates gusts of winds that remove disease and fear.

Church of Sarenrae

The church of Sarenrae is mostly composed of altruistic priests who are also ready to be stern should it be warranted. The church is known for blessing crops, healing the sick, and reforming criminals and evil doers. They are often consulted to solve feuds and disputes among neighbors and family.

Worshipers and Clergy

A large portion of Sarenrae’s priests are composed of clerics, but within their ranks are also paladins and rangers, as well as a few druids and bards. Some priests work as personal retainers or healers for the wealthy, while others survive on assistance from congregational worshipers. A common form of worship by priests is to awaken with the dawn and give thanks and praise to the rising sun. The scimitar is a favored weapon and its use is held in high regard. In battle, Sarenrae’s clerics become dervishes, ready to destroy irredeemable corruption.

Temples and Shrines

The temples of the Dawnflower are open-air buildings. Priests often travel from one temple to the next. The Everlight Oasis is a popular site of pilgrimage for followers of the goddess. Church services are held outdoors and are joyous affairs that feature singing, dancing, and music.

Holy Texts

The Birth of Light and Truth is the principal holy book of Sarenrae.

Holidays

The most commonly celebrated holidays celebrated by the followers of Sarenrae are Burning Blades on the 10th of Sarenith, and the Sunwrought Festival, held on the summer solstice.

Relationships with Other Religions

The followers of the Dawnflower are considered a heretical cult within the Alabic Nations. She follows neither their old ways or the new. Her cult is equally hated and persecuted, however there are growing pockets of faithful within both the Al’Baid and Al’Farai cultures that are finding Sarenrae’s blessings, as well as the Maker’s Gifts, inviting. It is speculated by some on both sides that the Dawnflower’s faithful may spark the next holy war, perhaps even joining the Alabic faiths against the Lords of Heaven.

Those who follow the Lords of Heaven and who know the Dawnflower’s association with Morwyn are always supportive of Sarenrae’s flock.

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