Irori (pronounced ih-ROHR-ee) is a god of enlightenment and self-perfection; knowledge, healing and inner strength. His followers claim that he was once a mortal who achieved absolute physical and mental perfection and thus attained divinity of his own volition. He is one of the core gods of, if not the most powerful deity of, the Vudrani pantheon.
Stories told in the Azvadeva Pujila recount Irori’s quest for enlightenment and ultimate ascension to divinity.
Irori respects that other deities are different spiritual beings and that what is correct for him may not be so for them. As such, he tries to avoid interfering with other divine beings unless they threaten his work or his people. He has particularly good relationships with Abadar. Irori has an ongoing feud with Asmodeus and there is a minor rivalry between his faith and those of Cayden Cailean, Iomedae, and Norgorber as he considers their rise to deity status as cheating. Despite this tension with Iomedae, followers of her faith allow paladins of Irori to train in their Tempering Hall in Absalom.
Cayden Cailean, however, finds Irori stuffy. Erastil respects Irori but has his usual philosophical niggles about Irori’s selfishness.
Appearance and Emissaries
Irori sees no need to distort or embellish upon his being. When he appears his avatar is that of a male of flawless physique and serene expression. He appears much as his followers depict him, often sitting or in meditative stance.
Irori holds enlightenment and the quests for knowledge and self-perfection of both body and mind above all. As such sentient creatures are more associated with his faith than any animals or beasts.
This favored servant of Irori is an intelligent celestial white tiger.
This favored servant of Irori is a dour stone giant monk.
The Old Man
Appearing as an elderly human male of uncertain ethnicity, with a dexterity and strength far beyond a mortal of his build, The Old Man is Irori’s herald.
Church of Irori
Irori is worshiped by all who seek enlightenment and self-improvement, he has many temples in Vudra and on the Isle of Jalmeray, as well as a monastery at Tar Kuata in Osirion. He also has a large following on the continent of Tian Xia where he is venerated as Iro-Shu. The teachings of the god were introduced into mainland Tian Xia by Vudran missionaries in 2187 AR. He is also worshipped widely in Absalom, Katapesh, Nex and Qadira.
Worshipers and Clergy
Irori’s priesthood consists primarily of clerics and monks. Priests are responsible for mentoring others as they try to attain self-perfection either by guiding followers or through rigorous testing and trials. Each must follow their own slightly different path to enlightenment but there is little infighting among Irori’s followers.
Irori is respected and worshipped by dwarves alongside their own pantheon.
Some green dragons worship Irori and suffer derision for so doing by other greens who call such worship the “Cult of the Man God”.
The Monks of the White Feather in Qadira are suspected of being a splinter group of the Church of Irori but do themselves deny this association.
Temples and Shrines
Temples are usually sprawling complexes, featuring rooms for prayer, sleep and exercise, where the faithful train night and day, an endless quest to achieve perfection and purify their ki, or life-force. They are not generally open to the public, and petitioners are asked to wait quietly outside and not disturb those who are meditating within.
In the Foreign Quarter of Absalom stands the gladiatorial arena and temple called the Irorium, the latter watched over by Ysia Iron-Palm, high priestess of Irori.
Katapesh is a centre for worship of Irori and the Hall of Irori is found in the Dawn Gate quarter of Katapesh (city).
In Qadira, the Church of Irori is one of the three primary faiths. The Temple-Monastery of Irori lies in the centre of Katheer and there are many monasteries in other parts of Qadira including the Open Palm of Sheehad, located in the foothills of the Zho Mountains.
The followers and adherents of Irori’s ways hold all knowledge as sacred, specifically that which can help to improve oneself and lead one closer to enlightenment.
Unbinding the Fetters
This is a lengthy tome describing meditation, physical exercises, dietary regimes and other methods to help mortals transcend their limitations. It is a difficult book, full of aphorisms, metaphors, and riddles designed to challenge the reader’s preconceptions.
Rituals require very specific preparation, both in mediation and diet, and each path to enlightenment may require different holidays and holy experiences.
Dates are extremely important to Irori’s faithful. Each follower of his teaching must decide for herself what dates are significant. Irori’s faith is an individualistic one. Of particular importance are the days that relate to a given temple or monastery, or that impact a given monk’s path toward enlightenment.
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