God caller

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Dolok Darkfur, an eidolon worshipped as a god by the Sarkorian Farheaven Clan.

God callers are the predominant religious leaders of the native people of Sarkoris. A god caller is typically a summoner whose eidolon is revered as a god by the followers of that god caller. The eidolons summoned by god callers typically resemble animals native to the region, such as bears or wolves, with prominent unusual features such as feathers or wings. The beliefs, edicts, dispositions, and rituals of god callers and their followers all vary widely from group to group.1

With the closure of the Worldwound and the return of many Sarkorians to their native homeland, the tradition of god calling has seen a resurgence. Having returned to Sarkoris after long exiles in distant lands, god callers and their gods are even more diverse in appearance and customs than before.1

History

God calling dates back to old Sarkoris, many years before the opening of the Worldwound in 4606 AR, where it was the most widely practiced form of religion. Sarkorians consider the eidolons summoned by god callers, considered to be anchors to which their gods can enter the material universe, to be the ideal forms of their natural counterparts. These forms remained consistent across generations, and inter-clan marriages would result in hybrid forms of both clans' representations, including some resembling extraplanar creatures.1

Modern practice

Many of these traits or practices are lost to modern god callers, whose eidolons are now as diverse as their dispersed clans have become, and the practice has attracted worshipers from beyond the Sarkorian diaspora, especially those who appreciate having a more tangible connection to deities or have fought alongside them.1

False gods

In some circles away from Sarkoris, the concept of god calling is denigrated as the worship of false gods, citing the lack of divine power granted by the eidolon as evidence.2

References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Paizo staff. (2020). "Philosophies and Spirituality". Gods & Magic, p. 95. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0
  2. Savannah Broadway, Paris Crenshaw, Neall Raemonn Price, David Ross, Owen K.C. Stephens, and James L. Sutter. (2013). Faiths & Philosophies, p. 12. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-543-3