|Areas of Concern||Mind, body, soul|
|Worshipers||Mages, scholars, aesthetics|
The mysterious deity known only as the Peacock Spirit had much to do with the rise of the empire of Thassilon. A god or goddess of indeterminate gender, it was worshiped by scholars and researchers of rune magic. Its symbol, a large peacock feather with an open eye, adorned the thrones of the early emperors. The worship of the Peacock Spirit ended with the decline of ancient Thassilon, and does not seem to have returned in the last few thousand years.
Church of the Peacock Spirit
The Peacock Spirit was known to have been a mysterious religion. Even in its heyday at the height of Thassilonian Power, little of its dogma was understood by those outside the church, and so even less can be inferred by modern scholars. It is said that in ancient times, the inner circle of its most-devout worshipers knew the deity's true name. The runelord Xanderghul was said to have been an open devotee of the Peacock Spirit (the only runelord to do so), and it was also popular in the domain of Haruka before the rise of the Runelord Krune, who preferred the church of Lissala.
Temples, monasteries, & followers
The Peacock Spirit was served by an ascetic order of monks, many of whom built monasteries on the Storval Plateau in the ancient domain of Shalast. The Peacock Spirit also sponsored an order of knights known as the Order of the Green Feather, and some believe that the contemporary Monks of the White Feather in Qadira secretly worship the deity as well.
- One of the few temples to have survived to the present is the Black Tower, now part of the stone giant enclave of Jorgenfist. It was built and run by a group known as the Therassic Order.
- The monastery of Sech Nevali, located in the Mindspin Mountains of the southern Hold of Belkzen, was dedicated to the Peacock Spirit, although its inhabitants died during Earthfall. Since approximately 4670 AR, it has been occupied by two competing groups of scholars who study the ancient, hanging temple. They have recently begun worshiping the Peacock Spirit based on their research there.
- The Therassic Spire in the Varisian city of Kaer Maga is thought to be associated with this deity as well.
- The only other known surviving temples are said to be located in the mythical city of Xin-Shalast in the Kodar Mountains.
Holy texts & artifacts
- Emerald Codex of the Therassic Order
- A collection of spells and rituals devoted to the Peacock Spirit, penned by the Therassic Order. One known copy of the text was written on wyvern hide, and consisted of 18 scrolls.
- Revelation Quill
- Originally created by worshipers of the deity from a peacock feather, this quill is said to still be tied to the power of the Peacock Spirit. When properly used, it can answer questions posed to it, leading some to believe that the Thassilonian deity might not be completely dead.
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