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Winlas

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Winlas
(Deity)
Titles The Elder of Divinity
Home Great Library of Harmonious Scripture, Requius, Heaven
Alignment Lawful good
Areas of Concern Ceremonies
Religiousness
Service
Worshipers Community leaders, congregation leaders, officiants
Cleric Alignments
Domains Good, Knowledge, Law, Protection
Subdomains Archon, Defense, Legislation, Loyalty, Purity
Favored Weapon Heavy mace
Symbol Censer hanging from a sapphire mace
Sacred Animal Egret
Sacred Colors Green, silver

Source: Chronicle of the Righteous, pg(s). 28

Winlas is a powerful archon empyreal lord who oversees the Great Library of Harmonious Scripture on Requius, the fourth level of Heaven. There he maintains a record of every sacred ceremony in the multiverse in an effort to fight the evil caused by their profanation.[1][2]

Dogma

As the chronicler of all sacred religious ceremonies, Winlas preaches the importance of ritual as a way of bringing the faithful together. He believes that there is power in numbers and that ceremonies are not simply distant prescriptions, but are passed down by the divine and adapted by pious mortals. The Elder of Divinity does not believe in loose interpretation or expansion of rituals, and he and his servants encourage strict adherence to established ceremony and dogma.[1]

Appearance

Winlas appears as an old man with skin the color of unspoiled parchment standing about 11 feet tall. He carries a massive tome in his arms and is dressed in unblemished white silk robes covering a heavily brocaded blue tunic trimmed in gold. Hanging from his shoulders is a tapestry depicting countless religious observances traced with silver thread, and he wears a four-pointed golden crown on his head.[1]

Servants

Winlas is assisted in his divine task by countless harbinger archons.[1]

Herald

Anwigasi is the herald of Winlas on the Material Plane. A half-celestial couatl, Anwigasi is believed to be the offspring of the Elder of Divinity's first priestess and a plumed dragon. Unlike most other heralds who spend most of their time in the Outer Planes and only occasionally venture onto the Material, Anwigasi has been watching over the small religious community of Saruhk in the Mwangi Expanse since before the death of Aroden.[3]

Church of Winlas

Winlas finds most of his adherents among community leaders, congregation elders, and various lay and anointed officiants. Centers of worship can generally be found in community centers, grand cathedrals, and other holy sites.[1]

Obedience

Certain dedicated worshipers of Winlas perform daily obediences in order to receive divine blessings known as a boons from their god. The obedience takes the form of a complex ritual involving standing, kneeling, and lying prone for various intervals, all while reciting at least three different holy texts.[1][4]

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