Abadar

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The god of civilization, law, and trade supports established social order as a means of creating smoothly functioning societies with just laws that address everyone equally. While his churches are most commonly found in large cities, his worshipers are also likely to be found in places attempting to improve the level of civilization or reestablish status quo after a war or disaster, and in groups of pioneers setting out to tame the wilds of the world.

He is the patron of many merchants and diplomats, as money and civility are two pillars that both support a society and can show its health. Poor and violent places are not likely to be held up as beacons of civilization, while wealthy and peaceful cities always are.

Abadar believes that civilized competition elevates humanity, allowing them to hone their skills without harming each other. His priests often back businesses, and the enthusiasm invested in competition to have the most lucrative might remind one of organized sports. He does not advocate war, although fighting in defense of one’s society is sometimes necessary. Churches of Abadar are normally considered neutral ground when cities go to war against one another, and they are popular places to have treaty-signing ceremonies.

Abadar’s major holy texts are the Order of Numbers and the Manual of City-Building. These books provide detailed accounts of the foundation of cities (local to the place of publication), anecdotes about city planning, parables of disasters that resulted from poor leadership, and dry text on the nature of banking and law, among many other things.

The Master of the First Vault is the unifying religious power in Brevoy, favored by merchants and those nobles more interested in prosperity through trade and the rule of law than the glory of battle. In that country, temples of Abadar are places of judgment and trade, and his clerics are often invested as judges and arbiters.

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