Samaria
Samaria
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Diety
Titles: The True Arbitress, Lady Justice
Home: ????
Alignment: Lawful Good
Portfolio: Justice, Valor and Chivalry
Worshipers: Knights, Rulers, Honest Citizens
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, NG
Domains: Law, Glory, Good Heroism
Blessings: Law, Glory, Good
Favored Weapon: Warhammer
Symbol: A Lion Crest shield
Sacred Animal: Heavy Warhorse
Sacred Colors: Navy Blue

Dogma

Samaria sees the world as a deadly place, filled with perpetual challenges and trials for those who battle for justice and defend the weak and innocent. Her followers should always act with honor and chivalry, and to uphold justice. Danger is to be faced head-on, with calm and resolve. Those who defeat evil are rewarded with Glory, while those who uphold the tenets of the Arch-paladin are rewarded with Virtue. The Arch-paladin's teachings have been codified in a chivalric code known as the Samarian Code.

History

The stories of Samaria's origin are simple; she has always been. The Samarites believe that she is the divine embodiment of Justice, and that if it exists, she exists. That she has come to is the natural order of things. Her clerics believe that She is the Arbiter of the Gods themselves, a point borne out by the fact that the Divine Record (Samaria's holy book) lists many of the nascent gods as coming into being at such-and-such a time, in so-and-so circumstances. The Record also states that in primitive societies, Samaria was credited with teaching the working of metal in useful and martial shapes, another sign that the Lady Justice is an elemental, as well as civil entity.
The multiple dimensions of the universe hold no surprise for Samaria, and it is said that every plane (even those in the Abyss) has a consulate of hers-a testament to her power.

Depictions

Samaria manifests as a valiant sword-mistress in full plate mail. She wields a warhammer and a heraldic shield. Her shield casts a holy light, blinding evil beings, and her aura causes malevolent forces to tremble and falter.

Divine Intervention

Divine Servants

Samaria's servants include a number of former mortals who have been given divine power following death.

Church of Samaria

The Church of Samaria is assertive and vigilant in rooting out evil. Many of its followers are actively involved in crusades.

Worshipers and Clergy

Samaria's clerics do not exactly proselytize, but count on the fact that their usefulness, honesty and nobility will attract the commoners and nobles to do the right thing and attend their services, as well as tithe and help expand the church into new territories. Samaria and The Divine Record hold a special place in the religious life of virtually all observant peoples of all alignments and persuasions, as the Record contains information about most of the gods Called to the world. Samarites are all too happy to arbitrate and advise those of any other faith; that they would not use the opportunity to enforce the ways of law and goodness upon those asking for advice is not guaranteed.

Temples and Shrines

Samaria's places of worship are always solid buildings that serve many practical purposes besides worship; a redoubt in case of attack, an armory containing serviceable weapons, a courthouse for mundane as well as ecclesiastical conflicts, a temporary jail, and a repository of records of the deeds of men. As such, her temples and churches, present in nearly every land, are busy places. The local governments and even other lawful gods would do well to keep their books in order and their constabularies well trained, or the Samarites will quickly and efficiently fill the vacuum. In the larger centers, there is often a jousting tilt and a melee yard for tournaments or trials by combat-the Goddess of Chivalry emphasizes knighthood both in ability and in name.

Holy Texts

** Acts of Samaria**
The eleven miracles performed by the goddess Samaria,. Recounted in the holy text of her faith each of the goddess's legendary episodes of heroism provides an example of Samarite virtues. The details of the stories vary between regions, though all have the same general themes. Samaria herself acknowledges that the lessons themselves are important, not the particulars.

Samarian Code
The Samarian Code consists of three sets of duties:
Duty to the People. This duty stresses courage, justice, mercy, valor, protection of the weak, and faithfulness to church superiors of officer of righteous law.
Duty to the Arch-paladin. This duty stresses obedience to Heironeous himself, devotion to the church, generosity, championing good against evil, putting the needs of the church and the faith above those of mortals.
Duty to a Lady. This duty pertains to the concept of courtly love, devotion to one's beloved, and respect toward all women in general.

Holidays

Has no Holidays dedicated to her.

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