Bareus is the good-aligned deity of the land of Orentil. He is called the Lord of All, the Blessed Father, and the Lightning Lord. He is generally credited with the creation of all humanoid races. Though his exact form (and sometimes gender) varies with the tradition, he is often depicted as a stern, powerfully built, elderly man with a long beard, wielding a sword made of lightning. He grants power to many worshippers throughout the world.
In addition to granting power to the most devout of worshipers and calling Paladins to his service, many people believe that Bareus speaks to the world through the words of chosen prophets, who come only once in a millennium. However, these prophets sometimes say contradictory things. Some sects are divided by which prophets they recognize as genuine. Most sects agree that Bareus teaches an ethic of charity, piety, kindness, and justice.
Sects of Bareus Worship
Church of Aeolus (LG) – A structured church of based on the philosophy of Aeolus, the warrior-prophet.
Church of Calam (NG) – A peaceful church stressing compassion and redemption for crimes.
Church of Alirya (CG) – A free-spirited church, emphasizing personal growth and understanding.
Note: Interpretation of Bareus’ philosophy is not restricted to the existing sects – it is entirely possible for characters to have their own meaning associated with each of the deities in the world.