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Ilmater
An avatar of Ilmater, the Broken God.
Ilmater
(God)
Basic Information
Title(s) The Crying God
The Broken God[1][2]
The Lord on the Rack[1]
The One Who Endures[1]
Symbol Pair of white hands bound with red cord
Formerly: A blood-stained rack.
Aspect(s) Ayuruk[1]
Pantheon Faerûnian pantheon
1st Edition Statistics[3][4]
Power Level Lesser power
Alignment Lawful good
Home Plane Twin Paradises (Great Wheel)
Serves Tyr
Portfolio Endurance, Martyrdom, Perseverance, Suffering
Worshipers guards, merchants, traders, monks, thieves, clerics
2nd Edition Statistics[4][5][1]
Power Level Intermediate power
Alignment Lawful good
Home Plane Shurrock, Twin Paradises (Great Wheel)
Realm Martyrdomain
Serves Tyr
Portfolio Endurance, Martyrdom, Perseverance, Suffering
Spheres Major: All, Charm, Creation, Guardian, Healing, Law, Necromantic, Protection, Travelers
Minor: Combat, Elemental, Summoning, Sun, Wards, Weather
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Avatar
Monk 35
Cleric 32
Paladin 20
Wizard 18
3rd Edition Statistics[8][2]
Power Level Intermediate deity
Alignment Lawful good
Home Plane House of the Triad (World Tree)[6]
Brightwater (World Tree)[7]
Realm Martyrdom[6]
Serves Tyr
Portfolio Endurance, Martyrdom, Perseverance, Suffering
Domains Good, Healing, Law, Strength, Suffering,[2][8] Endurance[9]
Worshipers The lame, oppressed, impoverished, peasants, slaves, monks, paladins
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Favored weapon An open hand (unarmed strike)
Avatar
Monk 20
Paladin 20
4th Edition Statistics[10]
Power Level God
Alignment Good
Dominion Celestia (World Axis)
Realm Martyrdom
Sphere of Influence Suffering
Domains Freedom, Hope
Channel divinity prayer Ilmater's martyrdom[11]

Ilmater (pronounced "Ihl-MAY-ter" or "ill-may-ter") was an intermediate deity of the Faerûnian pantheon whose portfolio included endurance, martyrdom, perseverance, and suffering. He was the god of those who suffered, the oppressed, and the persecuted, who offered them relief and support, encouraged them to endure, and who encouraged others to help them, to take their burdens or take their places. He was called the Crying God, the Broken God, the Lord on the Rack, and the One Who Endures. To the peoples of the Great Glacier, he was known as Ayuruk.[3][4][5][1][8][2][10]

DescriptionEdit

In avatar form, Ilmater appeared as a short man with a burly build and wearing only a breechcloth, with a plain but kind and comforting face, balding head, and a hairy body. But this body bore the marks of mutilation and torture on the rack, covered with open cuts, closed scars, burns, and a range of other wounds. Ilmater's joints were broken, his limbs were ravaged, and his hands were smashed yet still functional. Moving caused him a great deal of pain as he dragged himself around. No matter how much his avatar healed, it still showed these terrible wounds.[3][5][1][2]

PersonalityEdit

Ilmater was the incarnation of compassion, and the eternal foe of suffering.[12] He sought to offer aid and relief and words of comfort to those in pain, who were oppressed, or otherwise in great need.[5][1] He encouraged them to endure their pain, suffering, and abuse, for good things came to those who waited.[5] He encouraged his faithful to halt and relieve the suffering of others, and to take it on themselves if they must. Ilmater was himself a willing sufferer, taking one's place to bear their burden, seeking to endure any pain if it would lessen the pain of another.[3][5][1][8][2]

He was quiet with a kind and gentle nature, generous, and good-spirited and even-tempered.[1][8][2] Ilmater did not anger quickly, but when he did, he was fearsome in his wrath. He was greatly angered by extreme cruelty and atrocities, and at those who inflicted such suffering. He was particularly enraged by those who harmed or abused children and other young creatures. At such times, he set aside his doctrine of endurance and non-violence, and unleashed his full force to put an end to cruelty.[1][8][2] Although his ravaged appearance or his righteous rage could scare children, Ilmater took great cares to reassure them and protect them. He treasured all children and young creatures in general.[1][8][2]

Ilmater was the most forgiving of beings; it was thought he could even forgive Loviatar, Maiden of Pain, if she repented of her cruel deeds.[13] Though he knew full well the atrocious and horrific acts that wicked creatures could do, he remained forever hopeful that evil beings could one day be turned to good, or destroyed, and so he stayed firm in his goals.[14]

He had a good if rather rustic sense of humor, and liked to hear funny stories.[1][8]

AbilitiesEdit

When manifested as an avatar, Ilmater could cast a wide variety of magic spells, and was strongest with healing magic and beneficial necromancy. Only rarely did he cast a spell that injured another, unless he did so in anger and retribution for a cruel or sadistic deed performed by the target, or to protect another from harm.[1][2]

He fought unarmed, opened handed or with his fists, and was a supreme martial artist. However, he usually chose not to defend himself, instead simply taking and absorbing the damage, and his avatar was extremely hard to destroy. As with his spells, Ilmater only attacked in retribution or protection, or to deflect missiles or destroy items. He also used nonlethal methods to disable his powerful foes.[1][2] His unarmed strike counted as a +5 keen lawful vorpal weapon.[2]

Alternatively, he could possess any good and innocent creature that was being tortured, provided that the torture contravened local laws. This creature glowed white, all pain was relieved, and any wounds were regenerated immediately. Torture or restraining devices were immediately destroyed, releasing the sufferer, alert and healthy. In the case of extreme torture or associated murder, Ilmater granted the possessed being the ability to cast destructive spells, such as flame strike, lightning bolt or chain lightning, meteor swarm, sink, or imprisonment for a short time in retribution.[3][1]

When not appearing via his avatar or through possession, Ilmater manifested as an unseen presence that made a howling or whimpering sound yet felt watchful. In this form, he could speak, move objects around by telekinesis, or cast spells.[1][15]

To act in his place, Ilmater could send devas, einheriar spirits of slain martyrs, hollyphants, incarnates of courage, planetars, solars, and some beings that remained unidentified. To indicate or suggest his presence or awareness, to show his favor, and to give his faithful encouragement, Ilmater could create daisies and white roses, or send white donkeys, white doves, field mice, or sparrows. A minor manifestation to show favor was in the colors gray and red.[1][15]

Finally, Ilmater could sense any kind of suffering the moment it took place, anywhere in the world. He also knew whenever a person sacrificed themselves for another being. He could also instantly create any magical item that could healed or reduce suffering, or was good or lawful in nature.[2]

HistoryEdit

Ilmater was an older god and[8][2] an obscure deity in the 3rd century before Dalereckoning, but he came to prominence during Tyr's Procession of Justice in the Vilhon Reach. In –247 DR, Tyr had led a force of archons out of a gate to pacify the remnants of the fallen empire of Jhaamdath, which had fallen into anarchy, lawlessness, and banditry. Tyr's deeds and sacrifices caught the attention of Ilmater, who allied himself with the Just God in the Year of the Rack, –243 DR. The Procession came to an end in –238 DR[16][17] but Tyr remained on Abeir-Toril and the two deities continued to work together.[16]

Many years after the Procession, Torm joined them as Tyr's war leader. Together, Ilmater, Torm, and Tyr formed the Triad, a long-lasting alliance of good and lawful deities.[16]

The Triad was broken in the Year of Three Streams Blooded, 1384 DR, when Tyr was manipulated into slaying Helm, god of guardians. Ilmater chose to leave the House of the Triad and, at the invitation of Sune, goddess of beauty, he relocated his divine realm to the plane of Brightwater.[7] By 1479 DR, however, Ilmater had returned to Torm's side and reestablished his realm in Celestia.[10]

RelationshipsEdit

The ranks of Ilmater's closest allies included Tyr the Maimed God, god of justice, (who was his superior prior to the Spellplague) and Torm the True, god of loyalty and duty. Collectively, these deities formed the Triad, an alliance of lawful good deities that were stronger as a united force than individually. In fact, Ilmater could often be found traveling with Tyr, assisting him and teaching him to live without his sight and to rely upon his feelings instead.[3][5][1][8][2][12] Ilmater showed Tyr that true justice required a judge to know how much punishment was sufficient, whether it was too harsh or whether mercy was better.[13] Ilmater also had an excellent relationship with Torm.[1]

Another of Ilmater's allies was Lathander the Morninglord, god of renewal and vitality.[1][8][2] He was also allied with Ibrandul, the Lord of the Dry Depths, the freedom-loving god of caves and darkness.[1]

Ilmater stood against those gods and goddesses who enjoyed causing destruction and spreading pain and suffering for others. In particular, considering their contrasting portfolios, the Crying God and his followers were a bane to Loviatar, the Maiden of Pain, and her worshippers.[1][8][2] Loviatar in turn hated Ilmater with a passion, as he protected her victims from her torments.[18] Ilmater also opposed Talona, Mistress of Disease.[1][8][2] Among his other foes were Bane, Bhaal, Garagos, Malar, Myrkul, Shar, and Talos.[1][2]

RealmEdit

Ilmater made his home in the divine realm of Martyrdom, a mountain of reward and peace for suffering in life, where none could feel pain or weariness.[1][6][10] Under the Great Wheel cosmology, this was located on the layer of Shurrock in the Twin Paradises of Bytopia.[3][4][5][1] Under the World Tree cosmology, however, Martydom was found in the House of the Triad, on a lesser mountain of Celestia, alongside the mountain realms of Ilmater's fellow gods of the Triad, Tyr and Torm.[6]

However, following the breaking of the Triad in 1384 DR, Ilmater moved his domain out of the House of the Triad. At Sune's invitation, he relocated it to Brightwater on the World Tree.[7] By 1479 DR, Ilmater had reestablished Martyrdom in Celestia, now under the World Axis cosmology.[10]

SymbolEdit

Ilmater symbol
The holy symbol of Ilmater.
EbakuninAdded by Ebakunin

Ilmater's holy symbol was originally a blood-stained rack, such as used to torture a victim by stretching. This remained in use until the mid–14th century DR. However, by 1356 DR, a new symbol entered common usage: a pair of white hands crossed and bound at the wrist with a blood-red cord. After the Godswar of 1358 DR, this was used nearly exclusively. This newer and less gruesome symbol increased his popularity across Faerûn.[3][4][5][1][8][2]

WorshipersEdit

Main article: Church of Ilmater

Those who were oppressed, sick, lame, or poor were likely to be worshipers of Ilmater,[2] and people who had been injured or were otherwise suffering would often call upon him for aid.[5] His faith was popular among the poor in big cities, and with serfs and slaves,[2] as well as merchants, thieves, and a few guards.[3] Although people of any alignment could worship Ilmater,[1] he was largely followed by folk of a lawful and good bent, especially among his own clergy.[3][1][2]

Ilmater's clergy numbered clerics, paladins, and monks.[3][2] They were organized into the Church of Ilmater, with many affiliated knightly and monastic orders.[1][2]

Across Faerûn, the hardy people of the harsh and war-torn land of Damara particularly venerated Ilmater, as well as his champion, St. Sollars.[19][20] In Calimshan, Ilmater was among of the most frequently worshiped gods, especially among the lower classes and slaves.[21]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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ConnectionsEdit

The Faerûnian Pantheon
Major Deities
AzuthBaneBhaalChaunteaCyricGondHelmIlmaterKelemvorKossuthLathanderLoviatarMaskMielikkiMyrkulMystra (Midnight) • OghmaSelûneSharShaundakulSilvanusSuneTalosTempusTormTymoraTyrUmberleeWaukeen
Other Members
AkadiAurilBeshabaDeneirEldathFinder WyvernspurGaragosGargauthGrumbarGwaeron WindstromHoarIstishiaIyachtu XvimJergalLliiraLurueMalarMililNobanionThe Red KnightSavrasSharessShialliaSiamorpheTalonaTiamatUbtaoUlutiuValkurVelsharoon


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