Clergy: Neutral Good
Wisdom, Hope, Defensive Combat, Perseverance
Good, Protection, Healing, Sun, Community
In the time before the Great War, Jhuntara served as a symbol of all that was good and just in the realm. She used her powers to benefit mortals, encouraging them to achieve a better understanding of themselves and their home. During the Great War, when the exiled god Dramar returned to the realm, she became a symbol of hope to those defending themselves from his ever more powerful minions. In the end, she sacrificed herself to save the realm she loved, a sacrifice which ultimately led to Dramar's defeat.
After the Great War, a young priestess named Auriana, chosen by teh goddess as her successor, ascended to the status of a lesser deity, and assumed Jhuntara's mantle. Some have even speculated that Jhuntara had foreknowledge of her death, and that she blessed Auriana at birth with the power to ascend and take her place when the time came. Although Auriana has chosen to keep her own name, she now grants powers and spells to the priesthood in Jhuntara's name. Any spells she is not yet powerful enough to grant are handled by more powerful gods allied with Jhuntara, until such time when Auriana finally ascends to her full potential.
Common Physical Forms
Jhuntara most often appears as a human or elven female in her prime, dressed in a flowing white robe with golden trim, and always with a bright pair of white feathered wings. She has also been known to appear as a snow owl (her favorite symbol) or a dove. She is widely held by many sages as the creator of the beings we call angels, whose forms are like those of the goddess and exist in abundance within her realm.
Mission & Edicts
Learning and understanding are the primary goals of the church. For them, it is not enough to simply possess knowledge, they must also carefully consider how and when to use that knowledge, and have the will to prevent its misuse. This is what seperates those who are Learned from those who are Wise.
Reverence and humility are also important virtues to the church. Though they will not demean themselves or their abilities, they accept that the world contains things which are far greater than themselves, and accord others the respect they are due. They also recognize that everyone and everything has something valuable to offer or teach, no matter how insignificant it may at frist seem.
Though the church prefers the use of diplomacy, they train to be capable in combat. They know that sometimes, words alone cannot stop an injustice or evil. It is their belief that one should only fight in the defense of innocent lives (including their own), or in defense of a just cause.
The church is fairly orderly, with varying positions of authority over different cities and temples. However, within each church or temple, every priest is treated as an equal. A priest's standing within the church is based on their deeds and insight, rather than based on a set heirarchy. Among the priesthood and congregation, members are accepted regardless of wealth, race, or gender. A common phrase of the church, "Leave your wealth at the door," is not about making a donation, but rather conveys that within the walls of the church, material worth or social status is meaningless.
The church believes in being self-sufficient. They never actively solicit donations as other churches frequently do, though they will graciously accept any given of their own accord. They prefer to grow their own food and rely on volunteers to help with the daily work of running the temples and churches. They are also highly active in the communities around them, lending help wherever possible.
White, blue, and gold are the predominate themes of the armor and ceremonial robes worn by the clergy. Armor is always polished to a satin sheen, and usually with light blue or golden trim. Because the church is not about material wealth, real gold is never used for the trim, instead a golden-colored dye is used. A light blue tabard is often worn over the armor, prominently displaying the symbol of an owl in flight (Jhuntara's symbol).
The high priests wear light flowing robes, usually in the Greek and Roman styles of Earth. Paladins in attendance at ceremonies tend to wear a light ceremonial chestplate overtop their robes.