Talos

Talos, The Storm Lord
  • The Destroyer
  • The Storm Lord
  • Gruumsh
Greater Deity
  • Auiril
  • Talona
  • Malar
  • Umberlee
  • Natrual Disasters
    • Storms
    • Earthquakes
    • Forest Fires
    • Tornadoes
  • Rebelion
game stats
Druid20
Barbarian20
Barbarian10
Evoker20

Talos (TAAHL-ose) is the Faerunian god of storms and destruction through natural causes. His priests are instructed to spread destruction where they may. Although often assumed to be a true god, Talos is in fact, an aspect of the orcish god Gruumsh.

Appearance

Talos appears as a broad shouldered, bearded man with one good eye. He wears half-plate armor over black leather, and black leather gloves. His empty eye socket is filled with whirling stars and covered with a dark eye patch. When he appears in Calimshan, he often takes the form of a dusky skinned, turbaned genie rising out of a sandstorm.

Worshipers

The church of Talos is small by the standards of a greater deity, and his followers of Talos are fanatical in their love of destruction. The clergy has no formal hierarchy; obedience is enforced through might. Priests of Talos are fond of extorting sailors and farmers, threatening that Talos will bring destructive storms upon them if they do not placate the angry god. They are wont to pursue wealth and luxury, many indulging in acts of random or spiteful violence, pillage and banditry. Talossan clerics are also committed evangelists who seek to gain converts through fear or the enticement of raw power.

Clerics of Talos wear black robes and cloaks shot through with teardrops and jagged lines of gold and silver while high clergy wear blue-white ceremonial robes streaked with crimson; all of whom wear an eye patch. Talassan clerics generally multiclass as barbarians, sorcerers, wizards, or as the Stormlord prestige class.

Worship of Talos is outlawed in many countries. Most Talossan holy sites are secret because of the church’s reputation. Public churches often take the form of castles or fortified strongholds that lie on earthquake fault lines or in the path of storms or lava; Talos ensures they remain unscathed.

Talos

Talos, The Storm Lord

Rituals

Clerics of Talos celebrate Talossan festivals with ceremonies that summon lightning and storms.

  • Calling Down the Thunder – This ritual involves the sacrifice of an intelligent being by lightning.
  • The Fury – This is the ceremony in chich the cleric prays, makes berserk attacks to wreak as much destruction as possible in a small amount of time, then pray again (if he survives).
  • Lichdom – as some say Talos has sponsored certain necromancersdruids into lichdom.

Orders

The existence of orders allied to Talos is shrouded in mystery and rumor.
The Lords of the Tempest

  • The Lords are a group of wizardsarcane druids who owe allegiance to Talos and specialize in exotic combinations of elemental magic.

The Circle of Rust and the Worm

  • This cabal of crazed sages and mystics of assorted disciplines, both religious and secular, intent on bringing about the end of the world. They have obtained Talos’ patronage.

Relationships

Talos is close with Auril, has a flirtatious rivalry with Umberlee and a grudging alliance with Malar, who would kill him if he could. He also hates deities that promote building, learning, nature, and the altering of weather. Chief among his enemies are Chauntea, Eldath, Lathander, Mystra, Sune, Deneir, Gond, Helm, Mielikki, Oghma, Shiallia, Silvanus, and Tyr.

Talos is close with Auril, has a flirtatious rivalry with Umberlee, a covetous desire for Talona and her powers and a grudging alliance with Malar, who would kill him if he could. He also hates deities that promote building, learning, nature, and the altering of weather. Chief among his enemies are Chauntea, Eldath, Lathander, Mystra, Sune, Deneir, Gond, Helm, Mielikki, Oghma, Shiallia, Silvanus, and Tyr.

Talos leads the other Deities of Fury: Auril, Malar, Talona, and Umberlee.

History

The Stormlord was formed from the first battle between Sel√Ľne and Shar, near the dawn of the world. The people of the ancient Netheril empire worshipped him as Kozah, and called him The Destroyer and The Raging One, among other titles. Among the present-day Bedine of Anauroch, who descended from the citizens of Netheril, Talos is still known as Kozah. In Calimshan he is worshiped as Bhaelros and in that aspect he almost utterly destroyed Calimport. In the Underdark, he had an aspect with a small following as Malyk, a god of wild magic, but this attempt at grabbing power was blocked by Mystra.

Chosen

The Druidhome trilogy is the only mention of a Chosen of Talos. His chosen was Deirdre Kendrick, the younger sister of Alicia Kendrick, the current High Queen of the Moonshae Isles. She was taught magic directly by The Storm Lord who appeared to her as a large man, with dark brooding features. A special ability granted to her was a powerful version of the lightning bolt spell, it appeared solid black and instantly killed anything that it hit regardless of protections or size. Only Greater deities were unaffected.

Dogma

Life is a combination of random effects and chaos, so grab what you can when you can, because Talos may take you to the afterlife at any moment. Preach the might of Talos, and always warn others of the forces only Talos can command – the fury of all Faerun. Walk unafraid in storms, forest fires, earthquakes, and other disasters, for the power of Talos protects you. Do so publicly whenever possible, so that others see that only Talos can protect them. Make others fear Talos by showing the destruction he and his servants can cause. To avoid tasting his fury, pray to him energetically and tell all folk taht such observations – and only such observations – can protect them from the furies of gales, hailstorms, winds, floods, droughts, blizzards, hurricanes, and other natural dooms. Hurl such forces at one’s foes if Talos deems a place or a person worth defending. One cannot afford to ignore Talos, but must box down and worship him. Proclaim this message to all and show everyone the destruction event the slightest of the servants of Talos can cause.