Aarilax

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Symbol: A dagger with a snake for a blade

Colors: Black, Dark Green

Alignment: Neutral Evil

Worshipers' Alignment: NE

Area of Control: Murder, Shaahesk, Sahuagin

Clerical Domains: Death, Evil, Protection, Trickery, Water

Holy Warrior: Annihilator

Religious Orders: Order of Aarilax

Center of Worship: Drotid

Lizard folk and sahuagin tend to follow their creator, Aarilax. Getting what you want is essential. You may have to work with others to get it, or then again, you may have to eat them. He doesn't care if anyone else exists or not, so long as he can get what he wants. This does not necessarily have to involve hurting everyone in sight, but it could.

According to Aarilax, The most holy thing ever created is desire. Many individuals in the world strive to better themselves, or to become enlightened. Theologians of Aarilax always debate whether there is any such way of becoming enlightened at all, whether through good or evil, law or chaos. After all, what is the proof?

When you are left without a path to enlightenment or other higher places, the only thing you have remaining is your desire and your feelings. The gods gave these wonderful creations to all the intelligent races, and it must have been for a reason. They must be useable to obtain something worthwhile.

Keeping Aarilax's precepts means worshiping him as the keeper of this philosophy, and the one who teaches it to all of his followers. However, worship of Aarilax is secondary to worshiping YOURSELF. Every being has the right to get what they want. The strong ones will of course have an easier time with this, but it does not make the weak any less privileged. They just have to work harder.

Paying attention to your own inner emotions and feelings is the important key. Most people do not even know what they are feeling at a given moment. You must not only simply pay attention to your feelings, however. You must also do whatever you can to satisfy them. They are your guide, and your direct link to Aarilax's will. When it is all said and done, at the end of the day, all you have left is your feelings.... so they better be worth having.

Sometimes people have feelings that conflict with each other. This is the will of the gods. They made us, and they test us according to our feelings to see what we will do. The one whose feelings prevail on a matter will triumph in the eyes of the gods, however they achieve their means. If they need to remove others to get to their goal, so be it. It is a simple complication along the way.

Patience can be a virtue in these matters but it is not required. The intelligent and the wise will use patience to their advantage when acting out their feelings. However, being impulsive is also part of the game if you are like that. The gods made people of both varieties for a purpose.

Outside of his center of worship in Drotid, Aarilax has a temple just outside Mikona.

The Murderlord's Church on Avlis

In Drotid: the Church of Aarilax supports the Voivode in that he is living Aarilax's chosen path. He is taking what he wishes and doing what pleases him, and his strength, skill, and power have raised up the entire race. While the war is at its heart an earthly thing that Aarilax doesn't care about overly much, the opportunities it presents for individuals to attain their desires has a divine component that cannot be denied. Therefore, the Church supports the war entirely.

The Church of Aarilax considers the Mikona branch to be heretical, and worshipers at the Temple there to be an unacceptable offshoot of the church that must be destroyed along with the building they occupy. Warmblood Aarilaxians are often suspect, but members of the Mikona Church of Aarilax are traitors to Aarilax's beliefs, they have worked in the past to harm Aarilax's chosen race, and they should be murdered whenever possible.

In Mikona: the war is a opportunity to demonstrate that shaahesk are not the only race that can live the truth of Aarilax's teachings. It's an excellent opportunity to test skill and eliminate barriers to personal desire, and so it should be embraced for those qualities and used as a springboard to achieve those things the follower wants to have, be they power, fame, wealth, or simply the satisfaction of government sanctioned murder on a grand scale.

The Drotid Church of Aarilax has lost its way. Rather than teaching the supremacy of the individual, it now supports dictatorial control and domination by a power elite. As with all forms of domination, it should be opposed by any true follower of Aarilax. As such, the Mikona church works to undermine dictatorial control by the Drotid Church and ferment disobedience and malcontent wherever possible. Rigid structures can only serve to limit the non-shaahesk advancement within the church, and so these structures should be broken down to make room for new leadership opportunities.