Suloise god of nature, beauty and farming
Lesser power of Arborea
Portfolio: Nature, Beauty, Farming
Symbol: A scimitar in front of an oak tree.
Alignment: Chaotic good
Domains: Chaos, Community* (CD), Good, Plant, Sun, Water.
Favored Weapon: Scimitar (m)
Description: Phyton (FIE-tahn) is a tall, slender, youthful-looking Suel god who can take the form of any forest creature. Once like most nature deities, he now represents man’s dominion over nature, and this puts him at odds with those who would protect a forest from the actions of mankind, just as his dominion over beauty angers Wee Jas. He clears forests to make room for crops, cuts tracks through mountains to make roads, and dams rivers to form fishing ponds. His symbol, a scimitar in front of an oak tree, hearkens back to his old purpose. “Nothing in nature is so beautiful as what man can make of it. A field of crops, a garden of herbs, and a swamp drained to form fertile soil are all marvels of
nature as much as the forest and mountains. Natural animals that can be domesticated should be, but those that are dangerous to man or his works should be slain.” Clerics of Phyton act as protectors for farming settlements and look for ways to make use of nearby land. Each normally chooses a region to watch over, typically a circle one day’s walk in diameter. They might use their powers to redirect a river to suit a town’s needs, or to cull a forest of its uglier plants to leave a more pleasant locale. Some clerics wander the unsettled parts of the world, looking for destructive creatures to kill, abandoned sites of old civilizations, or wild places that might be useful to mankind. Ceremonial garb includes brown or green (lighter colors in autumn).
Phyton is depicted as a tall, slender and youthful Suel man. He represent’s man’s dominion over nature, which puts him at odds with most other nature gods, especially Obad-Hai, and his dominion over beauty draws the ire of Wee Jas. Phyton’s clergy clears forests to for farmland, cuts tracks through mountains to make roads, domesticates animals, and dams rivers. They protect farming settlements and look for ways to turn the land to man’s advantage. Prayers are offered to him for bountiful crops and timely harvests.
The worship of Phyton is widespread in Naerie, with her main temple being located in Minetha and other major temples in Felten and Ekehold. From Minetha, his faithful are led by Sazell (CG human female cleric of Phyton L10). He is mostly venerated by Suel farmers.
Dogma: Nothing in nature is so beautiful as what man can make of it. A field of crops, a garden of herbs, and a swamp drained to form fertile soil are all marvels of nature as much as the forest and mountains. Natural animals that can be domesticated should be, but those that are dangerous to man or his works should be slain.