St. Cuthbert of the Cudgel
Intermediate Power of the Peaceable Kingdoms of Arcadia
Symbol: A starburst of rubies, a wooden billet, or a crumpled hat
Home Plane: Arcadia/Abellio (Basilica of Saint Cuthbert or the Bastion of Law)
Alignment: Lawful good (LN)
Portfolio: Retribution, Common Sense, Wisdom, Zeal, Honesty, Truth, Discipline
Allies: All good deities (except Pholtus), especially Mayaheine, Zodal, Joramy, Rao, and Kord
Foes: All evil deities, especially Tharizdun, Nerull, Incabulos, Iuz, Vecna, and Kyuss. Also Pyremius, Wee Jas, Xan Yae, and Pholtus
Core Worshippers: Humans
Worshipers: Fighters, monks, judges, constables
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN
Domains: Destruction, Domination* (CD), Good, Inquisition* (CD), Law, Protection, Strength.
Favored Weapon(s): Mace of Cuthbert (+5 disruption holy lawful heavy mace)
Special Notes: Clerics are restricted to one of two alignments: LG or LN. LN clerics must be more proficient at wielding positive energy; thus they convert to cure spells and turn or destroy undead.
Description: St. Cuthbert (CUTH-bert) may have once been a mortal man as his worshipers claim, but if so it was long ago and from an unknown people. His three prominent symbols are a starburst of rubies, a wooden billet, or a crumpled hat, and while the deity of retribution takes many forms (including that of a common yokel or white-haired mustached man in plate mail) he usually is shown with a bronzewood cudgel. He reacts favorably to other lawful nonevil deities, although he has a great rivalry with Pholtus. He usually carries his famous mace.
St. Cuthbert exacts revenge and just punishment on those who transgress the law. Because evil creatures more commonly and flagrantly violate laws than good creatures do, St. Cuthbert favors good over evil, though he is not good himself. He may have once been a mortal man (as his worshipers claim), but if so it was long ago and from an unknown branch of humanity.
St. Cuthbert may have once been a mortal man as his worshipers claim, but if so it was long ago and from an unknown people. His three prominent symbols are a starburst of rubies, a wooden billet, or a crumpled hat, and while he takes many forms (including that of a common yokel or white-haired mustached man in plate mail) he usually is shown with a bronzewood cudgel. He reacts favorably to other lawful nonevil deities, although he has a great rivalry with Pholtus.
“The words of St. Cuthbert are wise, practical, and sensible. The word of the Cudgel is law, and the word must be painstakingly spread so that all may benefit from his wisdom. Weakness in faith and acting against the Saints teachings are intolerable in believers. Unceasing effort should be made to bring unbelievers into the fold. Honesty, truthfulness, practicality, and reasonability are the highest virtues.”
Quests: Like Heironeous, St. Cuthbert urges his followers to undertake quests that uphold the chivalric ideal. But more of the Cudgel’s quests involve righting a wrong or avenging a fallen hero. Tracking down the bandits that stole the viscount’s tax collections, imprisoning the blackguard who slew Sir Cyrrus the Bold, and liberating a province conquered by demon armies are all crusades that a follower of St. Cuthbert would lend his sword to. In general, clerics of St. Cuthbert are more likely than most to pepper their speech with thee, thine, and other archaic pronouns.
Prayers: St. Cuthbert’s religious teachings are passed on in the form of commandments, all of which begin “Thou shalt” or “Thou shalt not.” In general, clerics of St. Cuthbert are more likely than most to pepper their speech with “thee,” “thine,” and other archaic pronouns.
Temples: Temples of St. Cuthbert are always solid and imposing buildings. Their entrances or facades invariably feature inscriptions of quotations attributed to the Cudgel. These can be inspirational, such as: “Chaos and evil prevail where good folk do nothing.” Or even threatening, such as: “Obstinacy brings lumps to the heads of the unfaithful.” The clergy there otter healing and protective magic, but they’re careful to make sure that those they help are worthy of St. Cuthbert’s favor.
Rites: All of St. Cuthbert’s ceremonies include a brief but fiery sermon from a member of the clergy, who exhorts the listeners to turn from their chaotic ways and adhere more closely to the laws of St. Cuthbert.
Herald and Allies: The hound archon hero is St. Cuthbert’s herald. Allies are hound archons, half-celestial paladins, and planetars.
Relics: Cudgel that never forgets, tabard of the great crusade
Worship of St. Cuthbert is the fastest growing religion in Central Flanaess. It has a strong backing from the City of Greyhawk to Veluna and from Furyondy to Celene, where temples and shrines are commonplace. In the land of Verbobonc, known for the Temple of Elemental Evil and where evil has gained a foothold in the past, the Stalwart Cudgellers patrol and protect the innocent with an unwavering zeal. Through the tireless efforts of the Church of St. Cuthbert, the viscounty has accepted it as the state-favored religion.