Stern Alia

Oeridian goddess of Oeridian culture, law, and motherhood
The Shield Mother, the Mother of War
Demipower of the Material Plane

Portfolio: Oeridian Culture, Law, Motherhood
Alignment: Lawful Neutral (LE)
Symbol:An Oeridian woman’s face or A balanced set of scales set about a flaming sun.
Domains: Inquisition* (CD), Knowledge, Law, Protection.
Weapons: Heavy mace

Dogma: The Oeridian are a chosen race of Oerth, as pre-destined by gods who led them from slavery to rulership of Flanaess. Follow the ancient laws and customs so that the glory of Aerdy is reborn.*

Stern Alia (STERN-Alia) is mother to the Oeridian war gods Hextor and Heironeous. A little known power, during the Great Migrations she was eclipsed in standing by her more illustrious progeny. In recent years she has been reduced to little more than a local saint worshipped in the See of Medegia. Prior to the Greyhawk Wars the ascension to the throne of a new Archon in Pontylver’s Temple of the Unalterable Way led to a schism within the faith. Only now are the faithful recovering from the corruption that marked this deep division.

The salvation of the Oeridian people lies in the strict adherence to law. Obedience is the greatest gift. From law flows the strength and resolve to combat chaos and disorder. Manipulation of the law for personal gain is the greatest sin; lawbreakers must be hunted down and punished to deter future transgressors. Children should be nurtured above all others for in them lies the future. The long and glorious history of the Oeridian people must be preserved so that future generations may study the wisdom of their antecedents.

Stern Alia’s followers are unbending in their adherence to the Code of Justice set out by the lawmaker Schandor. In Medegia they acted as Stern Alia gift. From law flows the strength and resolve to combat chaos and disorder. Manipulation of the law for personal gain is the greatest sin; lawbreakers must be hunted down and punished to deter future transgressors. Children should be nurtured above all others for in them lies the future. The long and glorious history of the Oeridian people must be preserved so that future generations may study the wisdom of their antecedents.

Stern Alia’s followers are unbending in their adherence to the Code of Justice set out by the lawmaker Schandor. In Medegia they acted as judges and magistrates as well as historians and archivists. Adherents also operated a series of workhouses across the See wherein the destitute or orphaned could gain a proper (if harsh) education.

Stern Alia is a maternal figure, fully armored and armed to protect her family. She is the mother of Heironeous, Hextor, and an obscure, deceased deity named Stratis.

Stern Alia is mostly venerated in Medegia, where her faithful tend toward evil, and her faith is little-known outside it. Her clergy trains local militias to fight against threats, buying time for professional armies.

Stern Alia is a recent arrival in Naerie, and a her church has a very minor presence. Her only temple in the Principality is located in Adderstone, on the border with Sunndi, and is administered by Matron Nelrana (LN female human cleric of Stern Alia L9), a war veteran from Medegia, who bought a former temple of Wee Jas and re-consecrated it to the Mother of War.

*A sermon given out by Matron Nelrana in Adderstone. It is not know if this is actual dogma of the religion.

Gods of the Flanaess

Stern Alia

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