Tales of Brittanis
• The Lawgiver, the Golden Merchant, Lady Luck, Dice Queen
• Justice, Nobility, Franchise, Etiquette OR Courage, Largesse, Principle, and Franchise
Somewhat aloof from the rest of the Gods of Light, Aureus (ORR-ee-us) focuses primarily on his duties and largely ignores the internecine politics of the rest of the gods. He is the patron of trade, law, wealth and merchants. As such his blessing is invoked over business dealings and caravans; his symbol is imprinted on all coins of the realm, and his is the wealthiest of all the clergies. Though he is the brother of Arturian, they are distant relations at best, allying for common defense and when Arturian’s interests overlap into legal, monetary concerns or the like.
Arturian is one of two deities in the Church at are not actually good; he is Unaligned and is concerned with the right way to do things, and breaking a contract or sealed oath is the highest blasphemy in his eyes. His clerics often serve as judges, arbiters, and contract negotiators, because their scrupulousness is known world-wide. Even those of less than reputable character know that if a cleric of Aureus swears his word, it will be followed to the letter. They strive to be utterly above suspicion and incorruptible. As a patron of the nobility, he allies with Aenryia to watch over those who have authority over others. Many stories tell of the Doom of Aureus falling on a noble who abused his liegemen. Aureus’ patronage of travelers makes him a popular god among adventurers, as they travel many miles and walk many twisted paths to achieve their goals. His symbol is a golden key, coin with his face on one side, or merchant’s scale, and his favored weapon is the mace.
It should be noted that while the male pronoun is used in more patriarchal societies, there are those who see Aureus as a female figure and pronounce the name differently (uh-RAY-us). The feminine aspect of Aureus is particularly common among the matriarchal Brynn; this version of Aureus takes on additional aspects, being seen as the goddess of chance, productive inspiration, and luck—both good and bad. Thus, this version of Aureus is understandably popular with adventurers and others who find themselves in occupations that rely on a heavy dose of luck. Ironically, it also means that both thieves and merchants often are praying to the same deity on both sides of a deal, theft or swindle.