Iomedae

Iomedae (pronounced ahy-OH-meh-day) is the goddess of righteous valor, justice, and honor. Having served as Aroden’s herald, she inherited many of the Last Azlanti’s followers upon his death, and continues to espouse the ideas of honor and righteousness in the defense of good and the battle against evil.

History

As a mortal, Iomedae was a Chelish human who led the Knights of Ozem in the Shining Crusade against the forces of the Whispering Tyrant. In the fall of 3832 AR, Iomedae, was the last mortal to pass the Test of the Starstone and ascend to godhood. Her actions took the notice of Aroden. She became his herald, replacing the slain Arazni. She served him in this capacity until Aroden’s death in 4606 AR.

Relationships

Iomedae views Abadar, Cayden Cailean, Erastil, Sarenrae, Shelyn, and Torag as the equivalent of allies. She harbours a grudge against Pharasma, for keeping secret the demise of Aroden. With the exception of Asmodeus, she never associates or parleys with evil gods or fiends. Even with Asmodeus though, Iomedae treats him with extreme caution, and never in more than an advisory role.

Appearance and emissaries

Iomedae manifests as a valiant sword-mistress in full plate mail. She wields a long sword and a heraldic shield. Her shield casts a holy light, blinding evil beings, and her aura causes malevolent forces to tremble and falter.

The Church of Iomedae is assertive and vigilant in rooting out evil. Many of its followers are actively involved in the Mendevian Crusades.

Worshipers and clergy

Iomedae’s priests are composed of clerics and paladins. Personal cleanliness as well as an honorable demeanor are both very important for her followers. An hour of prayer a day is practiced, in addition to a weekly public worship service.

Many halflings are treated unjustly on Golarion, indeed many are slaves. Nevertheless, some of these oppressed halflings believe in justice and often worship Iomedae. Most halfling paladins serve Iomedae.

Young knights who are inspired by classical courtly tales tend to follow Iomedae. They can be counted on to remain idealistic, even in the face of great evil. Their honor and faith are strong enough to overcome the vices and sins of their enemies.

Temples and shrines

The temples of Iomedae function as both a church and living space for her holy knights. Also commonly used are former temples of Aroden. These buildings are often painted white and feature arched entrances, pillared courtyards, fountains, and statues.

Holy texts

Her holy text recounts the 11 miraculous Acts of Iomedae.

Holidays

The Inheritor’s Ascendance is celebrated on the first of Arodus every year. On the 19th of Rova is the Day of the Inheritor and the 6th of Lamashan is Ascendance Day.

Iomedae

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