Lords of Creation: Ancients of the Void
Song of Blood and Steel
Among those that worship Artoran there are not that claim the title of cleric for all that follow the teachings of the Blood-Father are his trueborn children. Prayer is for the weak and cowardly races and the Toraq would have none of it.
Instead of rewarding those that pray, Artoran worship his children that create a name for themselves on the field of battle. As men battle, praising Artoran as they do so, they find themselves faster, stronger, harder to hit. Their skin may become like iron and their wounds may knit themselves together even as they are given. Their weapons will bite deeper than they should and the opponent will bleed far more than one would deem normal.
For that is the blessing of Artoran to those that worship him. While his worshipers do not create great plagues or call fire from heaven all that worship Artoran may tap into this force, quite literally making those that worship Artoran stronger than the rest.
There are, like all magics, two cases that cause the Song of Blood and Steel to have a greater effect. The first is, of course, that Artoran’s Trueborn Children, the Toraq, are far more profoundly impacted by the magic than the other races. It is easier for them to gain his favor and gain his strength, making them far more deadly. In addition, when fighting those that Artoran deems the greatest foe (currently the children of Aleru) the Song takes a far greater effect, increasing the power of the Song almost exponentially.
Plagueweaving and Verminspeak
Those who put their faith fully in Naer’Va, and are taught the ways of the clergy, can call upon her power to invoke the powers of plague. They can exhale clouds of diseased gas, call down a rain of filthy sludge, or inflict the most virulent of poxes with a touch. They can also do the opposite, reducing a deadly plague to but a simple annoying cough, strengthen the body by making it react to a lesser disease, or (in the most severe of cases) simply remove a disease from the body outright.
They also have the power of Verminspeak, a strange chittering language that can only be understood by those who have extreme faith in Naer’Va. Speaking this language allows one to commune with vermin of all kinds, from rats and rabbits, to beetles and locusts. By chanting in this tongue, Clerics of Naer’Va can even force vermin from miles around to congregate near them, and then direct their actions. This allows Clerics of Naer’Va to summon swarms of insects or rats and then send them to feast on the foes of the faith.
The most powerful Clerics are those who revel in life and filth. The highest of clerics are those who forsake bathing and cleanliness, instead living in squalor with rats and slugs. These clerics can call upon the most powerful spells, allowing them to inflict entire cities with terrible plagues and infestations.
Clerics of Nika: True Sight and Warding Papers
Nika’s Clerics are bringers of justice, protection and mending. Thus standards placed upon them are high: each must be formally invested before calling upon her magic. The Order of Sight; commonly known as the White Robes, are the largest group of her priests in mortal lands: each bearing a greatsword and clad in simple well washed woollen garments. There is no rank within the clergy, although seniority is respected, as is accomplishment and skill at arms
The most well known power of Nika’s clergy is Truesight: those invested with the power of the Goddess of Justice can see things beyond mortal ken. Traces of magic left behind at a crime scene, shadows of deception in a mortal heart, the moment of a passionate crime. There is no firm ruling upon what can and cannot be seen by a trained White Robe; each member of the Order experiences the gift differently. None the less, many have begun to serve as semi-oracular figures in Klein and smaller human villages. Rumour persists that the Quintet, Nika’s first chosen priests, can look into the future.
A lesser known, but still vital power for Nika’s clergy, is their Warding magic. They can heal wounds, but often it is better to ensure those injuries were never delivered in the first place. By inscribing a carefully worded legal document upon a prepared prayer strip, a cleric of Nika can place an object under their protection. Swords will bounce away, fire will relent, and certain mystic horrors will be turned away ourtight. The strength of this magic is highly variable, but when faced with war on every front, it remains invaluable.