Agrik

The Emperor of Flame; Immortal Warlord of Balgashang; Lord of the Four Horsemen; Master of the V’hir; Breeder of Plague, Squalor and Decay; The Reasonless Reaper; Tyrant of the Foul Chamber; He Who Knows the Ten Thousand Ways.

Agrik is the Hârnic god of war; the breeder of violence for its own sake. He is the principal deity for warriors who enjoy the dark side of war: rapine, pillage, cruelty and destruction.

Agrik is most commonly portrayed as a mighty humanoid figure shrouded in crimson flame, with leathery, scalloped wings, razor sharp claws and cloven hooves. Two claws were severed from his left hand by the goddess Larani in the legendary Duel of Khamar – Agrik will never forgive this indignity.

Agrik is one of the greatest warriors of the Gods of Hârn, although known for his unchivalrous methods. His favourite weapons are Gashang, a flaming mace capable of inflicting “the myriad voices of pain”; Sycanus, the ichor-dripping sickle with which he cuts the hearts and souls of men from their bodies; and Armanh, a great whip which strikes the ground with the sound of thunder.

Those from eastern Hârn have relatively little exposure to this dark charch. The primary Kingdoms of the eastern half of the island; Melderyn, Chybisa, and Kaldor primarily worship Larani and Peoni. Worship of Agrik and the other dark gods is punishable by death, but banishment is the most common penalty unless the worship is paired with other crimes. Even in Orbaal, which sees little love for Peoni or Larani, the worship of Agrik is uncommon. The Ivinians to the north in Orbaal worship their own war god, the gray, sea god Sarajin and have resisted the clerics of Agrik to spread the faith in the northern lands. However, one keep in Orbaal, Quimen, was seized from its Jarin lords by a vicious female fighting order known as the Order of the Crimson Dancer some twenty years ago and now serves as their base.

In western Hârn the church and its various sects and fighting orders have more influence. The church is an important political force in Rethem, where it is very nearly the state religion. In the Thardic Republic it is also lawful and enjoys a great deal of status. Only in embattled Kanday, a chivalric kingdom which also follows Larani and Peoni, is the church outlawed. Indeed, in Kanday a near constant border skirmish wages between the Laranian Order of the Checkered Shield and the Agrikan Order of the Copper Hook.

Although the various sects and fighting orders have different symbols and regalia, the colors black, red and orange seem to dominate, as well as the symbol of flaming mace, sickle, and whip.

Agrik

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