Forgefather, Maker of Ways
God of Constructs, Contracts, Labor and Devotion
Worshippers: Craftsman, lawmakers, wizards
Domains: Artifice, Fire, Mind, Rune
Favored Weapon: Light hammer
Favored Animal: Scarlet spider
Favored Instrument: Hammer Dulcimer

There was a time, according to the Clockwork Chronicles, when Linium was a distant and uncaring god. This honesty of self-improving admonishment is typical of the Maker of Ways, who admits in his holy book that without his guidance, the people of a long-ago world grew profane and haughty, and challenged the gods themselves. That world died, and Linium, as well as other gods, knew the pain of failure. After a time of nothingness, Linium was brought to Porphyra in The Calling, and became the most dedicated of divine beings. His clergy work ceaselessly to ensure that the people know the peace and comfort that come from hard work and sacrifice, as well as the degradation and oblivion that come from rebellion. Some say that Linium walks the land in multiple guises, keeping a watchful eye on his worshippers and the great works that they have pledged to undertake. Once every decade, he takes the guise of an elderly blacksmith in order to establish a smithy in some remote location. He will work tirelessly for one year, and if he is well treated he will bless the community with wonderful creations that will guarantee a generation of prosperity. Those that treat the Forgefather poorly will find themselves taken into slavery, to work their lives away for no purpose.

Temples dedicated to Linium are filled with pungent incense smoke, and feature complex spider-web designs and mysterious sigils. The marble temples gleam with a brilliant light both day and night. Constant chants reverberate through the halls, glorifying the Forgefather. Every chamber of his holy places has a unique name that congregants must recite before entry. Linian priests wear white robes while in the temple and white features prominently in their casual dress. It is common to find the three orders of Linians traveling here and there on the endless errands of the church. The Anvils handle matters of artifice. The Hammers enact the purifying vengeance of Linium. The Forge maintains the overall authority of the church, sanctity of temples, and records the oaths and contracts enacted under authority of the church. Members of the congregation of Linium are typically artisans, lawmakers, and academics. Few free-spirited artists worship Linium due to his focus on order and formula over chaotic creative expression. The artificers of Linium, in annual devotion, create increasingly complicated machinery and devices in order to win the god’s favor. These competitions are fierce and quite often result in unique creations.

Spell Preparation Ritual
Priests must be able to focus in order to commune with the spirit of Linium. They burn incense, chant, and pray under the rising sun. If a travelling cleric cannot prepare spells under these conditions, they must expend one spell of their highest level to create a holy conduit, glowing with divine light, through which they may commune with the Maker of Ways.

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