The Twilight of Man
Yunus, the Divine Sacrifice: God of Sacrifice, Martyrdom, Preservation, Protection of the Weak
Symbol: A pair of bull’s horns encircled by a bloody garland.
Ethos: Neutral good.
Sacred Places: Sacrificial altars, the front lines of a battle, the sites of heroic last stands.
Worshippers: Paladins, monks, martyrs, noble protectors and guardians, slaves, serfs, orphans, the oppressed, the poor, the vulnerable, those unable to protect themselves, those who face inevitable death for a noble cause.
Favored Weapon: Bastard sword.
Favored Colors: White, blood red.
Yunus’s preferred form is that of a radiant black and white bull strung with garlands and bedecked with gold jewelry and other trinkets. His stature is imposing, but not threatening, and he is usually accompanied by an aura of soft white light. Yunus is the protector of the weak and is invoked both by those who cannot defend themselves and by those who are prepared to give their life to save another’s, usually in their final moments. Yunus is an extremely popular god especially amongst the peasant classes of mankind, and small shrines and festivals in his honor are common and frequent.
Yunus is the son of Laza and Patos, and was first known by mankind during the later stages of the Great Enslavement as he galloped forth from settlement to settlement offering himself for the slaughter so that weary mankind could eat of his meat and regain their forces. After each sacrifice the gleaming white bull was mystically reborn before disappearing over the horizon to continue his journey. He has no consorts, but all mankind are said to be his children as his sacrificial blood runs through all.
As champion of the defenseless, Yunus teaches selflessness, bravery, charity, and sacrifice. He opposes tyranny, exploitation, but also inaction, which is seen as one of the gravest sins in his church. Yunus favors the brave and good-hearted and encourages his followers to always take a stand for what is right, no matter what the odds of victory might seem. Indeed, some of the most revered Yunusites are those who gave their lives to protect another even in the face of impossible odds. Many of the god’s most important shrines have been erected at the sites of these noble martyrdoms and warriors often visit these places before battle to receive the courage-endowing blessing of the god of sacrifice.
Clergy and Temples
Clergy of Yunus are fairly frequent amongst mankind and tend to come predominantly from the lower classes. While some priests administer Yunus’s temples and look after any shrines in the surrounding area, many have no fixed residence and prefer to travel from village to village (mirroring their god’s holy journey), offering aid wherever it is needed. That aid may be in the form of finding food and shelter for a starving orphan or taking up arms in the defense of a besieged settlement. In any event, the greatest honor for a wandering priest of Yunus is to die in the service of another. Autoflagellation is a fairly common practice among the priests of Yunus, especially when worshiping on the god’s holy days.
Temples of Yunus can be found throughout human civilization but are rarely, if ever, lavish affairs. Temples are generally oriented towards west, as the sunset is a sacred time of day to Yunus. Temple architecture is simple, favoring plain white surfaces and solid, flowing forms—thick pilasters and wide cupolas are common. Interiors may be decorated with simple fresco-style painting of the god or of scenes from the lives of his most revered followers but are quite often left white. The central point of Yunusite temples are their massive altars, which are generally heaped with offerings left by the faithful ranging from garlands of flowers to votive sculptures to small coins or objects in gold or other precious materials.
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