Bedovara

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Bedovara is the Goddess of Justice and Retribution, the Iron Hammer, the Red Hand of Vengeance, She Who Knows. She is also sometimes referred to as the Red Sister, due to her relationship with Iluvitar. Bedovara knows the deeds wrought by men both good and evil, and strives to condemn the wicked to their just reward while upholding the good. This is not to say that Bedovara is necessarily a lawful deity; justice for torture-loving king who is beyond the law might involve a poison that painfully rots the belly. Bedovara cares only that justice is done and cares naught if the justice is brutal. Indeed, brutal crimes require brutal punishment, and if it cannot be done within the law, then so be it. Bedovara is not bloodthirsty or callous but she is an implacable force in pursuit of retribution.

In an unjust world, Bedovara is a popular god, especially amongst the lower classes. In higher classes, Bedovara is given praise but little real devotion; after all, it’s hard to publicly deride the Goddess of Justice. Bedovara is also perhaps the most misunderstood god and much bloody vengeance is taken in her name beyond the bounds of correct justice. Her name is often invoked as a warning, based on the belief that she sees and knows all evil deeds, and to scare misbehaving children. Oftentimes, she is mentioned in the end of treaties and legal contracts: ‘It is so agreed in the eyes of the Sisters’.

Bedovara is usually represented as a heavily armored knight, her face obscured by a full helm, carrying a two-handed warhammer. She is sometimes called the Iron Goddess or the Iron Hammer.

Her cult often takes the form of wandering priest errants, each serving Bedovara in their own way. One might travel as an armored warrior, crushing bandits and monsters who have wronged the citizenry, while another might operate as a merchant, sabotaging those who are dishonest in their dealings with him. This itinerant lifestyle means that the priesthood is loosely organized and temples to Bedovara are almost always paired with those of her sister, Iluvitar, the goddess of Law. The relationship with Iluvitar’s servants isn’t always easy but it endures. A priest of Iluvitar sees a Bedovarite as something of a necessary evil, a frequent partner who can occasionally be…unleashed…on those the law cannot touch.

Each Bedovarite keeps a meticulous log of those he has brought to justice, and how. Invariably, the book is bound in leather, colored a deep red. The maintenance of this holy book is how the priest communes with Bedovara; he can feel Bedovar’s approving presence with each pen stroke. The larger the book, the greater its holy power as it becomes a physical manifestation of Justice and the power of Bedovara. Some priests will wear this book on their person; all wear it as part of their formal vestments.

Bedovara

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