Domains: Light, Life
Estus is the god of the hearth, the harvest, and of healing, the Humble Father. He takes joy in the nurturing of life and the shaping of the land, taking Coeden’s raw power and guiding it into the bounty that feeds civilization. Of all gods, Estus is perhaps the most loved by the common folk, and it is to him that daily prayers are said for sustenance, safety, and prosperity. His clerics often serve as centers of the community, performing marriages and blessing crops while serving as the healers and apothecaries of the village.
Estus’ symbol is a sheaf of wheat (or other important crop where wheat does not grow). He is usually portrayed as a simple farmer, wearing a long tunic and belt. Sometimes he is shown carrying a scythe. His color is the brown of the earth.
Estus is often viewed, truthfully or not, as a simple god who cares little for the politics of the gods. He is unambiguously good, but he welcomes all who build and farm, whether they are human, elf, or even orc, so long as they do not shed the blood of other peaceful people. Villages who lose his favor can quickly fall into famine and hardship.
Estus is rare to bless his followers who take up arms. He wants to see men build and grow, not burn and destroy. When Estus’ ire is awakened by the bloodthirsty who prey upon the peaceful, his anger is implacable. Bedovara will come to his aid.
As Estus is a pillar of community life, he is also seen as the god of healing. His shrines usually double as clinics and childbirth is considered part of his domain. During a birth, wheat chaff is spread under and around the birthing bed to invoke Estus’ blessing and attention. Similarly, wheat chaff is often sprinkled on the hearth of a home to invoke his protection and care. His festival is celebrated at harvest time with bonfires, towers of laterns, games, and animal-shaped cakes, and marriages; it is the highlight of many a rural village.
Due to the their roles as pillars of the community, particularly in rural areas, the priesthood of Estus is perhaps the most widespread and respected in Cendra. They prize hard work and humility, dressing as their flock does for their daily work and wearing only Estus’ holy symbol to mark their station. They are generally referred to as ‘Shepherd’ as a sign of their rank. As they are not adventurers and rarely leave their villages, the priests are Estus are not powerful wielders of divine magic. In dire circumstances however, they have been known to defend their villages viciously; a famous tale is told of a priestess named Novia who battled a rabid band of gnolls for two days, summoning a firestorm and ultimately only dying when she had choked the life from the gnoll’s leader with her own hands. Estus also has his own paladins who seek to carry his peaceful message; in game terms, these are paladins who follow the Oath of Redemption. The redeemers carry staves adorned with a sheaf of wheat or a length of brown cloth.