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Each god or goddess of Dalaya holds a unique set of values and virtues which might loosely be referred to as religion. In most cases, the player may freely choose a patron deity from the Dalayan pantheon according to personal preference.
Most Dalayan deities can be sworn to via the Gods and Mortals quest. The exceptions are Gorzenath, Master of Fire in Azzerach, the Forsaken Realm and Malath; non-Paladin Taldorians are born into worship of the latter and thus comprise his only followers across all of Dalaya. Paladins and Shadowknights, due to the steadfast moral underpinnings of these classes, also come with pre-selected deities. They begin their adventure already pledged to Althuna and Marlow, respectively.
All other class and race combinations may pick a patron deity by trekking to the Island of Voices in the far western region of the Sea of Swords, where an array of ambassadors, or Voices, from each religion may be consulted. Pantheistic worship of all deities is represented by The Divine Light, though this will leave the player without a patron deity. Lastly, irreligion, or the Pariah lifestyle, is also a legitimate option among Dalayans and represents outright rejection of any and all worship of the Dalayan pantheon.
|Deity||Plane||Deity description||Alignment||Alignment||Augment Quest||Holy Day|
|Gradalsh||Plane of Entropy||Destructive, entropic||Chaotic||Evil||A Plague for All Seasons||October 20th|
|Tarhyl||Tower of Tarhyl||Dominating, violent||Chaotic||Evil||Flames of Vengeance and Strife||June 1st|
|Sivyana||Towers of Agony||Vengeful, sadistic||Neutral||Evil||Prisoners for Sivyana||May 19th|
|Marlow||Plane of Nightmare||Manipulator, controller||Lawful||Evil||Daymare into Night||December 24th|
|Shojar||Azmaen, Heart of Frost||Schemer, warlord||Lawful||Evil||Shojar's Necklace and Augment||December 1st|
|Enthann||Plane of Valor||Martial, self-improving||Chaotic||Neutral||Enthann's Necklace and Augment||February 9th|
|Shiritri||Tasinath, Land of Bliss||Whimiscal, emotional||Chaotic||Neutral||Shiritri's Necklace and Augment||March 1st|
|Sihala||Plane of Earth||Balancing, systematic||Lawful||Neutral||Instincts and Intentions||September 1st|
|Malath||Haegra Malath||Orderly, conservative||Lawful||Neutral||Malath's Necklace and Augment||April 3rd|
|Tarhansar||Caverns of the Deep One||Defender, impulsive||Chaotic||Good||Tides of Blood||April 28th|
|Jayla||The Grand Library||Builder, rational||Neutral||Good||The High Price of Knowledge||August 7th|
|Althuna||City of Mercy||Healer, just||Lawful||Good||Roses of Judgement||July 12th|
|Theology||Plane||Deity description||Alignment||Alignment||Augment Quest||Holy Day|
|The Divine Light||None||Worship of the pantheon as a whole||n/a||n/a||None||January 15th|
|Pariah||None||Rejection of all deities||n/a||n/a||The Faith of a Godless Man||November 9th|
Benefits & Restrictions
Players sworn to The Divine Light or The Pariah will incur a set +15% bonus to their Specializations; they are not bound to adhere to any set Alignment. Those sworn to a singular deity may incur between -20% and +20% bonus, depending on how closely their Alignment matches that of their patron deity.
Followers of a specific deity will also be given the means to teleport at any time to that deity's home plane via a Gate Neck, such as an Amulet of Althuna. Some planes offer convenient amenities for the follower, ranging from a banker to a portal that leads back to mainland Dalaya. Many deities also offer exclusive quests that yield deity augments of varying strength.
Deities have impeccable memories. If the player kills a creature protected by a deity prior to settling on a faith, the deity in question will reject that player forever and will not under any circumstances admit him or her as a follower. For example, if a Dwarven Warrior takes part in a raid on Shiritri's home plane, Shiritri will mark the Dwarf as a traitor forevermore; the Voice of Shiritri on the Island of Voices and all creatures under the goddess's protection will treat the Dwarf with hostility from then on.
A player sworn to a certain faith can neither harm nor loot NPCs of that faith and will be unable to lend any aid whatsoever, including buffs, heals, and resurrections, to anyone currently fighting NPCs of that faith.
Factions of the Heartland
You will be able to join any faction group, even if your character's alignment is in opposition to the alignment of the faction you are attempting to join. Factions have quests that can be an excellent way to boost alignment with your deity, if chosen appropriately.
|Council of Innovation||GOOD|
|Order of the Blackscale||EVIL|
|Silver Crown Trading Company||LAWFUL|
When sworn to the Divine Light or as a Pariah, you will gain a 15% flat bonus to all your specializations. When sworn to a different deity, you will gain a bonus or penalty depending on how in sync your alignment is with that of your deity - if your deity is LAWFUL EVIL, the more lawful and evil points you rack up, the bigger the bonus and the more good and chaotic points you rack up, the bigger the penalty. Paladins, Shadowknights and Taldorians are not in any way special here - their bonuses and penalties work exactly like those of any other worshiper of their pre-chosen deities. This bonus/penalty is between +20 to -20% for all gods of any alignment. However the neutral part matters much less than the non-neutral part does. This is to prevent people from getting a 10%+ bonus right out the door by pledging before they have any real alignment.
If you are completely neutral and completely good and your god is Jayla, then you get:
- 5% spec for NEUTRAL
- 15% spec for GOOD
If you were completely lawful and completely good and had Althuna:
- 10% spec for LAWFUL
- 10% spec for GOOD
As long as your alignment is NEUTRAL in the area where your god wants you to be NEUTRAL, you will always get the +5% bonus even if you are close to EVIL/GOOD or CHAOTIC/LAWFUL as long as you don't tip over into those areas.
"Completely" means +100 towards either side, not that you only have good or evil points. If you have 150 good and 50 evil points you are +100 to good and "completely" aligned.
The max is 65535; anything more than that and you'd roll over to 0.