Lathander (pronounced lah-THAN-der), whose title is The Morninglord, is the neutral good aspect of Amaunator, worshiped in earlier days as a deity of creativity, dawn, renewal, birth, athletics, spring, self-perfection, vitality and youth. He favors those who dispel the undead and blesses those who plant new life. Lathander is also the god called upon to bless birth and fertility related ceremonies.

Novices in the Lathanderian faith are called the Awakened while clerics are known as Dawnbringers. The full priests take a new name in his service when they are ready to signify that Lathander has personally recognized and accepted them. This new name can either be used instead of their old name or simply used only when addressing other Dawnbringers and when in solitary prayer. Other titles include (in ascending order): Dawngreeter, Dawnlord, High Dawnlord and Dawnmaster while an elite cleric is referred to as a Morninglord. All followers are required to be of neutral to good alignment.

All of Lathander’s clergy respect art, liberty, nature and culture, promote betterment of oneself and strive to bring hope to their followers and others. Many of these followers work in various creative arts. They are intolerant of evil, especially undead and inaction that causes evil to prosper. Most ceremonies of Lathander are held at dawn and actions and contracts agreed to at sunrise are said to be blessed by him. Funerals, among his followers, are held at dusk, and followed by a wake that lasts until dawn.

Lathander (Morninglord)
Greater Power of Elysium, NG
Portfolio: Spring, dawn, birth, renewal
Requirements: Charisma 12
Wisdom 14
Weapons Allowed: All non-edged bludgeoning weapons
Armor Allowed: Plate mail and shield
Major Spheres: All, Astral, Charm, Creation, Elemental, Healing, Plant, Sun, Weather
Minor Spheres: Combat, Divination, Guardian
Magical Items: Same as clerics

Granted Powers
• Specialty priests of Lathander turn undead at four levels higher than their listed level, if that undead is affected by direct sunlight. Intelligent undead such as vampires know about Lathander priests and will either avoid direct conflict or act to remove their threat as quickly as possible.
• At 3rd level, the specialty priest of Lathander may cast faerie fire once per day.
• Specialty priests of Lathander gain a +2 base bonus when using the following proficiencies: appraising, artistic ability, juggling, musical instrument, and pottery. A specialty priest does not gain these proficiencies automatically, but does gain the +2 bonus when using them. Additional nonweapon proficiency slots devoted to these proficiencies increases the proficiency score normally.

Other Notes – Specialty priests of Lathander call themselves the Morninglords, and there are rumors of a secret society with that name consisting entirely of specialty priests of this god. The clerics of Lathander call both themselves and their specialty brethren the Dawn Priests, ignoring any difference. Only about 30% of the organized priesthood is specialty priests, the remainder being clerics. A larger number of the adventuring priests who are in service of the Morninglord are specialty priests. Each priest, regardless of rank or experience level, is considered the master of the temple, shrine, or parish he is responsible for.

Priests of Lathander dress in bright, long-sleeved robes of yellow, red, and pink. Those priests with their own temples have their robes trimmed with ornately crafted gold ribbons. A sunburst headpiece, worn toward the back of the head to appear as a rising sun or radiant sunpeacock, completes the ceremonial garb. Adventuring clerics usually wear more utilitarian garb, but prefer reds and yellows, to the point of tinting their armor those shades. As may be surmised, most ceremonies of Lathander are held at dawn. Actions taken and contracts agreed to at dawn are considered blessed by the god. Funerals are held at dusk, followed by a wake that lasts until dawn.

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