Ways of the Seven
“Glorious Disk of Blinding Benevolence, Shimmering Lord of Scorching Wrath, Shining Sky-Father of All Good Things, to you all praise is given, to you all praise is given.”
-Utaybat chant of supplication
Pelor is the Neutral Good god of the sun. He is worshiped mostly by the fanatical theocracy of the Utaybat and by a smattering of people in the Valuan Empire, most of them descendants of Utaybat raiders, although worship of him there is considered distasteful.
Pelor, known to the Utaybat as Allāt or Al-Lāt, is said to have one-hundred-and-one names, most of them abstract and metaphorical references to his dual roles as a god of nurturing warmth and burning retribution.
While other gods are commonly ascribed a physical form, Utaybat clerics insist that Pelor’s form cannot and must not be described or depicted by mortals, so great is his perfection. The circle, in reference to the disk of the sun, is their favored visual representation of Pelor, and circles and spheres feature prominently in Utaybat art and architecture.
Pelor’s commandments vary greatly between the fanatical Utaybat, the moderate Bediyat, and other worshipers elsewhere, and arguments over the best way to worship Pelor is cause for seemingly neverending bloodshed between the two desert societies. To the Utaybat, Pelor is the source of all prosperity and the only divine entity in the universe; Utaybat deny the gods of Valua and all other gods as falsely worshiped demons or monsters. Utaybat religious law stipulates that devotion to Pelor, as represented by prayer at dawn, noon, and dusk, is mandatory, and impiousness is typically punished with corporal punishment of some sort. Blasphemy is a capital offense and is traditionally punished by crucifixion. In exchange for absolute devotion, Utaybat clerics promise the faithful salvation in the afterlife and a blessed earthly existence. It is said that the sun does not burn the faithful of Pelor, only caresses them with nurturing warmth.
The Bediyat, from which the Utaybat are descended, continue to follow their traditional animist religion, in which Pelor takes a prominent but not exclusive place as a divine entity. To the Bediyat, Pelor is first among the desert spirits and the father of many supernatural desert-dwellers. He created the djinni as a servitor race, but they rebelled against him and no longer follow his commands. He is worshiped dualistically alongside the moon spirit, Sîn. The similarity between this moon spirit and the Valuan moon goddess Sehanine is cause for speculation.