The road not taken
Titles: The flame of freedom, the absent god
Ideals: Freedom, responsibility, individuality
Alignment: Chaotic neutral
Domains: Air, Fire, Liberation, Travel, Weather
Favored weapon: Longbow
The spiritual predecessor of Cornelius Crassus, the great explorer who discovered Svorinn, Asinius Atellus was the first man who championed the exploration of the nether seas. Initially an official in the imperial navy, his unconventional opinions earned him the scorn of the crown and eventually led to his marginalization. But Asinius did not give up: with just a handful of loyal men, the led an expedition from which he never returned. Asinius was forgotten and dismissed as a madman for many years, but his story was rediscovered when Cornelius returned with reports of a new land beyond the ocean. Mysteriously, the first settlers in Svorinn found the remains of hamlets that bared a striking semblance to those found in Demeria. This led colonizers to believe that Atellus had, in fact, succeeded in reaching Svorinn almost a century before Cornelius’ discovery. It was not long before Mergus the pilgrim, a self-proclaimed scholar of Asinius’ life, claimed to have found the explorer’s log, thus giving rise to numerous stories about Asinius’ epic journey. Mergus eventually went on to become the founder of the church of Asinius Atellus.
At the core of the church’s beliefs lies one core thesis: that life, since it lacks an apparent meaning, invites people to define their own destiny. While this conviction suggests that the meaning of life is, at best, an arbitrary thing, it also stresses that freedom and the balance between individuality and mutuality are the most interesting aspects of the lives of all sentient beings.