I'm back! Though I don't have a ton of time tonight (I'm going to try to go to bed a bit early to catch up on sleep), but here's a little bit of bit of lore I have yet to find a good place for:
The name of The Seabound Seven is a reference to a tradition of burial at sea practiced by the various halfling paramilitary organizations of the Edenlark Forest. It isn't a universal practice, but rather a ceremonial recognition of the passing of a notable individual. Think a cross between a medal of honor and a state funeral.
The traditional opening words of the ceremony: "the time has come for honor to be brought to account" are the inverse of what gets screamed at initiates in their bootcamps: "you'll have time for honor when you're dead."
The ceremony is in part a settling of accounts. Grievances are aired and mediated, debts and favors owed are settled or passed on to new recipients as appropriate. It is a lengthy and thorough examination of the life they are gathered to honor, even those parts which are uncomfortable. This period of reflection ends with a formal set of policy recommendations from the bereaved, the rest of the funeral-goers acting as witness.
To circle back, The Seabound Seven is in part a an arrogant boast, laying claim to an honor not theirs to bestow. Yet at the same time it is recognition that they know their service will end in death, a promise to meet the injustices of the world with unflinching courage until they have no more to give.
OK cool, thanks! I'm thinking of playing a cleric of the Theocracy. The main option for deities is Torag but are other deities worshipped there?
Rough idea I'm developing: Seasoned veteran who carries his stories and scars but still finds purpose and hope in the fight. Fights on horseback with a Lance and rallies his comrades to the standard with tales of past deeds.
Mechanically, a human evangelist cleric with the flagbearer feat. Flag attached to his lance.