Deities / Empyreal Lords for an abolitionist?


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What beings that grant divine spells are most concerned with ending slavery? Gods and godlike beings are the area of lore I’m fuzziest on, and I’d like some help.

Liberty's Edge

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Milani

Liberty's Edge

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Also Cayden Cailean

Grandmother Spider

Kazutal

Ragdya

Liberty's Edge

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Ranginori and Arazni might help too.


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Cayden Cailean: CG god of freedom, alchohol, and bravery
Milani: CG Godess of Hope, devotion, and uprisings
Ssila'meshnik: CN Protean Lord of fate, freedom, and paradox.

of these, Cayden is most directly abolitionist; however, you could probably make most chaotic good deities work for this concept.


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Cayden Cailean is the god of freedom, so there's another one. The Empyreal Lord Lymnieris protects sex workers, and that very much includes getting trafficked workers safely out.

ETA: Ninja'd. Oh well. Fun fact: Lymnieris is LG but in 2E allows LG, NG, and CG clergy, so you absolutely could have a liberator of Lymnieris, and such a character would almost certainly be devoted to ending sex trafficking.

Silver Crusade

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Coming in late, everyone brought up the main ones I would suggest.

Fun fact: I have Milani's sacred symbol as a tattoo.


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Seconding Kazutal, who I'm a huge fan of, and proposing Arshea, who has the freedom domain and who has "comfort and free the repressed" as one of their edicts.


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A liberator of Chaldira could also be quite interesting. Primary edict is "seek out and challenge oppressors and tyrants, defend friends and the innocent". And as a halfling goddess, you can be sure she'd want to kick over Cheliax.


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Calistria probably has a large sect of Abolitionists as nothing breeds wanting revenge as being enslaved.

Desna would abhor slavery because it means a lack of freedom to travel.

Iomedae - basically the good of lawful goodness would probably see it as a twisted mockery of law and as evil as it gets so support slavery's destruction.

Torag would have it because it ruins families,

Erastil because it ruins community.

In fact all good deities probably hate slavery, most chaotic and neutral too.

Radiant Oath

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I just want to add Grandmother spider, who was once a servant/slave of the other gods, but rebelled.

From AoN wrote:
Anathema: abuse someone you have power over, harm someone who has given you sincere kindness, let a slight go unanswered, own a slave

I think I remember reading that Abadar was mildly anti-slavery. Like, he views slavery as a market impediment. He prefers indentured servants.


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I'm pretty sure Arshea would be on board with slavery going away.

Also pretty sure that the Dwarven Pantheon has a very dim view of slavery, since their estranged kin Droskar is very much the epitome of slavery god.


Rysky wrote:
Fun fact: I have Milani's sacred symbol as a tattoo.

Looks suspiciously like the democratic socialist (or even the plain vanilla socialist) symbol.


In addition to the above, Ragathiel is not strictly about liberating the enslaved but I don't doubt for a moment that he supports freeing slaves and offering them the chance to join the fold and become heroes who can kick more slavers in the teeth.

EDIT: fixed miswritten turn of phrase


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Dancing Wind wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Fun fact: I have Milani's sacred symbol as a tattoo.
Looks suspiciously like the democratic socialist (or even the plain vanilla socialist) symbol.

Nothing wrong with that :)


Calistria?


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There are some evil demigods that are opposed to slavery as well.

Anogetz, The Fated Fangs is a Daemon Harbringer of revolutions, coups and animal attacks. Definitely someone that could be interested in shattering an oppressive order (as long as the process of liberation is bloody enough)

Tarksun is especially interesting. He is a LE Asura Rana, with the liberation domain in 1E and both the freedom and revolution subdomains. His areas of concern are Anger, Dreams and the shattering of bonds. He is the perfect demigod to worship for a REALLY angry slave. I find the idea of a LE abolitionist incredibly interesting, and could give rise to some excellent characters and stories.


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Pretty much every deity with the Freedom domain could be anti slavery for one reason or another. Althought that reason might be tenuous at best for some of them.

Some of the neutral deities would be good depending on what specific part of "abolitionism" you are looking for. But some of those are also likely to support slavery if given good enough arguments. Ex: Gorum does not care as long as it starts a war. But Gozreh would be supportive since it ties in with protecting nature.


MindFl*yer98 wrote:
Tarksun is especially interesting. He is a LE Asura Rana, with the liberation domain in 1E and both the freedom and revolution subdomains. His areas of concern are Anger, Dreams and the shattering of bonds. He is the perfect demigod to worship for a REALLY angry slave. I find the idea of a LE abolitionist incredibly interesting, and could give rise to some excellent characters and stories.

...so basically Moash from the Stormlight Archive?


Ian G wrote:
MindFl*yer98 wrote:
Tarksun is especially interesting. He is a LE Asura Rana, with the liberation domain in 1E and both the freedom and revolution subdomains. His areas of concern are Anger, Dreams and the shattering of bonds. He is the perfect demigod to worship for a REALLY angry slave. I find the idea of a LE abolitionist incredibly interesting, and could give rise to some excellent characters and stories.
...so basically Moash from the Stormlight Archive?

I'm sorry, i have not read the stormlight archives, so i have no idea who that is. When i read that my mind went to the slave antagonist of The Sunbird by Wilbur Smith.


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MindFl*yer98 wrote:
Ian G wrote:
MindFl*yer98 wrote:
Tarksun is especially interesting. He is a LE Asura Rana, with the liberation domain in 1E and both the freedom and revolution subdomains. His areas of concern are Anger, Dreams and the shattering of bonds. He is the perfect demigod to worship for a REALLY angry slave. I find the idea of a LE abolitionist incredibly interesting, and could give rise to some excellent characters and stories.
...so basically Moash from the Stormlight Archive?
I'm sorry, i have not read the stormlight archives, so i have no idea who that is. When i read that my mind went to the slave antagonist of The Sunbird by Wilbur Smith.

Sorry, I'm obsessed with that series lol.

Long explanation follows, some fairly large spoilers to explain what the Hell I'm talking about so beware (non-spoiler advice at the bottom):

TL;DR: On a windswept rocky dump of a planet where dudes put on invincible magic power armor and fight with giant anime swords that cut through anything, people with mental health issues can get magic paladin powers from being good people and learning to overcome their mental health issues.

Spoiler:
Moash is a dude who's angry at the whole social caste of people that includes the King who let off the scumbag who got his grandparents thrown in prison on trumped-up charges where they died (it's complicated, the King, who was a prince at the time wanted to show mercy to the corrupt noble, his uncle said "this is a clear abuse of power and we need to punish this much more harshly than some petty thief", they called the King's dad who was King at the time and seems to have been a horrible person who emotionally abused his wife and kids, he said "let the noble off, he's got important family connections", the uncle acquiesced because he was drunk and hated himself for war crimes he committed years before and felt that the future King should be encouraged to show mercy so that he'd end up a better man than the uncle saw himself as, this mistake caused knock-on effects that ruined one of the protagonists' life and killed his brother, causing him to hate the upper caste too and nearly letting the arch-villain of the series win).

The difference between Moash and the protagonist is that in this setting, you have to be SUPER careful about letting even justified hatred metastasize, because there's an evil god of hatred lurking around looking to prey on you and twist you for having those kinds of feelings. The protagonist (who's Moash's close friend and immediate superior, who was personally betrayed by a different corrupt nobleman after the first one indirectly got the protagonist's brother killed) figures it out with the help of his magic spirit friend (think a magical girl's cute companion that lets her transform, except a shapeshifting spirit who can become an anime sword) and saves the King after he realizes that the uncle (who he deeply respects for a huge good deed the uncle did) is trying to protect the King like the protagonist was his brother.

It's a really dark story but really good. All the protagonists are messed up; Kaladin has PTSD and depression and SAD out the eyeballs, Shallan has PTSD and DID, Dalinar has massive PTSD from the last, worst war crime he committed while unknowingly high on a literal evil spirit's Evil Ragejuice, Adolin's father Dalinar is simultaneously neglectful, judgemental, and overbearing, and left Adolin to parent his disabled brother Renarin in a society that runs on toxic masculinity while Dalinar got drunk to drown his sorrows, Navani was emotionally and almost certainly physically abused by her late husband, who also manipulated his brother Dalinar something fierce which Dalinar hasn't come to terms with, Jasnah spent time in this world's nightmarish excuses for mental wards and has SOME kind of extreme beef with the nobleman who betrayed Kaladin (it's implied to be sexual violence since they were engaged to be married at the behest of Jasnah's father, but not confirmed as anything because that nobleman gets himself killed by Kaladin and his friends soon after and then Jasnah's too busy with her new job to care to explain irrelevant ancient history), Szeth is a walking trashfire of trauma and bad decisions made for honor, Nale (a bad guy but he's got hero of another story feel to me) spent millennia getting horribly tortured after making a decision he didn't want to make, abandoned his friend in a moment of weakness, and now has gone so crazy that he's helping a species largely in thrall to a nightmarish hate god that's waging a genocidal war for anti-imperialist reasons, Renarin grew up disabled in the land of toxic masculinity with only his neglected, parentified brother to protect him, and they both lost their mother at a young age, and NOW Renarin keeps getting babied by his dad right up until he shows off his superpowers at which point Dalinar starts neglecting and being a terrible father to Adolin again because Dalinar is a man with a comical degree of insecurities and projects them onto his sons--his sons being a man who WITHOUT THINKING threatens to start a civil war and blows off an important strategy meeting for the sake of a prostitute whose client beat her and refused to pay (Adolin straight-up walks the woman home and tells the first rando he sees "hey, go tell High Lord So-And-So who commands Big Army that I'm blowing off our meeting after nearly starting a civil war because I'm walking this woman home to make sure she's safe, will you?", because Adolin is the kind of man who calls out injustice the moment he sees it and is a committed and instinctive friend of the little guy, AND instinctively puts himself at risk for said little guy because he's a freaking Edgedancer down to his bones), and a sweet empathetic gay dork who's beloved by everybody who meets him for being a kind humble sweetheart who the lower castes feel safe around.

Strongly advise you to pick up the series, book 1 changed my life, book 2 nearly killed me because I walked across a green light in Manhattan while reading it on my Kindle, book 3 I couldn't finish at first because the emotions hit me so hard (amazing payoff at the end though), and Adolin and his spirit-sword's plot in book 4 had me in literal tears.

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