Gods of Telduria
The Drunken Hero
God of bravery, ale, freedom, and wine
Domains: Freedom, Luck, Travel
Cayden Cailean is one of the Ascended, a once-mortal warrior who took the Test of the Starstone on a drunken dare and woke up a god. The purification of the Starstone didn’t change his fundamental character, and as a deity, he remains much as he was as a mortal: a brash, brave fighter whose primary desire is to chart his own destiny. He’s legendarily fond of drink, but he’s not a drunk—his libations are those of the merry and brave, not those who drink to forget or as an excuse to abuse others.
When you worship Cayden Cailean, it’s almost always in a casual fashion, and most of your fellow believers are casual about it as well. That suits his purposes just fine—as long as he’s your only god. Many patrons of taverns and inns invoke his name for a toast without any thought behind it, but these are only barely his followers. His is a loose and informal religion. If you truly believe and live in the message of the god, you want to support individuals through community action, teaching self-reliance, and supporting those who help others without being forced to do so. You want to protect the weak from the injustice of the strong, and show people what pleasures life has to offer without taking advantage of others.
The worst taboo in Caydenite culture is restricting others’ freedom through force. While this doesn’t mean a worshiper has a problem locking up evildoers or those who abuse others, enslaving the innocent is the worst sin the faith recognizes. Beyond this basic commandment, however, Caydenites aren’t big on telling others how to live.