Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG
Valkur: The Mighty, Captain of the Waves (Faerunian Demigod)
Cloud with three lightning bolts on a shield
Home Plane: Warrior's Rest
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Portfolio: Sailors, ships, favorable winds,
Worshipers: Fighters, rogues, sailors
CG, CN, NG
Domains: Air, Chaos, Good, Ocean, Protection
"The Captain's Cutlass" (cutlass)
alkur (val-kurr) can pilot any sailing craft in any conditions, and
he never shies away from a challenge. His moods are as mercurial as the
weather, but he is always incredibly loyal to his crew. He is usually
jolly, always lucky, emphasizes his points by shaking his fist in the
air, and has a great belly laugh. Valkur never holds a grudge, but when
angered, his voice cracks like rolling thunder. Valkur epitomizes the
daring sea captain who can sail his ship through anything the Deities of
Fury can unleash.
The church of Valkur is only loosely organized, with
clergy members coming together in worship only when serving on the same
ship or in a port at the same time. Some clerics of Valkur captain
sailing ships that sail the length of the Sword Coast or across the Sea
of Fallen Stars. Most serve as officers on some ship or other. Few
clerics of Valkur serve on pirate ships, but many enjoy serving their
homelands as privateers. While in port, Valkur's clerics provide care
and small amounts of monetary support to sailors down on their luck and
to families whose chief breadwinner has been lost at sea. Other clerics
run shipyards or administer fleets of merchant ships. Valkur's clerics
are also fond of contributing to (if not totally sponsoring) seaborne
exploration and long-distance trading expeditions because of the
challenges and opportunities they present.
Clerics of Valkur pray for
their spells at around dawn, whenever the first hint of a breeze begins
to stir. The church of Vlakur celebrates only one holy day per year: The
Shattering is always held in early spring, but the exact date varies
from year to year. The festival is held to mark the end of winter and
the beginning of the sailing season in the North and is celebrated even
in the South where the winter ice does not block or trouble ocean
travel. Valkur is said to communicate to his High Captains the exact
date of the festival each year, and it often varies from city to city.
The Shattering is marked by the unfurling of many new sails throughout
the port districts of coastal cities and the christening of at least one
new ship that then departs for its maiden voyage crewed by Valkur's
clergy. Valkur's clergy regularly perform over a dozen separate
ceremonies in the course of their duties. Most of these rituals are
related to ships and voyages, including ceremonies at a ship's
christening, before departing on a voyage, when arriving at a new port,
and when returning to the home port, among others. Many clerics
multiclass as divine champions, fighters, or rogues.
HISTORY/RELATIONSHIPS: Valkur is the sworn foe of the Deities of Fury
and looks to Selune to guide him across the oceans and seas of Faerun.
He may have once been a sea captain from Mintarn who dared challenge
Umberlee and won. The Red Knight, and through her Tempus, is trying to
persuade Valkur to take more of an interest in the disposition of naval
conflicts, but he feels his primary responsibilities lie in the
protection of sailors.
DOGMA: There is nothing more invigorating than challenging the
elements. The feel of wind and spray on one's face and the deck pitching
beneath one's feet is the greatest feeling in the world. If humankind is
to expand its reach, daring men and women must defy the odds and dare
the impossible. The thrill of exploration is sweeter than wine or rum.
There is always risk, but without risk life is empty. Life is to be
lived and damn the consequences. One's loyalties are first to one's
mates, then to one's ship, and then to Valkur, who protects all sailors.
Rely not on Valkur's hand to always extract you from difficulties, for
such is coddling and leads to a lack of challenge and the room to grow.
Rather, Valkur helps those actively solving their own problems by
helping their plans work.