||Greater Deity (Divine Rank 18)|
Symbol: stacked coins
Alignment: Neutral Good
Portfolio: merchants, coinage, books
Worshippers: merchants, traders, students
Cleric Alignments: NG, TN, LG, LN
Domains: knowledge, luck, trickery, good, (magic)
Favored Weapon: heavy mace
Animal Totems: eagles, raccoons
Followers of Lul believe that knowledge is power, and that
money is just a means of keeping track of knowledge and power, both. The
church of Lul watches over merchants, caravans, and all who deal in trades and
knowledge. Followers keep records, to aid the church, and in return, the
church protects the secrets of its followers. Some followers of Lul, and
some sects of the church, consider magic to be another form of knowledge --
while most see some knowledge as not being worth knowing.
His statues depict a tall and lean man, with brooding eyes and close-cropped hair and beard. Wearing long flowing robes with wide sleeves and a hood pulled back, he gives viewers the impression of long travels. In one hand is always a thick tome
labeled "Andremos", meaning 'information' in the old Karatikan tongue. When painted, his hair is dark, and there are dark circles under his eyes, as though he hasn't slept in a long, long time. His robes are usually of a flowing teal that turns to purple closer to the ground.
Lul was actually a mortal man at the start of the Storm
Wars. Working as a sorcerer who dallied in the merchant trade, he made a considerable sum of money with wise investments, and poured the money into his research. As the war wore on, and he did what he could to support the war effort,
Agincoth came to him one night in a dream. The Goddess of Knowledge knew that she would die before the wars were over, whether Nathel won or not, and asked Lul to become one of her special priests, to research a way to defeat Nathel even after the fall of the goddess. Lul accepted the task out of duty more than love or adoration, and immediately became both a
sorcerer and a specialty priest of Agincoth. As the seasons ground on, Lul made considerable progress, finding the long lost blade known as Giran Howell,
the Godslayer. Giran Howell, also known as the Soul Rapist, provided Lul with a secret that would haunt him for the rest of his days as a mortal. Agincoth immediately promoted him to Disciple, and Lul used the weapon to slay one of Nathel's lieutenant's, the god of pain, Hyark. During the slaying of the god, Lul's knowledge of
(and power over) the weapon, infused him with a considerable portion of the god's powers, elevating him from Disciple to archon. In the ensuing chaos of newfound powers and mental agony, Giran Howell was lost, only to be found by the armies of
Lul, in his new form as archon, became a herald of Agincoth, privy to a great deal of her secrets. When Giran Howell struck against the north, in the hands of Simon Luminar, Lul helped to stem the tide of panic among the other gods and their followers. Once the wars were over, the archon had earned a considerable reputation among the other churches, and had earned the respect of the various leaders of the
Karatikan Alliance. Agincoth revealed her 'death' to Lul, and using Giran Howell, elevated him to the status of true god. To everyone else, it appeared as though Lul had merely accepted the portfolios of the goddess after her death -- at his hands. As the
Inquisition started up, the followers of Yatindar openly thanked Lul for killing the Goddess of Magic, even though many mages and
sorcerers still maintained their abilities. If any of the churches suspected anything, they kept it to themselves. Lul and his own Disciples and followers took over the work of Agincoth's clergy, and added several portfolios that had been neglected by the other gods, including merchants and mysteries. The Church of Lul grew in power during the Inquisition, as it ferried mages and
sorcerers away from the east and the Inquisitors, and helped merchants and traders grow in ability and wealth. During the
War of the Undead, the libraries of Lul proved invaluable repositories of information on the undead, and the various libraries served as last bastions in some beleaguered cities and towns.
The exact location of Lul's Relic has been kept such a secret that rumors continue to circulate to the effect that perhaps not even Lul's Chosen knows where it is. Supposedly, there are a number of clues scattered throughout the Book of Lul that give hints to where the Relic -- and a vast treasure -- lie. Many merchants while away their free time studying the various hints within the holy book, hoping one day to find the Relic of Lul, and the treasure that goes with it.
The clergy of Lul serve a two-fold purpose -- they act as librarians for repositories of knowledge, and they act as beneficiaries for merchants. The headquarters of the Church of Lul, based out of the Kranthagian Library in Karmen, houses the
Chosen and his Disciples. From there, they send messengers and books, special cargoes and secret scrolls, to all the other libraries. Each
library is divided into two portions; one portion, the general public can peruse for a small fee. The other portion, the priests will peruse for a larger fee. Since followers of Lul are expected to keep a diary, and turn it over to the church upon their deaths, these diaries are kept in the priest-only section of the libraries, known as the Covenants. Inside each Covenant, also work a great many scribes and thinkers that help to orchestrate the knowledge kept inside the holy libraries. The clergy helps the merchants by standardizing the coinage wherever they are, with proven scales and purities, and by acting as stock brokers and inside traders, as well as keepers of obscure trading facts.
Each acolyte is assumed to be a keen study of trade, a fair appraiser, and a font of obscure knowledge that might be related to turning a profit.
The church's secret agenda is to help the mages, and maintain their faith against the return of Agincoth. Only a select few know of this agenda, and they are referred to as the Eagle's Wings sect. As many secret or sensitive books and documents pass from library to
library, several spell books lie within the more important libraries, available only to mages and
sorcerers who know how to find them. The majority of the church's followers, merchants, guildsmen, traders, caravaners, and goodsmen, take the same view as their neighboring churches and faiths -- believing Agincoth dead, magic an evil of the Storm Wars, and Lul a hero for his murder of the Goddess of Magic.
All clerics of Lul automatically know the true value and nation of origin of any coin made of prescious metals held in their hand, even if that coin has been altered by magical means or recast with impurities. Coins that have been out of circulation for millennia, or were cast in the tiniest of serials in long-forgoten ages, are still known to the cleric -- though he may not be able to give the modern names of the coins origins or tell what the other impurities are in the coin if they are not precious metals.