Bellok

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Bellok

Prince of Terror, Lord of Strife Bellok
Symbol: Crossed axes
Portfolio: Battle, feuds, fear, domination, envy, tyranny
Domains: Law, Evil, Strength, Terror, War, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “Fury” (greataxe)

Bellok (bel-lok) is the god of war, strife, competition and hatred. Prior to ascension, he was the most powerful war chief during the war of rage. He now claims the title of patron god of war and inspires warriors to be savage in their attacks, merciless in their conquests, and fearless in their defeats. Contention is his companion, for in contention the weak are enslaved and the strong rewarded. Bellok is believed to destroy the herds of any tribe that grows too soft, leaving them with no choice but to raid their enemies in order to survive. Bellok is a dark god, and fosters unceasing contention through hate, anger, and jealously among his faithful.

Bellok’s worshippers include any willing to use murder, torture, and other horrid deeds as a means to an end: the control of others through strength and fear. Champions of Bellok test their battle skills constantly, usually against far inferior opponents. The hour of dawn is holy to Bellok, for it is at dawn that most battles take place. The most important ceremonies are those performed to bring the favor of Bellok in battle. Immediately prior to battle, faithful of Bellok will ritually slay a kidnapped enemy warrior by cutting out his heart and devouring it. If such a victim is unavailable, they will attempt to cut out the heart of the first foe that they face. This ritual is considered to be one of the most sacred to Bellok, and among some tribes each warrior will attempt to do this, regardless of the personal danger.

Dogma: Terror is power. Power is for the strong. The weak hide behind paper agreements, seeking compromise over victory. The strong dictate everything and compromise nothing. Destroy or be destroyed; win or die; conquer or perish. Trust no one. Loyalty cannot be earned; it can only be coerced through fear. Answer every insult with blood; when you lose face, you lose power. Any who oppose you must be utterly destroyed; with each demonstration of your mastery you bind more tightly those beneath you.

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Bellok

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