Finis ~ God of Death and The Underworld
Symbol – The Skeletal Hand
Summary: Finis is a former god of destruction turned god of death and underworld as penance for his previous transgressions. He is worshipped and portrayed as a sickly old man, with skeletal figures and exposed bones. Most of his worshippers, clerics and paladins are undertakers, keepers of the dead, and doctors. It is taught in their tenants to not only revere death but to not fear it. Most hate the undead with a passion as unnatural life is an affront to Finis.. There is a small shrine to Finis found in any settlement as to make sure that the dead are well taken care of on their way to the Underworld. Depicted in stories as a soft-spoken and caring god, his gift to mortals is a fair judgement in the Underworld.Click here to Read More
The Church of Finis
The Church of Finis has a history stretching back years upon years. Most nations never interfere with the workings of the church less they invoke the ire of the god of death. Small shrines to him are normally found in every village or town in most settlements as they believe it’ll protect their spirits on their way to the afterlife, so that they do not come back as evil or vengeful spirits. It is known that Finis was once a god of destruction, and felt so sorrowful for what he had done that he created the afterlife/underworld.
Most cultures worship Finis in this exact way, as it has been done for years, however some cultures worship him in a different light such as the Orcs of the Caravan, who do not believe that Finis carries them off to the afterlife, but that they become one with the cycle of nature, and rejoin the planet to be reborn again.
Description of Church/Clergy: His clergy tends to serve multiple roles in a community where they live or serve in a temple for. A lot of the clergy serve as doctors, as preserving life is as important as respecting and revering death. They also serve as morticians and grave keepers, keeping close guard over the dead during burial ceremonies, and after. Many children are born in temples of Finis with clergy, and new life is celebrated. Armed clergy members of Finis are known to hunt down the undead and protect life at all costs, these members are called the Fateguard, and High Priests of Finis are called Keepers of the Shroud.
Celebrate life because it is fleeting and to be cherished. However death is not meant to be feared, but embraced.
Honor the memory of the dead, they are at peace through Finis’ hands.
Those who take no breath and deny death must be stopped.
I have taken more lives than one can count, all are capable of redemption.
Sins of Finis include but are not limited to:
– Perverting death to undeath.
– Sending someone to the afterlife without the ‘Oath of Finis’
Rituals of Finis:
The Removal is the first part of the death ritual in which the corpses are honored by their memories and those who cared for them, and a higher ranking member of the Church of Finis draws the lasting breaths out of the person to ensure their full passing to the afterlife. It is believed that Finis himself breathes life into newborn children. Most believe this to be a joyous occasion, as it is ensurance that the person passes on, and does not linger.
The Return is the second part of the death ritual in which they are placed in a shroud and buried. Bodies are not embalmed in most societies, so that they can decay and the natural portions of their body can return to nature, to be reclaimed by Solace.