The Tale of Four Mercenaries
Master of Masters
Deity of history, knowledge, and self-perfection
Domains: Healing, Knowledge, Law, Rune, Strength
Favored Weapon: Unarmed strike
Centers of Worship: Most of Yoshori
The followers of Irori claim that he was once a mortal who achieved absolute physical and mental perfection, and thus attained divinity. While many Avistani of the Inner Sea are wary of his strict adherents, the disciplined regimen of the Master of Masters is gaining popularity among those who seek order in these troubled times. There is a minor rivalry between his faith and that of Cayden Cailean, Iomedae, and Norgorber, for unlike them he became a god without the help of a magical artifact. Irori is very rarely depicted in art because his faithful believe that any icon of him cannot hope to live up to his perfect image. Instead, they describe him as a flawless Vudrani man, with no hair save a long braid, simple robes, and wooden sandals.
Irori’s priests have no formal garb other than a long rope of braided hair tied in a loop and worn about the neck like a necklace. Temples are usually sprawling complexes featuring rooms for prayer, sleep, and exercise, where his faithful study and train night and day in an endless quest to achieve perfection and purify their ki, or lifeforce. Those who rise to the rank of master are said to go to Irori’s side when they die, to serve him forever, while those who fail are reincarnated to begin the journey anew. The temples are not generally open to the public. His holy text is Unbinding the Fetters, a lengthy tome describing physical exercises, meditation, diet, and other methods to transcend the limitations of the mortal form.
Many of Irori’s followers are monks, men and women who have dedicated their lifestyles to simplicity and purity in order to perfect their bodies. Yet there are others who focus instead upon the secrets of the mind, turning their focus inwards to perfect their very thoughts. Although more common in Vudra, psionic worshipers of Irori are not unknown in the Inner Sea region. Most react to such individuals with wonder and awe, and in some nations (notably Cheliax), spellcasters react to the similar yet alien powers these devotees possess with a mixture of jealousy and fear that swiftly leads to persecution. As a result, most psionic followers of Irori avoid using their powers in public except in the most dire of circumstances when little other option is available.