God of the sun and summer, Pelor is the keeper of time. He supports those in need and opposes all that is evil. As the lord of agriculture and the bountiful harvest, he is the deity most commonly worshiped by ordinary humans, and his priests are well received wherever they go. Paladins and rangers are found among his worshipers. He directs his followers thus:
1.Alleviate suffering wherever you find it.
2.Bring Pelor’s light into places of darkness, showing kindness, mercy, and compassion.
3.Be watchful against evil.
The sun is the source of light, warmth, and life, and all living creatures embody some degree of its energy. If you embrace that light and make it part of yourself, you can use it to illuminate the dark corners of the world, where evil and death lurk.
Known on the Material Plane as the Shining Light, the Church of Pelor is one of the most altruistic and welcoming of the established religions. The primary goal of Pelor’s church is to ensure the well-being of its members, as well as all the people who live in the vicinity of its temples. Often a temple to Pelor functions both as a center of spirituality and a place of sanctuary. Followers of Pelor believe that protecting those who cannot protect themselves is one of their deity’s most important values, and they go out of their way to help the needy in his name. The church, though not warlike, builds many remote temples in the style of small fortresses to defend nearby residents in the event of attack.
The Shining Light considers all living beings to be manifestations of Pelor’s light, and its members welcome all equally. Undead, however, are abominations in the sight of the Shining One—the antithesis of light, life, and warmth, and incapable of redemption. Therefore, members of Pelor’s church seek out and destroy these creatures of negative energy without hesitation.
Clerics of the Shining Light preach that the cycle of light and darkness is Pelor’s way of sparing the world. If the sun burned both day and night, all living creatures would be consumed by the god’s holy radiance. Thus, each day begins cool in the morning and warms as it progresses. The holiest of times is the afternoon, when Pelor is closest to the world and his divinity is most clear.
The Shining One is almost universally respected, if not worshiped, on the surface of the earth, but is reviled in the dark places beneath the ground. The church views the wild and lightless Underdark as an unholy place, despite the fact that many good-aligned races call it home. The church sends many “missionaries” to bring Pelor’s shining wisdom to the underbelly of the world. Though such campaigns seem noble to most surface dwellers, they usually involve wielding a heavy mace in one hand and Pelor’s holy fire in the other.