Contest of Wills
The Loyal Fury
Torm (pronounced TORM), or The Loyal Fury, is the god of law and a lawful good greater deity whose portfolio consists of duty, loyalty, and righteousness. His symbol is a gauntlet, much like the symbol of the slain Helm, though specifically Torm’s symbol is a right-hand gauntlet held upright with palm forward.Worshipers
Torm’s worshipers consist of those who favor the cause of both Good and Law. Righteousness, honesty, loyalty and truth are their primary pursuits. In the Post-Spellplague world, which is more dangerous and darker than ever, they shine as beacons of hope and courage.
- Order of the Golden Lion Edit
High Cleric Barriltar Bhandraddon serves as Torm’s pontiff and rules from the magnificent Temple of Torm’s Coming in Tantras. From this place, the pontiff has extended Torm’s reach and worship by sponsoring continent-wide knightly orders, including the prestigious Order of the Golden Lion.
Members of the Order of the Golden Lion, known as Tormtar, guard temples of deities whose worshipers the Tormish had persecuted during the Time of Troubles. This act of aiding other goodly faiths is called the Penance of Duty.
Along with the Penance of Duty, the Tormtar must also fulfill the Debt of Dereliction (the act of expending every resource possible to eliminate cults of Cyric and Bane), and the Debt of Destruction (the act of locating and recording areas of dead/wild magic and repairing the Weave). As the Order was created during the renaissance of Torm’s church, it has enjoyed a notable diversity in regard to the skills (classes) and races of its Tormtar.
Eye of Justice Edit
This order based in Westgate is considered heretical by many Tormites. The Order worships a form of Torm they refer to as the “Threefold God” which they believe to be a combination of Torm and the dead gods Tyr and Helm. Members of this sect have no pity or fear and often use tactics some would consider questionable. The Order attracts outcasts from other orders as well as people seeking redemption for evil acts.
Girded Healers Edit
Members of this order worship both Torm and Ilmater. The primary purpose of this order is to heal those touched by war.
Torm had a friendship with Helm prior to the latter’s death in 1384 DR, though the two deities’ priesthoods were cold to one another. Torm has many enemies amongst the foul deities, but the return of his arch nemesis Bane has forced Torm to concentrate his efforts again.
It’s well known that he and the Red Knight are fond of one another, but whether the two are friends or lovers is something the duo keep to themselves.
Torm was one of the three deities of similar interests known as the Triad, along with Ilmater and Tyr. It was often said by common-folk that Torm was the weakest of the three in his subservient role, but the role he played was of true importance: he acted as the nexus that holds the three together. Torm tempered Tyr’s zeal for justice with his gifts of mercy and humility.
Salvation may be found through service. Every failure of duty diminishes Torm and every success adds to his luster. Strive to maintain law and order. Obey your masters with alert judgment and anticipation. Stand ever alert against corruption. Strike quickly and forcefully against rot in the hearts of mortals. Bring painful, quick death to traitors. Question unjust laws by suggesting improvement or alternatives, not additional laws. Your fourfold duties are to faith, family, masters, and all good beings of Faerûn.
Prior to the Time of Troubles Torm was a minor demipower. Torm gained considerable attention and praise during the Godswar when his faithful helped keep one of the missing Tablets of Fate safe, and his own avatar battled and completely destroyed the avatar of Bane outside Tantras, (on Eleasias 13), seemingly killing the god who has already been weakened by Mystra and her servant Elminster. Torm died in the conflict too, but because of his loyalty to his portfolio was resurrected by the overdeity Ao at the end of the Time of Troubles, with his power greatly increased.
Destruction of Bane’s avatar
During the time of troubles, Torm defeated the avatar of Bane. He knew he did not have enough power to do this, so he chose to absorb the souls of his worshipers in Tantras, knowing that they would be instantly killed. The transferring of souls was done voluntarily and took thousands of lives, but Torm chose to spare children aged 14 and below. These individuals became known as the Martyr’s Progeny.