Under Feet of Clay
Neutral Good God
Other Names: Healer in Dreams, Serpentlord, Ophidian Physician, Hospitlar, Dreamwalker
Domains: Good, Healing, Rune, Scalykind, Water
Subdomains: Redemption, Restoration, Rivers, Wards, Venom
Favored Weapon: Quarterstaff
There are a great many tales of the Dreamwalker Asklepios visiting the wounded who rest at his temples or burn an offering of his favored incense overnight. He is a tall, thin god with no beard. Dressed in simple, blood-spattered robes of white, he walks with a great staff whose head has a pair of feathered wings sprouting from it. Hooded, little of the gods face above the chin is visible, but the twinkling eyes are sign enough for the faithful. With a knowledge of the body, its growth, decay, diseases, and cures, Asklepios heals the wounded with a touch and grants rest and respite to the wounded. Always with him are an entourage of serpents, his favored creatures. It is said that a serpent of Asklepios has a venom that, rather than harming, heals the wounded when bitten, and each serpent specializes in treating a separate malady.
Eschewing battle itself whenever possible, Asklepios is content to heal and protect. He has an affinity for rivers and wards, means of protecting from harm in addition to correcting it after the fact. Clerics, alchemists, and healers of all types maintain worship of Asklepios, who is the patron of all physicians. Temples of the Ophidian Physician are prominent in every settlement, particularly for their odd shape. While most temples are rectangular, the Houses of Healing are nearly round, as octagons. Rather than being open to the air, they are closed, and the faithful come to perform a rite called the Incubation, where they rest in the haze of incense, smoke, and water vapor near a statue of the god in hopes he will visit their dreams and bring healing and rest. Clerics of Asklepios mark themselves with a red stripe over white robes, and carry a quarterstaff with carved serpents intertwined on the surface of the wood, which is usually ash.