Under Feet of Clay
Lawful Neutral Sage
Other Names: Sage of Seas
Domains: Community, Law, Protection, Travel, Water
Subdomains: Cooperation, Loyalty, Ocean, Solitude, Trade
Favored Weapon: Sea Knife
Bias learned from the Tablet set by the Fire Thief the secrets of crafting sea-faring vessels, how to hunt fish, and how to watch the tides. Always a reclusive individual, Bias spoke little to his awakened followers, instead teaching them the ways of life on the seas by quiet example. When he did speak, it was in cryptic proverbs, none more famous that the folk wisdom, “Do not speak fast, for that shows folly.” By the sweat of his back, his fledgling city was given a boat for every family, to be crewed for the good of all. His citizens learned their lessons well, becoming self-sufficient on the seas quickly, but learning the distance from other cities made for a lonely life. When his people withdrew into sorrow, Bias taught them to make ports and docks, and they began to make trade with other settlements. Never the juggernaut of the merchant’s ways like the denizens of Solonos, a hearty soul from Biasophoros is always welcomed to sell their fish, and buyers know they will earn a fair bargain for their loyalty to the fishermen from the north. Finally, the Sage of Seas built for himself a vessel, and sailed alone to the East, to know what foreign lands bordered his people. He never returned, but joined the gods above.
Every port in Calopius has a few quiet, stoic sailors form the north, marked by their curling beards and dark eyes. Despite their grim demeanors, they are fiercely loyal and protective of the docks they call home for the night. Many sailors from Biasophoros have undertaken entry vows as an adherent of Bias, learning the ways of his orders, and a few have taken his ways to heart, taking vows of silence and becoming full clerics of his silent guidance. These unspeaking wardens of the waves guide ships safely home in isolated towers that shed light over rocky coasts.