Under Feet of Clay
Chaotic Neutral God
Other Names: King of the Gods, The Thunderer, Just Ruler, Mighty Storm
Domains: Chaos, Glory, Liberation, Nobility, Weather
Subdomains: Freedom, Heroism, Leadership, Storm, Whimsy
Favored Weapon: Spear
Firstborn of Grandfather Time, Xiphios is the king of the gods, ruler of the heavens, wielder of the thunderbolt, and judge of fate. He appears as a mighty, golden-skinned human with a great white beard and wide, muscled form. Since taking the throne, he has refused to take sides in conflict, but any cursing his name fears the retribution of the lightning for wounding his pride. Full of wrath and pride and lust and honor, Xiphios has been known to descend from his throne to walk among mortals. Often he takes the appearance* an old man in a brown cloak, a bull, or a swan. There are many stories of the King of the Gods siring Aasimar and heroes, and of his wife Aedai’s persecution of these illegitimate children. With a reputation as a philanderer with endless sexual appetites, countless mortals claim heritage from their heavenly king.
In every city, sacrifices of oxen, birds, sheep, and wine are burned multiple times each day in great columned temples with statues of the enthroned Thunderer. His priests dress in royal purples and golds, with scepters and spears to show their authority. Statues of the Mighty Storm in battle, hoisting a thunderbolt, are common in barracks and homes, while the enthroned visage of the Just Ruler adorn the halls of judges. As the source of the authority of the government in every city, his wrath is proclaimed against the criminal. However, the careful reader knows that Xiphios himself does not adhere to laws, merely punishes mortals who do not. Some believe this originates in his fear that a new generation will overthrow him just as he overthrew the previous generations.
* Note that theological clerics will insist that Xiphios and any other gods who walk among mortals do not change their forms, but merely take on the guise of another appearance. To change their shape would make them no different than the Titans and other Primordials, which is unacceptable belief.