The Celestial Bull

Symbol: A bull’s head
Home Plane: Arcadia
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Portfolio: Order, war, strength, masculine fertility, fatherhood
Worshipers: Turos, soldiers, law enforcement officials, military leaders, fathers
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, LE
Domains: Law, Balance, Competition, Strength, Force
Favored Weapon: Greataxe

When the turos first rose to power, Taurus and Hathor were their first Emperor and Empress, semidivine beings in their own right, with great wisdom and strength and unity of purpose. Their actions combined brought about the law-inspired order which allowed their communities to thrive. And when they drew near to death, the gods elevated these first, best specimens of the turos, and they achieved true divinity. Taurus appears as a massive, incredibly-muscled Grand Turos male with long, sharp horns, blood red fur and fierce red eyes that flash with divine fury when his ire is aroused.

Taurus is the stern judge, the proud patriarch, and the conquering general. He is Hathor’s counterpart, and keeps her forgiving, yielding nature from growing too weak, keeping her firm in the face of adversity, even as she calms his savage heart and keeps him from doing more damage than good. Devotees of the Celestial Bull revere strength and order, and military might. Order is regarded as one of the greatest goals in maintaining a healthy community, and so it is held in higher esteem than good and evil, so long as the stability of the community is retained. Good is usually preferred, because of its long term benefits, but harsh martial law is seen as an occasional necessary evil in the face of greater dangers.

The clergy of Taurus are mostly male, though there is a substantial female minority among his clerics. These priests are very often warriors, tacticians, city planners and police as well as serving the will of their god. They are easily identified by a red sash worn around their middles, as well as often going around in full armor, ready for a conflict and any time. Taurus and Hathor never have temples apart from each other, as they are both parts of a greater whole, each completing the other, male and female, war and peace, justice and mercy. Whether in their greatest temples or lowliest household shrines, the two deities are always worshiped side by side. Their temples are made to serve as military hospitals and defended fortresses in times of war, and are places of healing and food storage in times of peace.

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