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|Areas of Influence:||The world in general, primarily that which is evil and destructive|
|Symbol:||A black gauntlet clenched in a fist, flanked by two skulls|
|Clergy:||Bloodknights (clerics), Reapers (antipaladins)|
|Great Temple:||Citadel of Blood and Iron (Ulthia)|
|Domains:||Darkness, Death, Destruction, Evil, Strength, War|
The Dark Court is a church that consists of four of the Divine Host's evil deities: Azakhar, Mallora, Mordalis, and Savia. Unlike the Triumvirate of Light or the Dyad of Order however, the Court is not a union of equals, but a collection of the conquered. Azakhar commands this group with the other three subject to his will.
The four deities of the Court had their own faiths years ago, but during the Divinity War, many gods were weakened due to losses among their followers and assets. Azakhar, true to form as conqueror and tyrant, took advantage of this, and he seized the dominions of many less powerful deities and bade them to serve as his vassals. Many resisted (including Jhadara's sister Yaasila) and were subsequently destroyed; a handful of others chose submission and survived, becoming part of Azakhar's church.
The Dark Court is relatively popular due to Azakhar's penchant to give power to his faithful and the stability which his church engenders. Though this stability is rife with corruption and injustice, for many it is preferable to the lawlessness and danger of anarchy and the wilderness.
It should come as no surprise that intrigue and strife run rampant in this church. The conquered deities resent their servitude and the clergy sympathetic to them are always looking for ways to undermine the power of the other gods - either to increase the strength and influence of their deity or to undermine Azakhar's power in the hopes of freeing them.
The members of the Court are:
Symbols and Associations: The colors black and red; vultures, rams; iron, onyx, rubies; blackthorn (incense), hawthorn (wood), belladonna; roses, skulls; the number five
Holy Days: Moondays when Ralos is new are holy to the church. The Winter Solstice (Deepwinter 16th) is the holiest day of the year for the Court's faithful. On this day, at midnight, each cult holds a dark ceremony, which includes profane rites, dark petitions, and the sacrifice of five intelligent beings to Azakhar and his servitors (five being a number sacred to the religion). Of almost equal importance is Springsebb 30th, known as Reaping Night. It is a night of unbridled slaughter and mayhem.
Essence of the Faith: Reject cowardice and discipline those who do not. Fear and despair are formidable weapons: use them as you would a blade or bow. Defy and defile the other religions. Slay those that resist, enslave those that submit. Display your devotion with regular sacrifice. Punish those who have wronged you.