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Rampol

God of the Sun, Light, and Healing

Rampol is a god of the sun, healing, fertility and revitalization. He is a good and benevolent god and is married to Thaya. He has a special hatred for the undead as they remind him of his own death.

Rampol manifests as a bronzed smiling man with blonde hair and glowing sunlit eyes. He is usually garbed in white and only those with good in their hearts can look directly at him without being blinded. In battle, he wears archaic plate armor and wields a glowing mace.

Worship of Rampol is widespread and he is favored in most human lands. His priests are healers and farmers, statesmen and craftsmen. They promote peace, purity and goodness and have a special mission to rid the world of the undead

Sun Symbol of Rampol by Chris L

Rampol's Ascension

The myth of Rampol's ascension to godhood, the "Romance of the Sun & Moon", is a popular story among mortals. It is the subject of art, books, and songs throughout the millenia. His rise to godhood has inspired many young mortals to seek out a better life for themselves and their families.

Demigod, Warrior, Lover

Rampol is the son of Kotath Nar by a mortal woman. The woman died in childbirth and Kotath Nar gave the child to a widowed farmer to raise. The boy grew up beautiful and strong. He became a mighty warrior and was the general of his king’s armies. He often lay beneath the stars at night and Thaya, goddess of the moon, would come to him.

They were lovers until Rampol died in battle. Thaya grieved and looked for a way to bring him back.

The Moon Seeks Her Lover

She first went to her mother, Balatha, but Balatha was unable to help her. Next she went to Diben Maraud, then Mutarin and finally Molak, the death god. None of them were able to help her.

Son of Storms

Finally, in desperation, she sought out her lover’s forbidding father. She sought out Kotath Nar for a year and a day, and the moon did not appear in the skies while she searched. Eventually, she found the Storm God and discovered why none of the others had been able to help her.

After his death, Rampol’s soul was called to join Kotath Nar’s entourage of followers.

At first, Kotath Nar demanded that Thaya lie with him for a night before he would release Rampol. She refused and the sky remained moonless for another year as she grieved.

The New Sun

Upset by the moon’s absence, Diben Maraud, Mutarin and Balatha decided to intercede. Faced with his brother and sisters, Kotath Nar consented to releasing Rampol, but under one condition. His son was to become a god. The other three agreed and together they resurrected Rampol, elevated him to full godhood and gave him the sphere of the sun as his domain.

Sects of the Sun God

The Church of Sun & Moon has gathered together the disparate sects of the Sun God and the Moon Goddess under themselves. The Patriarch of the Sun has ultimate authority over the fractious members of the combined churches.

Despite the Church's supposed domination, the different Sun & Moon sects mostly do as they please and give lip service to the Patriarch in the City of Molndal. Rampol's worshippers venerate him in many different ways throughout the world. Three of the main sects are the Flame of Righteousness, The Source of Light & Life, and the Moon's Lover.

The Flame of Righteousness

Rampol's aspect as the "Flame of Righteousness' is popular among warriors, politicians, and young men. In this form, he wields a mace of solar fire, wears gold and white plate armor, and bears a shield of sunlight. He flies on four wings, two of white gold and two of solar flame. He rains down fire on the unworthy darkness and burns undead from the world.

Based in the Grand Duchy of Molndal, the "Faction of Flame" composes the warrior arm of the Church and is the leading sect of Rampol worshippers.

The Order of Light is organized under this sect. Although they are known for materialism and ambition, they have so far submitted to the spiritual commands of the Patriarch.

Rampol, the Flame of Righteousness by Chris L - Heroforge

The Source of Light & Life

Followers of his aspect as the "Source" focus on Rampol's life-giving light. In this version, his winged form depicted embedded in a living tree, Zernon's Eclipse. His skin is covered in bark and his hair is covered with flowers. He bears the orb of the sun in his hands as a guardian on the Crystal Sphere of Heaven. His sunlight causes plants to grow and drives away the darkness of evil and the shadows of ignorance.

This aspect of Rampol, sometimes called Apolaki, is popular in the Talin Islands where Barong, the Island of the Sun, is a major center of his worship. There they build enormous temples near volcanoes to reach up to his unblinking eye in the sky.

Rampol, the Source of Light and Life by Chris L - Heroforge

The Moon's Lover

Rampol's "Lover" aspect is almost as popular as the "Flame" aspect. The Lover is especially popular amongst young people and those who wish to have children. This version of Rampol carries a harp and a bow, stringed instruments of music and war, that represent his tie to his lost wife Thaya.

In Osiran, he is depicted with a scarab's wings, honoring the dung beetle. Like Rampol, the beetle constantly pushes a ball that symbolizes life, death, and rebirth. The lover also represents the fatherly version of Rampol and the many children that he had with Thaya and others. His aasimar descendants still live among the mortals of Erathia.

Rampol, the Moon's Lover by Chris L

The Wardens of Tambanakua

This mysterious cult of Wardens worship Rampol, but hide a dark purpose. They watch over the Tambanakua's Volcano, where the spider-like Celestial Glutton waits. The lava spider wishes to eat the sphere of the sun and these Wardens have been assigned the task of keeping her trapped and sated.

They do this by feeding the Tambanakua the aasimar descendents of Rampol's angel, Solara. A child of Rampol himself, Solara is trapped in luxury in the Warden's complex on the side of the volcano. Whenever one of his children shows signs of being an aasimar, that child is sacrificially fed to the Tambanakua on the next Summer Solstice to keep it sated. The kaiju spider has recently begun to stir because one of her meals, the cleric Lucius Solara, escaped decades ago. Now the Wardens fear that they spider might leave its lair to seek out its lost snack.

The Sun - Lucius Solara
The Sun by Chris L

Recent Events

Thaya died at the opening of the War Against the Far Realm and Rampol and his followers swore scorching vengeance on the invading abominations. He and his solar angels fought the Great Old Ones directly in the skes while the mortals of Erathia fought on the ground. The Far War ravaged the world for 25 years until the gods and their avatars made a sacrifice to end it. They dragged the invading Great Old Ones out of the crystal sphere surrounding the solar system and closed the Divine Gate behind them.

Rampol and the other gods withdrew from the world. Since then he has granted the prayers of his followers and continued to bless them. But with the Divine Gate closed, his ability to communicate directly and manfiest Avatars was gone.

Traditionaly, Rampol enjoyed the different types of worship given to his many names by cultures throughout the world. Without his direct guidance the Church of the Sun & Moon has slowly absorbed the rest of the Sun & Moon sects into itself.

Tito Apolaki

The warlock, Tito Apolaki claims to hear the voice of Rampol in his ear. He says that Rampol whispers to him and he has been known to turn up to give cryptic warnings to low level followers of the Sun God. The more powerful members of the church claim that "Tito Apo" is simply one of a number of madmen who claim to speak for the gods. But he says that they're the insane ones or under the influence of dark powers.

You think I'm crazy, I know I sound crazy! All I want is the three "F's"! I just want to eat food, go fishing, and to f... make friends! But the Sun! It whispers in my ear about wanting this and wanting that all the time! It want me to go talk to people! So what else can I do?!?

— Tito Apolaki

Rise of the Gluttons

With the recent increase in activity by the Celestial Gluttons, followers of the Sun and Moons have become increasingly concerned for the safety of the celestial bodies that they venerate. The group known as the "Pit Patrol Adventuring Company" was investigating the appearance of the Arimoanga in the Kirinal Concordance Zone. Their adventure took them out beyond the Heavenly Crystal Sphere that houses the worlds we know.

There in their battle with the Manticore King, they discovered the titanic skeleton dressed in Rampol's raiments and bearing his symbol. Once they had defeated the Manticore King and tamed the Arimoanga, they turned to the giant skeleton.

Zernon's Eclipse

The paladin Zernon felt that his was truly Rampol's corpse. He and his friends decided to put a "black acorn" that could raise the dead into the skeleton's mouth.

Vines crawled over the bones and connected them together. Bark formed skin and flowers became hair. Two small suns formed in the eye sockets and Rampol was reborn in his arboreal "Source of Life & Light" form. He named the tree "Zernon's Eclipse, in honor of the paladin who brought him back.

He told the Patrol that he had fallen in the final battle with the Far Realm, but as a god he retained some small awareness even after death. He remembers being happy with his wife before being called back to the realm he had already departed. He feels that he has some part to play in confronting the threat of the Gluttons.

The New Avatar of the Sun

Unsure of how things have changed on the world of Erathia, Rampol sent his four Archons to the world to gather knowledge for him. The Archons of the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Eclipse traveled the world. They visited the temples and congregations devoted to the Sun around the world. They noted the existence of the Wardens of Tambanakua and their watch over the Lava Spider.

When they spoke to Carl Malmström, Patriarch of the Sun they asked him what he, as the leader of the Church of Sun & Moon, saw as the greatest threat to the world. The surprised High priest revealed the existence of the cleric Lucius Solara and the fact that the Tambanakua hungered for him. The awakening Glutton was the greatest threat to the Sun that the Patriarch could think of.

The Archons brought Lucius and his friends to the Grove of the Rampol to stand before the great tree, Zernon's Eclipse. They put him to the question, "Is the world not worth the life of one aasimar?"

Eventually the Archons decided that Lucius should be given the chance to face the Lava Spider and decide his own destiny. While standing there, Lucius gave himself fully into the service of Rampol by consuming the Acorn of Change. He triggered the Ritual of Lunar Apotheosis and assumed the mantle of Avatar of Rampol.

Divine Domains

Life, Light

Divine Symbols & Sigils

Sun with eight rays

Holidays

Summer Solstice

Rampol

(rahm-pohl)

The Golden One, Lord of Light, the Healer

Intermediate Deity (14)

Symbol: Sun with seven rays

Alignment: Neutral Good

Portfolio: Sun, light, healing, fertility, life

Worshippers: Healers, commoners, rangers, bards

Cleric Alignments: CG, NG, N, LG, LN, CN

3E Domains: Good, Glory, Healing, Sun

5E Domains: Life, Light

Favored Weapon: Mace

Rampol's Followers

Alignment: Usually good, often lawful or neutral

Suggested Classes: Cleric, fighter, paladin, monk

Suggested Cleric Domains: Order, War

Suggested Backgrounds: Acolyte, folk hero, knight, noble, soldier

Divine Classification
Intermediate Deity
Religions
Alignment
Neutral Good
Church/Cult
Children
Gender
Male
Eyes
Golden
Hair
Long and blonde
Skin Tone/Pigmentation
Bronze
Height
6' 5"
Weight
225 lbs
Aligned Organization
Related Myths
Ruled Locations
Rampol 3E Statistics

3E Statistics

Rampol

Cleric 30/Fighter 10
Medium Outsider
Divine Rank: 14
Hit Dice: 20d8+220 (outsider) plus 30d8+330 (Cleric) plus 10d10+110 (Fighter) plus (1160 hp)
Initiative: +7 (+7 Dex)
Speed: 60 ft.
AC: 69 (+7 Dex, +14 divine, +27 natural, +11 deflection)
Attacks : +5 bane (undead) disruption ghost touch holy heavy mace, Melee: (+66/+61/+56/+51), Ranged: (+61/+56/+51/+46)
Damage : 
Face/Reach: 5 ft. by 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Domain powers, salient divine abilities, spell-like abilities.
Special Qualities: Divine immunities, DR 49/+4, fire resistance 34, spontaneous casting of divine spells, understand, speak, and read all languages and speak directly to all beings within 14 miles, remote communication, godly realm, teleport without error at will, plane shift at will, SR 46, divine aura (1400 ft., DC 35).
Saves : Fort +#, Ref +#, Will +#.
Abilities: Str 34, Dex 24, Con 33, Int 26, Wis 37, Cha 33
Skills : 
Feats:   Divine Immunities: Ability damage, ability drain, acid, banishment, cold, death effects, disease, disintegration, electricity, energy drain, imprisonment, mind-affecting effects, paralysis, poison, sleep, stunning, transmutation.
Salient Divine Abilities: Alter Reality, Alter Size, Area Divine Shield, Avatar, Banestrike (Undead), Divine Blast, Divine Fast Healing, Divine Inspiration (Courage), Divine Radiance, Divine Shield, Extra Energy Immunity (Fire), Gift of Life, Lay Quest, Life and Death, Mass Divine Blast, Possess Mortal, Rejuvenation
Domain Powers: You cast Good spells at +1 caster level. Turn undead with a +2 on turning check and +1d6 to turning damage. You cast Healing spells at +1 caster level. DR/day greater turning.
Spell-Like Abilities: Rampol uses these abilities as a 24-level caster. The save DCs are 35+spell level. Protection From Evil, Aid, Magic Circle against Evil, Holy Smite, Dispel Evil, Blade Barrier, Holy Word, Holy Aura, Summon Monster IX (good creatures) Disrupt Undead, Bless Weapon, Searing Light, Holy Smite, Holy Sword, Bolt of Glory, Sunbeam, Crown of Glory, Gate Cure Light Wounds, Cure Moderate Wounds, Cure Serious Wounds, Cure Critical Wounds, Healing Circle, Heal, Regenerate, Mass Heal, True Resurrection Endure Elements (cold or fire only), Heat Metal, Searing Light, Fire Shield, Flame Strike, Fire Seeds, Sunbeam, Sunburst, Prismatic Sphere  

Other Divine Powers

As an intermediate deity, Rampol automatically receives a die result of 20 on any check. He treats a 1 on a saving throw or attack roll normally and not as an automatic failure. He is immortal.   Senses: Rampol can see, hear, touch, and smell at a distance of 14 miles. As a standard action, he can perceive anything within 14 miles of his worshippers, holy sites, objects, or any location where one of his titles or names was spoken in the last hour. He can extend his senses to up to ten locations at once. He can block the sensing powers of deities of his rank or lower at up to two remote locations at once for 14 hours. Portfolio Sense: Rampol senses every dawn and dusk, every time a light is lit, and every act of healing the instant it happens and retains the sensation for 14 weeks after the event occurs.
Automatic Actions: Rampol can use Craft (glassmaking), Diplomacy, Heal, Knowledge (arcana), or Knowledge (religion) as a free action if the DC for the task is 25 or lower. He can perform up to ten such free actions each round.
Create Magic Items: Rampol can create any weapon or item that has the power to shed light or flame, as well as items with the power to heal as long as the item’s market price does not exceed 200,000 gp (any nonartifact).


Cover image: Rampol Header by Chris L
Character Portrait image: Rampol, God of the Sun by Chris L

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Sep 19, 2023 13:06 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

This is so good. I love the mythology and his different aspects, and I kind of want to slap his dad.

Sep 19, 2023 13:23 by Chris L

Thanks for reading this! This is definitely some of my oldest content that I'm editing and adding to. I very much appreciate you taking the time to look at it!


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Oct 31, 2023 00:14 by E. Christopher Clark

Here's a really strange thing to love about this article: it reminded me that maces are a thing and that I loved playing characters who wielded maces at some point in my teenage D&D career.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Oct 31, 2023 01:32 by Chris L

Now that is a takeaway! Thanks for reading these big chonkers!


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Mar 25, 2024 15:05 by Marjorie Ariel

The plot is different, but this story reminds of me of the story of Saule, Menulis, and Perkunas (the sun goddess, the moon god, and the thunder god) from Lithuanian mythology. The story of Tito Apolaki also reminds me of something my rabbi once said: that prophecy is now reserved for children and madmen. I particularly like the variety of roles Rampol's priests play.   Is the Pit Patrol Adventuring Company your D&D group?

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Mar 25, 2024 15:24 by Chris L

Thanks for reading this big lore dump article of mine! I'm not familiar with that myth, I'll have to go look it up!.   Yes, the Patrol is one of my D&D groups and their campaign has revolved around Rampol, which I've found is the quickest/best way for lore to get generated! I had to make up a bunch of this stuff on the spot and then document it months after the fact!


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