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The Even-Handed, Grimjaws, the Maimed God, the Blind Overlord, the Wounded One, the Just God

Greater Power of the Seven Heavens and Gladsheim, LG

PORTFOLIO: Justice
ALIASES: Anachtyr (Calimshan)
DOMAIN NAME: Lunia/The Court and Ysgard/Asgard
SUPERIOR: None
ALLIES: Ilmater, Torm, Lathander
FOES: Mask, Talos, Bane (now dead), Bhaal (now dead), Cyric, Talona
SYMBOL: A balanced set of scales set upon the head of an upright war hammer
WOR. ALIGN.: LG, NG, LN

When he is depicted in religious art, Tyr (TEER) appears as a noble warrior missing his right hand, lost to Kezef the Chaos Hound in proving his resilience and strength of spirit. In recent years, he has been shown blinded as well, a fatality of the wrath of Ao during the Time of Troubles. Tyr's symbol shows his nature: justice through benevolent force and armed vigilance. He opposes all beings who deal in trickery, rule-breaking, and unjust destruction or misdeeds. He is said to be a latecomer among the powers of Faerûn, appearing over a millennium ago but after most other Realms powers had established themselves. His faith is popular, as everyone knows exactly what Tyr expects his faithful to do and everyone can trust Tyrrans to be honorable, honest, just, and righteous.

Tyr is rather enigmatic to those outside his faith. He represents such stern justice that it is difficult to see the more subtle qualities of the god. He is a courageous father figure to his faithful and struggles continually to achieve for his follows a paradisiacal state of affairs in Faerûn that he knows will never come in an imperfect world. In his more affectionate moods, he sometimes refers to his abode in Lunia as the Just House, and one senses from him at times an odd sort of longing to want to be able to deal with troubles as one could among a perfect family: with love, courage, and the knowledge that everyone will try their best and not betray their fellows because of a special bond that all share. Unfortunately, he also knows that this will never happen, and so emits a undercurrent of stern sadness for what can never be. He is terribly protective of his priesthood, and because of this, he is more likely to manifest in some form to aid them than many other powers.

Torm and Ilmater serve Tyr, and the three deities are sometimes called the Triad.

Other Manifestations

To denote his favor or the occurrence of important deeds, decisions, or utterances, Tyr frequently manifests as the echoing stroke of a gong, accompanied by an exultant wordless chord sung by unseen male voices. Tyr also shows his will through the image of an upright, glowing war hammer accompanied by telekinesis effects that demonstrate the god's intent and feelings. The hammer may also move, point, strike, or emit spells to further the will of Tyr. In addition, Tyr sometimes acts through extremely obedient, intelligent, large, and well-groomed war dogs that appear out of nowhere.

The Church

CLERGY: Specialty priests
CLERGY'S ALIGN.: LG
TURN UNDEAD: SP: Yes
CMND. UNDEAD: SP: No

All specialty priests of Tyr receive religion (Faerûnian) as a bonus nonweapon proficiency.

While some paladins preferring a straight black-and-white choice revere Tyr, he is most popular with the bureaucrats, judges, and merchants who make the entire system move efficiently. Worshipers of Tyr see the world in clear-cut moral terms; they like to see Faerûn firmly cleansed and ordered by laws that are evenly and diligently applied. They are not very tolerant of other world views and do not find parody, mockery, or even questions about their faith amusing. Tyr survives very well in the civilized world, and most of his temples are in larger cities. He is also worshiped on the Rock of Bral, rumored to be one of the Tears of Selûne.

Tyr had no specialty priests for over 10 yeras after the Time of Troubles. Sages theorize that he wished to favor none of his clergy members over the others. Recently, all clerics of Tyr received a stern vision from their god in which he stated that he had seen that other faiths were mocking the hard way of justice with their divinely granted special favors and that the Tyrran church had served nobly and struggled valiantly against the weight of such odds. In reward for their perseverance under such conditions, Tyr declared that henceforth all clergy of Tyr would have special powers to aid them in their enforcement of justice. All priests of Tyr are therefore specialty priests after the Feast of the Moon in 1369 DR.

The Church of Tyr is a highly organized, formal priesthood that maintains internal rules and a system of fortified temples. At Tyrran temples, the faithful can find lodging, fresh mounts, healing, spell aid, weapons, gear, and holy advice. If a worshiper or priest knows that she or he has stinted in service to the Just One, confession and penance are also available. Level titles used by the clergy in recent years, in order of ascending rank, are: Acolyte of Laws, Solemn Brother/Sister, Lawkeeper, Sword of Tyr, Hammer of Tyr, Vigilant Watcher, Just Captain, Avenger, Master Avenger, Abbot, High Lord Abbot, High Avenger, Knight Commander, Hammer Lord, Defender of Justice, and Keeper of the Balance. Maverick titles are few indeed, as this is a closely regulated priesthood.

Dogma: Novices of Tyr are charged to "Reveal the truth, punish the guilty, right the wrong, and be always true and just in your actions." Tyr and his followers are devoted to the cause of justice, to the righting of wrongs and the deliverance of just vengeance. This is not necessarily equality or fairness, as some make the maimed god out to represent, but rather the discovery of truth and the punishment of the guilty. Tyrrans tend to be stiff-necked about theology and to see matters in black and white terms.

Clergy of Tyr are sworn to uphold the law wherever they go, and to punish those wronged under the law. They are to keep complete records of their own rulings, deeds, and decisions. Through these records, a priest's errors can be corrected, his or her grasp of the laws of all lands can grow and flourish, and lawbreakers can be identified by others. No known injustice done by a Tyrran priest must go unbalanced. Priests of Tyr should also always be vigilant in their observations and anticipations, seeking to see what forces and which beings intend or will cause injustices and threaten law and order in the future. They should then act to prevent such challenges in justice in coming to pass. In short: Abide by the laws, and let no others break them. Mete out punishment where lawbreaking occurs.

Day-to-Day Activities: Priests of Tyr serve as judge, jury, and executioner in wilderness areas where there is no law but that of the sword. When doing so, their code cleaves fairly close to "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," but does adhere to common trade custom leavened by "the mercy of ignorance." This last means that if a being is truly ignorant of the proper behavior, minor transgressions can be forgiven once with a warning, an explanation of the proper law—and a record of the warning being written down in the priest's Book of Lawgiving for later distribution to other Tyrrans so that the particular being will not be forgiven a second time.

In civilized areas, Tyrrans (inevitably called "tyrants" behind their backs by nonbelievers) become legal experts and serve as the lawyers of Faerûn by dispensing advice and "speaking for" accused persons in trials. The fees they charge go to the Church of Tyr.

Tyrrans often go about lecturing others on their shortcomings as to following laws, rules, and regulations, but they also serve to fearlessly take complaints about such formalities to the authorities who make such rules. No Tyrran will enforce a law that contradicts other laws or can be shown to be unjust. Note the concern is not that it is unfair, but unjust—defined in the Tyrran church as out of compliance with the principles and definitions adhered to by other laws in the body of legal doctrine of which it is a part. Priests of Tyr also have the duty of delivering just vengeance as punishment on the part of those who cannot do it themselves. Tyrrans undertake formal missions to do this, making promises to those to be avenged and forcing open confrontations with those the vengeance is to be visited upon, rather than working behind the scenes or employing intrigue.

Holy Days/Important Ceremonies: The priesthood of Tyr follows a monthly cycle of high rituals, beginning with Seeing Justice on the first day of each month, the Maiming on the thirteenth day of the month, and the Blinding on the twenty-second day of each month. These major rituals involve chanted prayers, thunderously sung hymns to the god, and conjured illusions: a gigantic war hammer that glows blinding white hanging over the heads of the congregation at Seeing Justice; at the Maiming, a gigantic right hand that bursts into view above the congregation surrounded by a nimbus of burning blood, then tumbles away into darkness and fades from view; and two eyes that burst into fountains of flaming tears until they have entirely spilled away and are gone at the Blinding. Early in the ceremony of the Blinding, symbolic blindfolds of diaphanous damask are bound over the eyes of the celebrants by clergy to remind the worshipers of Tyr's blindness.

In addition to the high rituals, Tyrrans celebrate daily rituals of prayer to the god, which take the form of a sung invocation, a series of responsive prayers led by a senior cleric, a short sermon of instruction or reading of wisdom from the Sacred Judgments of Tyr, and a rousing closing anthem. In temples and abbeys dedicated to the god, such rituals are celebrated every two hours around the clock, with the most important offices taking place at dawn, highsun (noon), the equivalent of six o'clock, and the equivalent of none o'clock. The dawn ritual, The Awakening, is a gentle, uplifting renewal of faith. The noonday ritual, the Hammer at Highsun, is a stirring, exultant expression of the church's vigilance and martial might. The evenfeast ritual, High Justice, is a stern, proud celebration of Tyr's commandments and the church's purpose. The evening ritual, the Remembrance of the Just Fallen, is a haunting, softly chanted reverence for those who have laid down their lives for justice, both inside and outside the faith—a ritual of quiet dignity and respect that always leaves many witnesses, even those who do not follow Tyr, in tears.

Major Centers of Worship: The Fortress Faithful in Tethyr, south of Zazesspur, is probably the most important temple of Tyr at the moment, as clergy of the Just God are converging on it to help restore law and order to war-torn Tethyr. They work in large, well-armed patrols sent out of the castle-abbey.

More holy, older, and supreme in the well-ordered hierarchy of the church of Tyr, however, is the House of Tyr's Hand in Milvarune, in Thesk. The House is the home of the Just Knights, heavy cavalry whose gleaming armor and lowered lances are the last sights many an invading warrior of Thay has seen. Some sages have called this superb army "the Simbul's least likely yet staunchest allies" because of their efficiency in hurling back Thayan armies over the years.

Also of note is the one known Tyrran temple in Realmspace not on the surface of Abeir-Toril. The Tyrran church on Bral (one of the Tears of Selûne) is known as the Pantheist Temple of Tyr. Its clergy and ceremonies conform to the standards of the Torilian faith, but its priests worship Tyr as a warrior god as well as one of justice. They consider Tyr the patron of all good warriors. Pantheistic priests of Tyr recognize any lawful good deity of justice or war as an avatar of their deity and often gain access to spells in many crystal spheres that do not know Tyr by that name. As a deity of justice, Tyr is not very popular in Bral, which is known as a pirate haven. The priests of the temple feel obligated to take on crime and injustice wherever they find it, and this as led to several small, crusading wars. Priests of Tyr and lawful good warriors from any crystal sphere find a warm welcome at the Pantheistic Temple of Tyr, although they may have a hard time adjusting to the idea promoted here that Tyr goes by different names in different places.

Affiliated Orders: The church of Tyr has many affiliated knightly orders. Individual temples often have special orders or companies attached to them or supported by them, such as the Just Knights of the House of Tyr's Hand in Milvarune, mentioned above. Two church-sponsored orders of paladins are the Knights of Holy Judgment and the Knights of the Merciful Sword. The first order tends to attract those who emphasize the "lawful" in their alignment, and the second the "good." Knights from either order may join an elite order of paladins (of 7th or greater experience level) known as the Hammers of Grimjaws.

To join the Hammers, a paladin must be nominated by a member of the Hammers, and his or her nomination must be seconded by a senior priest of Tyr. If both these requirements are met, she or he must stand vigil in the holy sanctuary of a temple of Tyr all night. If the paladin is judged worthy by Tyr, Tyr sends the paladin a vision of his war hammer. If no vision appears, the paladin is deemed yet too inexperienced, but not a failure, and may be nominated again after some time has passed. If Tyr sends a vision of his sword, the paladin has knowingly or unknowingly failed Tyr in some way and must immediately complete a quest to atone. If the quest is completed, Tyr is pleased and forgives, and the knight is admitted into the Hammers. There is no quitting a quest under these conditions; either the paladin succeeds or dies trying.

Priestly Vestments: The vestments of Tyr are blue and purple robes with a white sash. A white glove or gauntlet is worn on the left hand and a black one on the right to symbolize the loss of the god's right hand.

Adventuring Garb: For everyday use, most priests of Tyr wear armor or practical clothing adorned on the shoulders and back with the symbol of the hammer and scales of Tyr.

Specialty Priests (Holy Justices)

REQUIREMENTS: Strength 9, Wisdom 9
PRIME REQ.: Strength, Wisdom
ALIGNMENT: LG
WEAPONS: All bludgeoning weapons, long sword, and bastard sword
ARMOR: Any
MAJOR SPHERES: All, astral, charm, combat, creation, divination, guardian, healing, law, necromantic, protection, summoning, sun, wards, war
MINOR SPHERES: Elemental
MAGICAL ITEMS: Same as clerics
REQ. PROFS: Etiquette
BONUS PROFS: Local history, ancient history (of their native land)

  • Holy justices know the laws and legal codes of the land they live in and the land they were raised in (which may be two different lands). They automatically know all commonly known and uncommonly known information within that body of law and its attendant procedures. If asked to call to mind an incredibly obscure point of the law of their homeland or native land, they may make an ability check against their Wisdom or Intelligence, whichever is greater, to recall the point in question. They must make a similar ability check to know the common laws of other lands; to recall the uncommon legal practices or obscure legal points of order of foreign lands, this ability check is at a -3 penalty or a -6 penalty, respectively.
  • Saving throws against spells or spell-like abilities from the law sphere cast by a holy justice are made at a -2 penalty.
  • Holy justices are able to hold person (as the 2nd-level priest spell) once a day.
  • At 3rd level, holy justices are able to cast strength of one (as the 3rd-level priest spell) once a day.
  • At 5th level, holy justices are able to memory read (as the 3rd-level priest spell) once every three days and impose the need for impeding permission (as the 5th-level priest spell) on another once a tenday.
  • At 7th level, holy justices are able to detect lie (as the 4th-level priest spell) at will.
  • At 7th level, holy justices can make three melee attacks every two rounds.
  • At 10th level, holy justices are able to impose legal thoughts (as the 6th-level priest spell) once a day.
  • At 10th level, holy justices are able to speak a holy word (as the 7th-level priest spell) once a day.
  • At 12th level, holy justices are able to detect invisibility (as the 2nd-level wizard spell) at will.
  • At 13th level, holy justices can make two melee attacks per round.
Tyrran Spells

2nd Level

Wolfjaws (Alteration, Necromancy)

Sphere: Combat, Necromantic
Range: 0
Components: V, S, M
Duration: 1 round/level
Casting Time: 5
Area of Effect: The caster's right hand
Saving Throw: None

This spell turns the priest's right hand into a pair of powerful wolflike jaws in memory of the way that Tyr lost his right hand to the monstrous wolf-life being Kezef the Chaos Hound. These jaws deal 2d4 points of damage to all opponents the priest successfully attacks with them. The spell allows the caster to strike with the jaws twice per round and to gain a +1 bonus on all attack rolls with the jaws or another weapon while the spell is in effect. A wolfjaws spell vanishes if its caster attempts any other spellcasting, but a priest can wield a weapon or trigger a magical item in his or her left hand and use a wolfjaws, thus gaining multiple attacks normally denied him or her without affecting the spell in any way.

The caster can end a wolfjaws instantly at will. When the spell ends early in this manner, the caster can also spell remove the damage dealt by the last bite of the wolfjaws, an ability that the priest can use to bargain with a wounded foe or to correct cases where an ally has mistakenly been attacked by the priest. While wolfjaws is in effect, it provides its caster with complete immunity to all hostile magical or psionic shape change and hold effects.

The material component for this spell is a bit of wolf fur or a tooth from any type of mammal.

5th Level

Hammer of Justice (Divination, Illusion/Phantasm)

Sphere: Divination
Range: 5 yards/level
Components: V, S, M
Duration: 1 round/level
Casting Time: 8
Area of Effect: Special
Saving Throws: None

This improved variant of a detect lie spell creates a glowing illusion of an upright war hammer, which is normally steel-gray in hue, but blazes white when truth is spoken, black when lies are told, and bloody-red when true but deceiving phrases are uttered. It cannot be made to lie by any known means. By the power of Tyr, this spell indicates absolute truth. If a questioned being answers with a lie that the being believes to be the truth, a lie is still indicated by the hammer hue (and vice versa).

The illusionary hammer appears wherever the caster desires (within range), and thereafter moves to maintain the same distance from and orientation to the caster. The spell range refers to both how distant the hammer can initially be from the priest and how far from the hammer any questioned being can be for its truth-indicating ability to function. If someone questioned is out of range, the hammer grows dim, but the spell does not end. The caster can ask questions of any number of beings one at a time, and the telltale hammer is bright and visible to all.

The hammer cannot be made to disappear before the spell expires even by its caster. The illusory hammer cannot be contacted or disturbed by any known magical or physical attack. Though magical barriers of 6th or greater level can ward it away from a given area, there is no known means of distroying it. Dispel magic has no effect on a hammer of justice. When the spell does end, the hammer goes dark and seems to fall before it fades away entirely.

The material component for the spell is a miniature war hammer fashioned from diamond, obsidian, ivory, glass, or another pure, single-hued, black, white, or red, nonliving substance (cost varies with materials, but average is 25 gp).

6th Level

Sword and Hammer (Evocation)

Sphere: Combat
Range: 10 yards/level
Components: V, S
Duration: 1 round/level
Casting Time: 9
Area of Effect: Special
Saving Throw: Special

This spell creates a shadowy sword and war hammer of twice normal size. These are animated magical constructs rather than tangible items. They fly about within the spell range, which is centered on the caster, at MV 30 (A), striking once per round at THAC0 4 at a being or object mentally chosen by the caster. The two weapons can attack the same target or each strike at a separate target. They can change targets as often as the caster desires. The sword inflicts 4d4 points of damage, and the hammer deals 2d4 points. If they both attack the same target, there is no saving throw to avoid the damage they inflict, but a creature facing only one of the spell weapons is allowed a saving throw vs. spell to suffer only half damage.

The weapons are considered sufficiently enchanted to hit any sort of foe (such as those hit only by weapons of +3 enchantment). They automatically continue to attack the same target they did on the previous round if the caster is slain, departs, or turns his or her attention to other spellcasting. (When such a spell is finished being cast, the caster may return his or her attention to the sword and hammer and reassign them to other targets if desired.)

The magical constructs created by sword and hammer strike silently, are nonmetallic, cannot be fooled by illusions, and cannot be magically controlled by anyone other than the caster. They vanish in a twinkling of lights when the spell expires or earlier if the caster wills the spell to end.

7th Level

Resplendence of Renewed Youth (Alteration, Necromancy)

Sphere: Necromantic, Healing
Range: Touch
Components: V, S
Duration: 1 year
Casting Time: 1 hour
Area of Effect: One creature
Saving Throw: None

This spell allows a creature to tap into its spiritual strength in order to bring its body back to the peak strength of youth for one year. In a human, this would mean that the affected body would return to the shape it had when the recipient was around 25 years of age. Recipients of this spell lose all the negative aspects of old age, such as lost hit points, levels, or ability score points, and so on, as well as gaining immunity to all disease for the duration of the spell only.

This spell functions only on characters who have shown exceptional wisdom and piety during their lives, and then only if they have an exceptional focus that their current condition prevents them from completing. Casting a quest spell is thus mandatory before attempting this spell. Dropping this quest means forfeiting all advantages of the resplendence spell.

Characters can benefit from this spell only once in a lifetime. When the spell expires, the recipient's body returns to the state it would have normally for its years. The spell heavily drains the body of the recipient, and so adds an additional 1d10+3 years to the recipient's true age when it expires.

This spell is one of the secrets of the church of Tyr and is used sparingly, only when it needs the help of a great hero in dire circumstances. It is rumored that the church of Sune has many times tried to learn the secret of this spell.