The Verenian Watchers
The Crying God, He Who Endures, The Rack-Broken Lord
Ilmater is the god of compassion and the patron god of martyrs. He sees the pain and the troubles in the world and sympathizes for all those who would have to endure it, and thus does what he can to try and relieve that suffering where he can. His priests and followers devote their lives to charitable aids and causes, and many of them view it as their solemn duty to minister to the poor and needy through kind acts. Often, people can feel uncomfortable with his more radical worshippers, who view partaking in worldly pleasures, or even basic comforts as sinful when there are people who are worse off that can be cared for. A rare sect of Ilmater’s worshippers even believe (through a questionable text written by a ‘prophet’ of the crying god, which most religious scholars agree can be safely ignored) that there is a finite potential for suffering in the world, and that if they can take on more suffering themselves, that they can save others from that pain down the road. The more rational, level-headed followers of Ilmater recognize that it is not wrong to enjoy comfort, and it is only the few radicals that spoil the image of their faith for the rest of them. Ilmater’s nature of caring for the less fortunate lends to his followers often finding themselves wrapped up in the medical profession, or opening halfway houses to help the disenfranchised.