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Known as the Hand of Judgment, Ardian the Implacable, and the Holy Fire of Vaerya, Ardian is the patron saint of clerics and paladins who wish to battle evil. He is the second eldest of the Vaeryans, and he takes his role very seriously. He values conviction and honor, and exalts those who fight only to defend others. He is the final judge of a man's worth upon death, measuring the deeds and actions without bias, without discrimination, and without mercy. His judgment is swift and terrible, but fair. Only the unwise make an enemy of Ardian, for he is a powerful warrior, and a leader among men. He is most commonly depicted as a younger man with jet black hair, and a clean shaven face, and is usually wearing heavy armor.
Knights and paladins follow the teachings of Ardian in how they conduct themselves and their lives. All followers of Ardian are known as fair and impartial, as well as level headed and honorable.
Clergy and Temples
This pantheon of seven gods and goddesses is known at least to some extent all over the world. The gods are referred to as 'The Vaeryans', and they are credited with the creation of Vaerya. The seven are defenders of good, and are forever at war with Kaiten the Fallen and the dragon gods. As the second eldest Vaeryan, Ardian holds the spot to the right of Illunian in traditional representation. Temples to the Seven can be found all over the world, ranging from elaborate citadels of worship to tiny shrines in the remote places of the world.