Lord of the Shadovar, Scion of Darkness
Domain: darkness, night, loss, suffering, tyranny, fear, vengeance
Symbol: an azure diamond upon a black backdrop
Sacred Items/Creatures: onyx, obsidian, nightmares, undead of all kinds, violets, belladonna
Clergy alignments: LN, LE, NE
Follower alignments: LG, LN, LE, TN, NE, CE
Spell domains: cold, evil, tyranny, suffering, darkness, law
Enemies: Jarmila, Callamir, Lysara
The true name of Lord Shadow has been lost to the centuries. Older even than some of the gods that fell during the Silence, he was once a mortal man of the Zin'Charu, and is said to have been one of the greatest wizards to have ever walked the realms. He, along with his entire city and its people, disappeared in 549SG during a magical experiment, and were believed long lost before their sudden escape from the Plane of Shadow in 726SG, returning to the realm as the powerful Shadovar. Despite having ensured their survival, and putting all of their resources to the restoration of their patron during the Silence of 737SG, divinity was fatally wounded during the ascension ritual, and so Lord Shadow took the god's place and arose as the new deity of darkness.
The regular use, and even occasional alliance with, the undead is an unspoken standard to the faithful of Lord Shadow.
All clergy are expected to wear robes or garments of black for ceremonies and official matters, with trim in white or azure. The symbol of Lord Shadow should also be worn prominently in any official matters. Outside of the temple, faithful are permitted to omit any apparent signs of their faith where subtlety is required, or where it would put risk to their person or mission. Otherwise, they are expected to maintain public signs of their association, to ensure that Lord Shadow's power is seen and felt across the realm.
The world is filled with darkness, fear and suffering - the only separation is between the powerful who wield these gifts, and the powerless who cower before them. Hope is merely a temporary shelter for the weak, for as each day inevitably ends beneath the cloak of night, so will all things inevitably succumb to darkness. Submit to the word of Lord Shadow and his ranking clergy, for true power can only be gained through unwavering loyalty. Spread His fear across the realm, and strike down those who would defy His will, so that all may come to know servitude in His name.