The Forgefist, The Crucible of Fire
Realms of Influence:
Fire, Blacksmiths, Trials
Ailnoxis' influence is seen in the art of crafting arms and armor, as his priests stoke the hottest fires in order to instill The Forgefist's temper into their craft. They then bear those arms into the most dangerous of battlefields and adventures in order to seek his other aspect. Through the practice of subjecting themselves to the Crucible of Fire, those that emerge alive have their will forged into a blade with which to strike down those who stand in their way.
SUBJECT <TARGET> TO CRUCIBLE
By invoking the power of Ailnoxis upon a person, a deadly fire wracks the target. Although the fire is easily healed, those who suffer through the entire duration emerge with a Resolve of Fire, as the fire that once hurt them now strikes out against those who attempt to strike down one who bears The Forgefist's favor.
Forged through many difficult trials, the presence of a Priest of Ailnoxis is encouraging, making those around him bold. All affiliated players and NPCs with the Priest of Ailnoxis strike a little harder, and take a little more damage with him around. (This does not stack, and is negated if there is a Priest of Ailnoxis on both sides.)
The weapons that you forge are naturally touched by the power of the Forgefist, leaving a mark upon the blade that is visible to the eye. Your technique leaves the weapon with a fiery temper, giving it one more refinement.
A Priest of Ailnoxis must always endeavor to improve him or herself by taking on tasks that challenge the body, mind, and soul (i.e. quests). Also, a Priest of Ailnoxis must never attempt to kill one of his brethren except when opposed in the act of War. Finally, a Priest of Ailnoxis must attempt to keep any weapons or implements in his care in as fine a shape as possible and to repair any weapon given to his care. (This does not apply to those who cannot forge.)
The tenets of Ailnoxis were found on a mural in a cave deep within Teladir, by a young Tinker who had stumbled into it by accident. Struck with awe, the Tinker took up the Hammer and Anvil as his craft when he returned to his village, and his inspiration forged grand weapons.
His talents eventually drew the attention of those in the Sovereignty, who kidnapped the Tinker. Imprisoned in an underground forge with other smiths, he fell into a trance, speaking of his God. He then took up his hammer, breaking the ensorcelled chains with one strike, freeing the imprisoned smiths. Atop the tower of the keep that held the Sovereignty's production factory, he died taking down the Magus that held the tower under his sway. A spire of iron entombed the smith with the inscription: "Here lies a smith, his soul forged by fire, blessed by Ailnoxis, Lord of the Forge." Thus the tale of Ailnoxis grew in both lands.