The New Divine Order
“Allow me to introduce myself. I am the man who recovered the lost black candle of the Ancient Glade, the most priceless of artifacts, from the goddess that had wrapped her claws around it. I am the man who stole thirty thousand bars of gold from under the eyes of twelve Teotl generals without spilling a single drop of blood. I am the man who fought three Khuzkul Herdmasters on a crumbling rock ledge along the Frozen Cliffs, during a blizzard, and emerged victorious. I am Raul Gambao… and you are welcome.” – excerpt from The Golden Revolution by Thea Sybilline depicting Dinar’s first meeting with Kumo
Raul Gambao, better known as Dinar, is the god of wealth, ambition and trickery. The Coin Lord is an arrogant, yet gentlemanly god who delights in flamboyant displays of his own wealth, power and skill as well as practicing his undeniable charm. He asks his followers the best that they can be and to never settle for what they currently have.
“Enter with envy. Leave with ambition. Return with power.” – inscription found above the doors of most Grand Temples of Dinar
Unlike with most gods, records of the birth, life and deeds of Dinar are almost entirely complete with only very small parts of his life being lost to history. Rather, the opposite problem is true – the records are too complete and sources that historians consider reputable frequently contradict one another with Dinar appearing in multiple places during the same time in his life. This problem is deeply frustrating to scholars and many blame Dinar himself with the numerous false accounts. However, while the details frequently differ, what follows is what is considered the most truthful aspects of the story of Dinar.
Raul Gambao was probably born in the Lowlands, due to his darker complexion and features, sometime very near the end of the Long Night to a low-level divinity. Most believe that his father was the god of a road, though some claim he was a city-father or mountain god. Regardless, he cared little for his offspring and Gambao almost certainly grew up in poverty in the country of Wolverton, an extinct city-state that is now the southern part of Anzland. When the raging Teotl War reached his home, Gambao lost what little he had and had had enough. He waged a one-man war against the Teotl, employing charm and skill and subterfuge, he disrupted Teotl supply lines; killed officers in their beds and framed their inferiors; altered signposts and maps to confused occupiers; burned down key watchtowers; freed valuable prisoners; seduced secrets from their women; and sewed dissension and hysteria in every level of their ranks. The Teotl occupation of the Lowlands was left in utter shambles and they were prevented from ever getting a solid foothold in the region. Their are many different stories on how Gambao died, ranging from heroically in battle to dying of old age surrounded by all of his accumulated wealth.
Regardless after the conclusion of the War and his ascension to the Celestial City, Gambao was formally thanked by Kumo and impressed by his skill and his charm, she offered him a place on the Eternal Council. Kumo’s motives here are often thrown into question – some texts say she was looking for an effective counter for Noire’s viewpoints, others that she was looking for a suitable husband for her daughter, others still say she did it to remind Anzo who was in charge. Regardless, Gambao accepted the position and renamed himself Dinar, after a now defunct coin, to represent his newfound duties as a member of the New Order and his ultimate success in achieving greatness.
Appearance: Divinely handsome and utterly charming, Dinar enjoys garbing himself in expensive clothes that show off his best features. His battle armor is of the highest possible quality, constructed entirely of Celestial Gold, and his perfectly crafted rapier is a constant presence at his side. His hair and beard are perfectly manicured and never fall out of place, unless of course, he wants them to. Dinar is also known to be fond of jewelry and is frequently depicted wearing numerous necklaces and rings embedded with fine gemstones and laid with precious metals.
Dinar and the New Order: There are no family ties connecting Dinar to the New Order – the god of ambition earned his place through merit, not blood. A controversial member to say the least, Dinar has forged strong relationships with many of the Eternal Council, not all of them positive. On the bureaucracy side of things, Dinar is the head of the Department of Accounting – a mediocre name for an office of great importance within the Bureau of the Ensouled. In fact, so great is his office’s influence within that bureau that he is a frequent challenger to Anzo’s authority as leader of the Bureau and many scholars believe it is only a matter of time until Dinar is able to organize a successful coup of the entire bureau.
Dinar and the Races of Second Earth: Dinar tends to not care about race or class – what matters is what you plan to be. Anyone with wealth or anyone who desires wealth, whether that wealth be material or not, tends to throw up a prayer to Dinar every now and again, making him a popular god with mortals. With that said, serpentfolk despise Dinar more than most due to his desire for social mobility which their culture denies, while goblins, who spend most of their lives obsessed with gold, are more devoted to him than the other races. In orc culture, which does not have a traditional economy, Dinar is viewed as a cruel taskmaster who never forget his debts and is intolerant of weakness, while dwarven cultures throw large Dinari festivals twice a year to give thanks for their continued success. Elves and halflings, who care less for gold, but desire a more personal form of wealth, are less frequent in their worship of Dinar, but it is not uncommon.
In human societies, worship of Dinar is on the rise, particularly in countries with gold-based economy such as Levia and Coralla. While the worship of Anzo is still the norm for the masses in most human nations, Dinari churches are becoming more and more common, mirroring the battle in the the Celestial City for the bureau. This has already happened in one nation, Vara, where the common folk worship Dinar and worship of Anzo is simply not as common as in other human centric nations, except within the noble classes.
Dinar, God of Wealth:
“Give me the strength to earn what I deserve.” – Dinari prayer
Money is important. Even Anzoites are aware that money is essential for making the world go round, but the key difference is that Dinari admit it. Anzoites go round saying that nothing is as important as family, but Dinari throw away all the pretense and admit that money is important to them and that they want more of it. Other gods might tell you to accept what you have or make the best out of life, but Dinar understands that sometimes its nice to have stuff and that its OK to do whatever you can to get that stuff. Businessmen, thieves, beggars and nobles all occasionally send up a prayer to the Coin Lord in order to help them get a little more out of life – after all, there is no such thing as too much money.
Dinar, God of Ambition:
“We don’t have services here, but we do have three priests on rotation, so there’s one available at any time, day or night. All of them are able to provide practical advice for any purpose or situation in order to help relieve your burdens and get you to be the best you that you can be – all for a small fee, of course.” – Toynbee, Dinari clerk at the Temple of Sleekfort
If Bethany is the god of being yourself, Dinar is the god of being better than yourself. Those who are unhappy with their current lot in life are always welcome in the arms of Dinar, who instructs them to do all they can to improve their lot in life. This philosophy is incredibly attractive to several people particularly those who are sick of the same old routine and desire more out of their lives. This puts several Dinari churches at odds with Noirian churches as Noire instructs her followers to stay put and accept their lot in life, though in most towns the two have come to an amicable agreement with Dinari churches refusing to assist escaped slaves (but not necessarily turning them in) while Noirian churches host a hidden Dinari shrine for slave owners wishing to pray for more slaves. Still, occasionally, this relationship turns sour and a cleric of Kumo has to step in to mediate affairs.
- Prosperity: The legendary ring of Dinar. According to legend, a quick twist of this ring allows Dinar to correct a single mistake that occurred in the last few seconds. No one is quite sure how Dinar got this ring, or how often he uses it, but its magic may account for some of his more incredible, outlandish deeds.
Divine Rank: 16
Theme Song: ‘Hall of Fame’ by the Script, featuring will.i.am
Strength 5XXXXX, Dexterity 8XXXXXXXX, Stamina 5XXXXX.
Charisma Avatar!, Manipulation 8XXXXXXXX, Appearance 7XXXXXXX.
Perception 5XXXXX, Intelligence 5XXXXX, Wits 7XXXXXXX.
Skills: Academics 3, Animal Ken, Art (Architecture, Culinary, Engineering, Metalsmithing, Modern 3, Performance Art 2, Stonework, Textiles, Visual Art, Woodwork), Athletics 3, Awareness 4, Brawl 2, Command 2, Control, Empathy 3, Fortitude, Integrity, Investigation 4, Larceny 7, Marksmanship 3, Medicine, Melee 4, Occult, Politics 6, Presence 7, Stealth 4, Survival 2, Thrown.
Boons: Chaos 5X (Eye of the Storm, Hornet’s Nest, Persistent Echo, Out of the Frying Pan, Recurring Distraction); Earth 4X (Root of the Mountain, Echo Sounding, Shaping, Rust/Shine); Illusion 9X (The Subtle Knife, Stolen Face, Fool’s Gold, Dreamcraft, Scapegoat, Fantastic Vista, Hidden Name, Prince of Lies, False Pretenses); Magic 5X (Luck Be A Lady, Warp the Weft, Bona Fortuna, Trading Fates, Fortune Favors the Bold); Psychopomp 3X (Open Sesame, False Footsteps, Unbarred Entry). Please note that while Dinar uses the Magic and Chaos purviews, he never actually casts spells. The effects he gain from these purviews represent his innate abilities of manipulating luck.
Virtues: Courage 4, Expression 4, Harmony 3, Order 3.
Strength: Making It Look Easy, Force with Finesse, Holy Bound, Divine Bound, Titanium Tools.
Dexterity: And the Crowd Goes Wild, Cat’s Grace, Divine Balance, Untouchable Opponent, Escape Artist, Richochet Symphony, Trick Shooter, Shot to the Heart.
Stamina: Damage Conversion, Divine Damage Conversion, Unbreakable, Raise Your Glass, Whale’s Breath.
Manipulation: God’s Honest, Takes One to Know One, Stench of Guilt, Knowing Glance, Seductive Mien, Opening Act, Not the Face!, Blame James.
Appearance: Center of Attention, Perfect Actor, Come Hither, Lasting Impression, Inescapable Vision, Serpent’s Gaze, Compelling Presence.
Perception: Subliminal Warning, Eyes in the Back of Your Head, Parallel Attention, Environmental Awareness, In Your Dreams.
Intelligence: Telepathy, Blockade of Reason, Parapet of the Mind, Multi-Tasking, Perfect Memory.
Wits: Social Chameleon, Opening Salvo, Scathing Retort, Last Word, Psychic Profiler, Damage Control, Perfect Imposter.