God of Retribution
|Position:||Major God, Good Triumverate|
|Aspects/minor gods:||Janos, Jericho|
|Domains:||Force; Orc; Scalykind; All others belonging to his aspects/minor gods.|
|Symbol:||A set of outstretched wings – one white, one black.|
|Relationships:||Family:... – Allies:... – Enemies: Gelihast|
Prior to his Ascension, Margulis was a Knight of the ancient Black Wall Kingdom. The path he travelled to Knighthood was long and hard, especially given his infernal heritage, but through a profound effort of will he eventually became one of the most renowned Knights of the land.
Unfortunately, the Kingdom shared a border with the expansionist Giants (under Gelihast) – the Knights were called on almost constantly to defend the Kingdom from the large aggressors, and the battles took their toll on the Kingdom’s defences. Ultimately, the Knights’ line was broken, and a clan of ettins and Ogre Mages surged into Black Wall. The invaders were not kind. They destroyed the kingdom utterly, engaging in wanton slaughter and destruction. The remaining Knights – including Margulis – swore the Giants’ crimes (which had gone far beyond even the bounds of acceptable warfare) would not go unpunished.
The now homeless Knights ventured into Giant territory and began their own wanton slaughter, claiming the lives of many giants in return for the destruction of their homeland and people. It wasn’t long, however, before the fellowship began to crack at the seams. Some of the Knights felt that their quest was going overboard, making them little better than the enemies they sought to destroy. Still others felt the fellowship wasn’t going far enough in their attempts to avenge the fallen. The Giants took advantage of the division in the Fellowship and attacked, fighting until only Margulis was left, and he was resolved to fight until he died.
But it was not to be. Feng intervened at the last moment and saved Margulis. As a reward for his dedication to his cause, Margulis was offered ascension to the Pillar of Retribution. Margulis – kingdomless, without his allies or his precious brotherhood of Knights – had no reason to refuse. He accepted the position and all that came with it, including the broader perspective that comes with being looked to by all the races of the world with an interest in your domain of responsibility.
He realized, belatedly perhaps, the scale of destruction even his small band of knights had wreaked on the Giants. In the end they had done as much damage to the Giants as the Giants had done to the now dead Black Wall Kingdom; but questions plagued him.
Had they done enough? The Giants had brought their punishment down upon themselves. What had the people of Black Wall done but live in a region the Giants wanted? How could it ever be enough? Wasn’t one person of Black Wall worth two giants, at least? What about the additional repercussions, not felt immediately but indirectly, after the fact?
Had they gone too far? How many of the giants killed actually played a role in the sacking of Black Wall? How many had been doing nothing more than acting under orders, with no ill will toward the people of Black Wall? How many may have felt remorse?
Did it matter?
These questions plagued Margulis so terribly – and were repeated over and over and over again in the prayers and pleas of his followers – that he feared for his sanity. At last, unable to bear the uncertainty, he tore the questions from himself and created his only Aspects from them – Justice and Vengeance. This separation allowed him to focus on his duties as the God of Retribution, and allow the debate about his own actions and those of his fellowship, and that surrounding the actions of many of those who sought his counsel and power, to continue, externalized from himself.
Retribution in this case is closely linked to cause and effect. It is the idea that all actions have consequences, and these should not be avoided. Injury is of particular importance to Margulis and his followers, as it is most often those who injure others somehow who escape the consequences. The question of whether the retribution doled out is proportionate is not something the clerics of Margulis worry themselves over; they care only that retribution was made.
Because of this lack of clarity, Clerics of Margulis are relatively rare. Most prefer to worship him through either of his aspects (Justice or Vengeance).