|Aspects: Protection, Fatherhood, Greed||Domains: Light, Protection, War|
|Common Follower Alignment: Lawful (all)||Place of Power: Temples, Shelters, Castles, Walls.|
|Other Names: The All-Father||Spouse: Gien|
Jealous of the Fool pledging himself to Compassion, Gien created her own spouse out of her greed, to give herself a match that would always desire more of her. Thus was Tamberlain born, of jealous greed over the Fool, a trait which defined him for much of his early life. His devotion to Gien was unwavering, and together they gave birth to all of the animals of the world, which act first upon their desires for joy and sustenance and are driven by their greed and need for protection. Some of his children were touched by Compassion and become the first Werefolk. They were beloved by Gien, becoming her favored children, and for this, Tamberlain shunned and hated them.
When he and the other gods decided to kill the Fool and take the First Knife and Eternal Rose for themselves, it was an Aviary Werefolk that betrayed him and flew to warn Compassion of the plot. When Compassion trapped each of the gods and used the last of her power to bind each of them, Tamberlain was transformed from just greed to something more, though he didn’t quite understand what.
With Compassion’s power spent and her form sealed away, Tamberlain took Gien to a hidden refuge where only he would have access to her, and he erected great walls of jungle and stone. With Gien, he created a great beast known as the Chimera to guard her, and there Gien fell into Ruin through his overzealous protection. Eventually the Fool overpowered him with the lessons learned from a Lapine Werefolk, and Tamberlain learned to embrace his new aspect of protection in moderation.
Since his lesson with the Fool, he and Joy have spread across the world, perhaps more than any other gods, to all races and cultures. His fatherhood to all animals, and humanity’s reliance upon them, has led him to be known as the All-Father by many, and due to his powerful and direct blessings he is frequently more worshiped by humans than their actual father, The Fool.
Tamberlain is typically depicted as a fatherly male of whatever race is worshiping him, or as a great bear that wards over his charges with one eye open. He is considered the most fatherly of the gods, and seeks to protect those he loves and cherishes. Tamberlain is unique in that he cannot be damaged or brushed aside when in mortal guise. He is the strongest shield and an immovable object.
Temple of the Hearth
The primary religious organization worshiping Gien is the Wildfire, a faith organized around protecting what is good and joyous in the world from harm. Worshiping both Gien and her husband Tamberlain, this is the largest worldwide faith and is commonly found in every city and even the smallest townships. These temples tend to be brightly lit buildings filled with clear glass or entirely outdoors to bring the worshipers closer to nature. Often considered the faith of farmers, much of The Temple of the Hearth–often called The Hearth–is focused around simple joys and the bringing of life and sustenance. The order is split into two adjacent orders: the Sunguard of Tamberlain and the Heartflame of Gien.
The Hearth order that focuses upon Tamberlain, the Sunguard is composed of paladins, knights, warriors, and custodians of the places and people they hold most treasured to them. The order is unique in that it allows each adherent to define what treasure they will protect and nurture, be it their family or a nation or a physical treasure they hoard over all else. Those that protect and serve are frequently followers of the Sunguard faith, regardless of their culture or alignment.
Cults to Tamberlain are usually centered around some specific treasure or person that must be protected and venerated above all else, frequently against that person’s will. Such cults might kidnap a “prophet” to worship as a physical manifestation of their greed and keep them against their will. Others might seek to collect all of a specific treasure or item, stopping at nothing to bring everything of that nature together regardless of cost or consequence.