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Guidarezzo

by Marco Dalmonte

(Guy d'Aret, Brage)
Patron of Music and Harmony, Patron of Faenare

Level, Alignment, Sphere: 16 (Celestial), LN, Energy
Symbol: a musical note (breve)
Portfolio: arts (especially music and singing), order, harmony
Worshipped in: Known World (Darokin), Savage Coast (Renardie, Bellayne, Eusdria), Skothar (Thonia), Serraine and the Sky Kingdoms, wherever faenare can be found, various outer planes.
Appearance: a good looking man in his forties with short black hair, trimmed moustache and goatee, dressing with impeccable elegance (whatever the culture he appears in, he dons an elegant dress for that civilisation) and displaying natural grace in all his movements.
History: LIKELY THEORY: Guidarezzo was a monk and a particularly gifted composer who lived in Blackmoor during Uther the Black's reign. He was the first to codify music according to modern canon (using the pentagram and the music keys) and he composed great operas like the Universal Canticle and the Requiem Mass. Thalia, patroness of Arts and Harmony, made him his protégé and led him onto the path of immortality. After defeating many other bards and composers in musical matches, after founding the first Conservatory (a school for music arts where he trained his successors and left a whole library of musical documents) and after creating the Symphonic Organ of Celestial Harmony (or Harmonium), a huge magical instrument whose mundane copies became the organs in Blackmoor's and Thonia's richest cathedrals, he finally became immortal in BC 3930 and was worshipped as Saint Guidarezzo.
His main goal became then bringing order inside the Chaotic sphere of Energy (he was responsible for the creation of the Faenare race and collaborated with Thalia in creating the Tonals), and after Thalia's mysterious disappearance, he became the universal patron of arts and especially of music and harmony. His cult later spread to the northmen (under the identity of Brage) and the Savage Coast, where he is known as Guy d'Aret in Renardie and Bellayne. In the Known World the only cult worshipping him is based in Darokin: the Church of Universal Harmony, where he is revered together with Koryis and Asterius.
Personality: Guidarezzo is obsessed with harmony and universal order, and he thinks that the most sublime form of harmony can only be obtained through music, which is the purest form of art. For this reason he only gets interested in creatures and individuals with great artistic talent for music. Because of this incredible passion he often meets with Chiron, Tiresias and Alphatia (whom he's especially fond of) to entertain themselves with ballads and philosophical discussions, while he considers Palson only a frivolous hedonist who lacks the discipline needed to excel in arts.
Patron: Thalia
Allies: Alphatia, Koryis, Tiresias, Chiron
Enemies: none (rivalry with Palson)
Classic D&D Stats:
Followers' Alignment: Lawful or Neutral; clerics must be Lawful
Favoured weapons: none (allowed all bludgeoning weapons)
Clerics' skills & powers: +1 bonus to Charisma and Dexterity, free general skill Singing
D&D 3E stats:
Domains: Energy, Law, Arts
Preferred weapon: light mace
Sources: IM1, Immortal set