The Magus and the Sixth Sword
The deity Azadun is known as the God of Bartering. He is seen by his followers as the ultimate judge and arbiter who weighs the scales against each individual and society before passing judgment.
Azadun is typically represented as a tall, olive-skinned man wearing runic robes and carrying a staff. His staff, Equilibrium, holds an orb on each end. On one end is Waxing, the silver orb of progress. On the other is Waning, the ebony orb of regression. Azadun also often carries a tome with him known as the Book of Accountings.
White and black. These colors mimic the natural balance between light and darkness, life and death.
Thorgud is seen as the primary antagonist in the Cult of Azadun. Thorgud and his followers are seen as severely out of balance, always pushing for greater harvests and prosperity.
Those who stand against Azadun view his followers as death cultists. Although Azadun has a temple in most sizable cities, his priests are often seen as outcasts and criminals.
Being out of balance.
Azadun’s priests teach that all of life (and death) is a trade and that the most important thing for any individual is to maintain balance. His clergy see their temples as outposts where they can attempt to directly bring the world back into balance. One of the cult’s primary strategies is the use of the Holy Texts of Azadun. Temples hold public readings of the passages, which are read first forward and then backward, nightly.
All solstices and equinoxes are observed as holy days as they represent the great balancing act of nature. Observances tend to include readings, contemplation, and acts of balancing such as community service or rioting (depending on what is out of balance at the time).
Marriage is not observed due to its strictures, although the temporary pairing of man and woman is seen as a positive occurrence. Same-sex pairings are seen as out of balance.
Births and deaths are often celebrated by the community at single event at the end of each month. These are typically two-day events observed with a day of mourning on the first day and a celebration on the second.