The Scholar, The Enlightened Goddess
- Goddess of Magic, Knowledge, and Foresight. A mortal woman that led a powerful guild of mages, and was challenged by Vecna. The Raven Queen intervened in the battle against Vecna and helped Ioun become a deity. Ioun is a lover of study, libraries, and prophecy, and encourages her worshippers to gain knowledge. Ioun calls the Bright City of Hestavar her home. Ioun’s temples are almost always a vast library.Seek knowledge in every way possible.
- Protect and distribute all forms of knowledge, though it should not be kept from inquiring minds.
- Be watchful of Vecna and his followers, who would keep and control knowledge.
Ioun and the Kaorti
Long ago, the goddess of knowledge Ioun, in thanks
for mortal aid in the divine struggle against the Primordials,
entrusted humanity with a sacred gift. This
gift existed in the form of several fist-sized stones that
shone with the light of one thousand suns and were
said to contain the world’s knowledge for those with
the fortitude to withstand their blinding light. To
safeguard these holy stones, Ioun’s church established
orders of holy knights and religious scholars, the former
to protect the stones and ensure their access to any and
all who would learn, and the latter to tease forth their
mysteries. One such order, their names a curse unto
this day, was the Kaorti.
As the goddess of knowledge, Ioun commands her
mortal servants to seek out and apprehend knowledge
in all forms and disseminate it to their fellow people.
Rather than hoard this learning as Vecna’s dark priests
would have it, Ioun priests sought to educate the minds
of their fellows and enlighten all with the wisdom of
their mistress. While all of Ioun’s priests enthusiastically
cleave to their goddess’s tenets, even the most
fanatical understands some knowledge is too wicked
to be unleashed, and so in their search for learning,
certain tomes and scrolls remained safe within the
temples. These were available to those who wanted
to study them, but the priests never advertised their
For some of Ioun’s priests, this tactic felt like a concession
to Vecna and his secretive ways. These zealots
believed that all knowledge, no matter its content,
should be learned and taught, no matter the repercussions.
Leading this reckless charge were the Kaorti, a
faction of scholarly priests charged with guarding the
Tear of Ioun, the largest and most powerful Ioun stone of
them all. A charismatic young man of exceptional talent
named Volarn led this zealous band, and through his
obsession with forbidden texts, he carried his order to
the brink of annihilation.