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Eloritu

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Eloritu
Eloritu's holy symbol.
(Deity)
Titles The Hidden Truth
Home Gemmenad
Alignment Neutral
Portfolio History
Magic
Secrets
Worshipers Aucturn, Castrovel, Eox, Idari
Connections Akashic
Geneturge
Shadow
Symbol Glowing ring of six runes
Images of Eloritu

Source: Core Rulebook, pg(s). 485

Eloritu, also known as the Hidden Truth, is a deity of magic widely worshiped across the galaxy long before the Pact Worlds were established. His teachings suggest that magic is the only way to break the barriers of physics; that magic should be an obscure, arcane practice; and that history's value applies to both the past and future. While he does not oppose technology and views it as another way to see the universe's mysteries, he considers it too limited by the laws of physics. Due to Eloritu's place as a god of history and secrets, some believe that he played a role in Golarion's disappearance and the Gap that masks why it vanished.[1]

Home

According to Eloritu's priests, he hails from a place called Gemmenad, of which only the name and nothing else is known.[1]

Cults

Eloritu is worshipped by many spellcasters as the god of magic, and by historians, kasathas and archaeologists who seek to understand the past. Many of them are Starfinders, whose work involves semi-regularly uncovering secrets. Eloritu's temples are also academies and institutions of magic, which are often hidden and have to be discovered by aspirants.[1]

Holy symbol

Eloritu's holy symbol is a ring of six magical runes.[1] One has been used by lashuntas for generations. When the kasathas arrived in the Pact Worlds system, they brought with them another rune, which launched a secret race among Elorituans to identify the other four. A third rune was later discovered in the earliest arcane academies of the Shadari Confederacy, where it was associated with darkness. The fourth was found through careful studies of the Trafodi Paradox, which was discovered on Vesk-2, in ancient ruins of an advanced civilisation that predated the ijtikris and might have left traces on Vesk-5 as well; although the Trafodi Paradox itself was lost when transported to Vesk Prime, several three-dimensional representations remain. Parts of the rune have been found elsewhere across Vesk-2, but never the entire rune, as if people feared to engrave it whole.[2]

According to a theory, each rune is linked to an aspect of Eloritu's portfolio: the lashunta rune to focus and discipline, the kasatha rune to knowledge and divination, the Shadari rune to shadows and secrecy. The Vesk-2 rune's connotations are still under debate, and suspected to be space, time and the Drift.[2]

Relationships

Due to his neutrality and knowledge, Eloritu sometimes serves as a deific arbiter of last resort. While Hylax and Abadar are better negotiators, Eloritu's balance between law and chaos can be sometimes beneficial.[3]

Eloritu has strained relations with Yaraesa and Talavet, who prioritise sharing information, while Eloritu restricts it to the initiated. Eloritu's followers often come to blows with Talavet's by seizing an artefact that Talavet regards as communal property, and view Yaraesa's application of the scientific method to magic as the reduction of their sacred discipline to mass-produced technology.[4]

Eloritu is cordial with Weydan, despite their philosophical and fundamental differences. Their followers occasionally secretly compete with each other, Weydan advocating for the exploration of matters Eloritu wishes to keep secret, but these contests rarely turn violent. Eloritu's worshippers sometimes cooperate with Ibra's to investigate metaphysical phenomena, even sharing some temples at sites of magical and astronomical resonance, but the two deities otherwise maintain a tranquil relationship.[4]

Eloritu has a quiet partnership with Triune and Lao Shu Po. Some suspect that Triune revealed the Drift and spread Drift beacons with Eloritu's approval, while Lao Shu Po shares his responsibility with darkness and secrets. Eloritu disapproves of wanton destruction, while Lao Shu Po teaches her followers to co-opt, and not demolish institutions, and some of their far-sighted followers often cooperate against forces of destruction like the Devourer and the Outer Gods. Even Iomedae and Sarenrae have sought the help of these two to hunt for dangerous forces in creation's shadows.[4]

Scholars of pre-Gap Golarion have connected Eloritu to Nethys, Golarion's lost god of magic and knowledge. While Eloritu himself remains silent, his followers have pointed out that Nethys is portrayed as destructive, irrational and disdainful of non-spellcasters, while Eloritu notably possesses none of these traits.[3]

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