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Gild

"We of the Knights of Solace are as much travelers as the pilgrims that we guard. The goddess Gild lights our path, and we journey as directed. We travel roads that lead to the wounded and defenseless, crying out for succor. We travel roads that lead to the destitute, in need of Gild's charity. We travel every road and every path in need of guardians to push back the darkness of Arvum's wild places, and bring prosperity to the Compact. We are travelers on roads without end."

Gild is the goddess of charity, prosperity, civilization, commerce and travel. The Kind Goddess or the Goddess of Fellowship as she is sometimes called, she represents the essence of charity and the caring for others to promote a common good, building bonds between mankind to create prosperity. Disciples of Gild are known for their charity and creation of works for the common good, and often represent the public face of the Faith of the Pantheon in any charitable endeavor. While many disciples of Gild among the laity are pilgrims who travel the breadth of Arvum to bring charity to its far corners, the most recognizable adherents of Gild are the Knights of Solace. The Knights are a militant holy order charged with the defense of all travelers (though primarily Pilgrims) and those bringing charitable works. Houses of Solace to care for the sick, wounded and needy are found in most major settlements through the whole of Arvum, and very few organizations in the realm could hope to match the knights' well-respected reputation for compassion, honor and charitable works.

As goddess of travelers and hospitality, Gild also enshrines the concept of Guest Right. Once an individual has been welcomed into the home as a guest, it is the gravest of sins for a guest to injure a host or for a host to harm a guest within their walls. So extreme is this view that more than one war has started when a host, taking the most stringent interpretation of Guest Right, forcefully defended guests in their halls from outsiders demanding they be turned over.

The Faith of the Pantheon is fully aware that Gild may well be the most beloved of the gods, particularly among the commons, and trades heavily upon her reputation to pressure parishoners into tithing to the Pantheon. Worshippers of the Pantheon are often reminded by priests of the Pantehon that one can only be considered among the righteous and beloved by Gild if they tithe ten percent of all they earn to the Faith. While it's doubtlessly true that the tithes do allow the Faith to perform a great many charitable works, it is equally dubious that anything approaching a majority of the donations reaches the truly needy.