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RAHSAEL 'DARKENED LANTERN' (3592)

Loss is the fear of every lover, and the horror of every parent and child.  It
is the chorus of sobs in the cemetery.  It is the cold numbness that grips
a navigator when his guiding stars vanish behind the clouds.

But Loss is also an old friend, a teacher and a spice of life.  It is the
bittersweet memory of a dead lover.  It is the missing finger that taught its
owner a lesson.  It is the dust gathered upon treasures in forgotten ruins.
It is the risk that exhilarates explorers and gamblers.  All mortals are
driven by Loss -- either the fear of it or the pain it leaves.

Rahsael is the patron of Loss and the Lost, and a god of secrets.  Explorers
sacrifice in His name before a treacherous journey, and mourners beseech Him
to ease their grief.  Parents of missing children pray for His mercy.

Rahsael's true worshipers understand that Loss is an unwelcome blessing that
must at times be bestowed upon friends, just as it can be a weapon to wield
against foes.  Loss comes in many forms, but is at its core a function of
subjective value, Concealment and Time.

Loss reveals truths about the Spirit's yearnings, while the Spirit is Fated to
be lost upon death.  These facts, when explored, lend meaning to life.  
Rahsael offers to reveal this meaning to those who devote themselves fully to
His secret rites and sacred mysteries.

Those who desire to please Rahsael are focused and thoughtful about the Loss
that they create, which often transcends the physical.  One sect of His 
faithful are is even known to counsel those wounded by Loss, stopping short of
actually alleviating it.

Devotees of Rahsael are not inherently good nor evil, orderly nor chaotic.
Followers might include somber philosophers, bitter mourners or playful 
tricksters.  But all must be comfortable with sometimes causing or allowing
profound Loss to happen -- even to themselves and friends.

For this reason, Paladins may have a difficult time reconciling their code
with Rahsael's teachings.  Healers, meanwhile, are not granted power by
Rahsael, as their training is wholly devoted to preventing loss. Shamans of 
Rahsael are known to wield the powers of Anarchy, the Breaker, Pain, 
Revelation, and Vengeance. 

Those who seek His holy place are said to brave black and stormy waters to
push beyond the limits of despair.