|Forgotten Realms Deity|
|Title(s)||The Destroyer, the Storm Lord|
|Portfolio||Storms, Destruction, Rebellion, Conflagrations, Earthquakes|
|Alias(es)||Bhaelros, Kozah, Malyk|
Talos (pronounced /ˈtɑːloʊs/) is the Faerûnian deity of storms and destruction in Ed Greenwood's Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting. Talos' dogma is self-serving, demanding utter obedience from his priests and instructing them to spread destruction where they may. He is known as Bhaelros to the Calishites and Kozah to the Bedine. Followers of Talos are known as Talassans.
Talos appears as a broad shouldered, bearded man with one good eye. He wears half plate armor over black leather armor, and black leather gloves. His empty eye socket is filled with whirling stars and covered with a dark eye patch. When he appears as Bhaelros in Calimshan, he often takes the form of a dusky skinned, turbaned genie rising out of a sandstorm. His domains are chaos, destruction, evil, fire and storm.
Talos was formed from the first battle between Selûne and Shar. He leads the other Deities of Fury: Auril, Malar, and Umberlee. He has a close relationship with Auril, a relationship with Umberlee characterized by flirtation and rivalry, and a grudging alliance with Malar, who would kill him if he could. Talos is known for elevating mortals to divinity and forcing them to deplete themselves in his service (one who managed to escape this fate is Velsharoon), and for brazen attempts to grab power. He once assumed the alias Malyk and attempted to gain dominion over wild magic, but was foiled by Mystra.
He hates deities that promote building, learning, nature, and the altering of weather. Chief among his enemies are Chauntea, Eldath, Lathander, Mystra, Sune, Deneir, Gond, Helm, Mielikki, Oghma, Shiallia, Silvanus, and Tyr.
According to Oghma, Talos has often suggested the destruction of the moon as a solution to problems presented to the Pantheon in Cynosure.
Church and dogma
The church of Talos is small by the standards of a greater deity, and almost universally despised. Followers of Talos are fanatical in their love of destruction. Priests of Talos are fond of extorting sailors and farmers, threatening that Talos will bring destructive storms upon them if they do not placate the angry god.
Talos inspires worship in those who fear the destructive power of nature. His followers are aligned chaotic evil, chaotic neutral, or neutral evil. Worshippers include barbarians, fighters, druids, and half-orcs. They believe in grabbing what they can when they can, for Talos may take their lives at any time. They believe in fearlessly embracing natural disaster; in doing so they demonstrate the power of Talos, who protects them from harm. They preach that only worship of Talos can protect against natural disasters, and at Talos' whim they hurl such disasters at foes.
Talos wishes for more worshippers, and his clerics are committed evangelists who seek to gain converts through fear or the enticement of raw power. They are wont to pursue wealth, luxury and wantonness. Many indulge in acts of random or spiteful violence, pillage and banditry. Talassan clerics attack in groups to raze settlements that attempt to resist them.
Worship of Talos is outlawed in many countries. Most Talassan holy sites are secret because of the church's reputation. Public churches often take the form of castles or fortified strongholds that lie on earthquake fault lines or in the path of storms or lava; Talos ensures they remain unscathed. The clergy has no formal hierarchy; obedience is enforced through might.
Clerics of Talos celebrate Talassan festivals with ceremonies that summon lightning and storms. Their most sacred ritual, Calling Down the Thunder, involves the sacrifice of an intelligent being by lightning. The most frequent cleric ritual is the Fury, in which the cleric prays, makes berserk attacks to wreak as much destruction as possible in a small amount of time, then prays again. Clerics of Talos are nicknamed "doom crows" because of their formal dress: they wear black robes and cloaks shot through with teardrops and jagged lines of gold and silver. High clergy wear blue-white ceremonial robes streaked with crimson. All clerics wear an eye patch. Talassan clerics generally multiclass to barbarian, sorcerer, the stormlord prestige class, and wizard.
The existence of orders allied to Talos is shrouded in mystery and rumor.
- Lords of the Tempest
- The Lords of the Tempest are a group of wizards who owe allegiance to Talos and specialize in exotic combinations of elemental magic.
- Some say Talos has sponsored certain necromancers into lichdom.
- Circle of Rust and the Worm
- The Circle of Rust and the Worm is a cabal of crazed sages and mystics of assorted disciplines, both religious and secular, intent on bringing about the end of the world. They have obtained Talos' patronage.
- Boyd, Eric L. and Mona, Erik (2002). Forgotten Realms: Faiths and Pantheons. Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
- Martin, Julia, and Eric L Boyd. Faiths & Avatars (TSR, 1996).