Wrath of the War God
Khada, God of Death
Origins. Not much is known about the entity now called Khada, except for its grim duty: to ensure passage from life to death. Hazy histories place Khada as being active as early as the Primordial Epoch, existing before any other being except perhaps the Primordials themselves. Khada, who has declined to offer a gender yet accepts both pronouns, is singularly concerned with the transition of the dying, though not with the act of killing. Priests of Khada are quick to make this distinction clear: Khadists do not kill; they merely assist those that are dying. Khadists are looked upon favorably by the common folk as morticians, undertakers, and gravediggers who assist in the ritual-funerals of the dearly departed. Given this perspective, Khada vehemently loathes both the undead and those that would be immortal; in Khada’s eyes, all must meet his timeless scythe.
Appearance. Khada appears to her priests and to those on the edge of death as a figure robed entirely in black. Her head cannot be seen under the dark hood, but two skeletal hands grip the Death God’s scythe. Some reports, however, seem to mark Khada as a man or woman dressed in intricate, expensive clothing wielding a cane, with a square white-jeweled ring on the left hand, though these are often regarded as superstitions or heresy.
Symbol. A large scythe with a knotted wooden handle.
Doctrine. Death must come to all things, and Khadists seek to be present when it does, to usher the soul to its afterlife.
Tenets. Death is the inevitable end; undead must not be tolerated in any form. Likewise, those seeking unnatural immortality are to be proven to that such a feat is not possible. Death is a natural, beautiful, graceful thing. It is an honor to assist in the passage of a being, though wanton murder is also not acceptable, as it invokes unfavorably early death.