Baraas

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The portfolio of Baraas is that of structure, cooperation, and growth (not just of living things, but of systems, societies, biospheres, and so on). Baraas is a welcoming, inclusive Elder Power who feels that all things – even things that seem to be in opposition – are more properly part of one great whole, provided one takes a long enough view. He is aligned with Good.

Depictions

Baraas is sometimes referred to as “Baraas the Laughing.” He is nearly always depicted as a large, jovial individual. Baraas is often shown as an accomplished craftsman, engineer, tradesman, and politician.

The symbol of Baraas is a modified form of the glyph for "dancing" or "dancing play" in the pictographic Baraasi cult script of Bah-Mar. The two "actors" have obviously lost any semblance to human beings over time.

Nature

The philosophy of Baraas is both outward-looking and one of enlightened self-interest; Baraas encourages generosity towards others based on the fundamental understanding that in a system or society where each member does that job for which he is best suited, the sum becomes greater than the parts. Followers of Baraas naturally look to provide the services that they excel in to others, which means they are very aware of those around them. On an individual scale, this means that one gives services that he is good at and therefore come easily to him while at the same time receiving services from others that would be difficult for him to do himself. For each individual, the perceived value of services received exceeds the perceived value of services rendered.

Baraas encourages honest work – no matter how menial – as both the means to self-fulfillment AND its end. He provides the feelings of self-satisfaction with a job well-done, but also encourages the enjoyment of the fruits of one’s labor – the job well-done is nice, but so are the benefits its completion brings (be it anything from the warmth and light of a fire to the literal eating of food produced by labor to even the time to relax when there is no work to be done). Neither the satisfaction of the job nor the tangible (or intangible) result of the labor is more or less desirable than the other. The joy of associations with others is also to be desired, whether it is working alongside a fellow laborer or enjoying time and luxuries with someone else who has earned them. Delight in the accomplishments of others – to no greater and no lesser degree than the delight one would feel at accomplishing the same job oneself – is another hallmark of Baraas.

Patronage

Baraas is the primary source of power of Lightspeakers and Seraphs.