Namm

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Namm is the common name of one of the Elder Powers. He holds the portfolio of justice, law, and the protection of the weak. There is nothing gentle about Namm. He is the full weight of justice meted out to those who break the law in any fashion. He is aligned with Good.

Namm is often seen as a harsh, unforgiving, and vengeful deity. His cultists are typically comprised of fanatics, and see situations within the light of Fahreen, or "absolute good".

Depictions

Namm is sometimes referred to as Namm the Vigilant. He is usually depicted as a large, muscular individual dressed in a suit of white armor with a glorious sword. His face is never shown.

Namm's symbol represents the two pillars of "Law" and "Justice."

The language of the cult of Namm is a complicated, extremely precise tongue called Mehaan. The word translates literally as "lawspeech". Mehaan is a difficult language, with an average of seven or more words for even simple concepts or objects (such as water) with up to hundreds for more complicated concepts. For example, there are hundreds of words used to describe particular crimes, each of which depends on how or why the crime was committed. It is a language heavily steeped in the legal tradition and its written form is exceptionally long-winded.

Nature

Namm puts the good of the many above the good of the one, and demands that all do the same. Where Alonai may encourage virtue as a means to the end of protecting the weak, Namm holds that the protection of the weak is both the fundamental reason for law and justice. The strong do not need protection from the weak; rather, the weak require protection from the strong.

Namm recognizes the need for freedom of choice as an integral part of the rule of law. Law enumerates how the weak and the strong should interact for the good of many. Where there is no freedom to choose, there can be no real obedience, nor disobedience to law. Where there is no disobedience, there is no justification for punishment. Because of this, Namm’s laws (unlike those of, say, Goros) can be defied.

Where there is both a law and a choice given, there can be just punishment. Justice demands that those who chose not to follow the dictates of moral law (and to Namm, this means “his law”) be punished so long as they choose not to comply. Should they later change their mind and choose to comply, the punishment becomes unjust (and should stop once the price for disobedience has been exacted). While Namm does not forgive, nor forget, he does acknowledge when justice has been fully satisfied.

Namm is uncompromising and sees the world in black and white. Namm spends much of his power meting out punishment to those who violate (his) moral law. The “Curse of Namm” is the punishment woven into the fabric of the Nexus – it descends upon those who choose to become demons and causes them to lose the ability to receive healing at the hands of others (among other things).

The concept of Fahreen is that of absolute good. The word is literally translated as "the absolute", but is nearly always used within the context of moral and ethical consequence. Fahreen is a guiding principle to the cult of Namm. The term is a curious one when examined within the larger context of the Mehaan language. While most words in Mehaan are very precise and allow for little-to-no confusion, Fahreen can be interpreted as broadly as the speaker (or the listener) chooses.

Patronage

All Angels owe some part of their form and power to all three Good Elder Powers. That said, the relentless hunter zeal of the Divine Herald and the all-cleansing holy fire wielded by the Archon draw most strongly upon Namm's aspect of the Word. All those who practice lesser or greater Zealotry have pledged something of themselves to Namm, regardless of their Class or Guild.