The Crimson Covenant
Garagos, God of War
Garagos (pronounced GAH-rah-gohs), the Lord of War, is a god of war and exarch of Tempus, though he focuses more on destruction than war itself. He is much quicker to anger and slower to show mercy than Tempus, due to this Garagos found most of his followers in brigands, bandits and priests of war who pay him lip service in battle.
Garagos is a near elemental force of destruction, and once a foreign deity from another realm that was allowed to live after being defeated by Tempus and given power. Tempus merely tolerates Garagos for reasons of his own, reasons that many Realms scholars believe stems from the fact that Tempus dislikes mindless slaughter and destruction, and would be obliged to take on that portfolio if he slew his rival. Garagos is far more heedless than Tempus in what war brings, he revels in destruction and slaughter while the greater deity values honorable combat; this distinction between the different modes of war they represent may be the reason that Ao does not enforce his otherwise strict edict against portfolio sharing by stripping one or the other of his dominance over war.
Clerics of Garagos, known as Bloodreavers, spend their days fomenting strife throughout the continent, knowing that each conflict contributes to Garagos’s continuing rebirth. They believe that Garagos eventually will regain his divine strength, unseating the hated Lord of Battles and reclaiming the mantle of Deity of War. They continually create and expand networks of spies, faithful warriors, and other agents to increase the power of the cult, and the leadership of a cult cell is usually determined by the result of power plays between the agents of rival clerics.