Wrath of the Righteous
Lucky Drunk, Drunken Hero, The Accidental God
Cayden Caileanis one of the Ascended: those who ascended to godhood, he is also known as the “Lucky Drunk”, “Drunken Hero”, or the “Accidental God”.
Cayden Cailean makes a point of avoiding trouble with his peers as much as possible, although he responds to challenges quickly, and has little patience for the less-benign divine powers.
Cailean particularly favors Desna, Iomedae and Sarenrae. He finds Irori tolerable to be around, but difficult to agree with on certain matters. Torag shares the Lucky Drunk’s love of ale, and the two have been known to compare human and dwarven brews on occasion. He has nothing but contempt for fellow Norgorber, the only other God to be elevated from mortal status by Aroden.
He is usually depicted wearing chainmail and bearing a tankard of ale in one hand, sometimes accompanied by a rapier in the other. Additionally, he is often shown in combat against hosts of devils. Occasionally, his wrists are adorned with broken shackles, representing his doctrine of freedom for both body and mind.
The faithful of Cayden Cailean hold their patron’s two loves, freedom and drink, as the pillars of his church. Free to seek their own means of venerating the Drunken Hero, it’s not uncommon for followers to take part in events involving one or both of these. The creation and drinking of spirits is often considered a noble and holy, though not formal, pastime.
Despite the church’s promotion of drink, the faithful draw a line between drinking for merriment and drinking to excess. The latter is seen as the abuse of one of the deity’s favored things, and as such is frowned upon. Similarly, although the faithful of Cayden Cailean are known to actively seek out danger and adventure, they recognize the need to withdraw when a situation turns sour. Stupidity does not equal bravery, and bravery should never be sought at the bottom of a keg.
Before he ascended to Godhood in 2765AR, the man known as Cayden Cailean was a Taldan sellsword and freedom fighter working out of Absalom. He strongly believed that no man should hold power over another, and went so far as to leave jobs unfinished rather than violate his principles. His refusal to compromise his ideals was as well known as his love for drink, and the combination of the two resulted in a less-than-favorable reputation among potential employers. Ultimately, however, the latter would lead to the man’s ascension to the pantheon.
Cailean never planned to become a god, but when a drunk friend challenged him to challenge Aroden to a duel, an equally inebriated Cailean accepted, brazenly disregarding that Aroden was a deity. Legend has it that in a black out, Cailean stumbled into a nearby temple to the Last Azlanti and challenged him to single combat. Miraculously, the God appeared and accepted Cailean challenge. Aroden only asked that Cailean battle against him in the planar realms.
Legends abound regarding the battle between Cailean and Aroden, and whether they really even fought at all. However, no one knows the truth of what happened. Regardless, after three days had passed, the sellsword – to everyone’s surprise – returned to the material plane as a deity.
Cayden Cailean has lived his immortal life much as he did his mortal one. He holds freedom and adventure in high regard, and opposes tyranny and oppression on principle. He willingly accepts challenges when they are issued, although not as a point of honor; he sees no shame in retreating when necessary.