Paragons exist in both the Norlandic Red Faith and as part of the Dwarven pantheon of The Brathmordakin, though they differ in function. To the Dwarves, Paragons are regarded as those who made great sacrifices for their people. Paragons are named to honor their great deeds and honorable actions. In the Red Faith, the Paragons of the All Father are those select figures of the All Father’s children who embody singular virtue and service far beyond the norm. Each paragon serves as an aspect of a specific virtue prized by the Father in the pursuit of his great mission.
Paragons for Dwarves
Paragons are dwarves who, through their deeds in life, are said to have been specifically chosen by the Brathmordakin to ascend into a rank of semi-godhood, and feast forevermore in the High Halls of Khaz'A'Dentrumm. They serve as epitomes of what dwarves should strive to be in behavior, thought, and action. The rank of Paragon is granted to a deceased dwarf by the High Preceptor of Da Kirkja Dverga after a strenuous process involving unanimous agreement by dwarven clerics, scholars, the Under-King, and the general populace.
Each Paragon has a patron god from among the Brathmordakin who is said to have chosen the aforementioned dwarf during the Auction of the Dead and to have sanctioned that dwarf's elevation to the rank of Paragon.
Paragons for Norlanders
The Paragons of the All Father are those select figures of the All Father’s children who embody singular virtue and service far beyond the norm. These figures are those who have performed the highest level of service. A paragon is raised from the ranks of the ancestral spirits that have joined the ranks of the All Father. This ascension is then conferred unto the ranks of the clergy in the form of a series of vividly realistic visions concerning the feats and deeds of the risen ancestor. Each paragon serves as an aspect of a specific virtue prized by the Father in the pursuit of his great mission. The following compendium details the pantheon of Paragons acknowledged by the Holy Hearth.
Paragons are not necessarily virtuous in nature, however. Every Paragon has been raised to the Father’s service due to extreme virtue or through undeniably grand feats of skill, will, strategy or power. These virtues and feats can be either positive or negative in nature. The All-Father recognizes both, as peace and chaos are both sides of the same coin, for good cannot be known without seeing evil, and evil does not exist without a greater good. Both contribute to the harmony of Norlandic society, and the world as a whole.