Ghosts of Fallen Stars (Iron Gods)
Cayden Cailean is one of the Ascended: those who achieved godhood by passing the divine, virtually-impossible Test of the Starstone. However, he passed the test completely drunk. He is now a young god of freedom and revelry who opposes tyranny and slavery.
Cayden Cailean was once a mortal human man who ascended to divinity by passing the Test of the Starstone almost two thousand years ago. Originally a Taldan sellsword and freedom fighter working out of Absalom, his belief in the fundamental right of liberty was as profound as his love for drink. The combination of the two resulted in a less-than-favorable reputation among potential employers.
Acting on a dare—some say from the goddess Calistria—Cayden Cailean took the Test of the Starstone so blind drunk that when he emerged as a deity three days later he had no memory of how he accomplished the feat. Today, he is a young god that lives his immortal life much as he did his mortal one.
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. He particularly favors Desna, Sarenrae, and Shelyn, and has been known to keep the company of Calistria from time to time. He also gets on well with Torag, who shares his love of ale.
Church and Followers
The faithful of Cayden Cailean hold their patron’s two loves, freedom and drink, as the pillars of his church. The majority of those who follow Cayden Cailean are simple people who seek simple pleasures in life, and they include brewers, vintners, barkeeps, and innkeepers. Adventurers seeking to promote goodness often find a sense of kinship with the deity, their goals of freedom and adventure mirroring those of the god of bravery.
In the rare instances where any structure exists, the church favors a loose hierarchy. Typically, priests are free to spread the ideals of their faith as they see fit. Matters of ceremony and high society are often held as secondary considerations to such individuals. Regarding places of worship, few buildings exist that serve primarily as a house dedicated to Cayden Cailean. However, smaller shrines to the Lucky Drunk are common in alehouses, inns, and breweries.
Despite his promotion of drink, Cailean’s 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. Likewise, while the faithful of Cayden Cailean are known to be brave and 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.
Many followers include a tankard as part of their garments, for luck. Before attempting a particularly difficult or stressful task, followers of the Accidental God will often pour out a bit of ale on the ground.
Starstone Brewers: loose organization of Cayden Cailean’s worshippers. They are united under the guise of teaching people how to make excellent ale, but they could also be problem-solvers and competent muscle in the service of good. Another primary work of the organization is helping find homes for orphans.
Campaign Reference (CotCT): Commandant Tobias Steward is a member of the Starstone Brewers in Nirmathas and he continues the organization’s deeds in Korvosa.
Role in Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign
During the Korvosan Crisis, Cayden Cailean guided one of his champions, Tobias Steward, and thus assisted the Lucky Bastards mercenaries with liberating the beleaguered city. Cayden also conspired with Iomedae, Sarenrae, and Pharasma to help end the devil invasion in Korvosa and get rid of Lorthact’s Curse.