Skerrit, also known as the Forest Walker, was the god of the centaurs and satyrs who venerated neutrality. He was the hunter and protector of the sylvan lands and watched over the woodland communities and always aspired to maintain the natural balance.
Skerrit was a benevolent and compassionate deity, nevertheless he was a strong and skilled hunter and protector. He maintained the equilibrium in the forests, allowing all forest creatures to fulfill their natural roles, he granted hunters prey and fed the hunted.
The Glade consisted of a series of interconnected grasslands and glades where he was served by spirits of centaurs and satyrs. The realm was nestled amid the temperate forests in the foothills of Krigala's peaks. The secluded pastures existed communal close-knit relationship-centered balance with nature, the pastoral dream existence for centaurs. Skerrit's peaceful realm was protected by the deity himself and often was visited by Fionnghuala, the deity of the swanmays, Emmantiensien of the treants, and Eachthighern, the protector of unicorns and pegasi.
The centaur deity was on the best terms with the Beast Lords, even though they knew that the Lord of the Herds was calling their realm his home only temporarily.
Skerrit was a close ally of Caoimhin, the demigod of killmoulis. Skerrit ofter dispatched his avatar to accompany and defend Caoimhin's weaker avatar. Rillifane Rallathil, the elven deity of the woodlands, had the friendliest relationship with Skerrit, among his fellow Seldarine gods. Solonor Thelandira, fellow god of hunt, was known to ally with Skerrit.
Skerrit's avatar was a strong male centaur with brown hair, dressed in a chainmail that changed its color according to the deity's whims. This form possessed access to druidic divine magics and could polymorph self into any forest beast. The avatar was armed with an enchanted golden +3 spear and a powerful enchanted +3 longbow with magical arrows.
The woodland deity was known to dispatch his avatars to aid centaurs threatened by servants of evil gods. Skerrit's avatars sometimes acted as spies, patrolling the edges of his worshipers' woods and warning fey and centaurs of incoming danger. However, Skerrit seldomly involved his avatars in open conflicts.
The centaur god could temporarily possess forest creatures and plants to perform his will.
Skerrit was generally not worshiped by the centaurs of Faerûn as they often paid little heed to the gods, and those who did typically venerated Silvanus or one of the elven nature gods. The centaurs of Evermeet were an exception to this however, as they openly worshiped the Sylvan protector god.
Skerrit's clergy often took on leadership roles in their communities and passed their mantles to their sons and—occasionally—daughters. Priests of Skerrit used their divine magics to offer protection to hunters who set out against dangerous monsters or enemies of the community, accompanied scouts who sought new home territory for the tribes, and presided over ritualistic dances and mock hunts dedicated to Skerrit.
Similarly to centaurs, satyrs hosted ceremonies dedicated to Hunter in the Green monthly, illuminated by the full-moon and blazing campfires. Many satyr communities, sometimes up to a dozen groups, assembled in secluded groves to participate in mock hunts, wrestling contests, and retellings of Skerrit's hunting legends followed by a feast. The winners of these ritualistic contests were granted the title of Hunters and proudly held them unto the following month's gathering. Unlike centaurs, satyrs did not have clerics of Skerrit.
Temples of Skerrit
Some sages believed that Skerrit was born out of a universe of pure thought that birthed some of the earliest deities. Object and concepts existed in that universe in their pure form and Skerrit, the first centaur, was created when two pure thought-forms melded together. Skerrit, in turn, created centaurs in his image.
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