Iao (pronounced I-O) is the Goddess of Healing Peace and Charity. One of the Ascended Gods, Iao was originally a human cleric of Ceri. During the Elven Insurrection of 165EF She took a single ship from the port of Geldan and confronted the Elven armada on the open ocean. During the battle an elven mage unleashed forbidden magic causing several ships to burst into flames and begin sinking. Iao called on Ceri to grant her the power to protect all the innocent from suffering, and was able to extinguish the flames saving both the humans and elves. The magical energies were too much for her fragile mortal body to contain, however, and she was destroyed in the process. Her selfless act caused some of the elves to reconsider their goal of eradicating all the humans, and she is widely credited with speeding the end of the conflict. Dulvan (The father god) took notice of her actions and raised her to godhood shortly thereafter.
Iao’s followers are trained in combat, but often see their roll as one of combat medic rather than warrior. Clerics of Iao will often heal all those in need, even their enemies, and prefer to avoid causing death whenever possible. Followers of Iao belive that the creation of undead is a crime against the gods, and will seek out and destroy both creation and creator whenever possible.
Iao is Neutral Good
Iao’s Domains are: Healing, Good, Protection, Strength, Sun
Iao’s Favored Weapon is the Morningstar
Iao’s Holy Symbol is a hand, reaching down as if to help someone up: