One of the fifteen factions of the Outer Planes.
Nicknames: The Defiers, The Lost
Philosophy: The gods are frauds; the unknowable truth lies beyond the veil.
Allies: Believers of the Source
Athars believe that gods are just powerful mortals and shouldn’t have the right to pass judgment over other mortals or to even have ‘divinity’. While they accept that the gods are ‘real’, they don’t think such beings deserve worship. Despite what many might think, the Athar do have clerics among their numbers, but they channel their power from the “Great Unknown” an unknown realm of divine force which some might think could be tied to the Positive or Negative Energy Planes or maybe there is something else out there that gives the ‘gods’ their power.
Their teachings have gotten the Athar into a lot of trouble and they don’t leave Sigil very often, though they claim it isn’t out of cowardice but rather because they are so busy. Others snicker behind their backs as they think the Athar have gotten on the bad side of the powers and they are too fearful of leaving Sigil, where no god can enter, and being vulnerable to retribution from the gods.
The Ashar can be found in the Shattered Temple in the Lower Wards, the temple to the now-dead god, Aoskar. The faction can also be found in the Astral Plane, though this is because they can prove their point as the bodies of dead gods litter the plane.
After the Faction War, the Ashar moved to the base of the Spire in the Outlands as no god has power in the ring closest to the spire. Most believe the Ashar are terrified to leave that ring as the gods could be waiting for them just outside it.
Factol - Terrance
The current factol, Terrance, was once a patriarch in service to the god, Mishakal. After 10 years of faithful service to the god, Terrance awoke one day and realized the truth of his cleric service. Everything he had ever done, he had done through his intelligence and strength, that the conversations he had shared with Mishakal had no divine nature. Terrance is an oddity within his faction as the others are bitter of their realizations that the gods are simply mortal, but Terrance is serene about it. There is no point in getting upset by the truth.