This entry is a pidgin composite of the work of several people, and I will do my best to give credit where it is due.
From: Ghwiki (http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Pelor)
Pelorians believe that the life-giving sun is the best cure for all of the world’s ills. Justice and freedom are brought about through charity, modesty, preseverance, and self-sacrifice. Pelor’s priests teach that the truly strong don’t need to prove their power. Pelorians strive to perform so many good acts that evil has no room in which to exist, though they will fight if necessary. Pelor is wrathful against the forces of evil, and is especially opposed to the undead. However, Pelor urges his followers to remember that excessive attention to things of evil can blind one to the truly important things: compassion and goodness. These are what must be emphasized above all.
Pelorian dogma has it that the energy and power of life originates in the sun.
The Light of Pelor is the most common Pelorian holy book, beginning with Pelor’s creation of the sun and telling of how Pelor instructed the first mortals. Some turned against his teachings, thus creating evil, and this evil spirit has waxed and waned over time. Some versions portray Pelor as the sun (Liga) itself, rather than its creator, and tell of Pelor’s attempts to win back those who have strayed from his light. The Light of Pelor only has minor variations in it, and all are considered canonical, despite these small discrepancies. The book is often enchanted to glow with a soft solar radiance when it’s closed, and some versions are gilded.
In the Sun Father’s Hand is a controversial text accepted at present by only a handful of Pelorian temples. It was written about 476 CY by a woman named Tephos. Tephos was not a priest, but she believed herself to be Pelor’s chosen representative on earth. Somehow she performed miracles, including curing an entire village of plague, before writing about her beliefs and vanishing in front of her disciples in a flash of golden light. Tephos taught that all property should be held communally, that society should return to a more “natural” state like that assumed to exist before the spread of civilization, and that clerics were unnecessary; Pelor could intervene directly instead. Most branches of the Pelorian faith consider Tephos to be gifted but delusional.
Pelor is a popular deity, much-beloved by the common-folk. His worship is particularly prevalent among Humans.
Although Pelor’s church has a few heresies and schisms, the head priests of his powerful temples are in contact with one another and with the religion’s overall leadership. If the secular leaders of one nation place an onerous tax on Pelor’s temples, word will spread through Pelor’s hierarchy. Other nations might be persuaded by their Pelorians to apply diplomatic pressure to get the tax repealed.
Pelor’s clergy heal the sick, bless crops, help the needy, and destroy evil and the undead. They are caring and nurturing, with backbones of steel. The Pelorian priesthood attracts many naive youths to his service, but training is rigorous enough to send many of them back to their farms. Pelor’s elite priests are called Radiant Servants. Pelor’s favored weapon is the mace (heavy or light). Vestments are typically yellow or gold.
Pelor is served by a small number of druids, who behave in ways similar to his clerics, but with a greater emphasis on the care of plants and animals. They usually associate themselves with settlements rather than living as hermits, aiding the community with their hands, spells, and animal companions wherever they can. They are considered to have priest status within the Pelorian church, though they have a separate hierarchy. Pelor is also worshiped as the god of summer.
Pelorian paladins, known as Crusaders, are rare, having appeared in large numbers only since the Greyhawk Wars. Pelor’s paladins see themselves as the burning light of the sun which scours away darkness and evil and brings strength and comfort to the innocent. Though uncommon, they can be found in nearly every nation. Their dress varying according to the local culture. Crusaders believe that laws are helpful, but that they are at best a secondary goal and must be tempered with mercy. Their slogan is Equity for the Meek with Perseverance and Strength.
When not in formal dress, Crusaders favor light-colored tunics, particularly sky blues, pale greens, or grays. Some dress in commoner’s clothing, especially when serving as community healers or in disguise. On formal occasions, they wear a black cloak emblazoned with the symbol of the sun. They blend into the darkness, only the shining symbols visible to their foes.
Pelor’s services involve communal prayer, the singing of hymns, and the distribution of alms. Prayers to Pelor are often affirmations in the first person, for example, “I am merciful, just as the Sun of Mercy shines on me.” Weddings and rites of passage often take place at the beginning of a new season. Farmers often request a ritual known as the Blessing of the Sun-Kissed Field.
Pelor’s temples are tall, with large windows; many are stained-glass cathedrals. They are arranged so that the sun shines into most of the rooms during the day, and many feature large courtyards. They tend to be airy and blindingly white. Temple trappings are typically yellow or gold. They are always kept clean. Many Pelorian temples have hospital wings.
Pelor’s major holy days generally take place on the solstices and equinoxes of the Calendar.
Breadgiving Day. On this day, taking place on the Winter Solstice, the clerics of Pelor, and Saint Cuthbert distribute food to the poor.
Midsummer’s Day. This day, also known as the Holy Day of Pelor, takes place on the day of the Summer Solstice.
Myths and legends
Parable of the Hungry Man
This myth tells of a man who was driven to crime out of a combination of desperate poverty and foolish pride. His community forgave him and fed and clothed him when his perfidy was discovered.
Punishment of the Undead. This myth tells of the origin of vampires, said to have been cursed by Pelor after turning from his light to the pursuit of evil magic. The myth suggests that Pelor would forgive them, if only they would ask.
Gift of Eternal Light
This is an epic saga of an ancient kingdom threatened upon by mortal, demonic, and undead evil. Though sorely tested by their foes, the people of the kingdom had their morale restored each morning at the sight of the rising sun. In a climactic battle, the sun’s rays helped defeat the demons and undead, and the Pelorians were victorious. An interesting detail is that this myth claims the sun’s rays are the spirits of the righteous, a claim that no other Pelorian texts makes.
The lord of mercy has but one guise and one radiance, and his aspect is pure and unchanging. Yet across the world, different peoples and races view him very differently. In the fertile lands, he is the bringer of health and prosperity. In the deserts, he is the harsh father whose mercy is brought by his absence. In the Underdark, he is worshiped secretly and from afar, representing a kind of hope that few have ever seen but many dream of witnessing, much like how one who has never known love might yearn for it. He is the Radiant One, the source of all Radiance itself, the Scourge of Darkness; for it is foretold that a doom shall settle on him, and death claim him, and he shall rise again from the dead in a new and terrible aspect; and that the hand that so slays him shall be of the dead; and one of his own making, for it was he who cursed the ancient Vampires to ever turn away from his light. It is said he would grant them mercy if one but asked, but none have ever dared.
His radiance is power itself. Through its light does the Divine shine down upon the mortal world, and through him filters the essence of all things holy. His is the sun-conduit that allows compacts to be made between gods and mortals, and thus his radiance is granted to all servants of the gods, for he freely gives his light to all. It is even said that life itself quickened under his rays. His gifts are not restricted, but open to any who would receive them, and the simple pleasure of giving health, light and hope to all things living is all the thanks he asks. Prayers unto him do not revere only him, but rather empower the one who prays; They address themselves, telling the Radiant One how he has improved their lives. “I am merciful”, says the supplicant, “just as the Sun of Mercy shines on me”.