god Asclepius

Statue of Asclepius, exhibited in the Museum of Epidaurus Theatre.
Statue of Asclepius, exhibited in the Museum of Epidaurus Theatre.

Asclepius the god of medicine and the medical arts, his sons and daughters symbolize the forces of cleanliness, medicine and healing.

Asclepius is married to Epione, with whom he had six daughters and three sons.

Coronis became pregnant with Asclepius by Apollo but fell in love with another. Apollo was informed of the affair and he sent Artemis, to kill Coronis. Apollo rescued the baby and gave it to the centaur Chiron to raise. Chiron taught Asclepius the art of surgery, teaching him to be the most well-respected doctor of his day. Athena gave him a vial of blood from the Gorgons. Gorgon blood had magical properties: if taken from the left side of the Gorgon, it was a fatal poison; from the right side, the blood was capable of bringing the dead back to life. Asclepius fought alongside the Achaeans in the Trojan War, and cured Philoctetes of his famous snake bite.

Asclepius’ powers were not appreciated by all, and his ability to revive the dead. He angered Zeus, specifically, by Asclepius’ acceptance of money in exchange for resurrection. Asclepius healed people and may have even made them immortal. This was unacceptable to the god of the Underworld, Hades, who considered these souls his rightful property. Hades prevailed upon Zeus, his brother and king of the gods, to hurl a lightningbolt through Asclepius’s head.

This angered Apollo who in turn killed the Cyclops who made the thunderbolts for Zeus.

Zeus, saddened at the loss of the Cyclops, decided to return them from Hades. Apollo also pursuaded him to bring Asclepius back. Zeus consented after much begging and made Asclepius and his daughters deities of medicine after bringing them to Olympus, much to Apollo‘s joy.

Cult

Asclepius’ most famous sanctuary is in Epidaurus. His healing temples were called asclepieion; pilgrims flocked to them to be healed.

Some healing temples used sacred dogs to lick the wounds of the sick petitioners.

There Oath begins with the invocation “I swear by Apollo the Physician and by Asclepius and by Hygieia and Panacea and by all the gods .

Paladins of Asclepius

Occult Lore
Author Keith Baker, Adam Bank, Chris Jones, Scott Reeves, and Elton Robb
Series Lore
Publisher Atlas
Publish date 2002
Pages 240
ISBN 1-58978-021-3
OGL Section 15 occult-lore
Content Puller Mark Gedak
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The material below is designated as Open Game Content

Paladins occasionally take up arms in the name of Asclepius. The two branches of Asclepiads, the doctors and holy warriors, generally idolize and envy each other’s stations. A state of intense but friendly rivalry exists between the two: who best protects their fellows? The paladin who seeks to cure the land of evil, or the arcane healer who fights against his patient’s suffering?

Paladins of Asclepius follow the Healer’s Oath as their Code of Conduct, and receive Alchemy as an additional class skill.

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