|A setting sun|
|Divine Rank||Lesser God / Intermediate God|
|Portfolio||Time, Longevity, History, Philosophy|
|Domains||3E: Chaos, Elf, Good, Knowledge, Time
5E: Arcana, Knowledge
|Home Plane||Great Wheel: Arvandor (Arborea)
World Tree: The Vanishing Tower (Arvandor)
|Worshippers||Bards, Elves, Loremasters, Teachers, Sages|
|Favoured Weapon||Timestave (Quarterstaff)|
Labelas Enoreth, The Lord of the Continuum, is the elven god of Time and Longevity.
Labelas is a one-eyed god, like Odin he traded one of his eyes for the ability to gain knowledge from the future.
When the boss man Corellon Larethian got around to uniting the elven gods to form the Seldarine and set about creating the Elves, Labelas Enoreth and Sehanine Moonbow got together to gift the new race with long lifespans untouched by the ravages of time. Together they oversee the inexorable journey of elves through their lives from birth until death.
Labelas is considered one of the oldest members of the Seldarine, only Rillifane Rallathil is believed to be older than he is. But Labelas is also worshipped amongst humans under various guises; in ancient Orva (the precursor kingdom to Cormyr) he was revered as Chronos before their nation was destroyed. He was also known to primitive humans of the Yuirwood as The Simbul before the Elves moved into their territories and absorbed their culture. The name "Simbul" was later picked up by one of the Chosen of Mystra and Labelas and Mystra have had a very good working relationship together.
Labelas was also one of the more active Elven deities during the Time of Troubles, though it was not necessarily for good reasons. Distraught about being banished from Arvandor by Ao, Labelas went completely mad and possessed the body of one of his high ranking clerics. During the avatar crisis, Labelas battled against Clangeddin Silverbeard and destroyed much of the island of Ruathym, the dwarven deity still nurses a grudge against him even after the dust settled. Other things he got up to during the Times of Trouble includes attempting to combat Helm in an old Halruuan ship (which went about as well as you'd expect), called Ao a minor god, and tried to rape a woman!
All of the crimes that Labelas committed damaged the credibility of his faith, to the point that in 4E he was reduced all the way down to exarch status, meaning that he had to be extra nice after the Time of Troubles ended. He promoted the cleric that he possessed to the position of Chosen and set about doing good deeds to clear his name.
Despite his powerful influence over elven culture he is rarely worshipped by lay-folk, but is acknowledged daily, particularly as elves get older. Because elves do not typically show signs of aging until they reach the twilight of their lives, those elves whose hair turns white and skin starts wrinkling earlier than it should might believe that they have displeased Labelas in some manner.
Clerics of Labelas are usually the venerable members of elven communities who start reflecting on Labelas more and more. They are responsible for record keeping and teaching in elven communities, their prayers particularly involve marking the passage of time and they do not have any holy days, believing that time marches forward uniformly so do not feel the need to repeatedly celebrate historical occasions when their entire job is to teach everyone else about them.
A powerful artefact of Labelas is used as one of the national treasures of the island of Evermeet; the Chalice of Labelas is held by the Queen of the island as a crown jewel, capable of healing all damage to those who drink from it and is even capable of bringing slain individuals back to life.
Labelas' divine realm is called the Vanishing Tower which is usually not visible on Arvandor, giving rise to the theory that it exists in a pocket demiplane of its own. When Labelas needs to deal with other members of the Seldarine he makes it appear wherever necessary. When he does so it is usually considered an omen of great or perilous change.
Servants & Exarchs
|2E: Silver quill tracing elven runes upon paper, or a stick tracing geometric lines upon the ground
5E: Quill or glyph
|Alignment||True Neutral (Neutral Good tendencies)|
|Portfolio||2E: Conjurations, geometric magic, rune magic
5E: Runes, spellcasting, writing
|Home Plane||The Spiral Castle (Outlands)|
|Worshippers||Elven wizards, Geometers, scholars|
Like several other lesser members of the Seldarine, she is in danger of sliding into irrelevance. Historically she used to watch over summoning spells that brought friends of elves, but nowadays she's less worshipped by elves because most of them would rather pray to Corellon, the god of magic as a whole.
Unlike her colleague Mythrien Sarath, who is also in danger of fizzling into nothing, she has redoubled her efforts in her portfolio, strengthening her dominion over Geometers - those Wizards who specialise in formulaic magic and deal particularly well with written forms and glyphs. Her church was already the smallest among the Seldarine, and is given more to scholarly debates and academia than devotion to prayer and healing, to the point that her clergy is massively lopsided towards arcane casters rather than Clerics.
Her recent efforts have led her to the attention of Malyk (drow god of sorcery, and originally just an aspect of Talos) and Velsharoon, who have singled her out as an easy target; while both want her power for their own they have no idea that they are hunting the same deity. But so far this has only brought the Seldarine closer together in their efforts to protect the weakest among their number.