Gazetteer – 04a020403 – Suru
Suru was the fifth sister of Iho. She never wanted to leave the other elves. Her love was Räyädis’s son, Ruho, who spurned her when Iho murdered his father. Suru was devastated. She wore a veil to hide her shame.
When Iho came to her to mate, she never consented, so Iho took her by force. She had difficulty loving her children because she could always see Iho in them, even her daughters. Iho ruined her life and she abandoned her house when her eldest children were grown.
She crawled back to the elves seeking amnesty and a reconciliation with Ruho. Once there she learned Ruho had married another. She fell deeper into despair. She contemplated suicide, but feared the oblivion that would bring. Instead, she turned to narcotics to numb her pain. She became a master of growing lotus and opium poppies. She also brewed aphrodisiacs and love nectar. She mastered erotic dance and became a skilled seductress able to manipulate elf, man, or dragon to do her will.
She returned to Twindernight and reclaimed her house and renamed it House Elo meaning “pleasure house.” The courtesans of House Elo became legendary throughout all of Oklos as the most desirable and provocative known to man. Even Jukal, emperor of the Grables, was said to have members of House Elo in his harem. Though he would never mate with any of his harem due to the worry of chaos, he and the elves of Elo House created tantric sex. Jukal claimed that in many ways more satisfying than the actual act.
This wide ranging influence of her eroticism often saw prostitutes and gigolos pray to Suru for sexual power and thus the Suru religion was born. In the drow community, she is a minor deity, but in the world at large she is a much more powerful one.
Suru’s own heart has healed through time and she is much less promiscuous than in other Ages. Her heart is still broken and her immortal life is filled with regret and loss. Those that pray to her from similar circumstances are more likely to gain her favor in the Age of Magic.
Suru no longer embraces the debauchery of her youth. She shows favor to those suffering a broken heart and the immorality that often follows it. The prayers of those seeking perversion for pleasure are never answered. That said, the temples continue to practice these amoral aspects of the religion and that is what keeps Suru temples thriving throughout the world.