In the Shadow of Griffin Mountain
The cult of Balazar is another regional hero cult. A foreigner, Balazar came to the region in the Second Age and made the kingdom his own. He built the three citadels and left his children to care for them when he marched off with the True Golden Horde to plunder Dragon Pass. Like most participants in the Dragonkill War of 1100, Balazar was killed, but not until he had performed noteworthy deeds.
Balazar stole the sacred image of Mralota the Sow Mother from the dragons, and since then the spirit has allowed the citadels to raise those animals safely and abundantly. Her shrines are common in all of the citadels and easily found. Balazar founded the dynasties which rule the three citadels, and so the nobles there, and many common people, trace their lineage to Balazar instead of to Votanki.
Since Balazar worshipped Yelmalio, his followers do also. The cult of Yelmalio is strong at the citadels (though stronger at the two uncontrolled by the Lunars). Balazar is sometimes considered a subcult of Yelmalio, but the various requirements and benefits are the same as for that cult.