Utopiony Bóg to morskie bóstwo czczone tylko przez Żelaznych Ludzi w Westeros. Wiara w Utopionego Boga jest stara, datuje się ją przed Inwazją Andalów. Najeźdźcy, Andalowie, nawrócili się na lokalną religię, nie zastąpili ją Wiarą w Siedmiu, tak jak uczynili na południu Westeros. Religia Utopionego Boga sprzyja pierwotnej, pirackiej kulturze Żelaznych Ludzi.
Like the Żelaźni Ludzie, the Utopiony Bóg is a harsh deity and goes hand in hand with the Old Way. It is said the Utopiony Bóg have made the Żelaźni Ludzie to reave and rape, to carve out kingdoms and to make their names known in fire and blood and song. The Utopiony Bóg himself is believed to have brought flame from the sea and sailed the world with fire and sword, its eternal enemy called the Storm God, who resides in a hall within the clouds and ravens are his creatures. It is said the two deities has been in conflict for millennia and the sea roils in anger when they engaged in battle. However, much like the Utopiony Bóg, no one aside from the Żelaźni Ludzie believe in the Storm God.
When an ironman drowns, it's said that the Utopiony Bóg needed a strong oarsman, and the refrain "What's dead may never die" is used. It is believed he will be feasted in the Utopiony Bóg’s watery halls, his every want satisfied by mermaids.
Drowning and resurrection feature prominently in the prayers and rituals of the Utopiony Bóg religion. Drowning is the traditional method of execution for the Ironmen, but it is also considered a holy act, and the most faithful have no fear of it. Newborn are "drowned" shortly after birth, being submerged into or anointed with saltwater. This is done as part of rites of the god, committing their bodies to the sea, so when they die they may find the Utopiony Bóg's halls.
During the anointment ritual, the priest has a person kneel. Using his skin of sea water, he pours a stream of it upon the person's head. As he does this he intones:
|“||Priest:"Let <person> your servant be born again from the sea, as you were. Bless him with salt, bless him with stone, bless him with steel."
Response:"What is dead may never die."
Priest:"What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger"
Clergymen, called Drowned Men, are drowned a second time in earnest and brought back to life with a crude form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Not all men are successfully revived, however. Drowned Men wear roughspun robes of mottled green, grey, and blue, the colors of the Utopiony Bóg. They carry driftwood cudgels to show their devotion in battle, and skins of saltwater to perform ritual anointment and even sate their thirst.}}
While Priests of the Utopiony Bóg must not shed the blood of Żelaźni Ludzie, they have no such reservation about other methods such as drowning
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