Matteo has always been a protective god: his followers are honour bonded to help the people, even if this might mean meet their own ultimate sacrifice.
That said, he’s also a god who forgives human weakness, especially if related to beautiful women: his paladins are forgiven if not encouraged to give special attention to the feminine part of population, wether they find themselves in distress or not.
His cult though, was fading through the ages, he barely noticed that until he ended the game of chess he was playing with a fellow deity. He then turn back his attention to mortals, finding ruined temples and thinned ranks in his worshippers, to the point few still actually prayed to him. Enraged and disgusted by the whimsical nature of humankind, he decided to elect a champion, who might rise and reshape the human ways spreading his cult to every corner of the world, as it should have been.
Alas, his burning rage changed his vision on humankind leading him to be willing to create a savage and unforgiving world.
To accomplish this, a champion was in need. Unfortunately, the only one available was Hardy Fecker, not exactly the brightest of his knights ever, but at times even a god has to go for what’s available rather than desirable… 😁 so, go hero do what you can, hopefully more than emptying the cellars of every tavern in the realm.