In Seach of Sanity
Golarion is a world shaped by the actions of divine beings, as well as those who worship these immeasurably powerful beings. Whether they devote their lives to service or simply offer minor prayers, most people of the Inner Sea choose a deity as their patron at a young age, either as part of their upbringing or as personal choice. The predominant faith where one grows up can have a profound impact on one’s chosen faith, yet this doesn’t mean everyone worship a deity commonly venerated in their hometown. On Golarion, evidence of deities abound, and the specialized and disenfranchised often look to the gods that best suit their needs. As a result, few communities are completely homogeneous in their religion, and even those that seem monolithic may have pockets of divergent worshipers praying in secret. Ultimately, though, most deities care more about their follower’s intentions and that worshipers uphold their dogmas rather than the specifics of ceremony and religious trappings.
Listed below are some of the deities of particular relevance to the this campaign, whether because their faith features prominently in the region or because of some personal connection to a character.
Song of the Spheres
Goddess of dreams, stars, travelers, and luck
Domains: Chaos, Good, Liberation, Luck, Protection
Centers of Worship: Kyonin, Lands of the Linnorm Kings, Nidal, Numeria, River Kingdoms, Ustalav, Varisia
Favored Weapon: Starknife
While the other gods created the world, legend holds that Desna was busy placing stars in the heavens above, content to allow the other deities to create a place full of wonders for her and her faithful to explore. Since that day, all those who look up to the stars find themselves wandering in the endless mysteries of the sky.
Desna often appears as a comely elven woman, clad in billowing gowns with brightly colored butterfly wings on her back. Delicate clouds of butterflies frequently accompany her image.
Wanderers at heart, the faithful of Desna travel the world in search of new experiences, while always trying to live life to its fullest. Their temples are light, open affairs, with most possessing a skylight to allow in the night sky and a significant number of astrological charts to mark important celestial events.
Lady of Graves
Goddess of fate, death, prophecy, and birth
Domains: Death, Healing, Knowledge, Repose, Water
Centers of Worship: Brevoy, Nex, Osirion, The Shackles, Thuvia, Ustalav, Varisia
Favored Weapon: Dagger
Sitting atop an impossibly tall spire, Pharasma’s Boneyard awaits all mortals. Once there, they stand in a great line, waiting to be judged and sent to their final reward. Only the unworthy end up in her graveyard, their souls left to rot for all eternity. Legends claim that Pharasma knew the death of Aroden was fast approaching and even judged him, but did nothing to warn her followers, many of whom were driven mad by the event.
Pharasma is depicted as the midwife, the mad prophet, or the reaper of the dead, depending upon her role. Pregnant women often carry small tokens of her likeness on long necklaces to protect the unborn and grant them good lives.
The clergy of Pharasma gathers in gothic cathedrals, usually located near a town’s graveyard. Her faithful despises undead and go to great lengths to destroy such abominations whenever encountered.
The Eternal Rose
Goddess of art, beauty, love, and music
Domains: Air, Charm, Good, Luck, Protection
Centers of Worship: Absalom, Galt, Sargava, Taldor
Favored Weapon: Glaive
An ancient story tells of how Shelyn stole the glaive Whisperer of Souls from her half-brother Zon-Kuthon in an attempt to redeem him. Obviously, this didn’t work, but to the intelligent weapon’s great frustration, neither do its continued attempts to corrupt or influence her.
All depictions of Shelyn, regardless of race or ethnicity, show her as a young woman barely out of her youth, with eyes of blue or silver. Shelyn’s ankle-length chestnut hair bears several strands colored bright red, green, and gold. She always wears tasteful clothing and jewelry that accentuates her beauty without revealing too much of it.
Shelyn preaches (and practices) that true beauty comes from within, and she favors romances not based solely on lust. Clerics of Shelyn endeavor each day to create something of beauty, whether artistically or through unconventional forms, such as a gardener tending a flower garden.