|Tittler|| The Savored Sting |
The Lady in the Room
The Unquenchable Fire
|Hjem||Calistria's Domain, Elysium|
|Domains||Chaos, Charm, Knowledge, Luck, Trickery|
|Subdomains||Azata, Curse, Deception, Lust, Memory, Thievery|
|Roller har kunnskap om Calistria ut i fra ranks i Knowledge (Religion). Troende av Calistria har ett nivå mer kunnskap om Calistria en de som følger andre guder/religioner. Prester, Paladiner og andre geistlige har to nivå mer kunnskap en andre. for eksempel en prest av Calistria med 3 ranks i Knowledge(Religion) har kunnskap til rank 7.|
Rank 0 - Nivå 1
Calistria (pronounced kah-LISS-tree-ah) is a goddess of many faces and guises, including lust and revenge. She is held in especially high regard by elves, who often identify her moods and attitude with that of their people. A fondness of wasps has earned this vengeful deity the title the Savored Sting; such creatures live on after harming their enemies, a trait to be emulated should one seek to inflict pain on another.
Rank 1 - Nivå 2
Although the elves worship a great many deities, they hold none so highly as Calistria. The Savored Sting speaks to the mercurial, detached nature that makes elves elves. Some favor her as a trickster goddess, while others appreciate her lustful, audacious spirit. Ever scheming and planning her next conquest, Calistria is always maneuvering to a more advantageous position.
Rank 3 - Nivå 3
Utseende til Guden
Iconography of the faith depicts her as the ideal of elven beauty, dressed in revealing gowns with long graceful ears, slender limbs, and a suggestive smile playing across her lips. She is commonly shown with giant wasps; unlike bees, wasps can sting again and again without dying, just as sex and revenge can be experienced time and again.
Calistria’s avatar is a beautiful elven woman wearing a slinky yellow and black dress. Her eyes are dark and mysterious, sometimes flashing gold with passion or anger.
Her herald is the Menotherian, a bear-sized, wasplike creature with a double stinger and powerful scent glands that can control minds; the Menotherian can take a humanoid form resembling an exotic caricature of a beautiful elf, with long ears, narrow cheekbones, and graceful limbs.
Relasjoner til andre Guder
Calistria’s interactions with other gods are complex and strewn with contradictions and fabrications. Some paint her as a good god’s lover, others as an enemy. Some even suggest the creation or destruction of certain deities (for example, one says that she rebuffed Cayden Cailean, saying no mortal could enjoy her charms and survive, so he took the Test of the Starstone for the chance to be with her as a god).
Troende og Geistlige, Rank 3
Spies, prostitutes, narcissists, hedonists, thrill seekers, enchanters, and illusionists are often followers of Calistria. Most of her worshipers are elves, not because of an excessive prurient interest in flesh but because she represents freedom from commitment and the freedom to pursue what one desire.
Priests of Calistria are usually bards or clerics, though in some places more exotic spellcasters are the norm for clergy. As a group they are a reactive force more than a proactive one, content to let the world progress at its own pace until something provokes them.
Typically a ritual consists of quiet chanting, blessed wine, and perhaps a few passionate kisses among interested parties. In other rituals, priests relate how they deceived their enemies or enacted elaborate revenge plots.
Kirken av Calistria, Rank 3
The church hierarchy is very casual, with priests valued for their ability to persuade others (or feared for their history of revenge) rather than magical power, though a powerful priest may be able to persuade or frighten more than a weak one.
Tegn i fra Guden
Calistria shows her favor among the faithful with sudden runs of luck among attempts to find companionship, heightening of physical pleasures, and finding easy marks for schemes or acts of vengeance. Those who displease her often find themselves plagued by impotence, inability to achieve sexual satisfaction, schemes failing disastrously, or angry wasps with an unerring ability to sting in sensitive places.
Ceremonies honoring Calistria often involve ritual sex but generally not the orgiastic excesses described in salacious stories by those outside the church.
Each temple has its own set of holidays based on avenging old slights, great conquests, and so on. The entire church has only one common holiday.
The Ritual of the Whip Sting: The church recognizes that sometimes a long-standing feud can be harmful to a community, and while the goddess doesn’t believe in forgiveness, she does believe in adequate satisfaction for an offense. When priests intervene in a dispute to protect the community, they negotiate with both sides until they reach an agreement on an appropriate act of vengeance, usually performed publicly. Once this vengeance is carried out, the matter is considered settled by both parties and any further retaliation is forbidden. Normally this vengeance is humiliating (such as revealing an embarrassing truth, tarring and feathering, and so on) and may even be painful (such as a whipping or being locked naked in a pillory for a day) but rarely deadly, as anything serious enough that a reasonable person calls for murder is usually best handled with a trial. The name of the ritual originates from when it was always a public whipping, but now the whip is mostly symbolic and both parties swear their oath on it.
Rank 5 - Nivå 4
Notable servants include Velvet Wing (an elven succubus-like creature), Tordurbar (a hypersexualized chaos beast), and Thyev (a frog-like, shapechanging sorcerer obsessed with vengeance).
Kirken av Calistria, Rank 5
Many priests work as or with prostitutes, always in a manner that assures the safety of those in that profession; the church does not make its priests into victims, as they are people with power who greatly enjoy what they do for a living. Even the most ugly or disagreeable priest knows how to turn on the charm at the right time, surprising those who witness the change (Diplomacy or Gather Information are essential skills). Others may work as spies, investigators (for individuals or the government), or smugglers of exotic materials for those with singular interests.
Troende og Geistlige, Rank 5
Those who carry a grudge pray for her favor, as do the rare non-evil assassins pursuing a justified blood debt. The bastard offspring of racial mixing (such as halfelves and tief lings) are attracted to the faith, using their exotic appearances as an advantage among “normal” folk, especially as most owe their very existence to unusual lusts.
Most people see the priests of Calistria as providers of comfort to those in need of solace, whether physical or emotional. They open their doors to those brimming over with lust, needing advice on embarrassing a rival, or seeking aid to strike back at those who have hurt them.
Formal clothing is very scant, usually yellow silk that covers little and conceals even less, often augmented with henna dyes on the palms of the hands and in narrow bands on the arms. Some like to add black accents to clothing resembling a wasp’s colors but eventually outgrow this habit, as the insect represents the goddess but is not inherently divine or worthy of emulation.
Calistria is fickle, changing loyalties as her needs and whims suit her. She doesn’t do this to be hurtful, she just never lets her interest become too strong or too emotional and thinks that anyone who does otherwise is a fool; former partners and allies who are smart know to accept this and move on. Those who compromise her interests suffer her barbs, and she feels no guilt for taking an eye for an eye, or even more. She has no interest in love and sees it only as a weakness and needless byproduct of physical pleasures. Forgiveness is the domain of fools and weaklings unwilling to protect and avenge their interests. Though she is a goddess of trickery and enjoys a good joke (or even cruel jokes), she thinks of common pranks and physical comedy as beneath her.
Hellige Tekster, Rank 5
Although Calistria’s followers recommend several works of theater and literature as shining examples of the perfect seduction or revenge, they only hold one text as sacred.
Her holy text is The Book of Joy, a guide to many exotic passions.
Templer og Helligdommer
A typical temple has many rooms with lockable doors for privacy, and many are converted mansions or large homes. Because of their association with sex, temple priests are known for giving advice on contraceptive herbs, assisting with births, and taking in unwanted infants; some are even believed to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Each temple tends toward good, evil, or neutrality, and this inf luences the activities that take place there. These philosophical differences are the source of many intertemple feuds, some going back a hundred years with blood shed on both sides.
Organisasjon, Rank 5
The Wasp Queens Few of the groups that gather under the banner of a god do so with less organization or order than those who come to Calistria. The Wasp Queens are an elite society of female thieves—exclusively elves and half-elves—who follow the teachings of Calistria, particularly those related to trickery and revenge. They are for hire for any number of activities, but the ones that excite them the most are the jobs that people say are impossible. They have broken into the most secure vaults of Abadar’s temples, have lifted enormous amounts of coin from the banks of Absalom, and are even said to have stolen the scepter of Queen Abrogail of Cheliax herself and sold it back to her for an exorbitant sum (though this last may be one of the many grandiose fictions surrounding the group).
Rank 7 - Nivå 5
Kirken av Calistria, Rank 7
Good temples try to serve the community and usually function as a brothel with sacred prostitutes, as they believe that the relief of sexual needs eases other tensions that might lead to violence. Regular visits by customers usually mean the temple is a hotbed of gossip and clandestine talks about doubledealing and revenge.
Evil temples are much like thieves’ guilds, a place to hear news, seek evidence of unfaithful lovers, and make shady plans, only sometimes while enjoying a lover. Priests at evil temples tend to be very competitive with each other, trying to outdo their rivals in feats of intimacy, trickery, and vengeance, and, as a result, many evil priests are forced to wander for their own safety.
Neutral temples (particularly elven temples) try to mix both, casually entertaining the lonely and lusty while avoiding the more violent plans for vengeance.
Organisasjon, Rank 7
The Wasp Queens They are enormous braggarts, exaggerating their trophies and their conquests, and always willing to lend a perfectly shaped ear to a good pitch for a job or a potentially lucrative sob story. They travel all across Avistan, always eventually returning to Kyonin with their ill-gotten gains—though it’s said they spend most before they ever reach home. They’re currently under the command of Arala Insifaal, a sultry half-elf who nurses a grudge visible from across the room. It is to this mysterious figure that hopeful members must apply, knowing that to fail the nigh-impossible admissions tests is inevitably fatal. The group is constantly torn by petty rivalries, past slights, and plots against each other, but they unify against outside threats—which is to say, anyone outside their group.
Rank 10 - Nivå 6
Kirken av Rank 10
Because of the faction rivalries, most temples focus on local issues and ignore the problems of other factions. Every full priest in the church has a vote in his or her temple’s affairs.
Hellige Tekster, Rank 10
Kan de hellige tekstene utenat.
The Book of Joy: This tome is a guide to many passions; some include illustrations of sexual positions, guides on reading and manipulating others’ emotions, or collected anecdotes on satisfying revenge schemes for various offenses. Some conservative cities actually make it illegal to possess or display a copy, fearing that the information within will corrupt the morals of its citizens. Mischievous members of the church like to print portions of the book as one-page “penny bibles” showing the most erotic portions of the manuscript, hoping to elicit curiosity in the reader.
Utdrag fra boken: Savor the three stings of passion, guile, and vengeance. No food you ever taste, no thing you ever build, will satisfy you as much as my gifts.
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