Adonis (3.5e Deity)
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|Symbol:||shepherd's staff and grain|
|Home Plane:||Olympus and Hades|
|Portfolio:||Agriculture, vegetation, rebirth|
|Domains:||Death, Earth, Plant|
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Adonis is an ever-youthful god who brings about the seasons every year. He does this by dying every winter solstice, and rising again on the spring equinox. During this time he stays at Hades. When he escapes, he stays on Olympus. He is daring and feisty, but when he dies the plants die too.
Clerics must perform ceremonial weepings for the dying god when he spends his time in Hades. They must save vegetation for this time, and will undertake fasting for a whole week on the winter solstice. A blasphemy against this god is when one tries to grow crops on winter. Sacrifices to Adonis include offerings of grain and fruit.
Clergy and Temples
Clerics of Adonis must be women. Male followers are allowed, but the female clerics alone appease Adonis' lusts. Adonis' other sect followers include barbarians, druids and rangers. Temples to Adonis are isolated and are often small wooden churches in farming communities.