Feylgara (3.5e Deity)
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|Home Plane:||Material Plane|
|Portfolio:||Earth, Mountains, Solitude, Sleep, Silence|
|Clergy Alignments:||LE, NE, CE, N|
|Domains:||Earth, Artifice, Evil, Rune|
|Favored Weapon:||Warhammer, Greatclub, Dwarven_Urgrosh, Gnome Hooked Hammer, Heavy Pick, Light Pick|
As a number of the Aesir are wont to rage and complain about their perspectives of mistreatment at the hands of the newly formed Pantheon, so many eons ago, there are but some who wish to have no part in all of the commotion. Some who, despite all the world's pressing matters and the many mortal lives constantly pleading for support from them, simply wish to be left in peace; Some like Feylgara, known to all the world as the Stone-weaver, or the Heavy Sleeper. For Feylgara, all that is important to her is that she and her mountains are left in peace. To this end, she still finds worship to be gratifying, and even useful for achieving her end goals, but ultimately, she is fixated on her solitude, wishing to be left alone as much as possible, and going to the ends of the earth to do so.
Legends hold that the mountains of Loupe and Halimeda were created by Feylgara's manipulation of the very elements surrounding her, and her modern incarnation appears to use these same mountains a type of safe-haven. Being a deity who governs the earth and stone, Feylgara is typically capable of such spells and abilities as Stone Shape and Earth Glide, and often uses these mountains ranges she has created in order to hide herself from others in the realm of Tirr. This has been the subject of many tales about miners delving for ores or hikers climbing mountains, only to have them shift around and beneath them as the deity bemoaned their intrusion, fleeing to another location.
Typically, Feylgara appears to mortals and deities alike in her primary form: A Colossal Stone Giant, her head adorned with horns of stone, and her skin being petrified in some places, usually the shoulders, torso, abdomen, and knees. This provides her with powerful armor against attack, and also embodies her elemental affinity and ideal, adhering to the ideal of elemental Earth. It doesn't help her nature, however, that this affinity makes her sensitive to the actions of all earthbound creatures, and therefore she tends to have trouble achieving her solitude.
Feylgara is often implicated, and rightly so, in many plots made by herself and her followers against the other numerous entities of Tirr, often involving attempts to plunge the entire world into a state of complete silence. Her plans rarely bother with concerns for the various entities affected by them, earning her a place of contempt among those she or her followers have wronged, in the past.
Unlike most deities, even by the Aesir's standards, Feylgara's followers tend to act in ways that would typically be against the deities' preferences, if only because actually communing with the deity is against her preferences. Followers of Feylgara typically confine themselves to caverns and caves in solitude, in hopes of achieving some type of communion with their deity, who, more often than not, will surprisingly oblige, so long as they do not bother her, too immensely.
In her presence, Feylgara tends to make rather unreasonable demands for silence and efficient conversation. In one of the simplest ways to possibly explain it, she tends to constantly be in a state of too little sleep, and as such is often depicted as a grumpy, malevolent force whenever someone is being too loud or obnoxious. Therefore, attempting to court her without the most concise of statements in a quiet, unassuming manner usually will result in disaster.
Feylgara is one of the few deities who requires sacrifices and tribute from her followers in the world of Tirr. She typically feasts on jewels and ores, often the rarer and more valuable, the better, owing to an inflated belief that by ingesting minerals that embody her ideal, she would be able to stave off the slumber that befalls Aesir. This results in her followers often bribing her with tributary offerings of gold, silver, and diamond in order to get her to perform some kind of service for them.
Despite this type of estranged relationship with her followers, her dogma that is espoused to her followers is one of intense devotion to her, demanding tribute and feats performed in her name in order to keep others out of her hair and to be left to her lonesome. Often times, this can result in quite a few schemes by her clerics out in the world, using magical implements to drown out sound or put whole towns to sleep in order to please their deity and aid in giving her the silence she so desires.
Clergy and Temples
Given Feylgara's nature, temples to her are extremely rare or hidden. They are mostly located high atop the various mountain ranges of the world, especially the more frequent ones located on Loupe. Of these temples, the most notable is the Sleeping Giant, located in the mountain border between Tirasus and Kerrigan.
Typically, clergy of Feylgara tend to be rather tribal, only truly trusting one another and those who wouldn't be considered outsiders; Thus, it is usually the case that locals are exclusively in places of power in the clergy and officiate any and all dealings with their temples. Coug'r are especially prone to this, and their tribes typically regard the Stone-weaver as their patron deity.
Feylgara, as one would expect, does not maintain relationships with other deities very well, and her attitudes towards them tend to reflect in her followers. Most good or lawful deities often take issues with her actions, and those of her followers, especially when they happen to involve the innocents or followers of their respective deities. Bahamut, Balthazar, and the Great Mother are just her biggest opposition, among a score of others who, both Pantheon and Aesir, find issue with the scope, scale, and intent of her dealings.
Mephistopheles is a constant bedfellow in her plans, as he tends to use her innate desire to silence the world and its' people as a means to garner her support for his own schemes. Similarly, Lunar is less impacted by others, and even views the silence and sleep that her ends tend to aim for as a means of achieving his own ideal, Serenity, though he doesn't advise to do so.