Selene, goddess of the
Selene (pronounced SELL-uh-nee) is the
subtle goddess of the night, bearer of hope for
those in darkness, and Mistress of Secrets. She rides across
the night sky in her radiant silver chariot, drawn by twenty-one
snow-white swans, bringing light to the darkened land. Like
her brother Erdhon, she is the daughter of Malbor and Shorral, and
is the firm foe of her father and his works.
A tale of Selene and Caravok.
Selene holds much of the beauty of her mother, and is fair in both
form and voice. In the ancient days between her birth
and the Second War, when Malbor had slain Shorral and taken the
twins Selene and Erdhon to his palace at Azhran, no fairer thing
could be found upon Theeurth. Therefore, when in the pits of Azhran
she was espied by the lustful gaze of the evil god Caravok, he was consumed with
desire for Selene and swore that only he and no other would possess
Then with honeyed words he wooed her, but she
was repelled and spurned him. Thereupon he flew into a rage,
saying that if he could not have her, no one could. Almost,
he killed her, but she was the daughter of Shorral and possessed
the changing nature of fire. As she strove with Caravok,
she assumed many forms, seeking to escape him. And thus it
is today that she still assumes many forms, and judges none by
their form alone. At last she escaped the assault of her
would-be suitor, and was rescued by creatures of the Infernal Host
who were her father's minions.
For twenty-eight days she lay near death and
though the arts of the Infernal Host were sufficient to restore
her to health, she bears with her still the scars of that assault
and her beauty, though still great, is forever marred. Thus it is that Selene and
Caravok are enemies,
and his followers the were-beasts are driven mad when the moon is
full. Also, because of her wounds which have never fully
healed, she is not constant in her going across the sky, but
tarries often in the daylight sky, or races on ahead, even
occasionally blocking out the light of her brother, Erdhon.
And every twenty-eight days her light waxes and wanes, in memory
of her time in Azhran.
Selene is beloved by all the divine races, who see in her the
reflection of their mutual ancestor,
Selene" is a common name for her, as is the Silver
Maiden, and Mistress of the Night. She is most loved by the
elves, among whom she often walked before ascending into the sky.
She is the patron of lovers, bards and all who work for good in
secret. There is also a secret sisterhood of female wizards
and sorceresses dedicated to her worship.
Selene is Chaotic good.
Selene is usually portrayed as a young woman with long white
hair wearing silvery robes or armor, and usually accompanied by
white swans or by the moon itself. But she takes many
forms. Her followers bear moon-disks,
circles of beaten silver, sometimes depicting the surface of the
moon. South of the Valesian sea, she is represented as a
Selene was born of the rape
of Shorral by Malbor. Though she was rescued by her
foster-father Thandor as a result of the Second
War of the Gods, Selene still bears the scars of her time in
the pits of Azhran. Where her brother is fiery and intense,
Selene is cool and patient. But like him, she works for a
time when her father and his lieutenant Caravok will be ruined,
and all their evil come to naught. Though she is constant in
her travels and in her enmity to evil, she is ever-changing, and
is said to be "constant in her variability".
Her silvery passage through the night sky is
a constant reminder to the things of evil that the gods are
watching, and that the day of reckoning shall come. She is
also the especial foe of all were-beasts, save only the very few
that seek out her aid and protection.
Unlike the Great Church and most of her
fellow gods of the Chalice, Selene does not perceive the savage
races as irredeemably evil. She believes that in all things
there is the hope for salvation.
Selene employs few servants, though she is friendly with many
of the Celestial Host, particularly Vacamiel, known as the Liber
Exaltus, who serves her nephew, Borlamnos.
THE CHURCH - The Fanes of
The Argent Order is dedicated to
watchfulness and protection. It provides aid and spiritual
advice to those who live in the night, including lovers, thieves,
prostitutes, night watchmen, bards, poets and
The Order's members are ever vigilant,
looking for hidden evil and those who would use the night for evil
ends. It maintains a loose affiliation with many local
groups and individuals across Vatheria who supply it with
information, funds and even adventurers when needed.
The Church is a loose hierarchy, centered around the
local temples, known as the Lunar Fanes. Each fane is administered by
a senior priest with the title of prelate. Many
local fanes and prelates are united under a single regional
authority known as a hierarch. The authority of the hierarch
is more moral than temporal, but is powerful nonetheless.
The hierarchs report to no central authority, but instead remain
in contact with each other where possible and occasionally convene
conclaves to enact important business. The fanes vary widely in
appearance and in the temperament of their worshippers, ranging
from white marble temples in great cities to rough-hewn edifices
open to the sky.
Within the Fanes of Selene are two
orders. The Moon Circle is the larger, quieter group of
priests and priestesses who tend the fanes and administer to the
faithful. A smaller, more active organization is called the
Watchmen. Nearly all adventuring Selenite clerics and all of
Selene's holy warriors are members of the Watchmen.
Shine Light Into Dark Corners -
Long ago, Selene ascended into the heavens to light the skies when
her brother Erdhon drew beneath the earth each night. This
was a sign to the creatures of Malbor that there was no time when
the gods were not watching. Just so, it is the duty of all
good persons to reveal corruption and evil wherever it hides.
Do Not Judge a Scroll by its Cover -
Just as the goddess takes many forms, so too do the children of
the light. Judge no creature by its appearance, but by the
content of its heart.
Respect the Balance - Balance your
work with play. Balance your zeal with wisdom. Balance
civilization with wilderness, and duty with pleasure.
Lunarius - Each full moon (which
occurs on the fourteenth of every month in Theeurth) is a holy day
of rest for Selenites. The full moon of Berlas is
Lunarius, and is the holiest day of the year for Selenites.
Lunarius is attended by a night-long festival of games and
feasts. These are usually accompanied by costumes and is
often a time of passionate abandonment of social strictures,
depending upon the local population. It is a festival often
happily attended by the followers of Ilion and Eristemus.
Selene's favored weapon is "Quickshaft",
a silvery composite shortbow.