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Akadi (pronounced: /ɑːˈkɑːdiah-KAH-dee[11]), the Queen of Air, was the embodiment of the element of air and goddess of elemental air, speed, and flying creatures. As an immortal being of freedom and travel, she instructed her followers to move as much as possible from place to place and from activity to activity.[11][15]

Description[]

Akadi was both the whispering wind and the turbulent tempest, sweet and moist at times while bitter and cold at others, her form changing with the seasons. In religious depictions she was often portrayed as a giant, blue, translucent woman with huge feathery wings that trailed away into the clouds. The Lady of the Winds was revered in both male and female aspects in different parts of the world, and the distinction between these representations made no difference to her faithful.[4]

The Queen of Air's avatar usually appeared as a 160 feet (49 meters) tall column of swirling winds, reminiscent of (but not actually) a giant tornado reaching into the clouds. Her voice could range in volume from the slightest breeze to an insistent squall audible for miles in every direction.[4]

Personality[]

Akadi's reactions were difficult to gauge, for she demonstrated almost alien behavior towards most mortals not native to the Plane of Elemental Air. Like the other elemental lords she was relatively uncaring towards her Torillian followers, yet did seem to have some small degree of affection for them. This was most often displayed when large offering were made however, so it could be argued that she only cared when bribed.[4]

Activities[]

Akadi's wings were said to send the winds across Faerun's surface. She carried many sights and sounds along the journey, but never stopped to make clear the importance of her travels to others. While she could be appealed to alter or stop the wind, or to provide good flying currents and gentle rain, she would neither stop nor create true storms, for such things were within the domain of Talos and Umberlee.[4]

Relationships[]

Akadi had many allies, including Quorlinn and Syranita, but she was enemies with Grumbar, the elemental god of earth and a fellow greater power. The archomental Yan-C-Bin wanted to challenge her power, but in truth Akadi had no superiors among aerial beings.[16]

The elven goddess Aerdrie Faenya was also reported to be an aspect of Akadi.[3]

Worshipers[]

The holy symbol of Akadi.

See Church of Akadi

Akadi, like all the elemental gods, with the exception of Kossuth, had a very small following. Being a greater power, she did not care much for her group of followers, and usually required a fitting sacrifice. One example was the burning of incense that was carried to her on the winds, a necessary action before she would recognize her followers. Appeals to Akadi could affect or change the winds, such as producing a strong current of air or creating a bout of rain, but would not bring about or end more severe storms, which lay within the portfolio of Talos, or if at sea, Umberlee.[11]

Traveling across the extensive lands of Faerûn, listening to the howl of the many winds, spreading the word of Akadi's glory, and spontaneously choosing to act upon the interests of the moment were the most common of the activities that the followers of Akadi took part in. Occasionally, clerics of Akadi became absorbed in something called a "life experiment", an absolute goal of either a useful or personal manner. For example, one cleric might have been devoted to raising sleeker and faster hawks or running hounds, another might try and deduce how orcs accommodated to powerful windstorms, or perhaps a cleric with a more unique attitude might try and deduce a design for artificial wings on cats.[11]

Before dawn, clerics of Akadi prayed for their divine spells so they were able to chant their incantations on the morning winds. The church of Akadi did not have many official holidays, and there was only one holy day of the order, which was Midsummer. Worshipers gathered in the Shaar, at the ruins of Blaskaltar, where the first shrine to Akadi was constructed. The ancient shrine itself was lost to many years of erosion by wind and rain. The chant of heroes of their faith was spoken, while new names were added to the list of those who had died during the past year.[11]

Orders[]

The followers of Akadi were often divided into small sects, and these sects varied in the manner in which they spread her dogma, though were similar in their practices.

The Whisper
This sect worked quietly, trying to discreetly bring about change.[citation needed]
The Roar
This group dedicated to Akadi were those who openly preached the Lady of Air's dogma.[citation needed]
The Azure Guard
This elite guard of a dozen female air genasi fighters served as Akadi's proxies on the Elemental Plane of Air.[16]

Worship in Zakhara[]

On the continent of Zakhara, Akadi was called one of the cold gods of the elements. As they were seen as uncaring for human affairs, they were considered opposed to the Land of Fate's pervasive culture of Enlightenment. Only a few Zakharans were willing to worship a cold god in order to gain power.[17]

Worship in the Hordelands[]

Within the Hordelands, Akadi was known as Teylas, also called the Lord of the Sky and Lord of Storms, and was the God of Heaven to the nomads of the steppe.[18]

Teylas monitored the nomads and herdsmen of the great steppes, sending rain and blessings to protect them from evil spirits. He also sent savage storms when he was angered to strike at his enemies.[18]

History[]

Akadi was considered one of the four elemental deities, a god who remained unchanged by history and the passage of time.[11]

After the Spellplague of 1385 DR, Akadi was reported to be not a true goddess but a primordial, a member of an elemental race once in competition with the gods before they were driven away to Abeir. As one of the few primordials who did not war with the gods, Akadi remained in power on Toril.[15]

Over the course of the Second Sundering, Akadi left Toril for Abeir.[19] However, she still seems to have a presence in Faerûn.[20]

Appendix[]

Publication History[]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)

Ed Greenwood initially used Misha, one of Michael Moorcock's elemental gods as found in the original Deities & Demigods,[21] as the elemental lord of air for his home Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in the Forgotten Realms. (In fact, Misha still appears as an apparent misprint in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set's "Cyclopedia of the Realms" booklet (1987) on p. 18.) As Greenwood indicated in his article "Down-to-earth Divinity" in Dragon #54 (October 1981), Moorcock's elemental gods "may later be replaced in [his] universe by "official" AD&D beings as these are published".[22] Akadi first appeared in the original Manual of the Planes (1987),[23] and was featured as one of the elemental lords for the Forgotten Realms in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set's "Cyclopedia of the Realms" booklet (1987).[24]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)

Akadi was described in the hardback Forgotten Realms Adventures (1990),[25] the revised Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (1993) in the "Running the Realms" booklet,[26] and Faiths & Avatars (1996).[27]

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000–2007)

Akadi appeared as one of the major deities of the Forgotten Realms setting again, in Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001),[9] the Deities web enhancement,[28] and is further detailed in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[29]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008–2013)

Akadi appears in the fourth edition as a primordial, not a god.[30]

Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (2014–Present)

Akadi is listed as a deity in the Faerunian pantheon in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide.[6]

Notes[]

  1. Also a 30 HD air elemental.

Further Reading[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Running the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 61. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  2. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc.), p. 26. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 130. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 23–24. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  5. Richard Baker, Robert J. Schwalb (February, 2012). Heroes of the Elemental Chaos. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 32–33. ISBN 78-0-7869-5981-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Steve Kenson, et al. (November 2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 21. ISBN 978-0-7869-6580-9.
  7. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 62. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  8. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 234. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  10. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 235. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. Edited by Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 90. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  12. Colin McComb (October 1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 181. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  13. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  14. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Web Enhancement for Faiths and Pantheons. Wizards of the Coast. p. 10. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 78–79, 81. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Monte Cook and William W. Connors (December 7, 1998). The Inner Planes. Edited by Michele Carter and Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 25–26. ISBN 0-7869-0736-3.
  17. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  18. 18.0 18.1 David Cook (August 1990). “Volume I”. In Steve Winter ed. The Horde (TSR, Inc.), p. 13. ISBN 0-88038-868-4.
  19. Troy Denning (October 2014). The Sentinel. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0786965436.
  20. Steve Kenson, et al. (November 2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 21. ISBN 978-0-7869-6580-9.
  21. James Ward, Robert J. Kuntz (August 1980). Deities & Demigods. Edited by Lawrence Schick. (TSR, Inc.), p. 91. ISBN 0-935696-22-9.
  22. Ed Greenwood (October 1981). “Down-to-earth divinity”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #54 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 6–9, 52–56.
  23. Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 35. ISBN 0880383992.
  24. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  25. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 36. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  26. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Julia Martin (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc).
  27. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 978-0786903849.
  28. Thomas E. Rinschler (2001-06-06). Deities (PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2017-07-23.
  29. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. Edited by Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, et al. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  30. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 78. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.

Connections[]

The Faerûnian Pantheon
Major Deities
AzuthBaneBhaalChaunteaCyricGondHelmIlmaterKelemvorKossuthLathanderLoviatarMaskMielikkiMyrkulMystra (Midnight) • OghmaSelûneSharShaundakulSilvanusSuneTalosTempusTormTymoraTyrUmberleeWaukeen
Other Members
AkadiAurilBeshabaDeneirEldathFinder WyvernspurGaragosGargauthGrumbarGwaeron WindstromHoarIstishiaIyachtu XvimJergalLliiraLurueMalarMililNobanionThe Red KnightSavrasSharessShialliaSiamorpheTalonaTiamatUbtaoUlutiuValkurVelsharoon
Primordials
Elemental Lords of Toril
AkadiBazim-GoragGrumbarIstishiaKossuth
Miscellaneous Primordials
AchazarArambarAsgorathBoremBwimbCirotralechDendarDraunnDur-baagalEntropyErek-HusKarshimisKezefMaegeraMaramNehushtaPetronQueen of ChaosRornTelosUbtao
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