Fenmarel Mestarine (pronounced: /ˈfɛnmərɛl ˈmɛstərin/ FEHN-muh-rel MESS-tuh-reen) was a member of the Seldarine, though he refused to have any contact with them unless absolutely necessary. He was sullen and withdrawn, offering cynicism and distrust to almost any non-elf who he came across. Fenmarel was the teacher and protector of isolated elves and elf communities and was known to use his avatar to patrol their borders.
Those most likely to worship Fenmarel Mestarine were pariahs and tribes of wild elves struggling to survive in a world hostile to their kind. Each independent group of worshipers worshiped and celebrated their god in their own unique way, a representation of the chaotic nature of a profoundly paranoid deity.
Clergy of Fenmarel Mestarine who served tribes of wild elves were lone wolf specialty priests called the Unbowed. They were referred to as shamans[note 1] rather than priests. Some chose to use different titles or none at all. Clergy included both males and females, with 56% being male.
They offered training in techniques considered underhanded by some, including poisoning, guerilla warfare, and deception. Members of Fenmarel Mestarine's clergy prayed at dusk, an analogy to when darkness first settled upon the world.
Novices were called the Lost. Outcasts and isolated individuals were typically lay followers rather than clergy. They engaged in worship of their own design and observed the anniversary of their banishment as a holy day.
Worshipers of Fenmarel constructed hidden shrines rather than temples. Shrines varied depending on the individual or tribe who constructed them. Builders commonly included a token relating to their isolation as well as plant and animal materials indicative of local threats, shelter, and food sources, such as bones, teeth, claws, sticks, and leaves.
Solonor Thelandira, Shevarash, Gwaeron Windstrom, and Eilistraee were all on good terms with Fenmarel Mestarine, but only the beauty and gentleness of Sehanine Moonbow could bring him into the council halls of the Seldarine.
Fenmarel Mestarine was Lolth's adulterous partner prior to her betrayal. He was among the first to be seduced by her promise of power but managed to get back on track with the rest of the Seldarine before the betrayal became anything serious, and believed that Corellon Larethian had a bad opinion about him for his history.
|“||The world is a harsh and unforgiving place, with uncompromising demands on those who would forge their own path. Rely not on others for protection, for betrayal comes easily, but on the skills of camouflage, deception, and secrecy. Follow the way of the Lone Wolf, for his is the path of self-sufficiency.||”|
- ↑ Although this is the term used, shamans of Fenmarel are distinct from shamans in that they serve a deity rather than spirits.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 127. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
- ↑ Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 978-0786966240.
- ↑ Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 62–63. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 129–130. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 111. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Wolfgang Baur and Lester Smith (1994-07-01). “The Book of Chaos”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Chaos (TSR, Inc), pp. 74–75. ISBN 1560768746.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 11. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 112. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
- ↑ Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 118–9. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
- ↑ Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 181. ISBN 978-0786965614.
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