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Shekinester was the powerful multi-aspected greater deity of the nagas and pterafolk.[1][2][4][6]

Description[]

Shekinester was initially a goddess of three aspects: the Weaver, the Empowerer, and the Preserver.[1] She later acquired two more aspects: the Acquirer and the Seeker.[4]

Homage was paid to Shekinester as a full goddess, though many of her worshipers often felt closer to a specific one of her aspects.[4]

The original three-aspected symbol of Shekinester.

As the Weaver, she collected threads of knowledge and weaved them together to gain a greater understanding of the universe and those within. However, this aspect had much to do with ruination, in order to make room for new knowledge.[1]

As the Empowerer, she aided the inexperienced and bestowed great wisdom upon them. In this form, she was much more kind and merciful than she was as the Weaver.[1]

As the Preserver, she conserved the spirits of those who had perished. The Preserver did not create life, but was crucial to maintaining it.[1]

As the Acquirer, she portrayed possession and control. She sought to accumulate knowledge and was both lawful and evil.[5]

As the Seeker, she drove the ideals of exploration and learning. This form was both chaotic and good.[5]

The appearance of her avatar depended on the active aspect, though they were usually about 15 ft (4.6 m) in length. The Weaver appeared as a spirit naga crone with a crystalline heart, the Empowerer appeared as an attractive female water naga, the Preserver appeared as guardian naga mother.[1] Her final two aspects, the Acquirer and the Seeker, appeared as a naga attempting to hold on to her youth, and a curious child-like naga, respectively.[5]

The favoured weapon of Shekinester was the tail scythe, and her signature weapon was the +1 sure striking tail scythe.[5]

Personality[]

The goddess was said to be truly complex and pragmatic, particularly due to her multiple aspects. She was opportunistic and sought to grant wisdom to others, should they be strong enough to accept it.[1]

She was known to bestow blessings on species that were close to extinction. However, she was also known to inflict disasters of the same magnitude on others.[1]

A highly involute deity, she did not adhere to a fixed sense of morality or lawfulness. In fact, she would often go from being a lawful good protector, to a chaotic evil destroyer.[1]

Abilities[]

Her avatars' combat attributes and abilities were just as diverse as her personality. However, each form shared the same traits: immunity to gaseous attacks, poisons, death magic, mind-control, and paralyzation. Her avatars were significantly powerful in that they could access every single sphere and school of magic. However, different forms were suited to different subschools of magic and used them as they felt appropriate.[1]

As the Weaver-Crone, she employed lethal poison bites that would often kill her opponents instantly. This form was equally skilled in the wizardly and clerical arts, and she was particularly proficient in necromancy, illusion magic, and evocation.[1]

The Empowerer-Maiden was very charismatic, though not as intelligent as her other aspects. In such a form, her bite could paralyze opponents. This form was very proficient in usage of the Power, and somewhat proficient in the Art. She preferred to use alteration, enchantment, and abjuration spells.[1]

The Preserver-Mother was robust and was highly resistant to magic. Her bite could, strangely, act as a symbol of persuasion. This lawful good aspect was an exceptional cleric, and often used all sorts of spells from all spheres (except war and chaos). The Preserver-Mother could cast wall of force at will, and several other powerful spells every few minutes or so.[1]

Divine Realm[]

Shekinester dwelt in a palace of the Court of Light, which was in the Outlands.[9]

Her original divine realm was also split into three parts, as were her aspects. These parts of the realm were known as the Loom of the Weaver, the Hall of Tests, and the Arching Flame. These realms were, as a system, three concentric rings.[11]

Relationships[]

The goddess of the nagas was an ally of Labelas Enoreth.[12] She had several other allies, as she believed alliances were extremely valuable. Shekinester was said to value deities of the Mulhorandi pantheon very highly.[3]

Worshipers[]

Nagas worshiped two main deities, which inherited the features of the World Serpent. These deities were Shekinester and Ssharstrune (who was an aspect of Shekinester).[4]

After the fragmentation of the World Serpent, the pterafolk began to worship the Five-Faced Queen. They acted as her agents, and believed that the agents of creation were also those of ruination.[13]

History[]

Two fragments of the World Serpent, Ssharstrune and Jazirian, tried to become involved with the Shekinester, who was at the time known as the Three-Faced Queen. Shekinester chose the latter and eventually bore his child. Raging with jealousy, Ssharstrune attacked the Naga Queen himself, and she swallowed him whole. After this, she had not only three forms, but five, and thus became known as the Five-Faced Queen. As a result, the nagas divided into five individual races: the water nagas, the spirit nagas, the guardian nagas, the dark nagas and the iridescent nagas.[4]

Shekinester later gave birth to her son, Parrafaire, who became known as the Naga Price.[4]

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. Lolth, the patron deity of the drow also holds this title, but the two deities are not the same.
  2. Because Shekinester once had three aspects, she is sometimes stated as being "neutral" overall, a balance between her three aspects. She had three separate aspects, one being lawful good, one being neutral, and the other being chaotic evil.

Appearances[]

Card Games
Blood Wars

References[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 103. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 176. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), pp. 136–137. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 187–188. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Rich Redman, James Wyatt (May 2001). Defenders of the Faith. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1840-3.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 189. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Template:Cite book/Planes of Law/Cosmographical Tables
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Jeff Grubb (May 1995). A Player's Primer to the Outlands. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 28. ISBN 0-7869-0121-7.
  10. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 97. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  11. David "Zeb" Cook (1994). Planescape Campaign Setting, Sigil and Beyond. Edited by David Wise. (TSR, Inc), p. 34. ISBN 978-1560768340.
  12. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 117. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  13. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 52. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.

Connections[]

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