Selûne

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Selûne

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Title(s) Our Lady of Silver
The Moonmaiden
Power Level Intermediate Deity
Subservient Deities
Symbol(s) Pair of female eyes surrounded by seven silver stars
Home Plane Gates of the Moon
Alignment Chaotic Good
Portfolio Good and Neutral Lycanthropes
Moon
Navigation
Questers
Stars
Wanderers
Worshipers Female Spellcasters, Good and Neutral Lycanthropes, Navigators, Monks (Sun Soul), Sailors
Domains Chaos, Good, Moon, Protection, Travel
Favored Weapon {{{favored_weapon}}}
Superior
Primary Allies
Primary Foes

Cleric Alignments

LG NG CG
LN TN CN
LE NE CE
Amia Domains Chaos Dream Good Moon Protection Travel [1]
Selûne (seh-loon-ay) embodies the mysterious power of the moon, the celestial force that controls the tides, changes lycanthropes, influences reproductive cycles, and pulls at the edges of sanity. An ancient deity, Selune views existence with the placid calm of dappled moonlight. Like the moon itself, the quietl, mystical Lady of Silver has many faces. Often she seems distant, wrapped in the sadness of past defeats and tragedies. At other times, she dances joyfully, her lithe form glowing with majestic radiance. A being well accustomed to change, Selune can be counted on for one constant - her never-ending war against her dark twin, Shar. Together, the two created Toril and infused it with life; ever since that time, they have battled over the fate of their creation.

Many of Faerun's inhabitants live according to the dictates of the night sky, and for this reason Selune boasts a diverse body of worshippers. Seagoing peoples often turn to the star-studded canopy above their nighttime voyages to navigate the seaways, offering prayers to the Moonmaiden to protect them from Umberlee's attentions. Nonevil lycanthropes honor Selune as the master of their fate, as do astrologers and fortune tellers, although for alternate reasons. The common folk know servants of Selune as agents of good, enemies of evil werebeasts and undead, and caretakers of the insane and the infirm. Few understand the intricacies of her ancient religion, but most good-hearted Faerunians respect her church and clerics, and pay homage to her when the moon is full.

Clerics of Selune pray for their spells at night, facing in the direction of the moon when visible. Women vastly outnumber men, and many of the church's rituals honor women's role as teachers and role models in the home and society at large. Selune's doctrine infers that the moon emits a subtle influence upon the natural cycles of a woman's body. A female cleric of Selune believes she is closest to her deity during the full moon, and during this time, conducts morning ceremonies to open herself to special visions, insights, and intuitions. Milk, being a symbol of motherhood and of the sustaining power of the feminine, plays an integral role in most Selunite ceremonies.

The church observes two annual holidays, the Conjuring of the Second Moon and the Mystery of the Night. The Conjuring of the Second Moon, held every Shieldmeet, is a coordinated chant at every Faerunian temple of Selune. This confluence of devotional energy summons the Shards, a company of blue-haired female planetars, to do the bidding of Selune's Toril-bound clergy for a single night - usually battling the forces of Shar. On the following dawn, the Shards raise one mortal cleric to their order. The Mystery of the Night must be performed once every year by each cleric of Selune. During the ritual, clerics fly high into the air to commune with the Moonmaiden while in a deep trance. Selune's clerics often multiclass as bards, silverstars, or sorcerers.

History/Relations

The oldest myths tell that Lord Ao created the universe which now holds the world of Toril. During this act of creation, protoplasmic raw existence took the form of twin deities, one the embodiment light,the other representing darkness. These deities, Selune and Shar, gave birth to the heavenly bodies, simultaneously creating Chauntea as the animating spirit of the world of Toril. Chauntea pleaded for the sisters to grant her world warmth and light in order that life might flourish upon it. Selune relented, alighting the sun with elemental fire. Shar, who valued the primordial darkness and resented Chauntea's concept of life, struck out at her sister, beginning a conflict which has endured to the present day. Enraged, the Lady of Loss extinguished the lights of Selune, greatly weakening her in magical battle. Finally, the Moonmaiden tore a piece of her magical essence from herself and flung it at her dark sister. When the blast hit the Shar, it tore away some of her essence as well. From the melding of light and dark energies came Mystryl, a being of pure magic who went on to shepherd the Weave. Mystryl more closely identified with Selune, giving the Moonmaiden a powerful ally - at a terrible cost. Selune's magical assault cast Shar into the darkness for centuries, allowing warmth and light to grace Toril, but the attack wounded her to the core. Since then her power has waxed and waned with the passing of eons, while Shar, always waiting to strike from the shadows, retains much of her ancient strength.

Selune's power seems to be on the rise. Before the Time of Troubles, her power had ebbed to the point that she was a servitor to Sune Firehair. In the last decade, however, she has once again branched out on her own, forging new alliances in her eternal battle against her dark sister. Among her strongest allies in this cause is Mystra (the second deity to follow her ancient, long-dead friend as protector of the Weave), especially since Shar created the mysterious Shadow Weave, a force antithetical to Mystran doctrine. Lliira and Eilistraee share Selune's love of moonlit frolics. She respects Lathander's passion and hopes that by working together the two can cast destroying light upon Shar's ever-present darkness. Selune struggles with Umberlee over the fate of ships at sea, and with Mask over the evil he commits in the moonlight's dark shadows.

Clergy and Temples

The Moonmaiden's clergy believe "anywhere the full moon shines is the place for Selune." Her worshipers tend to be patient, accepting all with an understanding ear and a healing hand. Selune's lessons of compassion and guidance through observation of the heavens resonate strongest with sailors, nonevil lycanthropes, and especially female spellcasters. Her church possesses a very chaotic hierarchy, which occasionally shifts with the phase of the moon or other less predicatble heavenly phenomena. Clerics of Selune value self-reliance, humility, and practical application of common sense far more than rigid adherence to stodgy ceremonies. Clerics frequently arm themselves with a special kind of mace known as the Moon's Hand, which replaces the standard head of the weapon with a representation of the moon (those of different temples prefer different phases). Moon's Hands come in heavy and light variaties, and are in all other ways identical to maces.

The appearance of Selune's temples vary as much as her clerics, from small shrines in the wilderness to huge open-air or skylit buildings the size of great mansions. Reflecting ponds, small gardens, and feminine symbology dominate Selunite architecture.

Itinerant clerics wander Faerun in search of potential worshipers, always keeping an eye out for those afflicted by lycanthrpoy or madness. Those with the capability to heal sufferers do so; others accompany them to the nearest temple of Selune, where they are cared for by senior clerics. Wanderers of the church also subtly spread an ideology of female empowerment entwined with Selunite homilies, which is growing popular among alewives, laundresses, seamstresses, and servants. Those clerics who remain bound to temples (usually but not always due to age) dispense healing, earn coin for the church by telling fortunes from star charts, and minister to residents of the sanitariums and asylums that frequently abut Selunite temples. Both types of clerics unite when evil lycanthropes threaten the community, doing everything within their power to root out the magical affliction and cure or destroy it.

Dogma

Let all on whom Selune's light falls be welcome if they desire. As the silver moon waxes and wanes, so too does life. Trust in Selune's radiance, and know that all love alive under her light shall know her blessing. Turn to the moon, and she will be your true guide. Promote acceptance and tolerance. See all other beings as equals. Aid fellow Selunites as if they were your dearest friend.