Talona

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Talona

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Title(s) Lady of Poison
Mistress of Disease
Mother of All Plagues
Power Level Lesser Deity
Subservient Deities
Symbol(s) Three amber teardrops on a purple triangle
Home Plane The Barrens of Doom and Despair
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Portfolio Disease
Poison
Worshipers Assassins, Druids, Healers, Rogues, Those suffering from disease and illness
Domains Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Suffering
Favored Weapon {{{favored_weapon}}}
Superior
Primary Allies
Primary Foes

Cleric Alignments

LG NG CG
LN TN CN
LE NE CE
Amia Domains Chaos Destruction Evil Hatred Slime Suffering [1]
Talona (tah-low-nah) is often seen as a withered old crone with a scarred, tattooed face in relogious texts. Where she steps, misfortune and death follow. She has the personality of a pouty, greedy child trapped in the body of a once-beautiful woman now scarred by horrific disease and ravaged by age. She wavers between desiring attention at any cost like a small child and becoming aloof like a wounded paramour who has been discarded by her love.

The church of Talona is organized in a strict heirarchy, but riven by factions and sects. Aside from selling poisons, antidotes, and medicines, her clergy travel Faerun as quietly as possible, seeking out new diseases and afflictions, and spreading rumors so as to enhance the reputation of Talona. What seems to motivate Talonites in their day-to-day behavior is a quest for respect which is due Talona for her potentially devastating abilities, and due them as her represntatives in Faerun. Throughout their careers, her clerics work with magic and study to build their personal immunities to various poisons and diseases. Thus protected, they treat the diseased, take jobs as food tasters for paranoid rulers, wealthy merchants, and nobles, and bury those who have died from diseases. Whenever a realm or city-state casts out or punishes any Talonites, for any reason, clerics of Talona work to cause a plague in that place to exact "Talona's price" for such insults. Rumors have circulated that Talonites have occasionally chosen wealthy folk as targets for disease so that wealth and properties can be taken by the church upon the death of the wealthy owners, with the threat of contracting disease keeping the rightful heirs and claimants at bay.

Clerics and druids of Talona pray for their spells in the evening, though they observe thrice-daily prayers to the goddess. Festivals are held every 12 days, which are open to nonfaithful, where such visitors are encouraged to pray and give offerings to Talona in order to spare themselves or their loved ones from death, disease, wasting illness, and the like. A long symphony of rolling drums, deep-voiced chanting, and glaur, shaum, and zulkoon music touts the power and veneration of Talona throughout the day. Younger members of the church busily sell poisons (for eliminating vermin, of course), antidotes, and medicines during the festival, assited by senior clergy who diagnose conditions (usually with great accuracy) and prescribe treatments in return for stiff fees. Annually at the festival closest to Highharvestide, initiates of the faith are formally inducted into the clergy. Horrifying private ceremonies involving ritual scarring and sacred tattoos mark this ascension. Many clerics and druids multiclass as assassins, divine disciples, or rogues.

History/Relationships

Talona is one of the Dark Deities, having served Bhaal alongside Loviatar, whom she despises for her crual teasing. Since the death of Bhaal during the Time of Troubles, both Loviatar and Talona have slowly fallen under the sway of Shar. However, the return of Bane, who was Bhaal's superior, presages a conflict for both lesser goddesses' loyalty. With more than a hint of jealousy and bitterness, Talona loathes such benevolent deities as Chauntea, Mielikki, Silvanus, Sune, Lliira, Kelemvor, Tyr, and Shiallia.

Dogma

Let pain be as pleasure, for life and death are in balance, but death is the more powerful and should be paid proper homage and respect. Death is the true power, the great equalizer, and the lesson that waits for us all. If it falls to you to drive home the point with the tip of a dagger, so be it. The Mother of All Plagues works upon you from within, and weakness and wasting is her strength. Talona's breath is forever and always with you, whomever you or the rest of the world believes in or serves. Let all living things learn respect from Talona and pay homage to her in goods and in fervent worship. If they do so, intercede for them so that Talona will not claim them - this time. Go and work in Talona's name and let your doings be subtle or spectacular, but make them known as the will of the Mistress of Disease.