Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Campaign Design - The Lords of Heaven: Aíne

Aíne (Rhiannon)

The Herald of Heaven; Celestial Mistress of Diplomacy, Commerce, and Halflings

Alignment: Neutral Good.
Domains: Commerce, Diplomacy, Eloquence, (Halfling), Herald, Trade, Wealth
Summon Monster: Aíne's clerics and favored souls can summon celestial creatures and either anarchic or axiomatic creatures using summon monster spells.
Symbol: A sparrow feather.
Favored Weapon: "The needle of negotiation" (rapier or smallsword).

Before the War in Heaven, Woda wanted to try to negotiate the return of his kidnapped son Rúadan, and as she was the greatest diplomat in the celestial realm, Aíne volunteered to undertake the task. Woda inscribed magical silver runes on her lips and declared her to be the Herald of Heaven. Aíne went to the infernal realms, but the demon lords foreswore their oaths of safe passage and captured her as well. As she was under a death gæsa pronounced by Füllar that she could only be killed by someone who truly loved her, the demon lords instead bound and gagged her, leaving her in Vaßatar's keeping. During her captivity, Vaßatar tried to sway her to his side, but Aíne resisted all of his attempts. After she was rescued by Caire, Aíne took her revenge upon Vaßatar, deceiving, defeating, and humiliating the trickster demon.

Aíne is a the patron of halflings, as well as the celestial mistress of trade and commerce. Aíne also holds dominion over heralds and diplomacy. As such she is a popular deity among merchants, artisans, and anyone seeking wealth as well as ambassadors and emissaries. Most towns have a merchant square with a shrine dedicated to Aíne, and it is common for those entering into important negotiations to call upon her blessing. Her faith is closely allied to that of Caire, and it is common to find joint temples and shrines dedicated to the two deities.

Aíne is said to have a feathered cloak that allows her to take the shape of a sparrow. In legend, she makes her home in a great wain drawn by two oxen named Fé and Mé.

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