Religion

Religions, in the region, that you have knowledge of:
Desna

Desna is said to have been one of the first deities, but while her peers burdened themselves with the task of creating Golarion she spent her time building the heavens. Supposedly, she’s changed little since those earlier days, and she and her followers delight in exploring the world.

In Varisia, she is often described as a beautiful elven woman, with butterfly wings containing all the beauty of a clear night sky. She is oft depicted as having dark hair, silvery eyes, and a coy but distant smile, wearing diaphanous gowns and sometimes accompanied by swarms of butterflies. Additional details vary among the other races that worship her; the Bonuwat people of the Mwangi Expanse worship a variant form of Desna, a janiform amalgam with Gozreh, whom they call Shimye-Magalla.

Desna is the goddess of travel and journeys, and there are few who traverse the roads who wouldn’t spare her a prayer or a simple-worded plea for benediction. Scouts, sailors, and those who travel for travel’s sake make up a large amount of her following, though her domain of luck also makes her a favorite deity among gamblers and thieves.

Cayden Cailean

Cayden Cailean is an unassuming deity. After his ascension, he appears much as he did before completing the Test of the Starstone. He is usually depicted wearing chainmail and bearing a tankard of ale in one hand, sometimes accompanied by a rapier in the other. Additionally, he is often shown in combat against hosts of devils. Occasionally, his wrists are adorned with broken shackles, representing his doctrine of freedom for both body and mind.

The majority of those who follow Cayden Cailean are simple people who seek simple pleasures in life. Typically, priests are free to spread the ideals of their faith as they see fit; the priests of the Lucky Drunk are often barkeeps, freedom fighters, or adventurers traveling alone or as part of a group.

Gozreh

Gozreh is a dualistic god of nature, a god of the storm and sky and also a goddess of the wave and surf. Born of the ocean’s fury and the wind’s wrath, Gozreh is a fickle deity.

It is said that Gozreh appears as a colossal humanoid whose lower body trails away into a mass of roiling elemental matter. His female avatar of the sea merges with water and appears young and beautiful woman with wild green hair. The male avatar of the winds and clouds merges with a storm cloud and appears as a weathered old man with a long white beard. Images of Gozreh typically present his two forms reaching up from the sea and down from the heavens to touch one another in midair.

Priests of Gozreh are rugged folk and many are hermits. Men are expected to have long beards and women long hair. Seaweed and natural items are often braided into the hair of the faithful. The Bonuwat people of the Mwangi Expanse worship a variant form of Gozreh, a janiform amalgam with Desna, whom they call Shimye-Magalla.

Nethys

Nethys is a god who holds magic above all things. It is said that he became a god by seeing all that transpired on all planes. However, this omnipresent knowledge also drove him irreparably mad. He is a god of magic torn between destroying the world with one hand and saving it with the other. This dual-edged nature of magic is cherished by his followers – wizards and clerics, and all those with an interest in magic and its use and advancement – and is epitomized in his apotheosis.

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