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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Match Made In Heaven

Hembad's Love Brokers

Connetions, matchmaking, and synergy. Hembad is a being who makes things happen--in its own chaotic fashion. The minor Empyreal Lord has practically nothing written about him; but from his favored animal, the lovebird, to his holy symbol rings bound by ribbon, we can see he delves heavily into romantic matchmaking. But is this all he is about? And who are his followers? Maybe they are one such as this dwarf here.

As always, let us imagine we are sitting at our theoretical gaming table. Our imaginary GM sets out the rules for the game we will play. In this game, we are to make a follower Hembad. The character does not need to be a divine caster, just a devotee of the Empyreal Lord. What character do you make?

For more information on Hembad
Hembad’s Pathfinder Wiki Page
Hembad’s Archives of Nethys Page 

The League of the Knotted Cord

Although many revere Hembad in his role of connection between lovers, The League of the Knotted Cord view his aspect of connections and matchmaking as being more than just romantic. The League of the Knotted Cord is a sect in the church of the Wise Grandfather that connects merchants with buyers, suppliers with producers, and tradesmen with clients. They believe that if you put in a good days work you should be able to find an outlet for your skills.

Many of the members of the League are still merchants and tradesmen in their own right. They use their businesses and wealth to aid those who are seeking to make something of themselves. To become a member of the League one only need prove that they will work hard and donate a small amount of their time, product, or connections to aid someone else seeking to prosper. Each member of the League wears a knotted cord around their neck as a badge. The more knots, the more respected the member.

The Nesters

In Magnimar there are many mystery cults for the various Empyreal Lords. Hembad too has his followers within the city of monuments. His church here is not very well organized, constituting mainly of older ethnic Varisians. These grandmothers and grandfathers are harrow readers all, but they specialize in seeing love in some one’s future.

Becoming a member of the Nesters isn’t something you can do, you have to be chosen. Hembad is said to personally pick every member in the harrow readings of existing Nesters. All Nesters are true harrow readers from many differing disciplines: oracles, sorcerers, clerics, and witches. The source of the power matters not. Because of their connection with Hembad the Nesters look down on those who peddle in fake love potions and harrow readings, even among their own people.

The Silver Circle

In Taldor courtly politics are still the currency of the land. Even in its failing decadence the Taldanes respect those who have mastered the ways of court. The Silver Circle is a secret group of courtesans who keep their finger on the pulse of Taldane politics for their own selfish ends. Although Hembad is by his own nature good, he understands that connections are connections and the Silver Circle worship him devoutly.

Unlike the League where you can apply, or the Nesters where you are fated, members of the Silver Circle are groomed to join the ranks of the sect. Potential candidates are watched closely by the Circle’s inquisitors before they approached about joining the ranks of the organization. The sect’s leaders are a group shrouded in mystery; five masked figures who maneuver the Circles members in a dance that even those who have been members for decades do not understand.

The purity and majesty of silver exists in all the sects you’ve seen here. Who is your blessed follower of Hembad? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to the Wise Grandfather? Where does their devotion come from? Let me know in the comments.

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