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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Music to my Ears

Inspired Followers of Seramaydiel

This week we look at another Empyreal Lord, Seramaydeil. Also known as The Lady of Inspired Notes, this divine being takes on the portfolio of communication, inspiration, and music. Our randomly rolled character for the week, the vanara Kelis Shadowbough, was a follower of this Empyreal Lord, but little else is known about her church or her devotees. The listing of possible worshipers tells us that diplomats, harpists, metallurgists, trumpeters, scribes, and woodworkers all pay her homage. But who are these people really? Today we find out.

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 Seramaydiel. 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 Seramaydiel
Seramaydiel’s Pathfinder Wiki Page 
Seramaydiel’s Archives of Nethys Page 

The Music Makers

Some people create music by playing an instrument or singing, others create music by crafting the instruments used by these musicians. The Music Makers is a sect of Seramaydiel that specializes in handcrafting musical instruments. These craftsmen don’t just handcraft each instrument, but they are skilled metallurgists and master woodworkers. They build everything from woodwinds, to brass, to drums, and pianos. Instruments made by the Music Makers are prized by any artists that is lucky enough to have one.

The Music Makers have been around for generations. They set themselves up in larger cities and their workshops can house a dozen or more craftsmen. Their space also doubles as a small church to Seramaydiel and there is usually at least two official clerics of the Empyreal Lord among the craftsmen. Becoming a Music Maker requires not just dedication to the craft, but also to Seramaydiel. All apprentices are worshipers of the Empyreal Lord.

The Flametops

Worshipers of Seramaydiel are often known for their cool heads and pleasant demeanors, diplomats often take the Empyreal Lord as a patron. The Flametops are master negotiators who work for no one kingdom. When an impartial negotiator is needed many governments will call upon the Flametops to negotiate in their best interest. In some instances two parties will each hire their own Flametop negotiator because they know neither well rest until they’ve gotten the best deal for their party even though they worship the same deity.

The Flametops get their name because they universally have red hair. Although not all of them come by these flame colored locks naturally, those who don’t dye theirs to mimic their hair of their patron. Flametops are trained in the small churches of Seramaydiel that dot Golarion, but are mostly active in Avistan.

The Hypnotic Notes Ensemble

Not so much a large sect as a band of dedicated worshipers of Seramaydiel. This group is made up of six brothers whose parents were well known musicians in the Andoran Capital of Almas. The parents were not only musicians in their own right, but also composers for many other musicians in the city. It is said that to herald the birth of each of their children Seramaydiel inspired a glorious piece of music that the couple wrote.

The group is mostly made up of brass instruments, each hand made by the music makers. Two trumpets, a trombone, a baritone horn, a drum, and a bass make up the unique sound of the Hypnotic Notes Ensemble. Although the group is in demand around Avistan to play for the rich and famous, they still perform on the streets as common buskers. Some claim that they have had great epiphanies while listening to the band. These inspired folk have gone on to become everything from writers, to alchemists, to engineers.

Those who are inspired and those who inspire, all followers of the Empyreal Lord. Who is your gifted follower of Seramaydiel? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to the Lady of Inspired Notes? Where does their devotion come from? Let me know in the comments.

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