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Saturday, August 27, 2016

All the Promise in the World

Voices of Lythertida

Sometimes you become the best there is at what you do, and sometimes you die too young. The Empyreal Lord Lyhtertida presides over both these highs and these lows. Little to nothing is known of her followers, although this week’s character is an example of a worshiper of the Voiceless Tragedy. So today we explore some possible sects and followers of this deific being.

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 of Lyhtertida. 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 Lythertida
Lythertida’s Pathfinder Wiki Page 
Lythertida’s Archives of Nethys Page 

The Sisters of Sorrow

Instead of leaving grieving children, the death of those so young they never had time to see their potential blossom leaves behind grieving parents. The Sisters of Sorrow, which aren’t just sisters anymore, is a small sect of Lythertida worshipers who are all parents who lost young children. The sect started as more of a support group for parents wracked by the death of their young ones, but soon blossomed into a full-fledged mystery cult.

The sect originated in Magnimar, a place where many Empyreal Lords have cults. The founder, a woman named Gilda Nerethone lost a son to a wasting disease before he could even finish his apprenticeship as a cooper. She reportedly had a vision from Lythertida herself and went on to help other grieving mothers. The cult has since grown and spread beyond Magnimar, to Kaer Maga and even as far as some towns in Ustalav. Most members come from the lower class, as they are more likely to lose children to violence or the myriad of diseases those with money can avoid.

The Odesmen

To have an ideal is one thing, to spread idealism is another. The Odesman are a group of motivational poets from the capital city of Taldor, Oppara. Inspired by the words of a travelling cleric of The Voiceless Tragedy, a young poet decided not only would he not waste his own potential but he would spread good will through his voice, or at the very least his words. Some of those touched by him made changes in their own lives to live up to their personal ideals and other joined him in the poetry of preaching. Thus was born the Odesman.

Like many things in Taldor the Odesman are stuck in the past, trying to relive the great poets of Taldor’s heyday. As such they only allow men to join their ranks. To become an Odesman one must not only compose an appropriate verse but it must be spoken aloud. The size of the crowd that gathers to hear your words determines if you are allowed entry.

The Wing Beat Monks

The monks of Lythertida do not cloister themselves away like many other men of faith or martial arts. To the monks of the Empyreal Lord being a part of the community is as important as their sacred vows. The Wing Beat Monks seek to master the potential of their own bodies and minds as well as help grow the places in which they live. On top of the time a monk spends meditating and practicing form, he or she also learns a skill useful to the community. Gardening, animal husbandry, and medical knowledge are most common but some even become smiths or carpenters.

The Wing Beat style mimics the actions of Lythertida’s favored animal, the humming bird. Graceful movement around the battlefield is followed up by quick, almost imperceptible strikes. Some say that the master of the style’s hands moves so fast that you never see the strike nor feel the hit till after he’s moved away. The Wing Beat Monks rarely use their fighting form to attack, they see it more as a means to defend themselves and the community in which they live.

Those who seek to reach the heights of greatness and those who have lost someone before they could, devotees of the Empyreal Lord. Who is your follower of Lythertida? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to the Voiceless Tragedy? Where does their devotion come from? Let me know in the comments.

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