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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Act of Creation

Twilight Artists of Findeladlara

Illustration by Luis Perez
This week we continue our look at the Snowcaster elves by highlighting their patron goddess. This also rounds out the last of the elven pantheon which includes our previous looks at Ketephys and Yuelral. Findeladlara – yeah I have trouble saying it out loud too – is the elven deity of architecture, art, and twilight. A conservationist of elven culture through art and architecture, she only answers the prayers of her elven worshipers. So let’s take a look at three possible sects of The Guiding Hand.

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 Findeladlara. The character does not need to be a divine caster, just a devotee of The Guiding Hand. What character do you make?

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

Twilight Riders

Among the Snowcasters, Findeladlara is considered a savior of sorts. Of all the deities, she guided them through the Age of Darkness as the only elves both on Golarion and above ground.  It was her followers that led them through the endless night and brought them out on the other side, and to this day they pay homage to her care for them with their devotion.

The Twilight Riders are guides in their own right. The wintery Crown of the World is an area full of hazards both natural and monstrous. The sect considers themselves the protectors of their people and guides to lost souls. Each rider has a reindeer mount that he or she raises, trains, and rides on their sacred mission. The act of caring for this mount from its birth till it is able to be ridden is the trial for acceptance into The Twilight Riders.


This sect of Findeladlara worshipers is devoted to her aspect as the mother of architecture. They believe that structures should be at peace with the world around them. The Treeshapers come from the ranks of clerics, shaman, verdant sorcerers, and horticulturist alchemists. The builders of this sect must both be able to design wondrous structures and mold living trees into the forms needed.

The Treeshapers are actually at odds with another sect of builders among the elves.  Yuelral’s Ruby Architects allow non-elves into their ranks, something the followers of Findeladlara see as a perversion of true elven art. As such the Treeshapers will often vie for projects against the followers of Yeulral.

The Master of Tradition

One of the things that followers of Findeladlara seek to do is preserve elven culture through its art. They thrive on the mastery of traditional forms of their people’s crafts; everything from painting, to music, to basket weaving. One of the reasons they are often at odds with followers of Shelyn – of which there are many among the elves – is that they see modern innovation as anathema to their cause.

The Masters of Tradition area group of preservationists who seek to keep each successive generation of elves will versed in the long standing ways of creating elven art. Each member of the sect is a master of at least one art form. The master continues to create and teach art in general until he or she believes his time is drawing to a close. The master will then pick a prized pupil to train as the new master of their chosen art form and train the apprentice in exacting detail. Apprenticeship can last two hundred or more years before a master believes his student is ready and steps down.

In the twilight, followers of Findeladlara both build and guide their brethren. Who is your disciple of Findeladlara? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to The Guiding Hand? Where does their devotion come from? Let me know in the comments.

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The opening illustration was created by the fine artist Luis Perez. You can find him on TwitterTumblr, and on Instagram at luisperezart.

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