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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Seek and Ye Shall Find

Aspirants of Shei

Deities always seem to be there when you need them most. Whether for good or ill their lives revolve around the souls of mortals. But what happens when a being of immense divine power goes missing. This week we take a look at a lost – or in this case stolen – divine being. Shei, the Empyreal Lord of age, life, and self-actualization is an interesting creature as even though she is lost her followers still gain divine power through her. Let’s look at three possible sects of the Ibis Matron.

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

For more information on Shei
Shei’s Pathfinder WikiPage
Shei’s Archives of Nethys Page

The Shimmer Wings

The Shimmer Wings are a sect of Shei worshipers dedicated to finding the whereabouts of their lost patron. Although her followers still retain the flow of divine power from the Ibis Matron, they have lost direct contact with her. A few oracles have glimpsed snippets in their dreams and suggest that the Empyreal Lord is somewhere physically on Golarion but nobody knows if that’s true.

The sect recruits any who show dedication in the search for Shei. Their central base of operations is in the Impossible Kingdoms of Vudra where diviners and seers of all types work tirelessly to reach out to their deity. More mundane searching is performed by rangers, inquisitors, investigators, and anyone else with a nose to ferret out information. The sect uses the imagery of Shei’s favored animal – the dragonfly – as a symbol of their devotion to her

Twilight Guardians

Like many other Empyreal Lords, Shei has a mystery cult in Magnimar. The group is small but dedicate to her in her aspect as caregiver. They specifically care for those in the twilight of lives well and hard lived. They operate a home for those too aged to take care of themselves and with no family to watch out for them. The building has a small atrium inside for the elderly and infirm to enjoy nature without leaving its confines, which is why it is called The Twilight Garden.

Most of the members of this sect are themselves older. Past the age to which they think adventuring is possible. Many older clerics and paladins make up the ranks of this sect, as well as a few lay persons dedicated to the Ibis Matron. All admittance requires is a desire to care for those who cannot care for themselves.

The Center

Being a principality of Vudra, Jalmeray is also a center of worship of Shei. One of the most well-known sects of the Empyreal Lord is a group called The Center. They operate something like a cross between a monastery and an academy where people come to find themselves. Although mainly used by parents looking to find the path of their children, some older lost souls also seek out The Center to find the road they somehow lost.

The sect separates itself into two. The first of these helps a supplicant find the path they belong on. Monk, oracles, and clerics round out this contemplative group. The second half helps train those who have found their path in what they were meant to be. This second group is more diverse and has scholars, craftsmen, soldiers, and pretty much any other vocation in their ranks. If one cannot be trained at The Center itself the sect will help find a proper mentor for the newly actualized supplicant.

Seeking within for their patron without are the followers of the Empyreal Lord. Who is your disciple of Shei? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to The Ibis Matron? Where does their devotion come from? Let me know in the comments.

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