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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wings of the Ocean

 Flocks of Ylimancha

Illustration by Luis Perez
The coastlines of the world bring a majestic beauty and a home to many creatures. It is a safe haven for the birds that fly out over the oceans to catch their meals. This natural perfection has been embodied in the divine for of Ylimancha, the Empyreal Lord of coastal waters, fisherfolk, and flying creatures. Little is known about her or her followers except for her constant war with Pazuzu. This week we take a look at three possible sects of the Empyreal Lord known as Harborwing.

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

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

The Aviary

This sect of followers Ylimancha sees birds – especially sea fowl – as the children of their patron. They have set up a large aviary on the coast north of Magniamr in which to protect these creatures. Although they mainly deal with sea birds like gulls, ernes, albatross, and puffins they occasionally take in something much rarer. They have been known to help griffons and pegasi regain their strength if injured, and rumor has it that a phoenix even calls the sanctuary home.

Membership in the sect is a lax affair. The desire to help the creatures associated with Harborwing is usually enough. However many of the sect members are naturalist who specialize in avians. Healers – both divine and mundane – are also common among the members of the Aviary.  Ylimancha has been known to call some of the common members of this sect to her divine flock granting them clerical or oracular powers.

Andoran Coast Guard

Andoran has one of the largest fleets that sail the innerseas. They are defenders of their nation and consummate hunters of the slaver ships that haunt the waters.  But slavers and pirates are not the only things that threaten the citizenry, and Andoran boasts many fishing fleets. To protect these folk from the monstrous predators beneath the waves the followers of Ylimancha – many former Andoran naval personnel – have taken it upon themselves to patrol the waters closer to home.

Reefclaws and giant flying piranha are constant threat. Fishing can also draw a large number of sharks to an area. The Andoran Coast Guard deals with these common threats but it is the uncommon threats – which thy try and keep quite lest promote panic – where they really excel. The small coastal fleet has defeated at least one scylla and negotiated with a nest of water naga disturbed by a careless fishing trawler.

Sky Warriors

The battle for control of things that fly has been long and hard fought. The Demon Lord Pazuzu is a tireless opponent to Ylimancha in the outer planes, and their followers clash often on the material plane. The Sky Warriors are a sect of the Empyreal Lord’s church whose only mission is to battle against the minions of the King of the Wind Demons.

This sect is one of the most martial of the otherwise peaceful Empyreal Lord. Consisting mainly of warpriests, clerics, paladins and rangers the sect will also accept the occasional warrior not granted divine power by their patron. Almost every member of this sect also has a natural means or attempts to find some way to fly. Many aasimar whose divine blood has manifested in the form of wings become members of this sect.

The bounty of the water and the freedom of the sky call the followers of this Empyreal Lord. Who is your disciple of Ylimancha? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to Harborwing? 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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