Dhalavei

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Dhalavei
Unholy symbol of Dhalavei
(Deity)
Titles The Unsuspected Rot
Goddess of internal decay
Alignment Lawful evil
Areas of Concern Secrets, discord, eclipses
Worshipers Vudrani
Cleric Alignments
Domains Destruction, Evil, Knowledge, Law, Trickery
Favored Weapon Temple sword
Images of Dhalavei

Source: Cult of the Ebon Destroyers

Dhalavei is the goddess of unmaking and secrets. Her sole design seems to be the fragmenting of bonds, trust, and the destruction of the universe, though mediated by an obsession with planning and organization.[1] Her three aspects as worshiped by her most important sect, the Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, are mysteries, deception, and black destruction.[2]

Appearance

Dhalavei appears as beautiful three-headed woman with deep black skin and dark hair. She has two arms, but at the elbow they branch into three lower arms. In her hands she holds a temple sword, noose, an orb of darkness, and a scroll, still sealed.[1]

History

The cult of Dhalavei claims origins from the Age of Darkness. Despite the evil it works, all efforts to stamp it out have failed.[3] Her believers have historically managed to seize power in several kingdoms which they once openly bent to her worship, and are strongest in Vudra.[4]

Relationships

Despite her alignment, Dhalavei is sometimes worshipped alongside other members of the Vudran pantheon such as Irori.[5]

Servants

Among her known supplicants are the asura called the beatific ones.[6]

Church of Dhalavei

Worshippers of Dhalavei believe she protects her faithful even as she destroys all others.[5] Her followers include spies, monks, and political figures.[1] Vampires occasionally worship her as well.[7] Many of her worshipers are of the lower castes.[4] As part of their rites, her clergy conduct human sacrifices. The bodies of those slain are carefully hidden.[4]

Unholy Symbol

Dhalavei's unholy symbol is six feminine arms forming a hexagon shape: the six forearms form the hexagon's edges; while the six upper arms form the spokes that meet in a brightly patterned hub.[1][8]

Holidays

The new moon and eclipses are celebrated as especially propitious times for human sacrifices to the dark goddess.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Matt Goodall. (2011). Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, p. 6. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  2. Matt Goodall. (2011). Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  3. Matt Goodall. (2011). Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, p. 25. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Matt Goodall. (2011). Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Matt Goodall. (2011). Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, p. 15. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  6. Matt Goodall. (2011). Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, p. 20-21. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  7. Tork Shaw. (2012). Blood of the Night, p. 25. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-470-2
  8. This symbol is illustrated next to the box describing Dhalavei in the text of Cult of the Ebon Destroyers and is assumed to be her unholy symbol; even though not explicitly stated as such within the book.