Nivi Rhombodazzle

Nivi Rhombodazzle
Nivi Rhombodazzle's holy symbol
(Deity)
Titles The Grey Polychrome
Alignment Neutral
Areas of Concern Gems
Stealth
Gambling
Worshipers Svirfneblin, bleachlings
Cleric Alignments
Domains Community, Earth, Luck, Trickery
Subdomains Caves, Deception, Fate, Thievery
Favored Weapon Light hammer
Symbol Seven-pipped gem die
Sacred Animal Mole
Sacred Colors Gray, red
Images of Nivi Rhombodazzle

Source: Faiths of Purity, pg(s). 20

Nivi Rhombodazzle is the only gnomish racial deity, though she is mostly revered among svirfneblin in the Darklands and is barely known on Golarion's surface.[1][2][3]

She appears as a deep gnome with eyes that glimmer like gems. Her holy symbol is a gem cut into the shape of a six-sided die with seven pips on one side.[1][3]

History

Nivi was once an ordinary mortal gnome with a penchant for gambling and games of chance. She was not addicted to winning so much as playing the game. Unfortunately, this attitude led her to owe a lot of money to a lot of people, which eventually forced her to flee from some of her more powerful creditors.

She eventually found her way into the Darklands, where she was amazed by the wonders and incredible sights contained therein. She became the first deep gnome to stave off the effects of the Bleaching by fully embracing her new life below the surface of Golarion.[1][3]

She traded a special gem to Torag in exchange for becoming a godling.[4] As a result, she became the first svirfneblin[3] and is considered the mother of their race.[4]

Myths

Scholars have speculated that Nivi Rhombodazzle is somehow responsible for the population of gnomes native to the Material Plane. One theory suggests the first such gnomes were pranked into passing through a temporary breach from the First World, and the culprit might have been Nivi.[5]

Followers

Nivi is widely worshiped among svirfneblin, but only a few surface gnomes—most of whom are adventurers who regularly deal with the deep gnomes—even know of her divinity.[6][3] Gnomes in danger of succumbing to the bleaching might also follow Nivi in hopes of finding inspiration in pursuit of chance. Gamblers and other roguish folk of any race might also carry her holy symbol in homage to her, if not in worship.[3]

Her followers might also carry a rhombocrystal, a magical color-shifting lens.[7][8]

Church

Nivi is a goddess of community, and her worshipers organize into tight-knit, unique groups with their own greetings and traditions. Among her churches are the Cult of the Shining Diamond and the Blue Twilight.[4]

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