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== Followers ==
== Followers ==
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|Titles|| Dowager of Illusions;|
formerly Maiden of Mists
|Areas of Concern|| Death|
|Domains||Death, Evil, Law, Trickery|
|Subdomains||Deception, Devil, Thievery, Undead|
|Symbol|| Bejeweled skeletal hand and|
Eye surrounded by occult sigils
|Sacred Colors||Gold, ivory|
Source: Dance of the Damned, pg(s). 70-75
Mahathallah is a whore queen, one of the female powers who followed Asmodeus into Hell eons ago during the exodus. She was once a psychopomp usher: a handmaiden of the goddess Pharasma, who was granted the double-edged vision of her own death. She fled Pharasma's side in terrible fear, wishing to avoid her fate. Her unholy symbol is a single eye surrounded by mystic runes and a two-toned haze.
Mahathallah begins each morning in her original angelic form, but deteriorates during the day, until she is nothing but a skeleton at evening time. To disguise this transformation, she covers herself with numerous illusions, wishing not to be reminded of the fate that supposedly awaits her.
Mahathallah rules over Voiporl, a desert of violet sand located between the infernal layers of Phlegethon and Stygia and contained entirely within a vast system of caverns. The deserts of Voiporl are home to giant serpents and dragonflies, in addition to witches, medusas and undead who come there in search of wisdom.
Mahathallah's followers meditate on metaphysical subjects and consider themselves above others in the multiverse. They use a perception-altering drug called adyton to commune with Mahathallah in her mindscape of the same name, and followers of great faith can harness their control over their body's blood and toxins.
Her faithful have no clergy, congregations, monuments, or ceremonies, finding all such practices to be wasteful distractions. Their only pursuits are of fate-changing knowledge and powers through psychic journeys and closely held secrets. At other times, they tend to gardens, tell fortunes, and counsel others.
Followers of Mahathallah mark astronomical events as holidays, and celebrates the Absalom Reckoning calendar's leap day as Fateless Day—a day that they claim stops the River of Souls' flow and opens a secret path in the afterlife that bypasses Pharasma's judgment.
While Mahathallah does not have a universal holy text, her followers share a vast repository of knowledge in the Adyton and contribute to it in journals known as "mysteries". Her most faithful followers spend much of their time there to study or teach distant visitors.
The Mysteries of Salaur, a popular mystery of Mahathallah in Qadira, documents several hallucinogenic drugs and rites to Mahathallah, including an encoded formula for adyton. Its Keleshite author, Salaur, is said to have entered a perpetual state of near-death in order to explore the realm of Adyton.
- Agrat bat Mahlat (real-world demon) on Wikipedia
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