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Acavna
(Deity)
Titles The Shield
Alignment Chaotic neutral
Areas of Concern Companionship, defensive battles, and the moon
Worshipers Azlanti
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Darkness, Protection, Repose, War
Subdomains Ancestors, Defense, Moon, Night, Tactics, Wards
Favored Weapon Spear

Source: The Flooded Cathedral, pg(s). 66

Acavna is a now long-forgotten deity of the Azlanti people, who was dedicated to the moon and to defensive battle.[1] She is said to have vanished shortly before Earthfall. The only known references to her existence can be found in the ancient ruined city of Saventh-Yhi in the Mwangi Expanse,[2] and in an ancient Azlanti temple nearby.[1]

History

A depiction of Acavna as she was worshiped by the Ancient Azlanti
What few know is that Acavna died trying to protect the Azlanti from the destruction of Earthfall. When she learned of the aboleths' plan to destroy the continent, she pulled Golarion's moon from its orbit to intercept the massive meteorite. The impact with the moon shattered the world-killing projectile into thousands of pieces, but did not slow or deflect it from its course. Instead, its shards inflicted lethal wounds on the goddess' physical manifestation. Distraught by her death, the Azlanti god of magic, Amaznen, sacrificed himself to render the remaining deadly aboleth magic clinging to the meteorite fragments inert, transforming it from a world-killer to one that, while still incredibly destructive, gave life on Golarion a chance to survive.[3] When it impacted with Golarion, it completely obliterated the continent of Azlant and plunged the world into the Age of Darkness,[4][5][6] but thanks to Acavna and Amaznen did not cause the death of all life on Golarion.[3]

Acavna's corpse plummeted into the site of an abandoned Celwynvian observatory, obliterating the structure and penetrating deep into the planet's crust. The Mordant Spire rose from her grave, formed from the essence of her soul as it attempted to reach Pharasma's Boneyard. The elves who currently inhabit the spire are said to be able to hear the whispers of Acavna even now, thousands of years after her death.[7]

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