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Arshea
(Deity)
Titles Spirit of Abandon
Host of Delectation
Adjective Arshean
Realm No permanent abode
Alignment Neutral good
Areas of Concern Freedom
Physical beauty
Sexuality
Worshipers Courtesans, painters,
the repressed, sculptors, sexual partners
Edicts Inspire passion, comfort and free the repressed, seek your true self and desires
Anathema Judge another based on sexual desires or gender roles, harm another in pursuit of passion
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E) Charm, Good, Liberation, Strength
Subdomains (1E) Agathion, Freedom, Love, Lust
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E) Confidence, freedom, passion, perfection
Favored Weapon Flail
Symbol Figure with colorful sashes
Sacred Animal Swan
Sacred Colors Purple, white

Source: Chronicle of the Righteous, pg(s). 71E
Lost Omens Gods & Magic, pg(s). 82, 128
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Arshea
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(angel, extraplanar, good)
CR 29
Environment Any (Nirvana)
Alignment
Adjective Arshean

Source: Bestiary 6, pg(s). 110–111

The angel empyreal Lord Arshea (pronounced AHR-shey)[1] is a champion of the repressed and weary, providing mortals deliverance from their bonds.[2] This liberation applies to many of Arshea's worshipers, who often choose to ignore conventional gender identities, eventually choosing one that fits them best.[3]

Home

Arshea has no permanent home, and constantly travels through the Material Plane, Nirvana, Elysium and Heaven.[3]

Appearance

Arshea is androgynous and has been depicted as both male and female, but in either case, always dressed in many-colored veils of gossamer. Indeed, Arshea is of both genders and neither, unhindered by such differences. Arshea has a perfect face, a lithe body, and wings of gray and blue. Their form is seen as ideal by any species that look upon them, and some claim that those who directly behold Arshea can never be satisfied with mortal beauty again.[3][4]

Providence

Miserable individuals sometimes receive a sign of hope from Arshea in the form of a soft grey feather, jewelled bangle, or scrap of gossamer.[3]

Relationships

Arshea is a welcome guest at the empyreal lord Lymnieris' Palace of Delectation in Heaven and such visits are legendary concerning the intensity of the revels held.[5]

Church of Arshea

Arshea is worshipped by artisans, courtesans, some fey, and those seeking to escape repression. They eschew gender roles and often dress and behave as members of the opposite sex (or another gender role in societies with multiple gender roles) for a period of time ranging from months to decades, which they consider the best way to overcome repression and understand freedom, choosing the most fitting gender after this period of pilgrimage. Arshea teaches them to abandon constraining beliefs and practice free love and sexuality.[3][4]

The Spirit of Abandon's temples are most likely found in artist's studios, burlesque parlors, and dance halls. Arshea's most devout followers endeavor to achieve sexual release daily (either solo or with partners), praise the beauty of the partners and self, and pray to Arshea while naked.[3]

Arshea's favored minions are aasimar enchanters, astral devas, and good-aligned nymphs.[3]

On Golarion

The cult of Arshea has a long association with Magnimar.[6]

References

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