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Black Butterfly

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Black Butterfly
(Deity)
Titles The Silence Between
Desna's Shadow
Home Stair of Stars
Alignment Chaotic good
Areas of Concern Distance
Silence
Space
Worshipers deaf, mute, parted lovers, those vowed to isolation, those vowed to silence, explorers
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Good, Liberation, Void
Subdomains Azata, Freedom, Revolution, Stars
Favored Weapon Starknife
Symbol Black butterfly with star
Sacred Animal Butterfly
Sacred Colors Black, silver
Black Butterfly
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(azata, chaotic, extraplanar, good)
CR 28
Environment Any (Elysium)
Alignment

Source: Bestiary 6, pg(s). 112-113

Black Butterfly is a powerful azata empyreal lord. She never acts rashly and believes in the wisdom of the cosmos to guide her. She teaches that in the silence between breaths and thoughts, one's true nature can be seen.[1][2]

History

Per legend, the Black Butterfly was conjured by Desna accidentally; as Desna placed the stars in the sky she made a pattern that, upon completion, manifested itself as the Black Butterfly.[1]

Home

The Black Butterfly hides in the dark spaces of the Stair of Stars, which leads to Cynosure, Desna's palace. Her realm is a quiet void, with breathable air for all creatures and pockets of solid shadows for those that want their feet grounded. It is very difficult to find that not even scholars can agree on its exact location, though desperate travellers sometimes make their way there and enjoy momentary succour.[1][2]

The Black Butterfly keeps a secondary, small realm within Cynosure itself, where her petitioners live.[3]

Appearance

The Silence Between looks like the silhouette of a woman that also has white hair and eyes. Her wings contain images of planets, stars, and galaxies. One of these stars is actually Voidsedge, the Black Butterfly's starknife, which she can call to her hand at any time.[1]

Relationships

The Black Butterfly despises all sorts of evil, and views the Dark Tapestry as the worst. Few can match her knowledge about the Dark Tapestry, but she refuses to share this knowledge, as she thinks that doing so will help her foes.[1][2]

Church

The Black Butterfly's followers are those who live lifes of silence, like the deaf and the mute, and explorers venturing into uncharted territory. The Black Butterfly is typically worshiped in monasteries atop mountain peaks, underground spaces and asteroids. On holy days, her devotees eschew loud spectacles. Creatures she favors include celestial gloomwings, star monarchs, and yamahs.[1][2]

Her most obedient followers perform an anonymous charitable act each day, in order to foster the perception that good things sometimes happen to one just because one deserves it. If the beneficiary is seen or spoken to, the follower must spend an hour blindfolded while praying, then tithe to a temple of the Black Butterfly or other good god.[1][2]

Holy symbol

Black Butterfly's holy symbol is a black butterfly with a star on its thorax.[1]