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Lissala
The unholy symbol of Lissala: a Sihedron rune
(Deity)
Titles The Sihedron Scion
Adjective Lissalan
Home No known presence in Great Beyond
Alignment Lawful evil
Areas of Concern Runes, fate, duty, obedience, reward of service
Worshipers Thassilonians, rune giants
Cleric Alignments
Domains Evil, Knowledge, Law, Nobility, Rune
Subdomains Devil, Language, Leadership, Legislation, Memory, Thought, Wards
Favored Weapon Whip
Symbol Sihedron
Sacred Animal Snake
Sacred Colors Gold, green
Images of Lissala

Lissala (pronounced lis-SALL-uh)[1] is the goddess of runes, fate, and the reward of service, and was once a major religious force in the empire of Thassilon.[2] She was depicted either as a stern woman with no mouth,[3] or as a creature with a snake's lower half, a human woman's upper half, six wings, and a Sihedron for a head.[4][5]

History

Lissala was introduced to Thassilon more than 11,000 years ago by the First King Xin, who brought her from his homeland of Azlant.[5] She taught the philosophy of the seven virtues of rule, guidelines that promised rewards for both rulers and their subjects if her teachings were strictly followed. These were eventually perverted into the seven mortal sins by the runelords. She also outlined the workings of fate to her followers. Lissala also seems to have been, if not the source, then one of the major teachers of the art of rune magic, through which the rulers of Thassilon erected their mighty works and controlled the populace.[6]

Her worship continued past the death of Xin, as Krune, the Runelord of Sloth, was her chief priest.[7] During the reign of the runelords, her religion become more slavish and violent, emphasizing flagellation and mortification of the flesh.[8]


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Lissala in her warlike aspect.

Servants

Chief among Lissala's servants is her herald, Kurshu the Undying, whom she created from the parts of many different creatures.[9]

Unholy symbol

Lissala is known to have two types of symbols: her main symbol is a variant Sihedron rune (see right); her second type was a whip twisted into the keyed rune of the particular rune magic practitioner using it.[10]

Church of Lissala

Those few followers remaining believe that knowledge can be gained by following a path of self-harm in an attempt to burn knowledge into their minds.[11] Rune giants refuse to believe Lissala is dead and continue to worship her.[5]

Rumors have been growing that clerics of Lissala have been reappearing, and that some of the runes of Thassilon retain some connection to her.[2]

Temples and shrines

Only the ruins of the Great Temple of Lissala and the smaller temples in fabled Xin-Shalast in Varisia and the Hold of Belkzen remain to indicate the awesome power she once wielded over the hearts and minds of the ancient Thassilonians.[12][13][2]

Holidays

One of Lissala's high holidays is known as the Feast of Sigils.[2]

References

Paizo published a major article about Lissala in Into the Nightmare Rift, p70ff.

  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 235. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  3. Stephen S. Greer. (2008). Sins of the Saviors. Sins of the Saviors, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-040-7
  4. Rob McCreary. (2010). The Godsmouth Heresy, p. 6f. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-280-7
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Jesse Benner. (2012). Rune Giant. Giants Revisited, p. 42. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-412-2
  6. Wolfgang Baur. (2007). The History of Thassilon. Burnt Offerings, p. 73. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-035-3
  7. Wolfgang Baur. (2007). The History of Thassilon. Burnt Offerings, p. 76. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-035-3
  8. Wolfgang Baur. (2007). The History of Thassilon. Burnt Offerings, p. 78. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-035-3
  9. James Jacobs and Sean K Reynolds. (2012). Bestiary. Into the Nightmare Rift, p. 88-89. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-487-0
  10. Sean K Reynolds. (2012). Lissala. Into the Nightmare Rift, p. 72. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-487-0
  11. Colin McComb. (2011). Faiths of Corruption, p. 21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-375-0
  12. Wolfgang Baur. (2007). The History of Thassilon. Burnt Offerings, p. 79. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-035-3
  13. Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Spires of Xin-Shalast. Spires of Xin-Shalast, p. 30. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-041-4