Niht

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  • Titles: The Concealer, Nightlady, Mistress of Darkness, Backstabber, the Creeping Shadow, the Black Blade, the Unseen One.
  • Aspects: Assassins, darkness, concealment, keeping of secrets, secret murder.
  • Symbol: A swirl of black on a gray background.
  • Priesthood: Shadowlords (priests); Black Blades (paladins).
  • Herald: A humanoid form of inky darkness.
  • Holy Day: Every day of Deorcmonan. During Fogmonan, these are high holy days. Heah Wyntr Daeg is a major holy day.
  • Duties: Commit murder, destroy knowledge, spread ignorance, conceal objects from view.
  • Sins:
    • (Minor) spreading knowledge, not destroying at least one book a month, writing a book or giving a lecture;
    • (Major) betraying a confidence, allowing an object or secret you concealed to be revealed;
    • (Mortal) revealing a deep secret given to you in trust, failure to complete a contracted killing.
  • Signature Power: Obscure.
  • Powers: Altered senses, banish, bless/panic (panic only), bolt, boos/.lower trait (Agility, Climbing, Fighting, Shooting, Stealth, and Throwing only), burrow, champion of the faith, confusion, deflection, conceal (conceal only), energy immunity, (darkness and light only), entangle, ethereal/corporeal, farsight, fear, fog cloud, heat mask, invisibility, nightmare, quickness, sacrifice, sanctuary, sentry, shrink (no growth), silence, smite, summon elemental (shadow only), summon herald, teleport, wall walker, wandering senses.
  • Trappings: Niht’s clergy must use a darkness trapping where appropriate. They may never use a light or fire trapping.

Lady of darkness and all that lurks within the shadows, Niht is a goddess of evil intention. Clergy of Hoenir consider her especially vile, as she directly opposes their deity. Lorekeepers, even those who do not follow Hoenir, also consider Niht’s followers sworn enemies. Statues depict a female form, but one devoid of any features. Regardless of the material used in their construction, statues are always stained black.

Temples to Niht are constructed underground or in blackened rooms. Bringing light into a temple is considered an act of desecration, and no expense is spared in hunting and punishing down the perpetrators. Shrines are uncommon, and when they do exist, they are typically found in caves in the wilderness, where local worshippers can gather in secret, away from the prying eyes of curious neighbors.

Niht’s paladins are assassins for hire. Although numerous assassins’ guilds exist, those who can afford the fee always elect to use the church of Niht. Priests are usually more concerned with the destruction of knowledge and keeping secrets. Rather perversely, many act as confessors to powerful individuals who trust their darkest secrets will die with the priest, and yet cleanse their soul of any taint through confession. Clergy have been known to aid the Reliquary at times, for they seek only to remove knowledge from the public eye, not gather it for their own use.

Most festivals and ceremonies involve destroying knowledge. Book burning is the most common form of destruction, an act which also serves as a sacrifice. Some scholars believe Niht is secretly gathering all the knowledge in the universe for herself, though to what purpose none dare speculate. On special occasions, priests or paladins who have repeatedly sinned have their tongues cut out and hands removed as punishment, while heavily cloaked clergy sing dark and somber hymns to cover the screams.

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Niht

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