Scaetha

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  • Titles: Judger of Souls, Holder of the Two Keys, Gatekeeper, Soulkeeper, Shieldmaiden of the Gods. Aspects: Death, final judgment, hate undead
  • Symbol: A skull with an axe embedded in the top.
  • Priesthood: Eulogists (priests); Divine Slayers (paladins).
  • Herald: A member of the hero’s race, shining with divine fury.
  • Holy Day: Every Sunnandaeg. During Werremonan these are high holy days.
  • Duties: Destroy undead and demons.
  • Sins:
    • (Minor) refusing to destroy an Extra undead or demon, engaging in conversation with an undead or demon (except to Intimidate or Taunt it), allowing a corpse to be buried without blessing it, desecrating a tomb or other burial place;
    • (Major) refusing to destroy a Wild Card undead or demon, not spending a week in the Withered Lands once a year; ** (Mortal) knowingly aiding an undead, demon, or cleric of Hela.
  • Signature Power: Weaken undead.
  • Powers: Arcane resistance, armor, banish, bladebreaker, bless/panic (bless only), bodyguard, bolt, boost/lower trait, champion of the faith, defl ection, dispel, ethereal/corporeal (no ethereal), glyph, gravespeak, healing, heat mask, immunity (necromantic only), invisibility, light, prolonged blast, quickness, sanctuary, smite, sphere of might, summon herald, warding, warrior’s gift, weapon immunity.
  • Trappings: Clergy may use any trapping except darkness or necromantic.

Scaetha, a daughter of Tiw, once served as a lesser war deity. Her responsibilities included blessing female fighters
before battle and harvesting the souls of the fallen faithful for deliverance to her father’s mead hall. When Hela unlocked the gate to the Abyss, Scaetha joined Sigel in stemming the tide of souls. She drove Hela away from the gates and closed them, despite suffering many wounds, thus preventing any more souls from escaping.

In return for her service, Sigel promoted Scaetha to the role of goddess of death and judger of souls, replacing Hela in this role. Since Sigel’s disappearance, she has also become the champion of those who follow the light, although she grants no special favors with regard this aspect of the universe.

Scaetha is depicted as a stern-faced woman clad in armor. Saxa tend to show her in chain mail, elves in leather, while Anari and dwarf prefer plate mail. She carries a sword in her right hand and shield in her left.

Shrines in her honor can be found in any settlement’s graveyard, and normally take the form of a stone raven with spread wings. Her temples are dark and gloomy places, where any sound seems muffled. Dotted throughout the temple are numerous crypts, each containing clerics and paladins who fell in battle against undead. Though their mortal remains lie silent, their souls continue the battle in the afterlife. The war against evil is eternal for followers of this faith.

Scaetha’s clergy serve two purposes. First, they are responsible for blessing corpses, ensuring they reach Scaetha without being intercepted. Second, they wage a perpetual war against the undead. It is for the latter they are most renowned. Priests and paladins perform much the same roles, though paladins tend to be more militant in their outlook. Both are typically stern and humorless, for their work brings them in contact with many horrors.

Ceremonies and festivals revolve around death. Dirges, poems about fallen heroes, and eulogies to lost comrades make up much of the proceedings. Prayers and hymns are centered around blessing departed souls, in the hope Scaetha finds them innocent of any sin.

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Scaetha

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