Illara, Goddess of Fortune and Prophecy

Illara, Goddess of Fortune and Prophecy

A deity of a fallen civilization from a D&D game I ran a while back. Feel free to steal.

Illara, Goddess of Fortune and Prophecy

Alignment: True Neutral

Illara is recently depicted as a younger, attractive woman, although she has gone by other names and faces in ages gone by, including Saa-saa-ma of the Lizardfolk.

Illara has three aspects, which are often all depicted in iconography featuring the goddess, usually with one in a prominent position, and the other two in the background, or hidden.

The first aspect is The Boon, usually depicted as the woman holding a small bag, purse, or box in one hand, and a handful of coins in the other. In depictions in which The Boon is ascendant, the other aspects are often seen in the background.

The second aspect is The Turn, usually depicted with a gift presented, open, in one hand, with the other hand either closed or hidden. Stances often show her offering the object, either to the viewer, or to another figure in the work. A mischievous smile is prevalent in works that depict the moment of The Turn.

The third aspect is The Doom, usually depicted as the woman, smiling warmly, sometimes sadly, with one empty hand, and another holding a knife.

Illara encompasses the cycle of fortunes, joys and sorrows alike. Worshipers view gifts, chances both good and ill, and betrayals, all as representations of their goddess. Prayers to Illara invoke the aspect the supplicant wishes to be ascendant in their request, while acknowledging the other aspects. A farmer praying for rain in drought may invoke the Boon, while beseeching the Turn, whose reversal of blessings brought about the Doom, ascendant now and suffocating the crops.

Clerics of Illara wield the terrifying powers of prophecy, and many fearful common-folk ask them if their actions or intentions are blessed with Boon or cursed with Doom. Clerics and Paladins of Illara view it as an honor to bring about the Turn to men of hubris, especially nobles and rulers, who revel in their good fortune at the expense of others. Similarly, if, by their actions, they may bring The Boon to someone suffering, that, too, shows the glory of Illara.

Orders and civilizations that revere Illara often recognize the "permanence of impermanence," knowing that even great cities and empires are not exempt from The Turn and Doom. They build their art to last as buildings crumble, and sometimes make vaults containing their works, that it may be a Boon to the future generations that find it.

I guess next week, I'll add in a mini-dungeon featuring Illara!

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