Elyah

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Elyal

Goddess of the Night, Sister of Thieves
Symbol: Black dagger
Favored Weapon: “Final recourse” (dagger)
Portfolio: Night, darkness, thieves, deception, independence
Domains: Chaos, Illusion, Night, Trickery

Elyal (E-lie-yal) is the lady of the night and the mistress of secrets, and the hidden. She deceives as naturally as others breathe; those who lie by design or habit also take her as their patron. Elyal is a subtle goddess. Although she does not avoid violence, she prefers to avoid it except as a last resort. She is more likely to favor a clever scam than a brutal mugging. She is fickle, however, and has favored assassins as well as burglars. Elyal is not bound by rules; she ignores the unspoken rule among the gods that they not involve themselves in the affairs of the world. Yet she has her own sense of honor (or sport), and will not use her divine abilities to directly manipulate political or economic events to her own ends; instead limiting herself to means available to mortals.

Apocrypha suggests that Elyal is romantically linked with Khirdai. Elyal is the daughter of Sera and Runil.

Followers of Elyal are found across Arkos, but rarely gather in large numbers for any length of time. These followers exercise virtually no control over the religious attitudes of the local population. People who make their livelihoods during the day know little of her; but some do whisper her name in supplication of her protection from outlaws. Rogues and others who hide under their activities under cover of darkness look to her as their patron. Those who follow Elyal often perform a simple ceremony every day just after sunset to request the assistance of the goddess during the night to come.

Dogma: Elyal is the dagger in the dark – through finesse, this weapon is all that is necessary to overcome the greatest foe. Choose the subtle solution to any dilemma. The strongest of enemies can be defeated with a single word, spoken at the right time. Neither vengeance nor victory has any savor if the enemy cannot appreciate their defeat. Violence lacks subtlety and is the resort of the desperate or foolish. Deceit, blackmail, misinformation, innuendo, and silence are the tools of the clever. Wield power through others, for then theirs is the risk, but yours the mastery. Do not be bound by any rules save those of your own choosing and pleasure.

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Elyal

Elyah

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