Laerme

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Laerme

Goddess of Fire, Beauty, and Art
Symbol: Silver harp against a red flame
Favored Weapon: Shortbow
Portfolio: Fire, love, art
Domains: Chaos, Charm, Flame, Good

Laerme (Lair-ME) is the goddess of warmth and passion. The goddess of art freely rewards or inspires any who seek to create art and beauty. She provides artists, composers, and artisans with the inspiration to transform a work of art into a masterpiece, and provides guiding dreams that help young lovers find bliss. She is neither jealous of other deities, nor vain. Instead, she is content with the fact that nearly every intelligent creature on the continent honors her at some time or another, whether they are aware of it or not. Even those that worship her foes are blessed with her favor. However, she has been known to punish as well as reward. Those who destroy beauty or deny love will suffer from her wrath. Barbarians that destroy art and literature or fathers who prevent their daughters from eloping might be struck down with a strange illness or be cursed with haunting dreams of Laerme’s displeasure. Apocrypha suggests that Laerme is romantically linked with Khirdai.

Followers are more likely to be found in artisan shops, music houses, bardic colleges, or as wandering courtiers. Each follower’s worship is unique; every work of art, every love in bloom, and every fire lit honors Laerme.

The most important ceremony is the one that brings two people together in a marriage of love. Most wedding ceremonies that are fueled by love, rather than convenience or convention, ask for Laerme’s blessing.

Dogma: The rational creation of beauty for its own sake is the most spiritual task that a being can undertake; the creation of spiritual beauty is the greatest task of all. Help spark the flames of love, and fan them so that they will burn brightly. Patronize the arts. Create art to enliven and beautify life. Appreciate natural beauty where you find it, and leave it unspoiled for the future. Embrace the fire of life and live each moment to its fullest.

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Laerme

Laerme

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