Nasrai

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Nesirie

Goddess of the Sea, Lady of Mourning
Symbol: Wave and trident
Favored Weapon: Trident
Portfolio: Ocean, mariners, grief, ancestors, diplomacy
Domains: Good, Healing, Protection, Sea

Nesirie (neh-SEA-ree-ay) is the goddess of the sea and provider and guardian of those who make their living upon it. She is also the goddess of mourning and remembrance of people and things past. Not everyone whose livelihood depends on the sea worships Nesirie, but nearly all pay her respect. Seafarers of all cultures murmur a brief prayer to her before setting sail on any voyage. Legend among sailors say that when Nesirie’s grief overwhelms her, the seas become restless, so they offer to her their wishes that she find peace. Nesirie is also the diplomat of the gods.

Mariners call to her for protection from storms, creatures of the deep, and other hazards. They beg of her full sails and calm waters. Many followers are women that have endured some terrible tragedy that has left them bereft. Aided by Nesirie through their grief, they repay the gift by aiding others in any way they can. Although they are skilled in comforting those who have suffered tragedy, some are equally skilled in preventing tragedy in the first place. Some followers maintain lighthouses; some feel closest to the goddess when helping to protect those who depend on her good will. Nearly every new ship launched to sea sacrifices for her favor; the seas are dangerous enough even with out it but most mariners will refuse to set sail on an unblessed vessel.

The Eve of the Dead is the principle holy day for Nesirie. On this day memories of those who have died are honored and comfort is given to those that grieve for them. This ceremony is seen as critical who believe that only through the memories of the living can a spirit find peace – those who are forgotten after death wonder the world as the Shambling Dead.

Dogma: The sea is the lifeblood of the earth; its tidal flow is reflected in the birth, life, and death of every human being. Within this great cycle are lesser ones: the cycle of night and day, work and rest, sorrow and joy. Seek to understand this cycle, and aid others in accepting it as well. Show compassion and aid those suffering through the ebbs of the cycles of their life. Remember the past; only through the memories of those that remain can the actions of the dead have meaning. Care particularly for the remembrance of your dead, for their spirits require the remembrance of those who love them to keep the Shadow at bay. Heal the injured, comfort the lost, and negotiate peace among all men.

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Nesirie

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