Sera

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Sera

Lady of Fortune, Goddess of Wealth
Symbol: Silver scales on a green background
Favored Weapon: “Scales of Fortune” (light flail or heavy flail)
Portfolio: Wealth, luck
Domains: Chaos, Luck, Trade, Travel]

Sera (SAIR-ah) is the deity of fortune and luck. Many believe it is she that guides her favored towards profitable economic pursuits and provides omens that help the faithful avoid unwise endeavors. She is said to hear every bargain struck, every prayer murmured over a game of chance, and every scheme to realize a profit, although she responds only rarely. The devout do not believe that Sera brings fortune or misfortune, but they do believe that she sees that her faithful are rewarded for diligent effort and that good things come to those who overcome difficult odds not of their own making.

Due to the wide-ranging interests of the faithful, Sera has temples throughout Arkos. Temples to Sera can be found wherever trade exists. To faithful the achievements of temporal goals are every bit as important as the achievement of spiritual goals. They are as practical as a group of people as the goddess that they worship. As a result, most are not gamblers but are instead involved in mercantile and craft matters. Tradesmen, politicians, venture capitalists of all stripe seek her favor, as well as for hidden opportunities to be revealed. Apocraphy promotes temples to be sources of training and education; many who tend shrines teach crafts and trades to local citizens. Trade agreements are often witnessed and recorded by members of priesthood in Sera’s name. Copies of these agreements are kept in secure temple vaults to guarantee a verbatim copy of the contract.

Dogma: Sera is mistress of the true bargain. She knows that diligent effort and careful planning make the best luck, not divine intervention. Those who wait for fortune to fall into their lap earn their misfortune. Wealth comes from industry, not from chance. Wealth is the key to all doors; without wealth, one is not free to engage in leisure activities, to pursue artistic endeavors, or to wield true political power. Use what wealth you have earned to buy happiness for yourself and to guarantee your future happiness. Do not squander your profits in an attempt to bring happiness to others; true happiness must be purchased with diligent labor – freely given it has no value and is soon squandered.

The Imperial Pantheon \\ Sera

Sera

An Empty Throne JackFaust JackFaust