Olympian Greater Goddess of War
- Alignment: Lawful Good
- Symbol: Aegis (shield with head of Medusa)
- Sacred Animal: Owl
- Divine Artifacts: Aegis, Spear
- Divine Domains: War, Knowledge, and Insight
Athena personally is an extremely attractive woman whose beauty radiates as the sun. When the Olympians meet for conference, Athena is often looked at as the spokesman. She leads the discussions and brings all subjects up to her father.
She still has her enemies. Athena constantly argues with Ares, another god of war, as to who is the most powerful. Ares representing evil and Athena good, they both never stop fighting. Athena declared Ares an enemy of the church long ago and all church members work to bring the church of Ares to their bloody end. Zeus has stopped the two from coming to blows many times while in the hallowed halls of Olympus. Who will finally win is yet to be seen.
Athena loves all mortals and spends much of her time watching their every day lives. She often sends direct help to followers who need her help. Any excuse is excuse enough to intervene. Many times her followers can be heard saying, “Don’t worry if anything happens my mistress will save me”.
Athena is very closely allied with many of the Olympian deities, but she spends most of her time politically tied to other deities of good.
Traditional Allies: Zeus, She has been friends with Ra the Egyptian sun god for many centuries and works with him constantly in destroying evil intent. She also has strong ties to the Elven pantheon which is largely made up of good deities. She has worked politically with every known deity of good as is accepted as a friend in all their courts.
Traditional Foes: Ares, ?
Clergy and Temples
Main Temple: Massos
- High Priest of Athena: ?
- High Paladin of Athena: ?
- Clergy Alignments: LG, LN, NG
- Favored Weapon: Spear, Sword
- Favored Race: Human
- Favored Classes: Cleric (Female), Paladin (Female), Druid, Artisan, Fight, Monk, Farmers
- Favored Worshipers gain the Favored of Athena feat.
- Devout Oath: A devout follower must be virginal at the time she first devotes herself to the goddess. Female devout followers can be called forth for church services.
- Favored of Athena:
Athena’s clergy dress in long white tunics with filigreed trim, countered with elaborately graven breastplates and warhelms.
The goddess prefers offerings of burnt olive branches, fresh crops, cheeses, and oils, and bulls or pigs during times of war. Offerings are made annually or before wars or weddings. The eighth month is sacred to Athena, it is during this time that most of her annual festivals take place. Each year, two female clergy members are appointed to be the Bearers of the Sacred Offerings. For several months they must live in seclusion with the goddess, until the eighth month when her festivals are celebrated. The Bearers aid the high priestess in performing her nightly rituals for the festivals, which is comprised of carrying unknown sacrifices on their heads through a covert, natural underground passage that leads through the adjacent precincts to a secret location. There they exchange the offerings and return to Athena’s temple with the new offerings. When they return they are freed from this duty and new clergy members are appointed to the position for the following year. Every five years an even greater festival is held in Athena’s honor which lasts the entire twelfth month.
She has been friends with Ra the Egyptian sun god for many centuries and works with him constantly in destroying evil intent. She also has strong ties to the Elven pantheon which is largely made up of good deities. She has worked politically with every known deity of good as is accepted as a friend in all their courts.