Church of Nut
Lesser Deity, Goddess of Fertility, Nature and Fate
Alignment: Neutral Good
Symbol: Moon disk suspended between her curved horns
Sacred Animal: Cow
Divine Artifacts: Scepter of the Stars
Divine Domains: Water
Nut is most often depicted as a beautiful naked woman, with skin like a tapestry of stars, bending over the earth, her hands and feet touching the four cardinal points. Also depicted as a beautiful nubian woman.
Dogma: Goddess of the Fate, Flowing Water and Storms, Moon, and heavenly bodies, Nut is the embodiment of the egyptian fascination with the stars and with fate. She is the wife of Geb, and the mother of Anubis, Isis, Osiris, and Set.
As a result, the priesthoods of those deities give Nut her well-deserved due. But these five divine children would never have come into being were it not for the wise aid of Thoth, who contrived a portion of Khonsu’s light and give it to Nut, thus giving her extra “day a week” during which she could give birth.
As a result, Nut’s priesthood keeps a traditional fondness for the devoted of Thoth, some of whom are even included in a number of temple rituals to this day.
The Divine Races believe Nut, along with the goddess Renenutet, is the primary architect of their fate. Many further contend Nut personally spins their destinies among the stars, leaving her friend and ally Thoth to transcribe the passage of her predestined events in the Book of Days as they occur. Thus, while Nut’s priesthood is not the largest or most powerful, all egyptians — even those who devote their lives to the worship of another — are wise to keep the Lady of Fate in their prayers, at the very least. Nut is also seen as the goddess of gates, and a portal opening in Baldari is believed to be an omen of the goddess’ will. Egyptians usually interpret an omen’s significance simply by watching what transpires (or emerges) from it.
Clergy and Temples
The clergy of the church of Nut is entirely composed of baldarian women. They travel Baldari, dispensing aide were they can and freely giving the goods they possess to those in need.
The followers of the Nurturing Mother forgo the construction of huge temples, instead building small shrines dedicated to their deity in populated locations. Small shrines to Nut can also be found in all homes of small children.
Worship of Nut is most common in the farmlands of Baldari, and she is almost ignored by the nobility. Her typical followers are poor and needy, and seek the aide of She Who is There for Those in Need in their difficult lives.
Clerics of Nut usually wear a white linen dress and collar. They paint three blue circles on their forehead, a sign of priestly calling in Baldari. Some also dye their skin white.
Though it is uncommon for the clergy of Nut to take up arms, they have been known to do so in order to benefit communities in need.
Clerics of Nut pray for spells at night, when the moon is supposedly at its highest point in the sky.
Celebrations and festivals
The clergy of the church of Nut use a lunar calendar based on lunar phases rather than those more commonly used throughout Baldari.
Taking place on the day of the first full moon after Greengrass, the joyous celebration symbolizes renewal and new life.
Celebration of the Moon
This festival takes place on the eve of Midsummer. The followers of Nut celebrate the length of the day, and the festivities conclude under the ‘moonlight’.
Main Temple: Tanis
- High Priestess of Nut: Ruatairu
- Notable Sisters of the Merciful Mother
- Druid Vonya Telshar
- In Viton: Tetakhue
Clergy Alignments: LG, NG, CG
Favored Weapon: Morningstar
Favored Race: Human
Favored Worshipers: Cleric, Druid, Barbarian, Fighter
Favored Worshipers gain the Favored of Nut feat.
Favored classes of Nut gain a +4 bonus to Perception skill checks.
Church of Nut Faction Point Rewards