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Solekniamendra the Rapacious Hymnody
She That Gnaws At The Roots
Worshipers: Saboteurs, burrowing creatures, Lepers
Alignment: CN
Domains: Chaos, Darkness, Destruction, Earth
Subdomains: Catastrophe, Caves, Loss, Protean
Favored Weapon: Knuckle axe
Favored Creature: Rat
Favored Instrument: Clavichord

Legend

One of the lesser known members of their kind, through history Solekniamendra has avoided manifesting openly or giving grand displays of her power, preferring to follow a much more subtle and some would say insidious path. Dwelling deep below the earth, swimming through the stone with the same ease as the elementals and genies of the Earth, the Rapacious Hymnody took the form of a great leucistic hydra stained with rust, blood, and dirt, with each of its myriad heads bearing keketar crowns.
What lurks unseen, without name and without any obvious cult spreading word of their deeds is yet something to bring worry to even the greatest of tyrants. As the NewGod wars raged, the Elemental Lords and their Deist enemies alike discovered this prescient and bloody fact, much to their woe. Without ever seeing her directly, the earth sagged, rivers changed course, fields withered and form deserts in the wake of her passage. Great ruptures in fault lines shook cities to the ground and wells and oasis soured and poisoned those seeking to slake their thirst.

Long after the end of the NewGod wars, legends lay at Solekniamendra’s coils the responsibility of banishing Wind of Jewels, the Rapacious Hymnody’s greatest achievement. Yet other legends claim that rather than banishment, She That Gnaws at the Roots aided in secreting the Elemental Lord away for reasons still unknown.

Church

The Rapacious Hymnody’s followers congregate below ground and out of sight, insinuating themselves amid unknowing, unsuspecting populations. In caves, cellars, and sewers in groups of nine they dress in white and red, ritually mimicking their patron as she burrowed through the depths of the earth. Following each long and winding progression, blood is spilt and dashed upon stone or slipped into water, and killing sacrificial victims by the consumption of poisoned food or wine is a preferred method, often with a captured sacrifice thusly condemned but allowed to run free, thinking itself safe, only to die in agony days later.

Spell Preparation Ritual

Scratch your name upon a stone or in the earth, thinking back to any personal loss or failure. Encircle your name as the Rapacious Hymnody encircles and accepts you as her own, understanding that as she weakens, corrupts, and destroys others from within, she is there to guide you to dispense of your own failings and weaknesses. Whisper a prayer of thanks and mark the end of your ritual with a drop of your own blood, then turn over the stone or pile up fresh dirt to cover what you have done.

Religion Traits

The following traits are available to followers of Solekniamendra:

Grace of the Unnoticed: Unseen and never suspected, the Rapacious Hymnody is only felt and then after she strikes. You gain a +1 trait bonus to Stealth skill checks, and Stealth is always a class skill for you.

Subtle, Silent, Deadly: Even the subtle or dishonorable are valued and blessed tools in the hands of Solekniamendra’s chosen. You gain a +1 trait bonus to the save DC of any disease, drug, or poison that you use against an enemy.


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