Selûne

Symbol_of_Selune.jpgMoonmaiden, Our Lady of Silver

Selûne is the goddess of light, the moon, stars, navigation, navigators, wanderers, questers, and goodly lycanthropes.

History

Selûne was created, along with her twin sister Shar, from the primordial essence that was left over after the Forgotten Realms over-god Ao created the Forgotten Realm’s universe. Together, they created Chauntea (the embodiment of the world) and some other heavenly bodies and infused these areas with life. The two goddesses then fought over the fate of their creations. From these struggles emerged the original deities of magic, war, disease, murder, death, and others. Selûne reached out of the universe and from a plane of fire, brought forth a flame and ignited a heavenly body in order to give warmth to Chauntea. This greatly enraged Shar, and she began to erase all light and warmth in the universe. Desperate and weakened because of Shar’s actions, Selûne hurled some of her divine essence at her sister. Selûne’s essence tore through Shar, bringing some of Shar’s essence with it. This magical energy combined to form the goddess Mystryl, the original goddess of magic.

“Selûne” is also the name given by Faerûnians to the world’s natural satellite. This celestial body is tidally locked and has phases, very similar to Earth’s moon. A set of Trojan asteroids, called the “Tears of Selûne”, trail and precede the moon in its orbit.

Worshippers

Selûne’s clerics are a very diverse group, including sailors, non-evil lycanthropes, mystics, and female spellcasters. Her church’s main objective is to fight evil lycanthropes and summon the Shards – blue-haired female planetar servants of Selûne – to battle the minions of her archnemesis and twin, Shar. Her temples also perform fortune-telling, healing, and practice self-reliance and humility.

Orders

Swords of the Lady – often referred to colloquially as the “Lunatics”, its members areled by a few Selûnite crusaders who tend to act rapidly in response to threats from Shar and her priesthood, although their behavior was often viewed as bizarre by the public at large.

Oracles of the Moon – a group of female diviners who worship the Night White Lady. They perform fortune-telling rituals and are some of the highest bards and priests in the faith.

Silverstars – Operating mainly in the North, especially Icewind Dale, these priests and priestesses of Selûne were dedicated to protecting the vulnerable. Talented Silverstars were sometimes gifted with a Moonblade, which had special properties to harm those who were evil.

Pact of the New Moon – Consists solely of lycanthropes sworn to Selûne, carrying out the most secretive and violent aspects of Selûne’s work. Selûne grants these lycanthropes abilities other lycanthropes lack, such as an ability to speak in wolf form, also allowing her followers to invoke prayers and cast spells, rapid shapeshifting and increased strength. This order was once declared heretical and anathema for espousing the Heresy of the New Moon (stating that Selûne and Shar are two aspects of the same goddess) but was renewed by Selûne’s direct order in a vision to one of her lycanthrope priestesses.

Selûne

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