Hathros

Identities/Avatars: Hathros
The Elvish Goddess of pleasure and source of Daggon Morningstar’s divine power. She is said to be the creator of the body both human and elf alike and as such governs all forms of pleasure not only love, but also sounds such as song, dance, touch and what ever else may bring pleasure to the physical self.

Alignment:Good

Worship by Race:
Elf
Eladrin
Humans

Lay Practices/Rituals:

Some followers believe she is present at every birth, both mortal and a spiritual rebirth. As such these events will often be accompanied by wild laughter and broad smiles to encourage the goddess to bless the newborn with a long and happy life.

While not permitted to enjoy the full ecstasy of worshipping their goddess like the clergy do, the lay person pretty much follows the example set by their local clergy. Though their are some "rebellious" patrons that are known to have celebrations that border on perverse with their wild lust filled gatherings that are little more than orgies. Clergy tend to look the other way figuring that in the end their goddess will punish those she deems unfit by denying them entry to the eternally bliss filled after life in her hall, Cloudtop

Cleric Rites/Rituals:
Some Clerics believe the best way to worship Hathros is to build up an energy of physical enjoyment similar to a tantric practice and allow one's self to only fully enjoy ones physical self on appointed holy days during the year; usually around the equinox or during the 13th full moon of the year. This does not only refer to the carnal acts of love but also enjoy a song or dance. During the appointed holy days clerics can often be found working them selves into a frenzy to a song or laughing hysterically at a joke or riddle.

Clerics of Hathros spend the first years in her service under a vow of celibacy. This practice works on two levels. It discourages those who would join the holy orders for mere physical pleasure. It also focuses the acolyte's mind and body. Denying pleasure is part of mastering pleasure. Clerics that are in charge of temples hue more closely to only expressing themselves on holy days, while those sent in to world are given more leeway in experiencing the wonders Hathros has made.

Paladins of Hathros continue their vow of celibacy in the field. They consider mastery over desire an important part of protecting the creations of their goddess.

While both men and women can become clerics of Hathros, they serve different roles within the order. Men are the clerics sent out into the world. Women are the clerics in charge of temples.

Temples:
The Public areas are usually very lavishly decorated with pillows and couches where the public can watch and enjoy the many performances of dancing music and other pleasurable feats. While the private areas reserved only for clergy and the occasional honored guest are much more geared toward studying. There are areas for practicing the use of arms and magics as well as for studying languages, history and learning basic spell work, and other more mundane academic pursuits. Private bed chambers are usually decorated in accordance with one's role and rank in the temple or seminary.

Symbols:
Is almost an inverse of the classic Mars and mercury symbols. The main symbol and Morningstar's current magical symbol, is a circle with a cross made out of 4 arrows on the very top, representing the higher powered female aspect with a single arrow pointing up from the bottom of the circle representing the lower and servant male aspect. All but the male portion are completely shaded.

Myths/Legends:
One myth holds that men came to be the servant of the goddess after a foolish male whose name deemed to be of no great importance thus lost to time, believed that he loved the goddess and desired to be come her consort. He boasted that he could easily defeat her in a three fold competition. First would be a contest in arms, next would be a contest in song and dance and finally, much to the goddesses surprise, a contest in magic. To amuse herself, Hathros agreed to the contest. After all how could a lowly mortal possibly defeat a god? While the potential suitor defeated the goddess in a test of arms, and faired well in song and dance against the goddess when it came to magic the man’s boasting proved to be without warrant. To punish the braggart Hathros declared that from that day forward all men that followed her would do so as a lower class than the women of the clergy. They would forever serve as second under the High Priestess. To honor the man’s ability at arms she also declared that male clerics would go forward and under her banner in battle to spread her teachings.

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