Calistria

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Calistria
Calistria's Holy Symbol
(Deity)
Titles The Savored Sting
The Lady in the Room
The Unquenchable Fire
Adjective Calistrian
Home Calistria's Domain, Elysium
Alignment Chaotic neutral
Portfolio Trickery
Lust
Revenge
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Charm, Knowledge, Luck, Trickery
Subdomains Azata, Curse, Deception, Lust, Memory, Thievery
Favored Weapon Whip
Symbol Three daggers
Sacred Animal Wasp
Sacred Colors Black, yellow

Calistria (pronounced kah-LISS-tree-ah)[1] is the goddess of lust and revenge who takes on many faces and guises. She is held in especially high regard by elves, who often identify with her moods and changeable nature. A fondness for wasps has earned this vengeful deity the title the Savored Sting; such creatures live on after harming their enemies, a trait Calistria's followers hope to emulate when pursuing their goals.[2]

Dogma

Calistria is not only vengeful, but vindictive when she has been wronged by another; she will take her time returning such disfavor, maneuvering in order to attain the best position from which to enact her retribution. Her legendary trysts are well-documented, although it is difficult to conclusively determine whether these tales are tales are truth or nothing more than fantasy.[2]

History

During the Age of Creation, Calistria was among the original gods who battled the Rough Beast who sought to destroy Golarion, and were eventually able to contain him in the Dead Vault.[3]

Appearance

Calistria usually appears as a female elf of otherworldly beauty with elongated ears and limbs, and a suggestive smile playing across her face. She wears revealing clothes of flowing yellow silks that do little to hide her lithe and graceful form, and she is often depicted in the company of giant wasps.[2][4]

Relationships

Calistria is seen as a desirable partner by a number of other gods, and stories of her trysts can be found in numerous holy texts, including her own. One such tale claims Cayden Cailean's took the Test of the Starstone because of a failed attempt to win the attention of the goddess, who claimed that no mortal could survive her charms.[2][4] She also has an ongoing feud with Urgathoa, as the two goddesses often vie for the same followers because of their similar portfolios: Calistria represents lust, while Urgathoa champions physical excess of all kinds.[5]

Realm

The Savored Sting's nomadic domain can be found in the Outer Sphere of Elysium. It is a place where lust and passion are freely shared and the darker aspects of each are fully embraced.[6]

Providence

Calistria shows her favor through sudden runs of luck in finding companionship, while her displeasure sometimes results in wasp attacks that hit sensitive areas with unnatural accuracy.[4]

Servants

Calistria holds wasps of all varieties in high regard, and those that displease the Savored Sting may find themselves plagued by swarms of the insects. Alternatively, one that pleases the goddess of lust may find themselves succeeding in pursuits of the flesh, the focus of such attentions unknowingly serving as an expression of her favor.[2]

  • Threv: This frog-like shapechanging sorcerer is obsessed with vengeance, and prefers gifts of poison or ranged magic to allow him to carry out vindictive murder.[7]
  • Velvet Wing: This slender elven looking woman, with ragged insectile wings is a seductress and faithful servant of the Savored Sting, though her kind are often mistaken for succubi, they do not have the reprehensible maliciousness of those demons.[7]
  • Menotherian: Appearing as a huge bear-sized black wasp, the Menotherian can also attain the form of a stunning elven beauty. She is the personification of Calistria's lust, vindictiveness and deceptive aspects as well as her Herald and most loyal servant. [8]

Church of Calistria

Worshipers and clergy

A follower of Calistria with a giant wasp companion.

The faithful of Calistria can be found across Golarion, but her tenets of lust and vengeance have taken especially firm root in Absalom, Galt, Kyonin, Nex, the River Kingdoms, the Shackles, Taldor, and Varisia,[9] and among Keleshites,[10] Taldans,[11] Tian,[12] Varisians,[13] elves,[14] and half-elves throughout the Inner Sea region.[15] The followers of the Lady in the Room fulfill varied roles wherever they are encountered, anything from spy to prostitute and beyond, but always in support of their goddesses' mercurial nature.[2] Such individuals deal in trickery and mischief, encounters of the flesh and knowledge that is both secret or dangerous, and the pursuit of these goals can often lead these faithful to wander the world in order to achieve them.[9]

Elves hold Calistria in especially high regard, though she is also popular among humans and more exotic races, such as half-elves and tieflings. The faithful of the Savored Sting includes large numbers of prostitutes, thrill seekers, and spies. Her clerics usually clothe themselves in scant garb in shades of yellow, often accented by henna dyes used on the skin.[2]

Temples and shrines

A human priestess of Calistria.

In human lands, Calistria's temples host numerous sacred prostitutes and act as centers of gossip and information, assuring its continued growth in popularity. In elven lands, buildings dedicated to the Savored Sting more often resemble thieves guilds, and usually cater to those seeking information or retribution rather than more carnal pursuits.[2]

Holy Texts

  • The Book of Joy: This book details the various passions held sacred by the goddess known as the Unquenchable Fire.[2]
  • Blood for Wine: A collection of holy poems, these verses are sometimes quoted by assassins loyal to Calistria before they fulfill their grim tasks.[16]

Holidays

Even though there are no specific holidays that honor Calistria, the winter month of Calistril is named for her.[17]

Organizations

References

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  19. Colin McComb. (2011). Faiths of Balance, p. 23. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-316-3