Acavna

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Acavna
(Deity)

Titles
The Shield
Realm
Alignment
Areas of Concern
Companionship, defensive battles, and the moon
Worshipers
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Chaos, Darkness, Protection, Repose, War
Subdomains (1E)
Ancestors, Defense, Moon, Night, Tactics, Wards
Favored Weapon
Symbol
Crossed spears over a full moon
Source: The Flooded Cathedral, pg(s). 66
A depiction of Acavna as she was worshiped by the Ancient Azlanti.

Acavna is a now long-forgotten deity of the Azlanti people, who was dedicated to the moon and to defensive battle.1 She was kind and compassionate, and saw humanity as something to be protected and cherished.2

History

When Acavna learned of the alghollthus' plan to destroy the continent, she was determined to make a stand to protect Golarion and her people from the incoming Earthfall, refusing to stand down no matter what her lover Amaznen said. Acavna pulled Golarion's moon from its orbit to intercept the massive meteorite. The impact with the moon shattered the world-killing projectile into thousands of pieces, but did not slow or deflect it from its course. Instead, its shards inflicted lethal wounds on the goddess' physical manifestation.34

Distraught by Acavna's death, Amaznen sacrificed himself to render the remaining deadly alghollthu magic clinging to the meteorite fragments inert, transforming it from a world-killer to one that, while still incredibly destructive, gave life on Golarion a chance to survive.3 When it impacted with Golarion, it completely obliterated the continent of Azlant and plunged the world into the Age of Darkness,567 but did not cause the death of all life on Golarion thanks to Acavna and Amaznen.3

Acavna's corpse plummeted into the site of an abandoned Celwynvian observatory, obliterating the structure and penetrating deep into the planet's crust. The Mordant Spire rose from her grave, formed from the essence of her soul as it attempted to reach Pharasma's Boneyard. The elves who currently inhabit the spire are said to be able to hear the whispers of Acavna even now, thousands of years after her death.8}

After her death, her former herald Shieldwarden Olhondias used parts of Acavna's planar realm to shore up Basrakal, the refuge for outcast outsiders in the Maelstrom.9

Relationships

Acavna was the lover of Amaznen, the Azlanti god of magic, despite the mismatch in their outlooks.4 Prior to Earthfall, the future Last Azlanti and patron of humanity Aroden was a follower of Amaznen and Acavna. They were cited in Aroden's dogma as an example that gods could die, but humanity would live on.10

Acavna's arch-nemesis was Nurgal, who personifies war's needless brutality in contrast to her own portfolio of defensive tactics. During the Eversiege of Aucharan, Acavna came to the aid of an azata fortress cast into the Maelstrom by Nurgal's forces. At the climax of the battle, Acavna clove Nurgal in two and sent both parts tumbling into the Maelstrom. These two remnants became the infernal duke Nergal and a demon lord that retained the name of Nurgal.11

Cults

Bilith-Vel was once Acavna's holy city. Hundreds of temples in the city were dedicated to her, outnumbering those of all other gods combined. Huge statues of Acavna stood shoulder-to-shoulder with towers and walkways; and lunar motifs dominated the architecture.12

An important story in Acavna's holy text tells of an assault on Bilith-Vel. When the attackers were approaching under the cover of night, a defending guard prayed to Acavna for a revelation to save the city. The crescent moon suddenly shone as bright as a full moon, allowing the defenders to see and repel the attackers.2

A few of Acavna's most powerful followers were among the first explorers of Golarion's moon. They strongly opposed the construction of the City of the Faceless, a supermax prison built on the moon's surface, but ultimately failed to prevent the plan.2

The great lunar dragon Rezallian once served as Acavna's battle mount and closest confidant. He was absent when Acavna and Amaznen gave their lives to save Golarion from Earthfall, and his guilt over whether his participation might have been enough to save them eventually twisted him into an animus shade.12

One of Acavna's few surviving temples is located near the ancient ruined Azlanti city of Saventh-Yhi in the Mwangi Expanse.131

References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Tim Hitchcock. “Racing to Ruin” in Racing to Ruin, 53. Paizo Inc., 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Adam Daigle. “Gods of Ancient Azlant” in The Flooded Cathedral, 66. Paizo Inc., 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Benjamin Bruck, et al. “Chapter 1: Founts of Mythic Power” in Mythic Realms, 16. Paizo Inc., 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Adam Daigle. “Gods of Ancient Azlant” in The Flooded Cathedral, 68. Paizo Inc., 2017
  5. Greg A. Vaughan. “Shadow in the Sky” in Shadow in the Sky, 7. Paizo Inc., 2008
  6. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 33. Paizo Inc., 2011
  7. Jim Groves, et al. Inner Sea Bestiary, 57. Paizo Inc., 2012
  8. Benjamin Bruck, et al. “Chapter 1: Founts of Mythic Power” in Mythic Realms, 12. Paizo Inc., 2013
  9. Thurston Hillman & John Compton. Basrakal” in Distant Realms, 7. Paizo Inc., 2018
  10. Erik Mona. Aroden, the Last Azlanti” in A Song of Silver, 73. Paizo Inc., 2015
  11. Paizo Inc., et al. “Chapter 1: Fiendish Divinities” in Book of the Damned, 83. Paizo Inc., 2017
  12. 12.0 12.1 Erik Mona. “Secrets of Azlant” in Tower of the Drowned Dead, 65. Paizo Inc., 2017
  13. James Jacobs, et al. “City of Seven Spears” in City of Seven Spears, 47. Paizo Inc., 2010