Matravash, or Matravashii,1 is the Vudran demigoddess[DSA]2 of the Matra River. As the river connects communities, Matravash is seen as a facilitator of civilisation, and the Matra's passage into the Obari Ocean is symbolic of Matravash's faithful passing into the Great Beyond.3
According to the Azvadeva Pujila, the entire Matra River was once filled with treacherous rapids until Matravash was enchanted by the beauty of lotus blossoms in sheltered eddies and calmed herself to accommodate them. In doing so, she found the visitors now able to travel the calmed waters welcome, and since then, both Matravash and the lotuses have earned a reputation of being calm, peaceful, and contemplative.3
Matravash closely tends to those who dwell near the Matra River and have grown accustomed to seasonal flooding, engineering 'coincidences' that keep them safe. In settlements, she enriches the soil of the river delta without disrupting people's lives. As such, floods are seen as a gift associated with fertility instead of natural disasters or a goddess' wrath.3
After saving Matravash from the asura rana Gavidya the Numberless, the goddess of canyons Ashukharma took Matravash as her lover, which locals of Radripal claim formed the natural Archwalk bridge that joins the city's two halves. Matravash's followers also revere Ashukharma, even where the river does not flow through canyons.45
Church of Matravash
Matravash is seen as a friend of the oppressed, who can find an escape route from their current home to better places via the Matra. As long as these refugees have broken no laws, her priests refuse to reveal their whereabouts.3
- “Vudra, the Impossible Kingdoms” in Sixty Feet Under, 73. Paizo Inc., 2020 same goddess is assumed until shown to be separate deities as the name and background are very similar. .
- This deity has been assumed to have demigod status solely due to their ability to grant their clerics access to four domains in Pathfinder First Edition rather than the five domains a full deity would grant, as per Planar Adventures 70. If this assumption and derivation is either verified or contradicted, this page and its categories should be updated, adding the authoritative source as a reference.
- “Radripal” in Distant Shores, 43. Paizo Inc., 2015 .
- “Radripal” in Distant Shores, 42. Paizo Inc., 2015 .
- “Radripal” in Distant Shores, 38. Paizo Inc., 2015 .