Nalinivati

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Nalinivati
Holy symbol of Nalinivati.
(Deity)
Titles The Serpent's Kiss
First Mother (nagaji)
Queen of Nagas
Adjective Nalinivatan
Realm Yanjira, Maelstrom
Alignment Neutral
Areas of Concern Fertility
Nagaji
Snakes
Sorcery
Worshipers Nagaji, naga, sorcerers, lovers, snake cults
Edicts Seek out magic and use it, use poison, heal poisons, bear or adopt children, raise snakes
Anathema Kill a harmless snake or swan, spurn friends due to jealousy or romantic competition, betray your offspring, separate lovers
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E) Charm, Magic, Nobility, Rune, Scalykind
Subdomains (1E) Arcane, Divine, Leadership, Love, Lust, Wards
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E) Glyph, magic, passion, wyrmkin
Favored Weapon Urumi, bite / jaws
Symbol Lotus flower wherein a snake lies coiled
Sacred Animal Snake
Images of Nalinivati

Source: Dragon Empires Gazetteer, pg(s). 611E
Lost Omens Gods & Magic, pg(s). 132
f.

Nalinivati is the patron naga goddess of the snake-like humanoids known as the nagaji. She is a goddess of fertility, snakes and sorcery, she is mainly worshipped across Tian Xia.[1]

Appearance

Nalinivati appears as a particularly huge naga of an unknown type with brilliantly coloured scales and vibrant hair. In art, she is often shown as either emerging from an egg, or protectively guarding either a single egg or a clutch of eggs.[1]

Holy symbol and animal

Her holy symbol is a lotus flower wherein a snake lies coiled. Snakes are naturally considered holy animals to those of her faith.[1]

History

She was once a mortal naga sorceress and, through her magical powers and many daughters, established Nagajor, ruling as its first queen and founding its major institutions, which persist today. Her female descendants continue to rule Nagajor as Matriarchs.[2] She ascended to divinity through unknown means near the end of her life, and is now worshipped in many neighboring nations, as well as her home of Nagajor.[3] Said to have created the nagaji, Nalinivati long ago gifted the race with free will. They number among her most devout non-naga worshippers.[1]

Relationships

Nalinivati has been romantically linked with the kitsune deity Daikitsu, although both deities deny this claim.[4]

Nalinivati is said to be the daughter of the Vudran goddess Ravithra, having originally emerged from her throat.[5]

Church of Nalinivati

Nalinivati is also known to her worshippers as the "Queen of Nagas" and as the "Serpent's Kiss". Her worshippers are most commonly sorcerers, nagaji, and smitten lovers (in her fertility aspect) but she also has many snake cults dedicated to her. She is most popular in the realm she founded, Nagajor, but is also commonly worshipped in Dtang Ma, Xa Hoi, and Xidao.[1] Genealogy and heritage are important to Nalinivati and her worshippers. She judges based on family as well as individual merit.[3]

Sacred weapon

Nalinivati's favoured weapons are natural jaws or bite and the manufactured urumi.[1] This favoured status by Nalinivati's followers led to a wider popularity for the urumi across the Inner Sea region.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 61. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  2. Alex Greenshields. (2012). Red Harvest, p. 3. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Matt Goodall et al. (2014). Champions of Balance, p. 16. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-603-4
  4. Alex Greenshields. (2012). Red Harvest, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  5. Cole Kronewitter et al. (2020). Belly of the Black Whale, p. 72, 74. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-287-7
  6. Paizo staff. (2020). Gods & Magic, p. 102. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0