Titles:The Song of the Spheres, The Great Dreamer, Starsong, The Tender of Dreams
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Portfolio: Dreams, Stars, Travellers, Luck
Worshipers: Travellers, Astronomers, Gamblers, Tiolos, Musicians
Cleric Alignment: Neutral Good, Chaotic Good, Chaotic Neutral
Domains: Chaos, Good, Liberation, Luck, Travel
Favored Weapon: Starknife

Desna (pronounced DEZ-nuh) was one of the first deities, but while her peers burdened themselves with the task of creating Alhara she spent her time building the heavens. She's changed little since those earlier days, and she and her followers delight in exploring the world.

Desna is an ancient goddess of freedom and luck, and is credited with the creation of the heavens. In her earliest days the god Curchanus, an enemy of the goddess Lamashtu, was her mentor. Lamashtu laid a trap for Curchanus and stripped him of his beast domain, ripping it from his godly essence. As he died he gifted Desna with the domain of travel; she has traveled the planes and worlds since, opposing both oppression and Lamashtu wherever she encounters them, and spreading her word while making an effort to experiencing new wonders when she can.

Desna is strongly opposed to Lamashtu due to the murder of Desna's one-time mentor, and wishes to reclaim the domain of beasts. She also actively hunts the demigod Ghlaunder, who legends claim she freed during one of her many travels. Cayden Cailean is known to be suitor of hers, but she keeps aloof of most godly affairs; past traumas and her desire for freedom lead her into fewer interactions with other deities and their faiths than most. She is known to have good relations with Sarenrae and Shelyn, and to oppose both Rovagug and Zon-Kuthon for control of the night, which she wishes to be a time of wonder and beauty.

Desna is a Tiolos goddess often described as a beautiful elven woman, with butterfly wings containing all the beauty of a clear night sky. she is oft depicted as having dark hair, silvery eyes, and a coy but distant smile, wearing diaphanous gowns and sometimes accompanied by swarms of butterflies.

Additional details vary among the races that worship her; the Laminian people worship a variant form of Desna, a janiform amalgam with Gozreh, whom they call Shimye-Magalla. The nomadic Wintertop of northern Altis depict Desna not as the elegant elven woman she is generally seen as in the south, but a stately human woman riding an elk.

Desna and her faithful hold creatures that symbolize freedom and the night sky as beautiful and holy; of particular favor are butterflies, which often appear to signal the goddess' favor, the lyrakien, and certain fey creatures of the night.[3]

This black and silver spoted avoral is a fierce ally of the Desnan clergy, prone to singing in battle.

A dramatic lillend composer with black, star-dappled scales and feathers, she wears many black ribbons and enjoys helping mortals for songs and inspiration.

The Night Monarch
Appearing as a massive butterfly-like creature the size of a dragon, the night monarch is the herald of Desna, a considered a sign of good luck by both her followers and travellers alike.

The church of Desna has few temples to it's name, and its priests rarely settle in a single location. The faithful of the Great Dreamer can be found on the roads of Alhara, among the caravans of the Tiolos and Halflings and other who call the roads and beauty of the wilderness home. Other centers of worship include Laminia and Wintertop.

Desna is the goddess of travel and journeys, and there are few who traverse the roads who wouldn't spare her a prayer or a simple-worded plea for benediction. Scouts, sailors, and those who travel for travel's sake make up a large amount of her following, though her domain of luck also makes her a favorite deity among gamblers and thieves. The informal clergy of Desna is primarily composed of clerics, though on occasion bards are called by some song or whisper in the night to follow her path. In addition, spherewalkers are paragons of the Desnan ideal of seeing new sights each day and finding locales unheard of but often dreamed of. The individuals that comprise the clergy usually garb themselves in white robes and silk caps, emphasized by varied decorative elements and usually accompanied by one or more starknives.

Temples of Desna are few and far between, with most locations dedicated to the goddess being no more than roadside shrines erected in her honor; her faithful often leave markings and dedications in newly discovered areas and secluded locales. Those few temples that do exist often serve as observatories and are as open to the night sky as possible.

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