The Rise of the Runelords
Worship In Magnimar
While temples and shrines to many of the better-known deities can be found in Magnimar, worship of powerful good-aligned demigods known as empyreal lords is unusually common among the citizens—a legacy, perhaps, of the mysterious Angel of the Arvensoar (a powerful entity who played a key role in Magnimar’s foundation and early history), or possibly simply a result of these particular empyreal lords being favored by several of the traditional Varisian lineages of the region.
Ashava: Known to her faithful as the True Spark, Ashava is one of the unique angels who have ascended after gaining a spark of divinity. Ashava seeks out lonely ghosts who have become lost, then leads them to safety under the light of the moon. Her symbol is a dancing woman silhouetted against the full moon.
Soralyon: Soralyon’s countenance is that of a handsome man carved from the purest marble. He gifts a deserving few with potent magical secrets and guards the Steward’s Stone perched on the edge of Nirvana overlooking the Maelstrom. His symbol is a crooked spire of stone covered with carvings of astronomical signs.
Ylimancha: Sometimes depicted in art as a siren with a sea gull’s body and other times as an elderly Varisian woman with an osprey’s head, the agathion lord Ylimancha has long fought a war against Pazuzu for dominion over things that fly. Her symbol is a golden seagull with outstretched wings and three blue concentric circles on each wing.
Abadar is known as the Master of the First Vault, a divine storehouse said to contain perfect versions of everything ever created. Overseeing matters of cities, wealth, merchants, and law, it’s of little surprise that one of the Gold-Fisted’s primary concerns is the advancement of civilized society.
Calistria is the goddess of trickery, lust, and revenge, and accounts of both her disfavor and her trysts show that she takes to these roles readily. A mercurial and vindictive goddess, she’s been known to stay her hand until she’s in a position to best savor her retribution upon those that displease her, and her sting is often as painful as that of the wasps she favors.
Desna is the goddess of dreams, stars, travelers, and luck. An aloof and solitary figure, she’s credited with creating the heavens while her divine peers toiled at the task of building Golarion. As an elder deity she has had extensive dealings with other powers in the past, several encounters having put her at odds with Lamashtu and Ghlaunder; she seeks the defeat of both as she continually travels the planes and worlds in search of new experiences.
Iomedae is the goddess of righteous valor, justice, and honor. As a mortal, Iomedae rose to prominence in the era of the Shining Crusade, where she led the Knights of Ozem in a series of victories over the Whispering Tyrant. Success in the Test of the Starstone a short time later granted the valiant swordswoman a spark of divinity. Having served as Aroden’s herald, she inherited many of the Last Azlanti’s followers upon his death, and continues to espouse the ideas of honor and righteousness in the defense of good and the battle against evil.
“The Lady of Graves”, Pharasma, is the goddess who shepherds Golarion’s recently-departed souls to their final reward. Pharasma makes no decision on whether a death is just or not; she views all with a cold and uncaring attitude, and decides on which of the Outer Planes a soul will spend eternity. Pharasma is also the goddess of birth and prophecy: from the moment a creature is born, she sees what its ultimate fate will be, but reserves final judgement until that soul finally stands before her. As the goddess of death and rebirth, she abhors the undead and considers them a perversion.