Friday, August 16, 2013

Arae: Infernal Powers (Bellona)

Bellona 
Alias: Discordia, Eris, Strife, Our Lady of Discord
Feast: None
Symbols: Golden Apple
Patronage: Spies, gossips, usurpers, warmongers, arms-dealers
Cleric Alignments: Chaotic Evil, Neutral Evil
Power: Clerics dedicated to Bellona are skilled at trickery and add change self to their list of 2nd level spells. However they have no special powers over the undead. Magic items related to trickery, disguise and shape-changing are quite common among clerics of Bellona.
Favored Weapons: Dagger or Spear

"Well - this is a pleasant surprise. I set my trap for a peasant and LO! - I catch a prince! Away with him - but gently my pets, gently. I have plans for our royal guest." -Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
Bellona is the daemon goddess of chaos, strife and discord. She is a fickle and dangerous entity who delights in turning family and close friends against each other, and breaking all bonds of allegiance. If she had her way, all would be unmade by the sword, spear and flame. She is most often depicted as a striking half-elf or human woman of any race, dressed in finery and bearing two to four black-feathered wings.
Bellona is a jelous, petty being, but not reckless. Though she loves random destruction, she encourages her followers to take the long view in the sewing of chaos. Bellona will work with anyone and everyone, even supporting goodly beings to encourage a greater fall and tragic end. She is nothing, if not an artist.
Clerics
The Cult of Bellona is forever stirring up wars, often acting as spies, usurpers and support for warmongers and hostile humanoids and despots. Occasionally, a cleric of Bellona will set his or herself up as a warlord or mercenary leader, selling the military and magical aid of the goddess of strife to whoever will pay. Monsters of a mercenary bent are frequent worshipers of Bellona, especially orcs, ogres, goblins and evil elves.


Please Note: These are meant for use by Game-masters for Non-Player Character Clerics. The Infernal Powers are nasty in the extreme and are the BAD GUYS, with no exception. 

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