Cleric Alignments: LE, LN, NE
Loviatar: Maiden of Pain, the Willing Whip (Lesser Faerunian Deity)
Symbol: Nine-tailed barbed scourge
Home Plane: The Barrens of Doom
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Portfolio: Pain, hurt, agony,
torment, suffering, torture
Worshipers: Beguilers, torturers, evil warriors, the depraved
Alignments: LE, LN, NE
Domains: Evil, Law, Retribution, Strength,
Favored Weapon: "Painbringer" (scourge)
oviatar (loh-vee-a-tar) is the aggressive, domineering and fearless
patron of torturers, sadists, and bullies. She has a cold and
calculatingly cruel nature and an icebound heart. The Maiden of Pain has
an instinct for inflicting both physical and psychological pain, always
striking at the biggest chink in her victim's emotional armor. Unlike
most bullies, she does not feel pain herself, but her plans often
inherently rely on the innate selfishness of human nature.
The church of Loviatar, dominated by female humans and half-elves, is strongest in
large, decadent cities, where newcomers are often recruited from the
ranks of the bored and wealthy and the authorities are often tolerant of
degenerate activity. Clerics of the Maiden of Pain work tirelessly to
cause suffering both widespread and personal. This work may be as brutal
as flogging an encountered band of orcs until they flee or as subtle as
breaking hearts among young nobles by pretending to falling on love with
the gallants (while disguising one's Loviatan faith), working to break
up existing amours and friendships, and engaging in scandalous
dalliances before coldly spurning the victims and departing. Being a
good actor and of striking beauty (or experienced in using spells to
appear so) are very useful traits for a Loviatan, but the most
successful Loviatans are those who understand the ways and natures of
folk and so know just how to cause them the most pain and to manipulate
them towards that end.
Clerics of Loviatar pray for their spells in the morning while
kneeling after striking themselves with a whip. (The same ritual is
performed in the evening, although without praying for new spells.)
Loviatans celebrate all four seasonal festivals with the Rite of Pain
and Purity: a circle dance that chanting, singing clergy members perform
upon barbed wire, thorns, or broken glass or crystals, where the whips
of high-level clerics and the drumming of lay worshipers urge the
participants to greater effort. Every twelfth night (unless such a night
coincides with a Rite of Pain and Purity, which preempts it) the clergy
members celebrate smaller Candle Rites wherein they sing, chant, and
pray as they dance around lit candles, passing some parts of their
bodies through or over their flames repeatedly until the rite ends with
highest-ranking cleric extinguishing her candle with consecrated wine.
Many clerics multiclass as fighters, specializing in the use of the
whip, as sorcerers, or as wizards, often specializing in enchantment or
HISTORY/RELATIONSHIPS: Loviatar is one of the Dark Deities, having
served Bhaal alongside Talona, whom she loves to torment and tease.
Since the death of Bhaal during the Time of Troubles, both Loviatar and
Talona have slowly fallen under the sway of Shar. However, the return of
Bane, who was Bhaal's superior, presages a conflict for her loyalty.
Loviatar gets along well with Malar, regarding his stalking of prey as a
particularly delightful form of torture. The Maiden of Pain is consumed
with hatred for Ilmater, who shields her victims from the from the
torments they deserve, and hates both Eldath and Lliira for the peace
and joy they promise without the necessary suffering to achieve it.
DOGMA: The world is filled with pain and torment, and the best that
one can do is to suffer those blows that cannot be avoided and deal as
much pain back to those who offend. Kindnesses are the best companions
to hurts, and increase the intensity of suffering. Let mercy of sudden
abstinence from causing pain and of providing unlooked-for healing come
over you seldom, but at whim, so as to make folk hope and increase the
Mystery of Loviatar's Mercy. Unswerving cruelty will turn all folk
against you. Act alluring, and give pain and torment to those who enjoy
it as well as to those who deserve it most or would be most hurt by it.
The lash, fire, and cold are the three pains that never fail the devout.
Spread Loviatar's teachings whenever punishment is meted out. Pain tests
all, but gives strength of spirit and true pleasure to the hardy and the
true. There is no true punishment if the punisher knows no discipline.
Wherever a whip is, there is Loviatar. Fear her—and yet long for her.