Cleric Alignments: CG, LG, N, NG
Chauntea: The Great Mother, the Grain Goddess, Earthmother (Greater
Blooming rose on a sunburst wreath of golden grain
Home Plane: House of
Alignment: Neutral Good
Portfolio: Agriculture, plants cultivated
by humans, farmers, gardeners, summer
Worshipers: Peasants and
indentured servants, druids, farmers, gardeners
Cleric Alignments: CG,
LG, N, NG
Domains: Animal, Earth, Good, Plant, Protection, Renewal
Favored Weapon: A shock of grain (scythe)
hauntea (chawn- tee-ah) is as old as Toril itself. Hers is the
divine spark that gave life to the natural world, the vibrant, caring
spirit infused with the planet at the moment of its creation. Originally
a deity of wild places and animal life, Chauntea has grown with her
world, changing and adapting to its many developments. The millennia
have taught her patience -- to the point of being at times ponderous.
Chauntea loves the inhabitants of her world, and she likes nothing more
than instructing Toril's denizens on how the land itself might enrich
their lives. Hers was the hand that guided the first mortal wanderers to
give up the uncertainty of the gatherer for the stability of the field.
Today, Chauntea is worshiped as the Great Mother of agriculture, the
kind benefactor who ensures a strong harvest, healthy meals, and robust
country living. Chauntea rarely manifests herself in physical form,
preferring to diffuse her essence throughout the living land of Toril.
Religious icons depict her as a matronly, middle-aged woman with pale
white hair and a welcoming smile. She wields a sturdy shock of grain as
both walking staff and weapon, on the unusual occasions in which she
finds herself in battle.
Worshiped by farmers, gardeners, agricultural
slaves, and any who make their living off the land, Chauntea is seen by
most Faerunians as an integral part of the natural cycle of life.
Wealthy landowners and simple farmers alike come to the local cleric of
the Earthmother for advice on bringing in the harvest or in setting next
season's crops. When foul weather or disease leads to blighted fields,
growers turn their gaze and prayers to Chauntea in hopes that her
attentions will salvage the seasonal yield. Those who subvert the
harvest for ill ends have much to fear from Chauntea's servants, who
take their role as pastoral protectors very seriously.
clerics and druids pray for spells at sundown. The clergy holds few
organized holidays, instead instructing the faithful to give thanks to
Chauntea at every sunrise, and in every moment the natural beauty of the
world fills them with joy. A long-standing tradition within the church
holds that a newly wedded couple should spend their first night together
in a freshly tilled field, which is said to ensure a fertile union.
Fertility plays an important role in the Chauntean faith, and a
hedonistic celebration during Greengrass encourages excessive drinking,
eating, and uninhibited behavior. The clergy observe solemn High Prayers
of the Harvest during a ritualized annual ceremony coinciding with the
start of the harvest. Chauntea's clerics most often multiclass as
rangers or druids.
HISTORY/RELATIONSHIPS: Chauntea is on of the oldest Faerunian
deities. Shar and Selune predate her, having given her life when they
created the world of Toril. In the ensuing millennia, Chauntea has
forged passionate relationships with several deities, many of whom no
longer exist in any meaningful form. So too has she battled (and even
destroyed) deities who schemed to befoul Chauntea's world. Some of her
worshipers claim that Chauntea is the progenitor of all the mortal
races, that the creatures who populate the world first emerged from her
womb in the days when the air was quiet and the earth was still. In
those early centuries, Chauntea was known as Jannath the Earthmother, a
wild deity who ran with animal packs and rejoiced in the unhindered
growth of wilderness. Though the people of the Moonshae Isles continue
to worship this aspect of the Great Mother, the deity herself has moved
on, changing as the world changes. In the last several hundred years,
Chauntea has become enamored with the inhabitants of her world
(particularly humans) to the point oat which she now focuses her
attentions completely on helping them live off the land. She preaches a
reverence for nature and urges the folk of civilized lands to repair
what they have damaged, but she long ago ceded the wildlands to other
deities. This development has led to a cooling of relations with
Silvanus -- some of his more militant druidic worshipers believe that
the Great Mother has betrayed herself and sold out the world to the
all-too-rapid encroachment of civilization. Her ties to other deities,
particularly Shiallia, Mielikki, Lurue, and Eldath, remain strong. She
shares a fondness for Lathander that has at times become intimate, and
the two deities currently spend a great deal of time together. Chauntea
opposes Auril, Malar, Talos, and Umberlee, and she views the return of
Bane as a dark omen. Talona, Lady of Poison, is the Great Mother's most
hated foe, as her propensity to bring blight, poison and disease to the
natural world fills Chauntea with great fury.
DOGMA: Growing and reaping are part of the eternal cycle of the most
natural part of life. Destruction for its own sake and leveling without
rebuilding are anathema. Let no day pass in which you have not helped a
living thing flourish. Nurture, tend, and plant wherever possible.
Protect trees and plants, and save their seeds so that what is destroyed
can be replaced. See to the fertility of the earth but let the human
womb see to its own. Eschew fire. Plant a seed or a small plant at least
once a tenday.