One of the most nefarious of the Divines, Venstariss is the god of lies and deceit. Venstariss revels in the creation of the most fantastical lies, which have driven people to their deaths, wealthy lords to beggars and nations to war.
Common WorshipersGiven his divine domains, Venstariss is most commonly worshipped by those engaged in criminal enterprises. However, a large number of the urban poor across the Material Plane have been drawn into his worship, through false or highly embellished promises of riches, security and even just basic access to food and water.
PriesthoodA strong priesthood of Venstariss does exist, though almost exclusively in urban areas. Clergy of Venstariss move around poor areas, offering rewards in exchange for servitude, which inevitably lures people into joining criminal organisations. Whilst many of Venstariss’ clergy advise gang bosses and support illicit activities, many are criminal lords in their own right. As with almost all of the more malign deities, there is no formal training or selection process to become a cleric of Venstariss, save for attracting the god’s attention and reflecting and exemplifying the traits or actions that he finds most desirable.
TemplesWhilst they tend to be secretive, or off the beaten track, temples to Venstariss do exist and they are generally to focal points of organised criminal activity. As a result, they tend to be located in large towns or cities, almost always in less affluent or slum districts.
Activities in the Divine WarIn the opening stages of the Divine War, Venstariss remained neutral, though this was a choice forced upon him, as neither the Astartians, nor the Polephemites, nor later the Siblings trusted him enough to admit them to their respective alliances. This did not trouble Venstariss though, as he gleefully spent the first several hundred years of the war adding to the chaos by speeding lies and rumours on all sides. Eventually, as the war dragged on, he began to feel that with the right application of wit and force, he could achieve what the other Divines could not. He therefore formed an alliance, known as the Dark Pact with the goddess of pain and suffering Fokrella and has been causing chaos and misery with her ever since.
Family Tree of the Divines
Circumstances of Birth
As recounted in The Origin of the Divines.