Nylea, God of the Hunt (Nigh-Lee-Uh)
"Enemies of the wood! Your presence here is a slap in Nylea’s face. Do not be surprised if she slaps back."
A god of the withering forests.
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The God of the Hunt is usually aloof and thoughtful, but she is playful and joyful with her loyal companions. However, she has a feral, animalistic side and bears the responsibility of keeping the forest a safe haven for animals, preventing the spread of humans into her domain, and letting the natural world have free rein. Nylea is quick to anger and vengeance if something threatens her realm. She has complete dominance on the seasons, that she can change at her whim and delay if angered. She is allied with Purphoros and permits him to unleash fires on the forest in order to grow new life or to keep humans away when they are encroaching too far into the wilds. However, she has a tumultuous relationship with Karametra, the God of the Harvests. Karametra is infuriated by Nylea's interference in the seasons. In turn, Nylea is disgusted by agriculture, which she sees as an aberration from the natural cycle of the world.
Nylea, Keen-Eyed by Chris Rahn
Nylea is associated with the hunt, the seasons, and the forests. Her reign over the hunt extends on predation and hunger, while with her rule over the seasons, she is also patron of metamorphosis and rebirth. She had expansive dominion over the world for thousands of years as the forests and wild sprawled over the land. She and Purphoros, God of the Forge had a loving relationship for this time. Purphoros would gaze upon her beauty and set fire to permitted forests for rebirth, and she admired his talent in creation.
THE RISE OF CITIES
Nylea valiantly protected her domain from the encroaching and looming threat of civilization. Through the use of her allied animals and direct intervention herself, she fought off wide expanses of new cities and deforestation. However, with the steady rise of the White Striders her favored creatures were slowly killed off and her forests were vulnerable to permanent destruction. With every tree felled her power diminished, and she simply could not stave off the rise of unnatural creations. Nylea blamed Ephara for rise in civilization, and has resented her with bitter distrust.
A GOD OF NATURE IN AN ECUMENOPOLIS
Nylea is a shell of her former self. Her vast swathes of natural beauty have been paved over by concrete and brick. Her power a fraction of what she once had, but she still lives. Though she despises agriculture, she reluctantly allows the Selesnya Conclaveto do as they wish, for they are the spearhead that ensures the protection of the last remaining forests and their animals. It is even rumored she helps supply the Gruul Clans with weapons, power, and creatures to help destroy the city of Ravnica block by block.
Worshiped bySelesnya Conclave
Holy WeaponRecurve Bow
Divine SymbolTwin leafs
Religious ColorsGreen, Brown, Blue
EdictsForests, Nature, Animals, Life, Seasons, Metamorphosis
Professional SkillsSkills that Priests may teach at major temples and gatherings
Devotion, Exhort, Survival
Acolytes of Nylea are given access to the powers she offers. Some miracles are restricted to more trusted or higher ranking members of this religion.Ageis
CommandmentsTrue worshipers of Nylea follow her commandments carefully, with those who ignore or are ignorant of such laws may find themselves praying to deaf ears, or worse.
- Never destroy the natural beauty she offers.
- Never offer a sacrifice in her name.
- Bring back the natural world whenever you can.
- Sustain yourself through the natural world as much as you can, do not rely on agriculture.
- Plant a tree once a month in honor of Nylea.
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