"After the Undoing, when the green wild returned to the world, the disparate survivors of the last war of the ascora faced a new, inhospitable world. The kin of Galea so ravaged by the bygone war continued to suffer greatly. The strife and tribulations of grappling with their mortality and loss of power while combating the terrors of the newly magical world took their toll. There seemed no end in sight until the stars appeared resplendent in the sky. Of these stars, it was Pandora who proved love and music had not left this world."
- In Defense of the Stars
By Louen Hamlen
Pandora is the patron constellar deity of women, change, tricks, and music. She was one of the first constellar deities to come to the destitute people of the second age, giving offerings of strength, fertility, and artistry to a world that had nearly forgotten the idea of romance, music, and merrymaking.
Her form is often represented as a woman with a flowing dress and a braid of starlight hair that reaches past her feet. She is matronly with caring eyes and a gentle expression often depicted with a smile and open arms. It is said that no flaw mars her countenance, and that many gods and goddesses are jealous of the beauty and femininity of her and her followers.
She gained particular notoriety when she came to the heroine Jura Lightborn and warned her of an unseen treachery her leader and the leader of the Faithful Five, the Allfather, would commit. To this day, this prophecy remains unfulfilled.
A benevolent and giving goddess, Pandora is one of the few deities to take particular interest in domestic affairs, of families, of lovers, and of creatives. Artistic inspiration remains a feminine quality, and is attributed to Pandora's influence.
Just like all of the ascora who performed the ritual of The Great Undoing in the final day of the Blight Wars, nothing is known of Pandora until after her ascension. She did not appear as some other gods and goddesses did during the Battle of Red Cliff, but her manifestation had effects all over the world. She empowered members of domestic families, shining her light on them in times of great need. Difficult childbirths passed without incident, starving children found food aplenty, and music woke in the hearts of the listless and dimhearted. Pandora showed all on that date thirty three years after the Great Undoing that the gods were indeed capable of love and they wished to be involved in the lives of the kin.
Her champions, mostly folk heroes and poets, were guided by her caring hand in those days past to fill the world with love and life. While Sagitta cultivated the farms, Pandora cultivated the families, gave the people a purpose greater than survival, and gave strength to those to pursue their affections. Her blessings were generous and bountiful, and very quickly she amassed a large following in the folk of towns and villages who signed their doors with the hand of The Lady.
In those days past, Pandora was a common name to the tongues of the people, and her blessings were timely and plentiful. So bounteous were the boons of The Lady that the other gods were said to be jealous, and in their fledgling divinity interpreted the celestial edicts as left by Aurum that limited the power of the gods to keep the fate of the kin driven by the kin.
And so unfolded a series of events and schemes that would divide the deities in the sky, lift others in their divine station, and send others into the pits of ignominy. This would be called the Cascadias.