Under Feet of Clay
Lawful Neutral Muse
Other Names: Mother of Tragedy, Downfall
Domains: Artifice, Death, Law, Luck, Trickery
Subdomains: Deception, Fate, Murder, Slavery, Trap
Favored Weapon: Dagger
Perhaps the most feared Muse, even if her playwrights are made famous by her tales, Melpomene is the Mother of Tragedy. She observes the actions of mortals attempting to balk their fate, and with the blessing of Xiphios she undoes them for their attempt to shirk the yoke of destiny. Unlike her sister Erato who so gladly plays with fate, it is Melpomene who ensures all, even the other gods, are subject to it. She is a close confidant of Grandfather Time, who determines when a punishment should fall. Melpomene’s priests and priestesses are simple prophets and oracles who have glimpsed the future of some figure. They decry their actions, reminding them of their destiny, and those who ignore the warnings of these Doomsayers are met with a trap of divine construction that robs them in a most poetic fashion. It is these visions the Doomsayers receive, and speak them uncontrollably as they occur. Playwrights send scribes to follow the Doomsayers, hoping to gather the plots for their next masterpiece of the stage.