Under Feet of Clay
Chaotic Neutral Goddess
Other Names: Queen of the Gods, Mother of Heroes, Jealous Lady, Imperatora
Domains: Chaos, Charm, Community, Magic, Protection
Subdomains: Defense, Divine, Home, Love, Whimsy
Favored Weapon: Short Spear
The wife of Xiphios and the Queen of the Gods, Aedai established the rites of sacrifice and the power of divine magic in the world. In her images, she is a tall, radiant woman with flowing blonde hair and a shapely body covered in violet robes. She considers herself the mother and queen of mankind, and favors humans above all others, but her jealousy of her husband’s affairs with mortal can override this maternal instinct. Her wrath is terrible, and her vengeance is never a straightforward shedding of blood. Instead, she concocts intricate plots to undo those who have wounded her ego. With a pride to rival her husbands, Aedai is patron of mothers and wives across Calopius, and brides adorn themselves with her favored flower, the rose, on their wedding day. As the saying goes, a bride hands her husband a rose for two reasons. First, to smell its sweetness as her own, and second, to feel the thorns as her wrath if jilted.
Aedai’s highest clerics are all women, almost always mothers who are wed to high priests of Xiphios. They dress in elegant robes and oversee burnt offerings to their Imperatora. In battle they channel spells of enchantment and destruction in equal measure. Loyal to their oaths but deadly when betrayed, clerics of Aedai advise leaders and manage temple complexes. They fiercely protect their lands and followers, punishing those who would or have brought them harm. Aedai values beauty, poetry, and fealty, and seeks punishments for the wicked that are themselves poetic and, in her eyes, beautiful and amusing. Her faithful seek this contrapasso justice as well, regardless of if their machinations break laws themselves.