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Kythriaby Marco Dalmonte English translation by Gary Davies
Patroness of Desire, Lust and Beauty
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 2nd (Initiate), CN, Energy
Symbol: a heart-shaped ruby
Portfolio: passion, sensuality, lust, beauty, Ierendi
Worshipped in: Known World (Ierendi)
Appearance: a young woman with a provocative and sensual aspect, with large eyes that change colour to cast languid or innocent looks, scarlet and voluptuous lips, a perfectly tanned complexion with some beauty-spots in just the right places, full figure and lissom curves, with a cascade of jet-black hair that reaches to the middle of her back, dressed in a scanty tunic of pure transparent silk and wearing bejewelled shoes and a necklace of rubies with a jewel in the form of a heart.
History: PROBABLE THEORY: in life Kythria was a Makai cleric of Valerias that visited the islands of Ierendi during the IX century AC. A woman of great charm and charisma, gaining many hearts and treasures besides those of monsters, enormously enhancing her fame abroad and in her homeland in a few years. It was her who suggested and realised the institution of the Tournament of Ierendi for electing it’s rulers, after which the office had become totally deprived of power, knowing well that this had enhanced her prestige and she was finally invested with the crown that she deserved (that she naturally won and kept for several years, achieving an undisputed popularity). Seeking then of becoming Immortal under the protection of Valerias she emulated the deeds of her Immortal, but Valerias became so jealous of her own priestess that she abandoned her. Eiryndul, who had always had a weakness for the arrogant Valerias, saw a great possibility for taking his revenge and became the patron of Kythria first, and her secret lover later, once that she achieved Immortality in 910 AC, after she had created a small paradise on a lost island in the Sea of Dread, transforming it into a place where the more worthy and intrepid mortals and the Immortals could retreat to for enjoying every possible pleasure of the earthly life thanks to a powerful artefact.
Personality: Kythria is interested in the purely instinctive and passionate side of physical attraction, and considers desire and sexual intercourse as liberation from mortal bonds and satisfaction of body and soul. For her the sexual act is the holiest of the loving feelings, for freeing the spirit and giving off a most potent mystic energy. At the moment Kythria competes with Valerias for being recognised as the true lady of sensuality and desire, even if she is much more vain, more licentious and less savvy of her ancient protector (having achieved Immortality for about a century), and this often leads to embarrassing troubles. Eiryndul is her mentor and lover, but Kythria doesn’t hesitate to use her charms for also gaining favours from other Immortals. Her actual suitors are the ardent Palson, the mysterious Harrow and the forward and sly Turmis.
Allies: Eiryndul, Harrow, Palson, Turmis
Alignment of followers: any; clerics must be Neutral or Chaotic
Favourite weapon: stiletto (allowed all bludgeoning weapons)
Clerics’ skills and powers: +1 bonus to Charisma, +2 bonus to any one Charisma based skill
Domains: Energy, Chaos, Persuasion
Preferred weapon: stiletto (see punching dagger)
Source: IM2, WotI