The Land of Dungeons and Dragons
THE MAID OF TIME
Mistress Death, Dreamwalker, The Record Keeper, Lady of the Lost
ALIGNMENT: True Neutral
PORTFOLIO: Death, History, Dreaming, Inevitability
DOMAINS: Knowledge, Tempest,Magic
FAVORED WEAPON: Whip
THE MAID OF TIME is a goddess of mystery, of things that are ended or else buried deep; the custodian of history, the guide that leads souls to their final rest, and the shadow that passes through the secret dreams of the living.
Stories of the Maid are common to all peoples of the world. Even those who do not share her worship know her as the guide who waits in dreams and in death; first and foremost she is the guardian of the afterlife, and all will recognize her as such. Stories speak of her as kindly to those with the right to travel, but stern in the administration of her domain. Where she interferes in the affairs of mortals it is most usually to set some imbalance of the natural order to rights. Yet while she does not often act, tales of her interacting- of meeting her in dreams, or on the cusp of life and death- are common, and her company is said to be greatly reassuring.
PANTHEONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
The Maid of Time appears in the worship of one pantheon and a duo as well as individually.
In the PANTHEON OF BLOOD, she is the dead goddess, a divine ghost whose end left the MAGE OF DOOM bereft. As with all ghosts she haunts rather than engaging; this void of emotion, filled only with the rage of her death, leaves her without strong loyalty to the KNIGHT OF BLOOD- her supposed leader. In this pantheon her relationship to fate and the inevitable comes to the fore; none escape her, and there is little love in her unbeating heart.
As one of the DREAMLORDS, she is so different as to be almost a separate entity; lively, vivacious and ever-ready to aid. Here she is the guide and the driving force, providing the care that ties the MAGE OF DOOM to the people of the world.
Alone, she is the goddess of death and ancestors, the guide who leads you to your past so that you can move on into your future and the friendly hand who guides you on your final journey. She loves the MAGE OF DOOM dearly and often seeks to help him, but for the most part those who desire her intervention must ask for it.
As an antagonist to other pantheons or deities, she is the enforcer of bitter fate and her cheerful smile may well be a mask to hide an empty heart. She is often seen refusing to aid the KNIGHT OF BLOOD in his quests and will rarely show concern for any who are harmed, even when her powers could save them.
APPEARANCE AND EMISSARIES
The Maid of Time is usually depicted as a ghostly tiefling with ram’s horns, dressed in red and sometimes winged. Despite her ghostly aspect she is often shown smiling and it is common for her hand to be outstretched, as if welcoming the observer to join her.
The creature most commonly associated with the Maid are frogs. Despite her connections to death she does not favor the undead; only ghosts are spared her wrath, and even then her aim is to move them on.
These large, red-skinned creatures are often sighted after a near-death experience, and although no proof has ever been found they are rumored to be the carriers of the soul to the afterlife, possessed of strange powers.
Temples of the Maid are commonly found in most sizable settlements, although they are rarely large in size. Her cults are considered generally harmless and the traditions are often passed down family lines, leading to small chapels in homes that stand through the generations and are filled by kin of marriage and blood.
WORSHIPERS AND CLERGY
Clerics of the Maid of Time are True Neutral, Neutral Good, Neutral Evil, Lawful Neutral, or Chaotic Neutral.
Followers of the Maid are historians, lore-seekers, gravediggers and mystics. Those whose business is death or the dead, seeking the hidden secrets of the mind, or the uncovering of ancient tombs and artifacts find her a welcoming presence.
The clergy of the Maid are most usually Clerics, but some Oracles are called by their ancestors to serve and more than a few Bards with an interest in history have taken her holy orders.
TEMPLES AND SHRINES
Temples of the Maid are built to show the passage of time. From a simple sundial to complex solar and lunar calendars, they show the changing of the hours, days and seasons at the very heart of the place of worship. It is also common to include a frog pond or pool in the Temple design, and antechambers that store the words of generations past are essential. The walls are decorated with carvings and paintings made by generations of worshipers, and the seating is very comfortable.
The holy texts of the Maid of Time are books of history- not dry academic research tomes, but living journals. Her followers keep records their whole lives, which are archived and passed on, and reading the words of the past is a sacred duty to her followers.
The Journal of the First Follower
This account, the most commonly held by all cults of the Maid, purports to be written by her first follower at the creation of all things. Many of the details of this account are of great interest to religious scholars, and it is thought to be the original source for the identification of the fourteen Celestial and Infernal deities.
The Journal of the Thirdfold Rebel
Far more recent, this tome is considered important as it documents the events of the Thirdfold Revolution and the fall of the Starwalkers pantheon along with the Aelfen society of the time. The writer was a fairly highly placed revolutionary; her words provide an interesting insight into what the revolution’s leader- whom she called the “Reborn Martyr”, and claimed to be the reincarnated soul of a man betrayed twice by the Church of Blood- was trying to achieve.
The Journal of the World Walker
Interesting as a tome of geography as much as history, it is a common quest amongst those followers so inclined to try and uncover a location described in this journal. The writer travelled across the entire material plane and several others besides, writing of his experiences, and many ancient ruins discovered and forgotten bear the mark he left to show his passage.
Cults and temples of the Maid are happy to preside over funerals, and accumulate other holy days based on points of historical significance; as time passes, more obscure ones tend to drop off and are replaced, although which ones are observed usually depends on the sect.
Although ancestor worship is a common part of the faith, on the first day of the third moon cycle of the northern summer (southern winter) the followers of the Maid hold a celebration for and of all those who have come before. Feasting, singing, dancing and general revelry are shared with empty places at table, and in the evening tales are told of the past.
Notably, this day is held by followers of the Maid to be the day of creation, when the world was made, and as such counts as the marker of new year for all holy records and texts.