Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Priestesses of Celicia

The Order of Our Holy Lady Astra Celicia was established in 559 CY.

Although little is known of her early years, the first mention of Saint Celicia is her appearance, in the Westeven, in 548 CY. Now considered the first Priestess of Solaris (the priesthood had theretofore been restricted to men), she prophesized of the return of Set, and exhorted the patricians and citizenry to repentance and preparation.

The Imperial apostateship from the Solarian Church was reversed due largely to her efforts.

In 556 CY, Saint Celicia disappeared, only to reappear three years later, in 559 CY, with what is now known as the Celician Codex, a scripture some 500 pages long, bound in leather and printed on tablets of wafer-thin metal, readable only with special glasses, and intricately and beautifully illuminated. Along with that Codex, she brought chests overflowing with ancient coins, and a train of foreign craftsmen and laborers, who built her first Solarian Abbess, devoted to helping children and the poor. She also appointed several of her female followers as Knight-protectors and Prioresses, to assist in her efforts.

Shortly after Celicia disappeared again, in 563 CY, rumors of miracles, performed by her Knight-protectors and Prioresses, began to circulate, resulting in a flood of donations, and a declaration of Sainthood for Celicia, by Emperor Perfero Agmentum Aurum.

Saint Celicia is the saint of orphans and the poor. Her Abbesses are ubiquitous, found in nearly any town that also boasts a Church of Solaris.

Any female Characters may begin as a first-level cleric or paladin, and be a Priestess of Celicia.

Those characters begin with a helmet and breastplate, a mace, and a round shield emblazoned with a stylized sun (Paladin) or sunflower (Cleric). They also start with 1d6 x10 gold.

6 comments:

Timeshadows said...

Engaging and very well written, Paladin. :D

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Thanks for the encouragement.

Along with the Knights Imperious and The Black Hand, the Celician Order was a product of my summer D&D campaign.

I thought they were interesting enough ideas to warrant some embellishment.

Rod said...

Do you happen to have the name of the artist who did the pictured sculpture?

A Paladin In Citadel said...

I found the image at the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemplation

The Statue is called The Spirit of Contemplation, by Albert Toft.

The Rusty Battle Axe said...

Very cool. Considered it copied, pasted, and saved in a remote location known only to me (and perhaps a few of our cats--the love the computer and have a knack for finding the "Esc" key).

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Feel free to use it, I wish I had even an ounce of creativity still in me ... it all trickled out by the time I reached 30.

Anything I do now is pretty derivative (another reason I rely on tropes to sustain me!)