Cults of the Anauroch


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    In an old and battered copy of "Religions of the Bedine"

    Religions of the Bedine

    "The Rider of the Winds, Shaundakul is cursed as the 'Treacherous Lurker in the Sands' by the Bedine nomads who call the desert home. Their legends speak of Shaundakul having failed to win the heart of a beautiful golden haired goddess by offering her a single rose. The rose was poisoned though and slew the goddess, the tales are unclear if Shaundakul was aware of this. Grief drove the god mad, and he took his pain out on the Bedine when he took the form of a jackal-headed man who behaved as a mischievous and malicious trickster who is now blamed for blinding folk, drying out oases, causing travelers to become lost, and all the other misfortunes that beset the Bedine.

    Strangely, many of the deeds attributed to Shaundakul are similar to tales and myths spread elsewhere about Beshaba leading me to conclude she was either the goddess who spurned his love, or perhaps Tymora. Another possibility is that he was in fact framed by some other god."

    "Alagairtha was a human sorcerers of incredible beauty and power. The Bedine claim that she challenged the gods themselves, although no legend explains what her purpose was ultimately if it was power or some other purpose that drove her to challenge the divine pantheons. Alagairtha failed in her effort, but the gods took pity upon her and raised her directly into the heavens as the Brown Star, the brightest star in Mystra's Star Circle. She is worshipped as a goddess or demigoddess by some Bedine tribes today."

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    "The constellation known as the Caltrops are called the At'ar's Arrows by the nomads. They believe these arrows were fired every night by the sun goddess to clear the path for the rising of the day. What I've always found unusual about this myth is that typically the bedine have named their sun god At'ar and quite clearly depict him as a male. Yet this legend speaks of At'ar as a female, I believe the answer may lay in a demigoddess worshiped by the Netherese named Alumra. She was said to have been a lover and consort of At'ar and a guardians of the 'western gates of the sky' and it is possibly the Bedine have mixed her legends with At'ar's own."

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    "Bedine frequently serve as guides for caravans seeking to cross the Anauroch desert. The best of these guides serve Elah, the goddess of stars, navigation, prophecy often personified by the moon."

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    "Nakasr is the god of death, murder by assassination, and the resulting strife that comes from each of these. Despite his foul associations, Nakasr is viewed as a neutral arbitrator who calmly records these deads without prejudice, malice, or even any actual interest."

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    "...among the Bedine there is a myth that a god known as the Raging One, or Kozah will ultimately unmake the world. The Destroyer, as he is also known, is frequently appeased with sacrifices of horse by those who fear his baleful gaze is upon them. It is said that in the last days an unwitting sorcerer will channel Kozah's power through herself and cause all the sand of the Anauroch to fly up in a mighty storm that will sweep across all of Toril."

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    "In those few places around oasises where green things grow, the Bedine are always quick to offer prayers and burn incense for Jannath."

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    "...the nights in the Anauroch are unbearably cold, worse so considering the contrast to the scorching days here. The Bedine rarely leave their tents or fires at night, convinced the murdering god N'sar is stalking the dark. They will occasionally sprinkle salt around their campsites during the full moon to keep N'sar at bay, believing there is a link between the lunar cycles and the insanity that plague those who survive an encounter with N'sar."

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    "Several ruins dot the region and the Bedine avoid them, as well as several oasises they tell me it is dangerous to drink from. The Bedine claim that these places are the "Urine of Kiputytto" and should be avoided by sane men. Naturally, I explored one during a late evening and discovered several ancient shrines in the ruins that spoke of a goddess of disease called Kiputytto. I know of no prayers being spoken to this goddess in living memory, the Bedine do not even offer her sacrifices of appeasement believing that so long as they do not drink at her wells they are safe from her touch."

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    "Before battle the Bedine have a curious habit of praying that their war god Targus will not show them favor. The explanation for this is that Targus is a mad ravening destroyer who instills blood lust in those he favors, which invariable leads to their defeat in battle. Despite this, there are a few who prefer to trade their sanity for the sheer power that Targus can grant. Luckily, it is easy enough to spot these wicked men because they refuse to wash the blood of their foes from their bodies."

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    "As well, the Bedine worship several gods that we are quite familiar with such as Mystra, Shar, and until recently Moander who they blame for the destruction of what their holy men claim was once a verdant jungle."


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