Sharess

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Symbol of Sharess

Overview

Name(s): Sharess, Bast, The Dancing Lady, Mother of Cats
Status: Lesser Egyptian Deity/Faerunian Demigod
Symbol: Feminine Lips
Home Plane: Brightwater (also Ysgard)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Portfolio: Hedonism, sensual fulfillment, festhalls, cats, good tieflings
Worshipers: Bards, Hedonists, sensualists
Clerical alignments: CG, CN, NG
Domains: Chaos, Charm, Good, Travel, Trickery
Favored Weapon: A great cat's paw (claw bracer)

As a Deity

Sharess is the deity of hedonism, festhalls and sensual fulfillment. She is oft depicted as a beautiful, voluptuous woman with the head of a cat (especially in Mulhorand). She has the individualistic and hedonistic personality of a feline and she is constantly grooming herself to ensure her appearance is always up to standards. Sharess is an innate flirt and loves toying around with beautiful mortals, but once she has had her full she is quick to move on to other sources of pleasure.

The Church of Sharess

The Church of Sharess is of casual nature, and her clergy are responsible for the running of many feasthalls found throughout large cities in Faerun. These feasthalls seek to indulge every pleasure imaginable. Privately owned feasthalls usually employ at least one or two Sharessan clerics.

The Church of Sharess probably celebrate the most festivals out of all the faiths of Faerun. These revels are known collectively as the Endless Revels of Life. Even daily events present a chance for Sharessans to revel; sometimes even the rising and setting of the sun. Their most beloved festival is the Midsummer's Eve festival, where the pursuit of pleasure has no boundary. Sharessan clerics pray for their spells at dusk.

History

Bast, a Mulhorandi power who was the patroness of cats subsumed the portfolio of Felidae, a beast cult deity of felines, nomads and sensual pleasure. Bast travelled across Faerun leaving many cults in her wake. She began to experiment with the darker side of pleasure and fell under the sway of Shar. She began to become known as Sharess, but before she was completely subsumed by Shar, she was freed by Sune, during The Time of Troubles. Since then, Sharess has restored her alliances with Selûne, Sune, Milil, Hanali Celanil and Lliira. She now opposes both Loviatar and Shar who has never forgotten that Sharess escaped from her clutches.

Dogma

Life is to be lived to its fullest, in decadent sensual fulfillment of yourselves and others. That which is good is pleasurable and that which is pleasurable is good. Pleasure is to be sought out at every opportunity and life is to be lived as one endless revel. Spread the bounty of Sharess so that all may join in the endlesss revel of life and bring joy to all those in pain. Infinite experiences await those who would explore, so try the new as well as savoring the old.

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