Aerdrie Faenya

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Aerdrie Faenya
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Aerdrie Faenya, as depicted in Dragon #60 (1982).
Title(s) The Winged Mother, Lady of Air and Wind, Queen of the Avariel, She of the Azure Plumage, Bringer of Rain and Storms
Home Plane Arborea and Ysgard
Power Level Lesser
Gender Female
Class(es)
Alignment Chaotic Good (Chaotic Neutral tendencies)
Portfolio Air, Weather, Avians
Domains Air, Animal, Chaos, Good
Alias(es)
Superior Corellon Larethian

Aerdrie Faenya is the elven goddess of Air, Weather, Freedom, Impulse, Fertility, and Birds.

Description

Aerdrie appears to be a tall, elven woman with feathered hair and eyebrows. A pair of large bird-like wings, with feathers that constantly change color, sprout from her back. The lower half of her body vanishes into a misty whirlwind, so that she never appears to touch the ground.

Relationships

The elven pantheon of gods (also known as the Seldarine) consists of the leader Corellon Larethian, as well as Aerdrie Faenya, Deep Sashelas, Erevan Ilesere, Fenmarel Mestarine, Hanali Celanil, Labelas Enoreth, Rillifane Rallathil, Sehanine Moonbow, and Solonor Thelandira.

Aerdrie Faenya is also great friends with Phaulkon and Syranita. She is allied with Stillsong.

Realm

Aerdrie's realm, a floating palace called the Aerie, shifts across the border between Arborea and Ysgard; sometimes it is found in Arvandor and sometimes in Alfheim. Flying processions of eagles, falcons, and other flying creatures can fill the sky around her palace for hours, and when they find perches they can fill entire forests.

Worshipers

Though a member of the Seldarine, Aerdrie Faenya is also worshiped by ki-rin, lammasu, aarakocra, and avians. A small number of air genasi close to elven communities also take her as their deity. She is the primary patron of the avariel, or winged elves. Aerdrie particularly loves, and is loved by, the avariel, although many elves who wish for the prospect of good weather and gentle winds also worship the Winged Mother.

A few aarakocra revere Aerdrie Faenya, leading the goddess to have a great friendship with Syranita.

Clergy

Aerdrie's clerics dress in sky-blue robes, wearing a single feather in their hair, and conduct worship services on open hilltops. Any bird can be her sacred animal.

Holy days and rituals

Aerdrie's holy days are on the spring and fall equinoxes, and sacrifices of beautiful feathers are made to her semi-annually.

Bibliography

  • Boyd, Eric L. Demihuman Deities. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1998.
  • Gygax, Gary. Unearthed Arcana. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1985.