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Beshaba
Basic Information
Title(s) Black Bess, Lady Doom,
The Maid of Misfortune[1]
Symbol Black antlers on a red field[1][2]
Power level Intermediate deity
Formerly: Lesser deity (1e)[1]
Influence
Dominion Warrior's Rest[3]
The Barrens of Doom and Despair (formerly)
Formerly: Abyss (1e)[1]
Area(s) of Interest Bad Luck[3]
Portfolio Accidents
Bad Luck
Misfortune
Random mischief
Domains Fate, Trickery[4]
Formerly: Chaos, Evil, Luck
Worshipers
Worshipers Assassins, auspicians, capricious individuals, gamblers, rogues, sadists
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Favored weapon Ill Fortune (barbed scourge)
Rules Information
Alignment Neutral Evil[3]
Formerly: Chaotic evil (1e)[1]

Beshaba (pronounced be-SHAH-ba [5]), or Lady Doom as she is also known, was the neutral evil intermediate deity of accidents, bad luck, misfortune, and random mischief and a member of Tempus' pantheon.[3] She demanded worship to keep her bad luck at bay. Her aim in life, was to destroy her sister Tymora, or Lady Luck. She also delighted in cursing others, often causing seafarers to lose their navigational instincts.

WorshipersEdit

Beshaba was revered more out of fear, than out of religious faith. Her doctrine stated that bad luck befell everybody and the only way to avoid it was by worshiping her. She was renowned for being spiteful and malevolent, and her priests manipulated common folk into revering and providing for them by acting mysteriously and playing on morbid fears. Her clerics offered an entreaty for their spells and made sacrifices of alcoholic beverages such as burning brandy or wine. There were two festivals in the calendar of Beshaba followers at Midsummer and Shieldmeet. Both were celebrated by revelry and indulgence in food and drink.[citation needed]
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Lady Doom

OrdersEdit

Doommasters

The best known order of specialty priests were the Doommasters, universally feared by the way they reveled in the infliction of misfortune on others. [6]

Black Fingers

Only by Beshaba's favor, some evil male clerics, thieves, and fighters of Beshaba could join this secret order. They acted as assassins dedicated to their goddess's name.[7]

Wormlucks

In order to spread Beshaba's influence and counter the church of Tymora, the Wormlucks (Priests of Bad Fortune) were created, serving as focus for calamities, which occured wherever they went, often affecting them as well. Their style of dress was distinctive, forced upon them by the orthodox clergy to avoid confusion with the orthodox clergy and for high visibility; bright red robes worn over armor and white hair wigs, which had to be obvious and usually ill-fitting, to honor Beshaba's own locks.[8]

Relationships Edit

Beshaba was the twin sister and sworn enemy of Tymora, whom she sought to destroy.

She was Tempus' lover.[3]

HistoryEdit

Beshaba came into being when the deity Tyche split during the Dawn Cataclysm, a separate disaster relating to the machinations of Lathander. Tyche was infected with a taint of the dark god Moander and was forced to split into two parts by her friend Selûne. Those two parts, Tymora and Beshaba, sprang out fully formed and immediately fought. Beshaba, who is said to have gotten Tyche's looks where Tymora got her love, is considered to be attractive to many male deities and some have been devoured with her lustful passions. She rejected advances from Talos, among other hopefuls. Mortals who perceived the Maid of Misfortune were often destroyed by their lust or driven to maddened loyalty.[citation needed]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 10. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  2. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 235. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  4. Logan Bonner (August, 2009). “Domains in Eberron and the Forgotten Realms”. Dragon #378 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32.
  5. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 91–92. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  6. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), pp. 43–44. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  7. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 43. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  8. John Terra (February 1996). Warriors and Priests of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 70. ISBN 0-7869-0368-6.

SourcesEdit

The Faerûnian Pantheon
Major Deities
AzuthBaneBhaalChaunteaCyricGondHelmIlmaterKelemvorKossuthLathanderLoviatarMaskMielikkiMyrkulMystra (Midnight) • OghmaSelûneSharShaundakulSilvanusSuneTalosTempusTormTymoraTyrUmberleeWaukeen
Other Members
AkadiAurilBeshabaDeneirEldathFinder WyvernspurGaragosGargauthGrumbarGwaeron WindstromHoarIstishiaIyachtu XvimJergalLliiraLurueMalarMililNobanionThe Red KnightSavrasSharessShialliaSiamorpheTalonaTiamatUbtaoUlutiuValkurVelsharoon


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