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Haela Brightaxe (hay-la brite-axe), also called the Lady of the Fray or the Luckmaiden, was a dwarven demigod of battle and luck.[1]

OverviewEdit

Haela Brightaxe was one in spirit with good-aligned dwarves who loved battle and who lived to cleanse Toril of evil monsters. Haelan clerics fought monsters whenever they could find them, either to destroy the evil beast, or just for the thrill of battle. Haela, as she was a goddess of luck, took great risks in the battles she fought.[1]

FollowersEdit

Haela's clerics were called kaxanar, which could be translated as "bloodmaidens". Most of her clergy were females, but the few men who served her didn't seem to have a problem with the feminine title. Kaxanar cared little for the rules of dwarven society and built their temples wherever conflict was to be found. Temples were regularly built in the cellars of human ruins, abandoned dwarf holds, or even empty gnome warrens. Most temples also served as armories, and all were trapped with at least one very violent bombastic trap so that no temple could fall into enemy hands. Kaxanar were frequently also barbarians, since their rage engendered joyous destruction.[1]

RitualsEdit

Kaxanar prayed for spells in the morning. During these prayers, they traced the elaborate scars on their forearms that had been ritually carved there upon initiation into the order. Most scars showed geometric patterns, but a few iconoclasts used their initiation to carve profanities or lewdness into their skin.[1]

On the day of Greengrass, the Haelans celebrated a ritual called the Time of Spawning. In this ritual, they chanted and shattered captured enemy weapons to prepare for the next onslaught of monsters from occupied dwarven holds.[1]

Axe Held High was a high holy day for the followers of Haela. On this day, kaxanar and those allied with them gathered on the surface and claimed to see an image of Haela's greatsword outlined at the center of the sun.[1]

The Commemoration of the Fallen was celebrated with the Feast of the Moon, when the kaxanar remembered all dwarves and non-dwarves who fell in defense of Moradin's children.[1]

RelationshipsEdit

Most of her companions in the Morndinsamman respected Haela's lively manner. Haela made sure she never acted against the wishes of the other accepted members of the dwarven pantheon, though she accepted only Moradin as her superior. Of her brothers and sisters, she preferred the company of Marthammor Duin and Clangeddin Silverbeard, who respectively shared her interest in the surface and her love for battle. Haela was so focused on the dwarves that she had little time for gods outside her own pantheon. Abbathor, who was always interested in luck, sent ever more dangerous threats to Haela ever since she spurned his interest.[1]

DeathEdit

Haela, along with Gorm Gulthyn, died in battle with the duergar deities Laduguer and Deep Duerra in 1383 DR.[2]

The Second Sundering Edit

In the wake of the Second Sundering, signs indicating the return of Haela, as well as her duergar enemies, have begun to surface.[3]

Ca. 1486 DR, a party of adventurers witnessed a female voice, with no discernable source, utter a Dwarvish battle cry, while the eyes of a statue dedicated to Haela Brightaxe flashed on their own. This event was seemingly a result of the adventurers showing their respect to the late dwarven goddess within the halls of Firehammer Hold, a temple dedicated to the Lady of the Fray and, at that point, recently conquered by a group of duergar, lead by a durzagon known as Nalifarn.[4]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 119–120. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  2. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  3. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 22. ISBN 978-0786965809
  4. Tito LeatiMatthew Sernett and Chris Sims (February 2014). Scourge of the Sword Coast. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 48-49.

ConnectionsEdit

The Morndinsamman
The dwarven pantheon
Moradin
Intermediate Deities
Berronar TruesilverClangeddin SilverbeardDumathoinSharindlar
Exarchs
Dugmaren BrightmantleMarthammor DuinThard HarrVergadain
Dead Powers
Deep DuerraGorm GulthynHaela BrightaxeLaduguer
Ex-members
Abbathor


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