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Sehanine Moonbow (pronounced seh-ha-neen moon-boe)[3] was an elven goddess of death and the moon, as well as one of the more powerful members of the Seldarine. She kept this position during the time of the Spellplague by serving as the fey aspect of the Faerûnian goddess, Selûne.[4] However, with the coming of the Second Sundering, she was once again an independent goddess.[5]

Description Edit

Fitting for the elven goddess of mysteries, Sehanine cloaked herself secrets and illusions and rarely spoke her mind directly, preferring to communicate through dreams, visions, and other mystical experiences.

The Goddess of Moonlight was an ephemeral being who evaded any attempt to define her and whose serenity surrounded her like a mantle of moondust.[citation needed]

WorshipersEdit

Worshipers of Sehanine Moonbow sought out and destroyed undead creatures, for Sehanine held such creatures to be blasphemous.

A notable exception was baelnorns and other good-aligned undead beings who voluntarily prolong their existence in order to serve their kin.[citation needed]

RelationshipsEdit

With the rise of humanity and its rapacious expansion into traditional elven homelands, Sehanine increasingly found herself thwarting the destructive ravages of gods such as Auril, Cyric, Malar, Talos, and Umberlee. She also opposed her ancient enemy, Lolth the Spider Queen.

Her allies included the rest of the elven pantheon, as well as other Gods who opposed undeath, such as Kelemvor.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

Whereas Corellon's symbol is the crescent moon, Sehanine Moonbow (SEH-ha-neen MOON-boe) is the elven goddess of the moon or, more specifically, the full moon. She governs divinations, omens, and subtle magics and protects against madness.[citation needed]

She watches over the dreams of the elves, keeping them from harm while in reverie and sending omens to protect them from future dangers. Sehanine watches over the passage of elven spirits from the world, and she is protectress of the dead.[citation needed]

The Daughter of the Night Skies is also a guardian and guide to those elves whose days in the mundane world of mortals are done and who seek to travel from the lands they know and love to distant refuges such as Evermeet. She also watches over such refuges and ensures they are kept safe from intrusion.[citation needed]

Sehanine governs long journeys, both physical and spiritual, and in elven cultures that proclaim the reality of reincarnation, Sehanine and Corellon work together to guide the spirit to its best subsequent incarnation as it works its way toward perfection.[citation needed]

Although Sehanine is venerated by all the Fair Folk (including half-elves and a handful of gnome illusionists), she is particularly revered by moon elves, who view her as their protector, and sun elves, who are the most withdrawn from the world of all the elven subraces. Tel'Quessir seeking to explore transcendental mysteries, awaiting passage to Evermeet or Arvandor, or undergoing physical or spiritual journeys pray to the Goddess of Moonlight, as do mystics, seers, diviners, and weavers of illusions.[citation needed]

Alternately called the wife and daughter of Corellon, Sehanine is the mightiest of the female powers in the elven pantheon.

Identified with the mystic power of the moon, Sehanine's tears are said to have mingled with Corellon's blood and given life to the elven race. The elves do not forget this. Sehanine is both the primary aspect of Angharradh and one of the three elven goddesses-the other two being Aerdrie Faenya and Hanali Celanil-who collectively form the Triune Goddess.[citation needed]

This duality tightly binds Sehanine with the two other senior elven goddesses, and the three collectively serve alongside Corellon in leading the Seldarine, just as the Goddess of Moonlight is said to do in other myths. Sehanine has excellent relations with all of the Seldarine, and it is her kind-heartedness that soothes the anger of Shevarash in his darkest fury and her welcoming nature that brings Fenmarel back to Arvandor on occasion. The Luminous Cloud has few strong relationships outside of the Seldarine, for her otherworldliness is beyond even most other deities. Sehanine works closely with Selûne, for the two share similar concerns, and the Goddess of Moonlight is a strong ally of Eilistraee, whom she considers an adopted daughter of sorts. Sehanine has also forged alliances with some of the other human and demihuman powers who oversee death, but she has no tolerance for those who practice in the black arts of necromancy. (Sehanine does tolerate careful experimentation in white necromancy, and it is said that she vigilantly oversees the creation of baelnorn as a necessary, if undesirable, practice.) Sehanine's antipathy for Lolth has existed since the latter was Araushnee, consort of Corellon and the mastermind who nearly engineered the death of the Protector and the defeat of the Seldarine. The Lady of Dreams actively opposes the nefarious schemes of the Spider Queen and the other drow powers. With the rise of humanity and its rapacious expansion into traditional elven homelands, Sehanine has found her energies increasingly occupied by thwarting the destructive ravages of gods such as Auril, Cyric, Malar, Talos, and Umberlee.[citation needed]

Notes Edit

  1. Skip Williams (February 2005). Races of the Wild. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 28–35. ISBN 0-7869-3438-7.
  2. Chris Perry (December 1996). “The Seldarine Revisited”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #236 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 11–17, 25.
  3. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 129. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  4. Logan Bonner (August, 2009). “Domains in Eberron and the Forgotten Realms”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #378 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 37.
  5. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 23. ISBN 978-0786965809.

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