Aphrodite

Aphrodite

Intermediate goddess
Pantheon: Olympian Pantheon
Titles:
Home Plane: Olympus
Portfolio: Love, beauty
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Worshippers: Artists, lovers, bards, elves
Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG
Domains: Chaos, Charm, Good
Holy Symbols: Seashell
Favoured Weapons: Dagger

The deity of romantic love, sexual desire, and physical beauty, Aphrodite embodies those ideals. She appears as a human woman of phenomenal beauty, dressed in a simple gown and adorned with jewelry. She is usually smiling and in fact is often called “smile-loving” or “laughter-loving Aphrodite.” Aphrodite was born from the sea foam after Cronus castrated his father Uranus and cast his severed genitals into the sea.

True to her nature, Aphrodite has not only inspired other deities to acts of passion (with each other and with mortals), but has indulged in several affairs of her own. She is married to Hephaestus, but has borne six children to Ares, one to Hermes, two to Poseidon, one to Dionysus, and at least one to a mortal man, the Trojan Anchises.

Dogma

While her constant lover Ares represents the destructive side of chaos, Aphrodite embodies the joy of passion, freedom, and whimsy. Her brand of passion creates rather than destroys life, and she celebrates the beauty of life in all forms. Laughter-loving Aphrodite urges her followers to take whatever pleasure can be extracted from life without allowing social strictures to squelch their freedom, their creativity, or their passion. Though she promotes the ideals of good, she does not demand that anyone take up arms to promote it. Though her own actions have provoked great conflicts, Aphrodite would prefer to see mortals make love rather than war.

Clergy

Aphrodite’s clerics are matchmakers, dispensers of advice to the lovelorn, and general meddlers in other people’s personal business. They are also prominent hedonists, seeking out every opportunity to enjoy what pleasures this world offers before moving on to the next. Most are gentle and peaceable, and few find any reason to adventure. Those that do adventure generally do so out of a belief that their actions can improve the world, making it a more peaceful place where love and beauty can flourish in the absence of violence and evil.

Temples

Aphrodite’s temples are beautifully decorated with fine art and precious implements. They are usually found only in cities, though Aphrodite herself, as one of the twelve Olympians, is revered wherever the rest of the pantheon is worshiped.

Aspects

Avatars: Aphrodite’s avatars are almost always beautiful women, though they vary widely in appearance. She uses them to enjoy the company of nymphs and other fey, and occasionally mortals.

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