Artemis

Artemis

Intermediate goddess
Pantheon: Olympian Pantheon
Titles: Artemis of the Golden Shafts, Friend of Youth, Lady of the Lake, The Huntress
Home Plane: Olympus
Portfolio: Hunting, wild beasts, childbirth, dance
Alignment: Neutral Good
Worshippers: Rangers, druids, elves, halflings, hunters
Cleric Alignments: CG, LG, NG
Domains: Animal, Good, Plant, Sun
Holy Symbols: Bow and arrow on a lunar disk
Favoured Weapons: Short sword

Artemis, deity of hunting and wild beasts, appears as a young woman in rustic clothing, always carrying a bow and sword. In addition to her normal titles, she is also sometimes called “noisy Artemis” because of her loud hunting calls. Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo, daughter of Zeus and the titan Leto. She generally remains aloof from mortals, though she enjoys the company of nymphs and dryads.

Dogma

Artemis’s teachings emphasize the value and sacred worth of the wilderness and its inhabitants. She is a friend of nymphs and dryads, and somewhat less fond of centaurs and satyrs (her sympathies clearly lie with women of all species). She calls on her followers, including these sylvan creatures, are called to protect wilderness areas, preventing their destruction or wasteful use.

Though Artemis herself is a wild hunter, she exhorts her followers to hunt only what they need for food, never to hunt simply for sport.

Clergy

Artemis’s clerics are all women, and they must remain chaste and unmarried. They tend to retire from civilization, tending to the woodlands and their creatures. Like their deity, they spend much time with animals and sylvan fey. They typically dress in deerskin or moss green tunics. As an Olympian deity, Artemis is revered as part of the whole pantheon, usually alongside Apollo.

Temples

The twins Apollo and Artemis share temples in many cities, but Artemis has small, simple shrines devoted to her alone scattered through the wilderness. These shrines are usually located in sacred groves or alongside pure streams.

Aspects

Avatars: Artemis’s avatars appear as young women or dryads. She only rarely sends them into the world.

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