Athena

Athena

Greater goddess
Pantheon: Olympian Pantheon
Titles:
Home Plane: Olympus
Portfolio: Wisdom, crafts, civilization, war
Alignment: Lawful Good
Worshippers: Paladins, fighters, monks, judges, constables
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, NG
Domains: Artifice, Community, Good, Knowledge, Law, War
Holy Symbols: Owl
Favoured Weapons: Shortspear

The deity of noble combat, skilled craftwork, prudence, and cities, Athena appears as a statuesque woman with fetching gray eyes. She usually carries a shield and wears helmet and armor. Because she is Zeus’s favorite child, Zeus lends Athena his shield, Aegis, from time to time. Athena is the daughter of Zeus alone, because no mother bore her. One day, Zeus developed a terrible headache. To relieve it, Hephaestus used his axe to split open the mighty god’s head. Out sprang Athena, full grown and fully armed and armored.

Athena was the first to teach mortals many of the civilized arts. She is credited with inventing weaving, the potter’s wheel, the horse bridle, and many other crafts. She also created the olive tree as a gift to mortals. She is the protector of weavers, and, along with Hephaestus, the patron of handiwork and all the arts that make civilization
possible.

Athena is warlike, but only in defense of things she believes are worth protecting, such as cities, towns, and planted fields. She opposes the destructive rampages of her half brother, Ares, whenever and however she can.

Dogma

Athena expects her followers to uphold the highest ideals of wisdom, reason, and purity. She expects her followers to fight in defense of home and state against outside enemies, and to be skilled in the arts of peace as well as war.

Clergy

Clerics of Athena fight against worshipers of Ares whenever they can and spend the rest of their time protecting civilized lands from outside threats. Athena’s clerics are always active in civic life, serving as judges, advisors, planners, and teachers. Her church is a great patron of the arts, sponsoring both public works and individual painters, sculptors, and architects.

Temples

Temples to Athena are always stately and pleasant to look at. In less settled areas where monsters or raiders are a threat, Athena’s temples tend to be fortified, but they are still built to be esthetically pleasing.

Aspects

Avatars: Athena sends her avatar to defend cities and towns against attack, to witness great achievements in arts or crafts, and to oppose the actions of Ares.

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