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Diulanna

by Marco Dalmonte English translation by Gary Davies

(ARDUINNA)
Patroness of Will and Courage, Patroness of Hunting

Level, Alignment, Sphere: 18th (Celestial), NG, Thought
Symbol: a spear stuck in a rock
Portfolio: courage, force of will, perseverance, hunting, liberty
Worshipped in: Savage Coast (Robrenn), Davania (Thyatian Hinterlands, Pelatan), Known World (Thyatis)
Appearance: a young woman with a serious expression, nearly severe , with clear skin and long fiery red hair, dressed in a short hide tunic, a loincloth, a pair of ankle boots of leather and a hair band made from a lionís pelt, and in her hand a short stone-tipped spear (a typical Thratian look).
History: Diulanna was born around the XIX century BC in the Davania continent from a Neathar tribe that, mixed with the Antalians deportees in this region by the Nithians in 1000 BC, who later gave origin to the Thratians (the actual inhabitants of the Thyatian Hinterlands on the northern coast of Davania). Diulanna was always a rebellious spirit, given of an uncommon strength and will, was engaged to resist the rigid traditions of her people until becoming an independent character, refused to submit to the men and finally gain respect for her own values. Korotiku admired her determination and her ability of rebelling against the schemes, and he favoured her ascension among the Immortals of Thought around the XVIII century BC, after epic deeds against the lizardmen that lived in the north of Davania, who were exterminated or forced to flee to the west (going to end in the Amalur Lowlands) and to the south (here the survivors became with time the sisíthik of the Meghales Amosses desert). Afterwards, Diulanna inspired her descendents to her veneration, and around 1000 BC a group of priestesses devoted to her led an expedition from Brasol towards the western part of Davania, where they settled and founded the Matriarchy of Pelatan, a nation dominated by Amazons and priestesses of Diulanna and of the other female Immortals. It was then Diulanna to sponsor the rise to Immortality of the intrepid Karaash, surprised by his indomitable will and great combative ability, and afterwards extended her support also to the Thratian and Robrennian cultures.
Personality: Diulanna is the patroness of will, courage, freedom of action and thought, especially among the minorities, persisting in particular against the oppressive machismo of which Rathanos makes himself the bearer. Diulanna is a wild and free spirit, and asks great determination and sacrifice of her followers for not ever formerly submitting to the injustices and to the will of the despots. Diulanna also greatly loves the hunt, of which she is the ritualistic patroness for various cultures. Her most faithful allies are Tarastia and Patura, to her are closely tied as they admire her determination and since have in common the hatred against Rathanos, and his mentor Korotiku, while despising Rathanos and every Immortal that threatens the cultures she protects.
Patron: Korotiku
Allies: Korotiku, Tarastia, Patura
Enemies: Rathanos and any Immortal that threatens the cultures she protects
Alignment of followers: any; clerics must be Lawful or Neutral
Favourite weapon: short spear (allowed all bludgeoning weapons)
Clericsí skills and powers: +1 bonus to individual Initiative, +1 bonus to ST vs. mental spells, free resistance general skill
Paladinsí skills and powers: paladins are completely immune to the effects of fear and despair, and have a +1 bonus to ST vs. mental spells.
Domains: Thought, Good, Courage, Will, Hunting
Preferred weapon: half spear
Source: DotE, WotI, HW, SCS