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by Marco Dalmonte

(Yao-Lan Zi)
Patroness of Alphatia, Patroness of Arts, Lady of Harmony

Level, Alignment and Sphere: 16th (Celestial), LG, Energy
Symbol: A bright shield with spots of colour like the palette of a painter
Portfolio: arts, beauty, peace, order and harmony, protect Alphatia and to oppose Alphaks
Worshipped in: Alphatia, Bellissaria, Alatian Islands, Ochalea, Hollow World (Gentle Folk elves)
Appearance: a beautiful copper-skinned Alphatian woman clad in a simple white tunic, without jewellery and shoes (she embodies Beauty in her simplicity)
History: born from the Alphatian common stock on Old Alphatia with the name of Aasla, she followed his people in the migration that led the Alphatians on Mystara. Opposing the racist politics of the first Emperor (a pure Alphatian), she decided to create a new kingdom where Alphatians of pure and common stocks (Cypri-Alphatian mixed bloods) could live side by side in peace. She settled a peninsula faraway from the capital of the empire near the south-western border of the continent, and in 200 years she transformed that land in a model of beauty and peace, founding the Kingdom of Aasla. She then discovered the path of the Paragon and later managed to become immortal around BC 800, after creating the Shield of Alphatia (an artifact that prevents anything and anybody to damage its wielder, but likewise prevents him to harm anything). She later became known among the Alphatians under the name of Alphatia, Patroness of Harmony and of all the Alphatians of Mystara. Due to her pacifist and lawful philosophy, she is particularly popular among the Ochaleans under the name of Yao-Lan Zi, and she's also interested in the Gentle Folk elves' lifestyle and philosophy.
Personality: Alphatia is not interested in conquest or power (unlike the majority of the Alphatian nobles), but she is fascinated by beauty and arts, something she tries to preserve with all her efforts. She's a convinced pacifist, but she does not hesitate to use strength to defend her followers and the Alphatian Empire. She is in favour of a defensive war but counters any kind of imperialism or war for conquest, since she is convinced that an expansionistic foreign policy distracts the Alphatians from their true goal: the study of magic and art in all their forms. She's a staunch ally of Razud, Koryis and Palartarkan (the other good-aligned Alphatian immortals) and has befriended both Guidarezzo and Lornasen (who share her love for harmony, arts and beauty) and the Shaper's pacifism. Her only enemies are Alphaks and Talitha, the banes of the Alphatians.
Patron: Razud
Allies: Razud, Koryis, Palartarkan, Guidarezzo, Lornasen, Shaper
Enemies: Alphaks, Talitha
Classic D&D Stats:
Followers' Alignment: any; clerics must be Lawful or Neutral
Favoured weapon: none (allowed all bludgeoning weapons)
Clerics' skills and powers: +1 bonus to Charisma, bonus general skill Artistic Ability, +2 bonus to anyone skill related to Arts.
Paladins' skills and powers: Lay on Hands, +1 bonus to Charisma
D&D 3E Stats:
Domains: Energy, Law, Good, Protection, Arts
Preferred weapon: quarterstaff
Sources: DotE, WotI, HW