You are devoted to this Celestial Court, calling upon the Queen of the Moon and her six Chosen, each a star that radiates around her. It is said that during the second Storm, the Queen of the Moon descended from the heavens with her six Chosen and plunged into the heart of the destruction. Though the Storm was quelled, the Queen bore terrible wounds and, like the Moon above, her radiance now waxes and wanes.

The Queen of the Moon is generally depicted as a six armed woman masked and armored in gray. Her representations show terrible wounds on her side, at her neck, and on half of her face. Sometimes she is shown with part of her mask torn off, and wounds showing through. Other times she holds the mask in one of her hands and reveals her wounded face. When the Queen of the Moon is radiant, and her creative force is ascendant, each hand holds a star that represents her Chosen. When the Queen is shadowed, and her destructive force is ascendant, each hand holds a blade of terrible power.

The Chosen are depicted as shadowy silhouettes pierced by bright stars as if they were living constellations. In bright light the stars appear as gemstones, but at night these points glow with light. Each of the Chosen has one blazing star that is stronger than the rest; this is called their Crux. The Crux is different for each of the Chosen, and each Crux represents a spiritual center of the Gifted Races.

Each of the Chosen has a Crux that is represented, on the Magi, by a gemstone that is worn in that proper place either affixed to the Magi themselves or embedded in a piece of jewelry or armor.

Shal the Golden draws her power from the sun and its light. Her Crux is on her forehead, and it blazes forth with golden light. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone on their forehead or set in a headband or helmet. It has been described as blinding by those who have seen visions of her at night. Shal is associated with Sovereign magic, and is attuned to the creative aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

Lyrnos the Morningstar draws his power from the stars. His Crux is in his eyes, and they glow with a soft but distinctly blue light. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone affixed as a tear, with a series of small gems affixed as a decoration extending for one or both eyes, or with a gemstone worked into a veil. Lyrnos is associate with Legacy magic – it is said he can see into the Tapestry – and is attuned to the creative aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

Coriana the Storm draws her power from the weather, and is particularly fond of strong and impressive displays that show the power of the sky. Her Crux is on her right hand, the hand in which she holds her spear or sword. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set into a right glove, gauntlet, or bracelet. Coriana is associated with Weald magic, though she favors the storms and leaves the plants and animals of the world to find their own way. She is attuned to the destructive aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

Ombrol the Avalanche draws his power from all of the elements that make up the earth. His power comes from stone, fire, wind, and ice, and his province includes all the ways they seethe and blend to form the world. His Crux is on his left hand, which is said to glow with ever changing colors of the elements. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set into a left glove, gauntlet, or bracelet. Ombrol is associated with Primal magic, and is attuned to the destructive aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

Archeus of the Waves draws his power from the seas. His Crux is at his center, in the depths of the abdomen, and its light glows blue or green. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set in their belt or belt buckle. Archeus is associated with Wayfare magic; both because the sea is seen as a consistent source of trade and because the sea is a fine warning that journeys can be dangerous. Archeus has always been particularly attuned to the Queen of the Moon, as the seas’ tides reflect the moon’s march across the sky. As such he is attuned to both the creative and the destructive aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

Solace of the Nimbus draws her power from all the light in the world that is fleeting, and yet inspirational because of it. Her province is the dawn light – before the sun reveals itself – and twilight after the sun has retired. She is the ring around the summer moon, the light in the northern sky, and the rainbows that children chase after rain. Her Crux is at her throat because she is known not only by the Nimbus, but also for the songs she sings. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set in a visible necklace, choker, or gorget. Solace is associated with Chimera magic, though she is attuned to neither the creative nor the destructive aspect of the Queen of the Moon. Her aspect is, as is her nature, ever changing.

The Queen of the Moon is not one of the Chosen, but she still has a place. She draws her power from the moon and its ever changing nature. Her Crux is at the heart, where her most terrible wound still 80 bleeds. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set into a broach, and that is worn on an outfit over the chest. She is associate with Gloaming magic, and her province is both Life and Death.

 

Expanded information:

General Worship:
Followers of the Celestial Court are less numerus than other religions so often worship individually or in small groups who will gather to erect small shrines to the Goddess and The Chosen. There is little formalized structure or organization within the faith, though some worshippers are recognized as Adepts. The Adepts are recognized by other followers for their stewardship over one of the shrines or for their expertise in particular areas of study or worship. While lacking formal structure, the faithful do maintain a strong network of communication and cooperation between the scattered shrines with a plea for help or information being passed from shrine to shrine until reaching a person who is suited to respond.

The tenets of the Faith are simple:
– The Gifts are sacrosanct and are to be celebrated and protected.
– Worship of the Court is not of just the Goddess or any one of the Chosen, it is of the Court together.
– Creation and Destruction are equal parts of the flow of life with each needing the other in equal measure.
– Spread the Faith to those who will accept it, the stronger is the Faith the greater the ability of the Goddess and Chosen to defend the Gifts.

While it is one of the tenets of the faith that followers of the faith not worship the Goddess or one of the Chosen alone, some followers do find an affinity for the teachings of a given Chosen. It is common to find Shrines or Adepts that specialize in the teachings of one of the Chosen, though there is no known shrine to the Goddess herself. Magi do remind one another to be wary of focusing their devotion too deeply to a single member of the Court for that can lead to becoming unbalanced. How becoming Unbalanced effects can Magi differ, but it is important that they find their way back into balance or they risk losing their way within the Faith.

Be warned, there are fallen Magi in the world, usually called the Eclipsed. They can be identified because they do not wear Crux’s while calling on the Celestial Court, but often have scars or other mutilations on their bodies in place of the Crux. It’s said that calling on the court in this way is harmful both to the magi and to the court itself, and it’s obvious that the magi part of that statement is true. The Eclipsed also tend towards madness of varying flavors, and there are small groups of them spread out across Aerune. It is even whispered that the heretics of the Six Blades have been infiltrated by some of the Eclipsed.

The Celestial Court is often represented on tapestries and in artwork by a crescent moon surrounded by 6 stars, or occasionally a moon with a woman’s face surrounded by 6 stars. More militant magi tend to portray her wounds and armor with more detail and may show her holding her six blades, though she is always surrounded by the stars of the Chosen.

Major named shrines/locations:

Hari’s Shine – Named for a Sollosir Sha who at a young age faced famine, unrest, and a treacherous sibling, yet pulled her people together to surmount these challenges such that in her dying days Hari Sha was able to look out from her home and see prosperity and comradery, loyally protected by her once treasonous brother’s line. Her dying request was for her achievements and memory to serve the Celestial Court that had guided her, and so her tomb was built as part of an awe inspiring temple complex with many open gardens and quiet halls for contemplation, private mediation, and the creation of art or knowledge. Hari’s Shine best fosters the aspects of Creation, and Magi there have developed many paths and trials to develop oneself as a fuller and more Virtuous person, though as with all temples to the Celestial Court an understanding of Destruction is also taught and revered. Hari’s Shine is to this day protected by descendents of Hari’s brother, who have of late gotten significant attention for publicly speaking out against the tyranny of the Imperium.

Satama Shrine – In Southeastern Blacktallow, hidden behind forests and heavy fog, the Satama Shrine is known far and wide as a shelter to the helpless and the hunted. Magi patrol the bogs around the srhine for those seeking sanctuary, and lead them into the temple complex where there exists a humble community of simple huts and some subsistence level farming. The fields and livestock are tended to by the guests of the shrine, who wear simple clothing given to them by the Magi present. When not working to provide for themselves and the temple, guests will find themselves deep in conversation with the Magi there, curious to understand the story behind what drove them to run. They do not judge as they speak, and through discussion attempt to guide those who reveal crimes which they flee to seek redemption or subject themselves to justice freely, but do not force the issue; the exception to this forgiving nature is the use of Malediction, and any who violate the peace or rules of the Celestial Court while a guest are immediately turned out with nothing but the clothing they came in with. Due to their nonjudgemental philosophy, it is not uncommon to see Demonbound, Undying, or Grotesques making a peaceful and quiet life in the safety of the shrine.

The Blasted Hall – Long ago a Revenant from Morgrave attempted to build for itself a fortress on a cliffside overlooking trade from their West. It was a contingent of Magi led by Ombrol himself who arrived to destroy not just the grim castle, but the entire cliff on which it was built. Looking to establish a watch over the area, the Magi set to the rubble and broken stone cliff with magic, carving, shaping, and blasting away until a new “structure” stood in its place atop a broken hill. In addition to serving as a protective outpost along a dangerous road, the stone halls have come to draw Magi and other followers of the Celestial Court looking to test themselves in battle and test their resolve against destructive magics. As with any temple to the Celestial Court, all the Chosen, Creative and Destructive, are revered here, but at the Heart of the Blasted Hall is Destruction’s Proving, a scorched and scarred pit where any can test themselves against Destruction.
Specifics about aspects of each of the Celestial Court.

Shal the Golden draws her power from the sun and its light. Her Crux is on her forehead, and it blazes forth with golden light. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone on their forehead or set in a headband or helmet. It has been described as blinding by those who have seen visions of her at night. Shal is associated with Sovereign magic, and is attuned to the creative aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

Shal is the patron of *just* law, and rightful rulers, those who use their power to bring prosperity and greatness to those they rule. She and the magi who favor her tend to help support those who rule justly… and also are likely to take action to help those who are trapped under the rule of an unjust ruler and in extreme characters work to remove those from power. When she walks in the world Shal most often takes the form of a woman dressed in white or gold.
Lyrnos the Morningstar draws his power from the stars. His Crux is in his eyes, and they glow with a soft but distinctly blue light. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone affixed as a tear, with a series of small gems affixed as a decoration extending for one or both eyes, or with a gemstone worked into a veil. Lyrnos is associate with Legacy magic – it is said he can see into the Tapestry – and is attuned to the creative aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

He is considered a patron of many kinds of artists, fabric-weavers, painters, tellers of great stories. Those who are seeking inspiration often call on him, especially on clear nights where the stars are visible. He is also known for being very good at discerning the Truth of a matter, even when that truth is harsh or unpleasant, and takes pleasure in rooting out liars. Lyrnos is said to be fond of the Tatterdemalion, and often dresses as one when he is traveling among the gifted.
Coriana the Storm draws her power from the weather, and is particularly fond of strong and impressive displays that show the power of the sky. Her Crux is on her right hand, the hand in which she holds her spear or sword. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set into a right glove, gauntlet, or bracelet. Coriana is associated with Weald magic, though she favors the storms and leaves the plants and animals of the world to find their own way. She is attuned to the destructive aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

She is known to have a great hatred of Wyrlock and all of the corrupted creatures who bear his touch. Coriana does have an affinity for stormdancers and others who call the storm, as well as berserkers. She is also the known to be a patron of hunters and rangers. She has appeared in many forms on the world, from an isolated hunter to a mighty warrior to a beast herself, and has been known to communicate her displeasure in the form of lightning strikes.
Ombrol the Avalanche draws his power from all of the elements that make up the earth. His power comes from stone, fire, wind, and ice, and his province includes all the ways they seethe and blend to form the world. His Crux is on his left hand, which is said to glow with ever changing colors of the elements. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set into a left glove, gauntlet, or bracelet. Ombrol is associated with Primal magic, and is attuned to the destructive aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

He is, perhaps beyond anything else, the embodiment of her destructive aspect though that does not fully encompass his role. He has fought demons with sword and shield, and combated necromancers in duels arcane. When the Queen or any of the other Chosen needs aid in any conflict, he is the first to the fore, and is often called on by Magi about to enter combat. He is also the one called upon when the magi wishes to curse an enemy with absolute destruction. He often takes the form of an Eurvein when amongst the Gifted.
Archeus of the Waves draws his power from the seas. His Crux is at his center, in the depths of the abdomen, and its light glows blue or green. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set in their belt or belt buckle. Archeus is associated with Wayfare magic; both because the sea is seen as a consistent source of trade and because the sea is a fine warning that journeys can be dangerous. Archeus has always been particularly attuned to the Queen of the Moon, as the seas’ tides reflect the moon’s march across the sky. As such he is attuned to both the creative and the destructive aspect of the Queen of the Moon.

He is known to be a patron of the lost, though that may or may not be a good thing for them. The story may end with good fortune finding you and taking you to an unknown shelter, or new allies, or a new path opening up to you… but it just as often ends with the lost never finding their way home, and finding naught but bad fortune and ruin on the path. He is known to have a particular hatred for the Tyrdau and all of their servants who dwell beneath the waves. Archeus is also said to have a ship that continually sails the seas, exploring and looking for new things. The ship has been described in many different ways, and there are stories of people taken aboard it for weeks or months at a time who eventually wash up on a distant shore with no memory of their time aboard. Seeing the ship can be either an omen of salvation or doom.
Solace of the Nimbus draws her power from all the light in the world that is fleeting, and yet inspirational because of it. Her province is the dawn light – before the sun reveals itself – and twilight after the sun has retired. She is the ring around the summer moon, the light in the northern sky, and the rainbows that children chase after rain. Her Crux is at her throat because she is known not only by the Nimbus, but also for the songs she sings. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set in a visible necklace, choker, or gorget. Solace is associated with Chimera magic, though she is attuned to neither the creative nor the destructive aspect of the Queen of the Moon. Her aspect is, as is her nature, ever changing.

Unsurprisingly, given her Crux, Solace is known as a patron of musicians of all stripes, and many magi sing a song or otherwise perform for her at dawn or dusk to honor her. She is also the patron of the downtrodden, of those who cannot see the light of hope but know that it is just a few heartbeats ahead. She is often called upon by those who follow the Celestial Court in a place where it is forbidden or otherwise frowned upon. She is not often seen walking amongst the gifted (or if she is, she is disguised well enough that she isn’t noticed), but when she is seen, it is often in the form of woman with a hooded cloak or veil to disguise herself.
The Queen of the Moon is not one of the Chosen, but she still has a place. She draws her power from the moon and its ever changing nature. Her Crux is at the heart, where her most terrible wound still bleeds. Magi represent this Crux with a gemstone set into a broach, and that is worn on an outfit over the chest. She is associate with Gloaming magic, and her province is both Life and Death.

She is often associated with Gloaming magic, and as such, is often considered to be the patron of non-maledicted undead and the korred of autumn. Almost all depictions of the Queen of the Moon have her armored and armed, and most stories place her in battle. She is also considered a patron of self sacrifice in all it’s forms, either sacrificing yourself in battle, or in performing necessary but unpleasant tasks for the good of others. She, unlike the Chosen, does not walk amongst her followers, though there are rare stories about servants of hers answering questions from particularly devoted (and determined) magi.