Waukeen is the patron goddess of commerce, wealth, honest commerce, and civilizations. And shady backroom offers amongst gods.
Waukeen is a god of wealth. Whether or not that wealth is acquired by way of respectable enterprise or “respectable enterprise” doesn’t appear to matter an excessive amount of, relying on who leads the religion.
Often known as the Golden Girl, Waukeen is among the extra enthusiastic goddesses. She is alleged to benefit from the ebb and circulate of products by way of commerce. A thriving market is her best pleasure. Commerce, whether or not it occurs in an open market or a small, walled backyard is the preview of Waukeen.
Waukeen – The Golden Girl
So the place precisely does this goddess of coin and commerce are available in? She’s a relative newcomer to the Faerunian Pantheon, arriving on the scene after Tyr did, which implies someday after -247 DR—barely even a millennia and a half or so in the past.
Her early time within the pantheon was marked by unbelievable turmoil.
Turmoil that appeared to plague her even till the Time of Troubles, when the overgod Ao, lord of the deities, forged out nearly the entire Faerunian deities, banishing them to mortal types.
Strolling Amongst Mortals
Waukeen fared decently properly at first.
She met with Lliira, the goddess of pleasure, and the 2 have been quick associates. Collectively they hatched a scheme to return to their rightful place, in search of to climb the Celestial Stairway and bribe Helm along with his “coronary heart’s want.” However Helm, god of sticks within the mud, wouldn’t be swayed from his responsibility, and attacked the goddesses who dared to attempt to ascend again into the divine realms.
Waukeen later tried to smuggle her means again into the outer planes, hiring pirates and criminals amongst all kinds of beings to take her by way of a circuitous route by way of the Decrease Planes, hoping to keep away from the servants of Ao. It… form of labored. Waukeen, with the help of Celestian, a god from Oerth, was attributable to transport to the Astral aircraft, however couldn’t take away Waukeen. Lord Ao had anticipated that the gods would possibly attempt to escape their punishment and had sure them to Toril with unbreakable energy.
So Waukeen, by no means one to know the sunk value fallacy, gave up her energy and portfolio to Lliira, hoping that changing into really mortal – giving up her divinity – would permit her to go away the world. To her credit score, it labored, and from the Astral Airplane, Waukeen bargained with the demon lord Graz’zt, granting him the placement of secret treasure hoards and data that will support him within the Blood Warfare in trade for secure passage by way of the Abyss.
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Trapped within the Abyss
Naturally, Graz’zt betrayed her on the first probability he acquired. He detained her and cooked up a scheme that will be worthy of a phantom menace, delaying her with contract negotiations, all of the whereas working to lift his daughter Thraxxia to be the right Waukeen impersonator, hoping that she would return to Faerun and change into the brand new goddess of wealth in Waukeen’s stead.
Graz’zt cooked up needlessly sophisticated schemes to maintain Waukeen’s location secret, however all in useless, as a result of nobody, not even Lliira, who was holding her energy, knew what had occurred to Waukeen after she disappeared into the Abyss. Even after the Time of Troubles and the Godswar, Waukeen’s devoted might obtain no steering or highly effective spells from their Golden Girl.
Lliira intervened, stepping in as regent for Waukeen’s worshippers, till such time because the goddess was positioned. After twelve extra years, one younger priestess acquired desires of the goddess’s plight, and a band of adventurers got down to rescue Waukeen, lastly returning her, however Waukeen’s devoted had been shaken. A lot of her followers turned to Lliira, rededicating temples. And after Waukeen’s return, they didn’t change again.
Their goddess had deserted them for a scheme. And Waukeen’s religion nonetheless has but to get better. Rumors sown by Graz’zt additionally weaken her religion–a heretical schism teaches that Waukeen bought her divinity off to attempt to finance her church. Besides, Waukeen nonetheless holds on, blessing retailers and merchants all all through the Realms.