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Raatu

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Artwork by David Rodrigues
Raatu
Domain(s): Celestial Visions, Spirits, Constellations
Symbols: Raatu (the North Star) Stars, Maps, Lighthouses
Followers: Maksha, Cartographers, Sailors
Other Names: The Night Traveler Gaia’s Lighthouse, The Beacon

Primary Author(s): Ryloth, Severus__Snape

“Dwell on the beauty that is the sky. Watch my stars, and see yourself running with them.”
-Translated Line of a Mashka voyager.

Influence

Raatu maintains direct influence over the stars themselves, capable of twisting and contorting the cosmic starscape visible to those below. The night sky is at his every whim, and Raatu utilizes the stars and their constellations to tell great tales, guide way-finding pilgrims into the unknown, scry and foretell the future with prophetic visions, recall the past, or create supernatural apparitions in the dreams of those visionaries most devout.

It is said in myth and legend that Raatu has enabled Makshan voyagers the ability to commune with long-past blood, their spirits visualized in the night sky as a drawn constellation to their realm of cosmic eternity. In addition, lighthouses have been said to be structures of paramountcy and divine sanctity, and when blessed by Raatu can maintain their beacon without source of fuel, sustained magically by the stars themselves.

Powers

Raatu is capable of visibly drawing cosmic lines between the stars to create celestial images. In addition, he can manipulate the starscape and magically move stars into new, temporary positions to formulate new constellations.

Raatu is a dreamweaver and scryer, and can prophetically foretell the future, visualize the present, and reminisce upon the past. So much so, that Raatu can commune with the spirits of passed Maksha themselves, peering through the barriers of realm and dimension to bring unto his followers the eternal souls of fallen brethren in the form of constellation imagery.

Artifacts

Raatu’s two most notable artifacts are the Jewel of Wind and Beacon of the World.

Jewel of Wind: A spiral-twisted prism of white light manifested with the might of all the stars in the universe. This jewel is capable of moving celestial winds across the lands of Gaia, their great gusts rushing across the world to control the natural world’s ecosystems. It is this jewel that may create celestial storms, end them, or drive the winds of trade in favor of Makshan fleets. For these reasons, it is why Maksha believe themselves to be the perfect nomads -- guided by the winds of Raatu and his stars as the celestial map.

The Jewel of Wind is worn around the neck of Raatu as an amulet, and is typically used to guide Makshan vessels following ritual prayer to destinations desired. It is unknown how an object of such power came into his possession, but is believed to be the reason for his ascension.

Beacon of the World: The Beacon of the World is a levitating lighthouse of unknown origin which is believed to be the residence of Raatu. This lighthouse in and of itself is an artifact, not for the reason that it levitates, but for the reason that it can manifest in any location on Gaia, and potentially in any known realm. The structure’s beacon is described as a swirling amethyst orb of starlight, rotating clockwise once per ten seconds and casting a beam one nautical mile into the distance.

Upon enacting its ability to translocate to other sites, the beam suddenly ceases rotation directly before the structure. At the end of its beam, a celestial wormhole erupts into existence, plasmatic lightning crackling at the edges of the anomaly. The lighthouse then accelerates by supernatural force towards the portal and vanishes within. After a brief few moments at its arrival location, a stygian fog manifests and from the violet lightning arcing through its manifestation, the lighthouse thunders into existence.

The lighthouse is sometimes seen by sailors, lingering within the open ocean but only briefly.

Celestial Maps: In addition, Raatu may grant followers constellation maps which safely guide followers to their destinations, avoiding hostile environments and dangerous peoples. These maps are always useful only once, and will only maintain their scripture when on-course.

History

Raatu is the most renowned Makshan explorer and the first Makshan to ascend as a mortal god on Gaia. Early in the blood-lines of the exotic wildcat panthers, Raatu was born thousands of years ago as a scion of a well-connected Makshan family immediately following the collapse of the Talidurians on Anoma. Little is known of Raatu’s early life, and some Makshan historians suggest he studied at an inland town in the Jungle Isle North-West of mainland Anoma, where he collected extensive knowledge of astronomical navigation, astrology, astronomy, and mathematics.

Raatu’s curiosity of the night sky and cosmic starscape continued on in his early adult life when he was appointed the captain of an unknown brig ferrying ancient Talidurian relics between Makshan ports. Raatu worked extensively with his fleet admiral to cartograph the coastlines of Anoma and map the skies, and later was tasked with exploring the further oceans in search of foreign lands around Anoma and across Gaia. In this timeframe, Raatu accurately mapped the entire coastline of Anoma and the further oceans, and his works once became widely-known to the Beastfolk inhabiting Anoma but have since-then been forgotten or lost to time.

In his mid-life, Raatu was recalled from his voyages of the further oceans by his fleet admiral and was dispatched on missions to Javali ports to seize warships for peacetime depredations against Makshan shipping lanes -- a task that Raatu effectively performed. At some point in this timeframe, Raatu seized a vessel at which carried a Talidurian map which cartographed a foreign region, an island far to the East, certainly not the Old World nor a section of Anoma. Raatu organized a private expedition to explore this small landmass with what money he had collected and embezzled from captured Javali military vessels, and off he sailed with an experienced crew ship designed to sail the world.

Guided by Talidurian cartography, Raatu and his crew made landfall on the foreign landmass after several months of near-hopeless travel. The island was seemingly devoid of fauna, though flora ran the land in thick temperate forest scaling rolling mountains from base to peak. Lakes and rivers split the island, and eventually, the crew ventured upon an ancient stone city -- eerily lifeless. In long-abandoned ruin, the empty city stood dormant for an unknown span, perhaps since the dawn of time. Petrified corpses of some exotic species made solid of ash and bone stood at knee-fall in positions of fear and panic, all turned towards the center of the city and gazing skywards at open air, seemingly focused upon something that was no longer present.

It is unknown what followed in Raatu’s exploration, for any journals documenting the expedition have been said to be destroyed or unrecovered beyond this point. Raatu’s ship and crew never returned from the landmass, but Raatu did, ascending as a mortal god with his noble Maksha nowhere to be seen.

Some few hundred eras passed, and eventually Raatu returned to the lands of Anoma. At his home-town port city long after the passing of his family and friends in the dead of night, a stygian fog erupted in the sky and from its core, a lighthouse thundered into existence from a place afar. The stars themselves flashed and shined overhead, cosmic lines stretching the void above to connect its plethora of constellations. At the structure’s crest and apex as it emerged stood Raatu, adorned with the Jewel of Winds, fur alight with the paint of stardust glimmering on his form. The Beacon of the World flew in the sky before the Makshan port, and for the first time did the Beastfolk felines kneel before their god, basking in the divine glory of the beacon’s beam of amethyst starlight.