Leira

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Former human goddess of deception and illusion.

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03/17/24

Leira (LAlR-uh), the Lady of the Mists, was the goddess of deception and illusion and the patroness of illusionists and liars. Few people other than illusionists saw profit in misunderstanding and deception, so she had few lay worshipers, though many casual worshipers paid her homage to ward her off or placate her before important decisions and judgments were made. Her true appearance was never known, and she was never depicted in (uncensored) religious art. Swirling gray mists - sometimes in a vaguely humanoid form - were always shown to represent her, and her horned altars framed no image above them. She is credited with inventing the language of Ruathlek, the written tongue of illusionary magic.

Despite a fog of counterclaims and declarations, Leira perished shortly after the Time of Troubles at the hands of Cyric and Mask (in the form of Godsbane). Mask betrayed her to Cyric, and the goddess's portfolio was subsumed by Cyric. Churches of Leira still operate, and their priests receive spells, but these are granted by Cyric in the guise of Leira, although the Leiran either do not know (most of them) or do not care.

Leira was an enigma since she covered everything she did and said with layers of illusion and falsehood. She was not an actively malicious power, however, and it is known that those few who managed to visit her realm in Limbo uninvited were normally trapped or restrained rather than simply being atomized, as is the practice of most evil or impatient powers. She was apparently content with her small following and had no great and glorious plans or ambitions. On a personal level, she seems to have been a very private power, and the only passing friendship she maintained was with Mask – who treacherously betrayed her to her death at the hands of power-hungry Cyric. She had a formal, cooperative relationship with Azuth, patron of spellcasters, and was disliked by Tyr, who pursues justice through truth.

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