Tales of Arboria
Titles The Weaver
Portfolio Birth, Death, Fate, Prophecy
Worshipers Diviners, necromancers, pregnant women, undead
Domains Death, Luck, Knowledge
Subdomains Undead, Fate, Memory
Favored Weapon Scythe
Symbol Three threads, white, grey, and black, knotted together
Moira rarely appears to mortals, but on the rare occasions she does descend to the Material Plane, she appears as one form of the threefold aspect: the maiden, the mother, or the crone. In all forms, her hair is plaited. She is most often portrayed weaving on a large loom.
Moira’s influence and favor is often indirect, and usually bestowed upon her followers through omens and prophetic dreams. Pregnant women often make offerings to the Weaver by placing gypsophila, better know as “baby’s breath”, on the grave of a woman who died of old age, usually their own grandmother or other such relative. Her displeasure is said to be shown through an unnatural amount of dust that seems to cling to the home and cold drafts that snuff out lamps.
Moira employs very few beings as servants, as life and death typically balance out well on their own without much in the form of divine intervention. She has a particular respect for carrion birds.
Hugin and Munin A pair of twin ravens who act as the eyes and ears of Moira on the Material Plane.
The Ferryman A undead servitor who sees the souls of the recently departed safely to their destinations in the afterlife. He’s supposedly adorned in tattered dark black robes that barely hide his skeletal form.
Church of Moira
While death is accepted as part of the natural cycle, people who take death into their own hands, such as murderers or those committing suicide, are considered to be sinners. Souls whose threads have been cut short in such a way are occasionally sent back to fulfill their divine purpose, though it is rarely clear what fate has planned for them. These people are usually identifiable by their unique, sentient, undead state of being. Raising undead is considered to be acceptable as long as the resulting creature is treated with respect and dignity.
While not a major deity, almost everyone makes prayers to Moira at various points in their life. Her name is often invoked to oversee the death of a loved one or the birth of a child. People who deal with either birth or death on a regular basis tend to make up the bulk of her more consistent followers. During ceremonies and services, children wear white, adults wear grey, and the elderly wear black.
The bulk of Moira’s clergy is made up of diviners, however there are also a large number of necromancers who find themselves employed by her churches. Priests often provide services in dream interpretation and omen reading. Most churches have at least one midwife in their number, though this isn’t always the case in smaller villages and hamlets.
Temples and Shrines
The appearance and size of temples dedicated to Moira vary depending on location, ranging from grand cathedrals to simple one room churches. They are always accompanied by a graveyard that is well tended to by the local priests.
While their is no formal holy text published, there are many books about dream and omen interpretation put out by the church of Moira. It’s considered good practice to record your dreams in a journal and occasionally reflect on their meanings.
Written by Tune