Orithia- Skull & Shackles
Besmara (bes-MAR-uh) is the goddess of pirates and sea monsters.
She is brash, lusty, confrontational, and greedy, but follows a code of
honor and is loyal to her crew and allies as long as it serves her interests.
She cares little for senseless murder or other unprofitable acts, but is
willing to take risks to attain great prizes. Even the most irreligious pirate
captain throws a share of treasure overboard now and then as tribute for
the Pirate Queen. Mayors of port cities and captains of merchant vessels
curse her name, for her followers are a direct threat to legitimate trade.
She has little power or interest in the mortal world beyond the sea and
its immediate reach.
|Chaotic Neutral||Piracy, Sea Monsters, Strife||Chaos, Trickery, War, Water, Weather||Buccaneers, Pirates, coastal primitive tribes (such as Liel, Orcs or Northlanders), those lost at sea, officials and business owners of popular pirate towns|
|Pirate Queen, Black Lady, Sea Banshee, Sailor’s Doom||crab swarms, sea monsters, ghost ships (particularly the Kelpie’s Wrath), draugr||Spinning coins, tearing sails, mysterious fog or Sargasso seas, seasickness, spoiled water or blackpowder||Skull and Crossbones on black or red field. More war-like tribes often replace the skull with a sea monster or the bones with swords or axes|
Pirates rarely have the time or patience to dedicate their lives to worship, but all buccaneers know of Besmara the Pirate Queen. Said to sail the turbulent seas of the Maelstrom in her grand ship Seawraith, Besmara’s raids on places as diverse as Limbo, Mechanus, Heaven, and Hell are legend among certain circles of pirates. Yet few honestly worship her until their deaths loom large, be they in the form of a sinking ship, a ravenous sea monster, a violent storm, or a war at sea, at which point even the most callous pirate suddenly finds faith and prays to Besmara for just one more day of life. Besmara’s actual priests are most commonly found in the waters off the
Shackles or on the waterfront boardwalks of Salamonis— those found at sea generally serve double duty as priest and captain, and their reputations on the seas are among the most notorious. Her symbol is the jolly roger, a black f lag decorated with a skull and crossbones.