Isis

Egyptian goddess of fertility and magic

Isis, the sister and wife of Osiris, plays an important role in the mythological drama of Osiris' death and rebirth: she is responsible for his resurrection, and thus represents the magic which brings life and conquers evil. In Ægyptus, she is worshipped alongside Osiris and her son Horus, but she also has an immensely popular cult in the rest of the Roman Empire, independent of the other gods. (Outside of Ægyptus, Isis is worshipped as the supreme deity who incorporates all other gods; hence, her priesthood follows the guidelines for a god of Everything as presented in The Complete Priest's Handbook.)

Because of the close association of Osiris, Isis, and Horus in this myth, the three of them are worshipped in one temple in most parts of Ægyptus. Although the three deities have separate priestly orders, the orders work in cooperation to maintain a single temple (albeit a temple with three inner sanctuaries).

Alignment: Neutral good

Symbol: Ankh and star

Animal: Gull

Place of Worship: Temple. Major temples in cities specifically under the protection of the Osirian triad (Osiris, Isis, and Horus) are built on the following design: They are shaped in a large rectangle, and enclosed with high walls. The entrance is supported by two large pylons that are marked with the symbol of the god. There is a large public hall whose walls are covered with hieroglyphics depicting the story of Osiris' death and resurrection, but no image of Osiris is permitted in this hall. There is an inner sanctuary where the god's image is presented in the best available materials. As mentioned above, Osiris often shares a temple with Isis and Horus, but each god has a separate inner court. Near the temple is a cultivated garden. (Note, however, that the temple of Isis on Philae island is a Roman temple, devoted to the goddess in her universalized portrayal; hence she does not share that temple with her husband and son.)

Holy Days: Full moon (Feast, Mysteries, Sacrifice)

Goal and Purpose of the Faith: In Roman Ægyptus, the cult of the Osirian triad (Osiris, Isis, and Horus) focuses on the salvation of the individual believer by identification with the deities. As for the cult of Osiris, then, the goal and purpose of the faith is fundamentally the salvation of mankind, meaning redemption from Fate or Fortune, and the achievement of union with the Divine through knowledge (gnosis).

Requirements of the Priesthood

Alignment: Priests may be of any non-evil alignment.

Minimum Ability Scores: Wisdom 12, Intelligence 13. Either 16+ => +5% experience; both 16+ => +10%.

Races Allowed: Only humans may be priests of Isis. Priests may be of any gender.

Nonweapon and Weapon Proficiencies: Nonweapon Proficiencies Required: Herbalism, Spellcraft, Ancient Languages (ancient Egyptian reading). Nonweapon Proficiencies Suggested: Reading/Writing, Religion. Weapon Proficiencies Required: None. Nonweapon Proficiency Group Crossovers: Priest, General, Wizard.

Duties and Rights of the Priest: Guidance, Marriage. Vigilance against the forces of Set. No extraordinary rights.

Restrictions and Limitations: Weapons Permitted: Dagger, dart, knife, quarterstaff, sling. Armor permitted: None; no shields; no helmets. Other Limitations: Priests of Isis use six-sided dice for hit points instead of eight-sided. Celibacy required, chastity also, outside of sacred ceremonies. Must wear some white in clothing, but scarlet kilt as well. Males must keep head shaven after reaching fourth level; females must keep hair long. Both sexes must wear head bare at all times, regardless of level. Must ceremonially bathe every day.

Spheres of Influence: Major Access to All, Astral, Divination, Healing, Necromantic, Protection, Plant, Summoning. Minor Access to Animal, Charm, Creation, Elemental, Guardian, Sun, Weather. 

Powers: Charm/Fascination (once per day, not in combat), Turn Undead. At 8th level: Shapechanging as a druid.

Followers and Strongholds: The followers are received at ninth level, and consist of three 3rd-level priests and six 1st-level priests (all of Isis), plus one 5th-level mage consultant, and one 3rd-level fighter and seven 1st-level fighter bodyguards. The order will finance half the cost of stronghold construction at 9th level.

Relations: Other Faiths: Pantheistic, no chief faith. Aristocracy: Reasonable relations with old Greek gentry, bad terms with Roman rulers. The faith often serves as a focus for Egyptian nationalism against both Greeks and Romans. People: Priestly caste. Extremely popular among Egyptians, less so (but still vital) among Greeks and Romans both. Foreign Faiths: Very tolerant (by necessity) of foreign faiths. 

Requirements of the Followers

Alignment: Any non-evil

Races Allowed: Any

Restrictions: None


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