[Deity] Esotera ~ Goddess of Darkness (2nd Queen of Gods)

Patron of Seduction, Deceiver of Mortals, 2nd Queen of the Gods, and Ruler of Inferno.


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Name: Esotera
Title: Goddess of Darkness
Secondary Title(s): Patron of Seduction, Deceiver of Mortals, 2nd Queen of the Gods, and Ruler of Inferno.
Symbol: A Chaotic Flame on a Field of Pitch Black
Symbol Meaning: Within the absence of light, the blackest of darkness, mortals use fire to become aware of the world that surrounds them. However, this illumination is limited, destroys it source, and distorts the world it allows them to perceive. The flame’s lick casts dancing shadows that form, with each breath, twisting figures that are a chaotic version of everything it reveals. The symbol of the flame not only accurately reflects the goddess’ nature of chaos, it also represents Esotera’s goal of deceiving and misleading mortals, and focuses on the element of relentless burning passion that she uses to seduce them. She is the darkness of night, and her actions are the flame, bore from the depths of inferno, that casts the shadow, the distortion of truth, and the deception of mortals.
Mortal Form: Esotera usually appears as a naked or scantily-clad human woman in her mid twenties. She is beautiful and has long, dark black hair and dark eyes. She often manifests as a harlot, wench or whore, and enjoys tempting devout or honorable married men (or women) to lay with her, especially so if her target is a follower of her divine rival, Illumina. It is said that to lay with Esotera is beyond any other pleasure known to mortals, but at the cost of an unnatural guilt that drives her victims insane; usually leading to suicide.
Domain(s): Evil and Chaos
Divine Aspect: Chaos (Goddess)
Appointed Constellation: The Wench (8 Stars)
Appointed Gemstones: Polished Black Onyx and Fiery Red Rubies
Totem: Black Salamander with Crimson Specks and Crimson Eyes
Time of Prayer: Midnight (the 20th hour)
Dedicated Holy Days: The 1st of Tuphatom (Celebration Title: Darknight or The Coming of the Wench)
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Divine Path(s): None [Member of the House of Magoth ]
Devout Restrictions: Usually female, but there are no restrictions.
Divine Status: Elder Immortal
Divine Rival: Illumina (Goddess/Law/Light)
Divine Lineage: 2nd Wife to Magoth, Mother of Kigmaru, sister of Illumina & Thelessara, and grandmother of Jynathis.
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Persona/Communion: Esotera’s persona is that of an sultry and egotistical woman. She sees herself above everyone else, and believes all should bow to her whims. However, she is exceptionally passionate about those who fully and completely submit themselves to her, and refers to them each as her favorite lovers.
Common Followers: Common followers of Esotera are persons who seek power through seduction, and she is also commonly held in high regards by prostitutes, harlots, and womanizers. She is often invoked by desperate persons who have been scorned by an unfaithful lover in hopes she will grant them the power to seduce their lover into returning.
Devout Followers: There are very few who are devout to Esotera, though there are a few scattered sadistic cults whose members take pleasure in the chaos and deception she causes.
Religious Positive Aspects: Sometimes the only way to make it in the world is to turn to deception and seduction. It’s often the last resort for desperate people; but when no other options are available, it pays to be good at it.
Religious Negative Aspects: Esotera’s main goal is to cause strife to mortals, and ultimately lead them to damnation. While evoking her may provide a quick means to an end, the ends of seduction are often found at the end of blade, and the Goddess of Darkness is one woman who never forgets to collect her payment.
Special Affects due to Prayers: Those Who Pray (+ 1), Pathwalkers (+ 2), Devouts (+ 5) to all Bluff and Diplomacy skill checks that are directly related to seduction of target.

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Special Spell Domain Available to Devout Clerics Only

1st Level
Share Sensation. Feel your target’s physical sensations.
Domain: Special (Goddess Esotera)
Level: Clr 1
Components: V, S, DF
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Personal
Target: See text
Duration: 10 min./level
This spell targets one creature within sight. It enables you to feel physical sensation just like your target feels. Althought the caster feels pleasure and pain as the target does, you do not become wounded when the target takes damage nor healed if the target is cured.

2nd Level
Disrobe. Subject’s non-magical clothing and armor falls off.
Domain: Special (Goddess Esotera)
Level: Clr 2
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (24 ft. + 5ft / 2 levels)
Target: One living creature wearing clothing, armor, or adornments.
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Reflex Save Negates (See Text)
Spell Resistance: No
The creature’s clothing, including undergarments, belts, and footwear, loosen and fall of it’s body, leaving it naked. Nonmagical jewelry, including rings, earrings, and necklaces also fall, sliding off as if covered in grease. Objects that are held remain in the creatures grasp, as well as magic items that are worn. A creature wearing nonmagical armor must make a reflex save or halve their armor bonus (rounded down) due to the clumsy way in wich in dangles off the body. It takes half the time to refit armor loosened in this way as it takes to don it completely. It requires a full-round action to don regular clothing.

3rd Level
False Confidence. Target suffers – 2 penalty on Charisma-based skill checks.
Domain: Special (Goddess Esotera)
Level: Clr 3
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Touch
Target: Creature touched
Duration: Permanent
Saving Throw: Will half
Spell Resistance: Yes
Material Component: A small mirror
The target is filled with confidence, perceiving themself to be attractive, smooth talking, an excellent lover, and competent in every social aspect of life. The target actually suffers a -2 penalty on all Charisma-related skill checks.

4th Level
Pleasurable Sensations. Stuns one target for 1 round/level.
Domain: Special (Goddess Esotera)
Level: Clr 4
Components: V, S, DF
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Range: Close (25 ft + 5 ft./level)
Target: One Creature
Duration: 1 Round/Level
Saving Throw: Will – 4 Negates
Spell Resistance: Yes
Images of tantalizing and overwhelming pleasure consume the affected tagert, causing them to halt in their tracks and revel. While affected by the spell, the person is stunned. They can make a – 4 Will save each round to shake off the effect.

5th Level
Enhanced Beauty. Subject gains +4 to Charisma for 5 minutes / level.
Domain: Special (Goddess Esotera)
Level: Clr 5
Components: V, S, M, DF
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Range: Touch
Target: Creature Touched
Duration: 5 Minutes / Level
Saving Throw: Will Negates (Harmless)
Spell Resistance: Yes
Material Component: A whisp of feather from a peacock
The target creature becomes more attractive. the spell grants a +4 enhancement bonus to Appearance, adding the usual benifits to Appearance-based skill checks and other uses o fthe Charisma modifier. Casters who rely on Charisma who are affected by this spell do not gain any additional bonus spells for the increased Charisma, but the save DC’s for the spells they case while under the spell’s effect do increase.

6th Level
The Call of Esotera. Teleports willing creature to you.
Domain: Special (Goddess Esotera)
Level: Clr 6
Components: V, F
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Range: Same Plane
Target: One Willing Creature
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No
Focus: A pair of platinum rings (worth at least 500 gp each) worn by both you and the targed creature.
This spell instantly transports a willing ally to you. The subject recognizes you and understands that the spell is to summon it to you. The creature appears adjacent to you, in a space you choose. The creature must be in an area where magic can be cast and mst be able to travel extradimensionally both from its location and to you. If the creature cannot be subject to the spell, such as being in an antimagic field or dimensional lock, or under the effects of a dimensional anchor spell, the Call of Esotera spell automatically fails.

7th Level
Repression. Target sexual partner is stunned for 1 round, confused for 1d10 minutes, magically marked, and takes damage if engaging in any sexual act with any other besides the caster within 48 hours.
Domain: Special (Goddess Esotera)
Level: Clr 7
Components: V
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Range: 40 ft.
Area: Creatures that have had sexual contact with caster within 24-hours in a 40-ft radius spread centered on caster.
Duration: Instananeous
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: Yes
Any creature within the area of repression, and has engaged in sexual activity with the caster within the past 24 hours, suffers the following effects. The effects are cumulative and concurrent. No saving throw is allowed against these effects. The creature is stunned for 1 round. The creature is confused, as by the confusion spell, for 1d10 minutes (this is a mind-affecting enchantment effect), and the creature takes 1d6/caster level damage if they have any willing sexual contact with another creature in the next 48 hours. This spell also causes a small 2-inch diameter magical mark (determined by the caster) that appears on the head. The mark can be any design, and any color, and can be seen without magic unless otherwise covered up. Creatures whos HD exceeds the caster level are unaffected by this spell.

9th Level
Divine Seduction. Caster is granted channeled powers of seduction by the goddess Esotera herself.
Domain: Special (Goddess Esotera)
Level: Clr 9
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 Caster Levels)
Target: One Creature
Duration: 1 Minute/2 Caster Levels
Saving Throw: Will -5 Negates
Spell Resistance: Yes
Material Component: A holy symbol of Esotera.
Divine Seduction incites a sudden, overwhelming lust in the target creature, focused on the caster. If the target fails its save, its attuide shifts to “helpful,” tempered by the fact that it strives (short of attacking or using magic) to be with the caster. If the target’s sexual orintation conflicts with the caster’s gender, the target gains a +4 to his or her save. During this time, the target does not willing attack, use spells or spell-like abilities on, or even take a negative verbal tone with the caster. The effect ends as soon as the caster attacks or makes a violent gesture on the target creature. The caster also gainst a temporary “godlike” bonus of +15 to his or her Charisma Bonus (for Charisma-based Skill Checks only) against the effected target.

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Also known as the Queen of Inferno. Esotera is the ruler over the realm of damned souls, and joyfully dedicates part of her energies to taunting and tormenting her subjects there. Her son, Kigmaru, accompanies her station and commands the legions of demons that inhabit Inferno, and when his mother is finished torturing the souls of damned mortals, he consumes their essence.

Additional Biographical Information

Though Esotera is the goddess of darkness, she shares a close relationship with the Afrail, the wife of her son and goddess of lust and desire, patron of sexual prowess and aphrodisiacs, and her granddaughter, Jynathis, goddess of revenge and murder, patron of assassins and bandits.

To the ire and distain of the two lesser goddesses, Esotera often draws from each of them tremendous energies to fully master her seduction, deception, and ultimate betrayal of mortals. However, both freely submit themselves to her else fear her wrath as an elder immortal and queen of the gods.

She refers to each of them as her “dutiful whores” and in artistic representations of Esotera crafted by mortals, both Afrail and Jynathis are often depicted in submissive pose, bound by heavy chains that are wielded by their queen.

Related Myhology

Cult of the Flame

The Cult of the Flame is an egocentric sadistic cult dedicated to the Esotera, Goddess of Darkness, patron of seduction and deceiver of men. It’s members consist entirely of unusually attractive females of all common races. The cult has no central leadership, and each cult can consist of anywhere from a dozen to three dozen women. New members are recruited for their specific appearance, attractiveness, and of course sadistic streak and devotion to Esotera.

The women of the Cult of the Flame, work together to seduce men (and women) of power and wealth to follow them back to their temple (which is usually a functioning brothel) to partake in a massive orgy with all the cult members. The women will target only one victim at a time. During these orgies, the women spare no reserve in pleasuring their victims. However, at the moment of climax, the high priestess of the cult sacrifices the victim to the Goddess of Darkness by slitting their throat. The cult members then continue their orgy while bathing in the warm blood of the recently deceased. Afterward, the victim’s body is offered to flame to honor the power granted to the followers by Esotera.

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