Goddess of Family, Clan, Community, Hearth Fire, Wisdom.

The Mother of Wisdom represents the bonds of family and clan that hold dwarf society together. When dwarves extend their hospitality to their lost or wounded brethren, they often do so in Hethra’s name. Hestia also figures prominently in many dwarven divinations, because she is said to have peerless wisdom. Dwarf artisans generally depict her as a middle-aged female with improbably long, braided silver hair.

Cleric Training: Hethra’s clerics spend most of their lives in temples within dwarf communities, performing the rites and organizing the holidays and festivals important to dwarven culture. Most begin their path by volunteering to help as adolescents, then gradually increasing their commitment to Hestia as they grow older.

Quests: Anything that threatens the safety or harmony of a dwarf community is Hethra’s enemy. Her clerics often need adventurers to protect a dwarf settlement or recover a powerful magic item with divinatory powers.

Prayers: Hethra’s prayers are distinctive, because they almost never use the singular form (except when referring to Hestia). Even if alone, a follower to Hethra might begin a prayer with “Mother of Wisdom, grant us succor, that we might safeguard our hearth.”

Temples: Hethra’s temples are sometimes even bigger than Orudrun’s, since they almost always include amphitheaters where public ceremonies and festivals can take place.

Rites: Hethra is in charge of marriage, home-blessing, and coming-of-age rites. Many are solemn ceremonies full of long liturgies and contemplative prayers.

Favored Weapon: Morning star.


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