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Spider Grandmother (Creator of the World, The Great Weaver, Creator of the Stars)

Spider Grandmother
  • Deity Title: Spider Grandmother, Creator of the World, The Great Weaver, Creator of the Stars
  • Deity Symbol: Spider web or a spider
  • Home Plane: The Material Plane or the Beastlands
  • Deity Level: Greater Deity
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Aliases: Spider Woman, Spinner of the Stars, Grandmother Spider, The Webweaver
  • Superior: None
  • Traditional Allies: Coyote, Iktomi, Grandmother Woodchuck, Tabaldak, and other forces of good that seek to maintain the balance of the natural world.
  • Traditional Foes: Malsumis, the Evil Frog-Monster, and other forces of evil that seek to destroy the balance of the natural world.
  • Divine Artifact: Web of the Stars
  • Servants: Nogami, Nataoa-nsen, and Mother of the Mi’kmaq. These powerful beings are tasked with carrying out the deity’s will and maintaining the balance of the natural world.
  • Servitor Creatures: Spiders
  • Sacred Animal: Spider
  • Manifestations: Spider or an apparition of an elderly woman with a spider’s body, a wise old woman with spider-like abilities
  • Signs of Favor: Finding a spider or its web in your path, a sudden increase in spider activity in your area, Finding a spider in one’s home, spiders appearing in unusual places or in large numbers
  • Worshipers: Native American tribes, especially those who have a reverence for nature and the animal spirits
  • Cleric Alignments: Neutral Good, Chaotic Good
  • Specialty Priests: Webweavers, Spinner Priests
  • Holy Days: Unknown, but may involve celebrations of the changing seasons or important events in the natural world
  • Portfolio: Creation, Weaving, Stars, Cosmic Order, Stars, The Night Sky, Nature, Protection,
  • Domains: Creation, Nature, Protection, Community, Stars
  • Favored Weapon: A staff or a sling
  • Favored Class: Druid, Ranger
  • Favored Race: Native American tribes
  • Duties of the Priesthood: Protect and preserve the natural world, promote fertility and abundance, lead rituals and ceremonies that honor the spirits of nature, teach the importance of balance and harmony in all things.
  • Major Cult/Temple Sites: the Annapolis Valley, the Bay of Fundy, and Abegweit (Prince Edward Island).
  • Benefits: Protection from harm, fertility and abundance in crops and livestock, good fortune in weaving and other craft activities, guidance in navigating the night sky and understanding the stars.

As a greater deity, Spider Grandmother is associated with the domains of Life and Nature, reflecting her creation of the world and the role she plays in maintaining its balance. Her alignment is considered to be Chaotic Good, as she works to preserve the natural order of the world and bring about positive change for its inhabitants, but in ways that can be unpredictable and seemingly chaotic.

Spider Grandmother is depicted as a wise and nurturing deity, who provides protection and guidance to her worshipers in all aspects of life, especially in regards to agriculture, hunting, and fishing. Her followers, who are often Algonquian peoples, Abenaki, and Mi’kmaq, see her as a source of abundance and good weather, and believe that her favor brings prosperity and happiness.

In terms of her priesthood, Spider Grandmother’s duties revolve around the protection and maintenance of the natural world, promoting good weather, and ensuring abundance in hunting and fishing. Clerics who serve her are tasked with performing rituals and offerings to maintain her favor and receive her blessings.

One of the most significant artifacts associated with Spider Grandmother is the “Web of the Stars”, a magical web that she spun and cast into the sky to create the stars. It is said to hold immense power and is coveted by many, but only those who are pure of heart and truly dedicated to her teachings are deemed worthy to wield it.

Spider Grandmother is depicted as a spider spirit or deity with great power and wisdom. While her physical appearance may vary she is often described as a large, spider-like being with multiple arms and legs. Her body may be covered in long, silky hair, with a small, wise face peeking out from underneath. Her eyes may be piercing and all-knowing, with a gentle, nurturing expression.

Spider Grandmother is also said to have the ability to change shape and take on a more human form, appearing as an elderly woman with gray hair and a wise demeanor. Regardless of her form, she is always depicted as a symbol of creation, nurturing, and protection, and is revered by those who worship her for her wisdom and the power she wields over the natural world.

Overall, Spider Grandmother is a beloved and revered deity, whose presence and guidance is greatly valued by those who worship her. Whether she is providing protection, promoting abundance, or just bringing good weather, her followers know that she is always watching over them and working for their benefit.

Web of the Stars

A powerful artifact created by Spider Grandmother, the creator of the world in Native American myths. This magical web is said to be laced with dew and is capable of controlling the stars in the sky. In D&D, the Web of the Stars is a legendary item with the following properties:

  • Control the Stars: The wielder of the Web of the Stars can control the stars in the sky, affecting weather patterns and guiding travelers on their journeys.
  • Divine Influence: The Web of the Stars grants the wielder the favor of Spider Grandmother, granting divine influence over the natural world and providing protection and guidance in hunting, fishing, and agriculture.
  • Limited Use: The Web of the Stars can only be used by a single individual at a time, and its power is limited by the amount of dew that remains on the web. Once the dew has completely evaporated, the Web of the Stars loses its power.
  • Legendary: The Web of the Stars is a legendary item and is extremely rare. It is rumored to be located in hidden shrines or sacred places in the natural world, guarded by powerful spirits or other mystical creatures.

Overall, the Web of the Stars is a powerful artifact that can greatly aid those who possess it in their travels and endeavors, but its power must be used wisely and judiciously.

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