Bast, Goddess of cats, fertility, childbirth, music, and dance
Bast is an ancient Egyptian goddess, known for her feline characteristics and associated with joy, fertility, and protection.
- Pantheon: Egyptian pantheon
- Deity Title: Bast, Goddess of cats, fertility, childbirth, music, and dance
- Deity Symbol: A cat, lioness, or sistrum
- Home Plane: The House of the Goddess in the Divine Realms
- Deity Level: Intermediate
- Deity Alignment: Chaotic Good
- Aliases: Bastet, Ubasti, Pasht, Ailuros
- Superior: None
- Traditional Allies: Hathor, Ra, Horus, Anubis
- Traditional Foes: Apophis, Apep, Seth
- Divine Artifact: The Sistrum of Bast, a sacred musical instrument that has the power to dispel negative energy and grant blessings of protection, healing, and fertility to those who hear its soothing sound.
- Servants: Cat Lords, Cat Warriors, Cat Familiars, and Cat Angels
- Servitor Creatures: Lions, Tigers, Leopards, and other large felines
- Sacred Animal: Cats, especially black cats
- Manifestations: Feline form, a woman with the head of a cat, the sound of a cat’s purring or meowing, the scent of sandalwood or jasmine
- Signs of Favor: Increased fertility, safe childbirth, success in music and dance, protection from disease and harm, sightings of black cats
- Worshipers: Bards, dancers, musicians, midwives, cat lovers, women seeking fertility or safe childbirth
- Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG
- Specialty Priests: Cat Dancers, Feline Healers, Sistrum Players
- Holy Days: The Festival of Bast, celebrated on October 31st, and the Birthday of Bast, celebrated on May 15th
- Portfolio: Cats, fertility, childbirth, music, dance, joy, sexuality, protection
- Domains: Animal, Chaos, Charm, Good, Protection
- Favored Weapon: Sistrum (light mace)
- Favored Class: Bard
- Favored Race: Tabaxi
- Duties of the Priesthood: Caring for cats, leading dances and musical performances, performing rituals for safe childbirth and fertility, protecting communities from harm
- Major Cult/Temple Sites: Bubastis, Dendera, Thebes, Memphis, Alexandria
- Benefits: Divine spells, the ability to turn into a cat or summon felines, protection from disease and harm, fertility and childbirth blessings, proficiency in music and dance, heightened senses and agility.
Bast, also known as Bastet, is a feline goddess in Egyptian mythology, revered for her nurturing and protective qualities. She is depicted as a graceful woman with the head of a lion or domesticated cat, and is closely associated with the sun and moon. Bast is a complex character, embodying both fierce and gentle aspects of femininity, and her story reflects the importance of balance and harmony in ancient Egyptian culture.
Bast is deeply connected to the natural world, and has a great love and respect for all creatures. She is a fierce protector of children, women, and domesticated animals, and is often called upon to defend them against harm. Despite her protective nature, Bast is also known for her playfulness and joyfulness, and is associated with music, dance, and celebration.
As a goddess of fertility, Bast is often called upon to bless women with children, and to aid in the safe delivery of babies. She is also associated with healing, and is said to have the power to cure illness and bring comfort to those in need.
In addition to her protective and nurturing qualities, Bast is also a skilled huntress, and is often depicted holding a bow and arrows. She is said to use her hunting skills to track down and defeat the enemies of Ra, the sun god, and to protect the pharaohs of Egypt.
Bast is a lithe and graceful feline goddess, with the head of a cat and the body of a woman, standing at around 5 feet tall. She has sleek, golden fur and bright, green eyes that glint mischievously in the light. Her long, pointed ears twitch as she listens to the world around her, and her nimble fingers flex as she toys with her jewelry. She moves with a fluid grace, her lithe form imbued with an almost hypnotic quality as she prowls through the world.
Bast’s ultimate goal is to maintain balance and harmony in the world, and to ensure that all beings are able to live in peace and prosperity. She does this through her protective and nurturing qualities, as well as her fierce determination to defend those who cannot defend themselves. As a symbol of femininity, fertility, and the natural world, Bast continues to inspire and empower women and animal lovers around the world.
Roleplaying Elements from
The Netbook of Witches and Warlocks
By Timothy S. Brannan and The Netbook of Witches and Warlocks Team
Full netbook can be found on the followng website
Bast is a goddess who delights in physical pleasures and yet maintains the quiet elegance of a feline. She is soft spoken and patient, but always a cunning dangerous opponent. Her worshipers are the sworn enemies of Set and his minions, and will attack them on sight.
Her consort is Aelurus, who appears as a tanned human male with a cat’s or lion’s head.
Duties of the Priesthood: Priests of Bast are required to keep cats as pets and to sample the physical pleasures of the world whenever they can. As one might imagine, this makes the worship of Bast a popular Profession.
Bast is an ancient Goddess and the mistress of all cats. Nearly every Find Familiar spell known invokes her name. Witches of Bast, few as they are, live a cat-like life style. They prefer the comforts and leisure life that cats enjoy. Then spend long afternoons lying in the sun and enjoying the sensuous side of life. Regardless, do not confuse leisure with laziness. Witches of Bast are dedicated fighters of evil, in particular the workings of the minions of Set. Witches of Bast may choose weapon mastry in one edged weapon at the loss of one feat. They also gain a +1 to hit and damage when fighting snakes.
Bast is the protector of cats and those who care for cats. She also serves as the goddess of the home and patroness of luxury and pleasure and is often considered a fertility deity. She rules over pleasure, sex, dancing, music, and joy. Bast is a daughter of Ra and often acts as the instrument of his vengeance. She typically appears as a cat or in human form with the head of a cat, often holding the sistrum (a sacred rattle), although she sometimes takes on the war-like aspect of a lioness.
Bast Cat Goddess; Goddess of the Home; Patroness of Luxury and Pleasure
Bast is a cat-headed deity whose portfolio includes protection (as a mother protects her children), punishment of wrongdoers, and cats. She appears as a dark-skinned human woman with the head of a cat, though she can use her Shift Form ability to appear as any feline of any size. Bast is a wild deity. To those she favors she gives great blessings, but when she is angry her wrath knows no bounds. She is a fierce enemy of Apep and Set.
Though Basts home plane is listed as the Solar Barge, in fact she resides on Mount Bakhau at the far eastern edge of the world. This mythical mountain lies along the Solar Barges course through the sky, above the cavern where the Barge exits the Twelve Hours of Night each dawn. Every morning, Bast descends from her palace to fight Apep, securing the Barges passage out of the Twelve Hours.
Bast is one of the daughters of Re-Horakhty and is married to Ptah.
To speak of dogma in connection with Bast is almost contradictory. Bast is a chaotic, often whimsical deity who demands no rigid adherence to principles of faith. In general, she promotes life and liberty, asserting the value of mortal life, things of beauty, and freedom from oppressive regulation. Bast hates evil, particularly Apep and his followers, and people who worship Bast generally share that enmity.
Clergy and Temples
Bast’s clerics, like most clerics of the Pharaonic deities, wear white robes and shave their heads if they are male. Clerics of Bast are charged to remain constantly vigilant against the forces of evil, as a cat watches for vermin invading the home. They often serve as the voice of the common people among the Pharaonic clergy, who are so often obsessed with royalty and the orderly function of government they they may forget those they serve. Most of Bast’s clerics are female.
Bast’s temples follow the general layout of most Pharaonic temples. Bast is also revered at countless small shrines and household altars. Due to her influence, cats hold a special revered place in Pharaonic culture, and mistreating a cat invites the wrath of Bast on the perpetrator.
Medium deity (neutral good)
Armor Class 30 (natural armor) Hit Points 900 (60d8 + 600) Speed 60 ft.
|28 (+9)||30 (+10)||30 (+10)||22 (+6)||28 (+9)||30 (+10)|
Saving Throws Str +20, Dex +21, Con +20, Int +15, Wis +20, Cha +21
Skills Acrobatics +21, Athletics +20, Perception +20, Stealth +21 Senses truesight 120 ft., passive
Languages all, telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 30 (155,000 XP)
Divine Traits. Bast has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
Magic Resistance. Bast has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
Magic Weapons. Bast’s weapon attacks are magical. Regeneration. Bast regains 50 hit points at the start of her turn.
Actions Multiattack. Bast makes three attacks: two with her claws and one with her bite.
- Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +22 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 32 (5d8 + 9) slashing damage.
- Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +22 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 38 (5d10 + 9) piercing damage.
Divine Magic. Bast can cast spells from the following domains: Animal, Good, Protection, and War. Her spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 28, +20 to hit with spell attacks).
Legendary Actions Bast can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. Bast regains spent legendary actions at the start of her turn.
- Detect. Bast makes a Wisdom (Perception) check.
- Attack. Bast makes one claw or bite attack.
- Pounce (Costs 2 Actions). Bast moves up to her speed without provoking opportunity attacks. She can then use her claws or bite attack. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 27 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
Divine Artifacts. Bast is often depicted holding a sistrum, a musical instrument used in ancient Egyptian rituals. It is said to have the power to repel evil spirits and attract good luck. Additionally, she is sometimes depicted wearing the solar disk and cow horns, symbols of her divine nature and connection to the goddess Hathor.
Regional Effects. The following effects can be felt within 1 mile of a temple dedicated to Bast:
- Cats within the area are imbued with divine power, gaining advantage on all attack rolls and saving throws for 24 hours.
- The area is under the effect of the hallow spell, with the following additional benefits: all good-aligned creatures gain temporary hit points equal to their level + Bast’s Wisdom modifier, and all undead creatures are affected as if by the turn undead feature of a cleric of 20th level.
- All creatures within the area gain advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks to detect hidden enemies, traps, or secrets.
- Non-evil creatures within the area are immune to fear effects.
|Cleric 10/Fighter 20/Illusionist 10|
|Hit Dice||20d8+160 (outsider) plus 10d8+80 (Clr) plus 20d10+160 (Ftr) plus 10d4+80 (Ill) (960 hp)|
|Initiative||+21 (+17 Dexterity, +4 Improved Initiative)|
|AC||65 (+17 Dexterity, +8 divine, +21 natural, +9 deflection)|
|Attacks||2 claws +65 melee, bite +63 melee; or spell +58 melee touch or +65 ranged touch|
|Damage||Claw 1d4+10; bite 1d6+5 or by spell|
|Face/Reach||5 ft. by 5 ft./5 ft.|
|Domain powers, salient divine abilities, spell-like abilities, rend 2d6, turn undead 12/day.|
|Divine immunities, DR 43/+4, fire resistance 28, spontaneous casting of divine spells, understand, speak, and read all languages and speak directly to all beings within 8 miles, remote communication, godly realm, teleport without error at will, plane shift at will, familiar (felines), SR 40, divine aura (800 ft., DC 27).|
|Saves||Fort +48, Ref +57, Will +48.|
|Abilities||Strength 30, Dexterity 44, Constitution 26, Intelligence 28, Wisdom 26, Charisma 29.|
|Skills||Animal Empathy +37, Balance +67, Climb +68, Concentration +36, Diplomacy +29, Escape Artist +50, Handle Animal +67, Heal +46, Hide +65, Intuit Direction +36, Jump +70, Knowledge (nature) +47, Knowledge (religion) +47, Listen +48, move silently +57, Ride (horse) +27, Scry +27, Sense Motive +46, Spellcraft +37, Spot +58, Tumble +57, Wilderness Lore +46.|
|Feats||Alertness, Blind-Fight, Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Combat Expertise, Fleet of Foot, Great Cleave, Greater Spell Focus (Illusion), Improved Critical (bite), Improved Critical (claw), Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Improved Trip, Mobility, Multiattack, Power Attack, Power Critical (bite), Power Critical (claw), Quicken Spell, Run, Scribe Scroll, Silent Spell, Spell Focus (Illusion), Spring Attack, Still Spell, Superior Expertise, Track, Weapon Finesse (bite), Weapon Finesse (claw), Weapon Focus (bite), Weapon Focus (claw), Weapon Specialization (bite), Weapon Specialization (claw), Whirlwind Attack.|
|Ability damage, ability drain, acid, cold, death effects, disease, disintegration, electricity, energy drain, mindaffecting effects, Paralysis, poison, sleep, stunning, transmutation, imprisonment, banishment.|
|Alter Form, Alter Size, Banestrike (reptilian creatures), Control Creatures (feline animals), Divine Battle Mastery, Divine Celerity, Extra Domain (Strength), Extra Domain (War), Shift Form, Speak with Creatures (feline animals).|
|Cast chaos spells at +1 caster level; 8/day smite (+4 on attack and +10 on damage for one weapon attack; 8/day protective ward (touched subject gains +10 resistance bonus on next saving throw, maximum duration 1 hour); 8/day feat of strength (+10 enhancement bonus to Strength for 1 round).|
|Bast uses these abilities as an 18th-level caster, except for chaos spells, which she uses as a 19th-level caster. The save DCs are 26 + spell level. Animate Objects, Antimagic Field, Body of Moonlight, Clenched Fist, Crushing Hand, Curse of Lycanthropy (Weretiger), Grasping Hand, Blade Barrier, Bull’s Strength, Chaos Hammer, circle of doom, Cloak of Chaos, Dispel Law, Divine Power, Enlarge Person, endure elements, Flame Strike, Lunar Armor, Lunar Revelation, Lunar Speed, Magic Circle against Law, Magic Vestment, Magic Weapon, Mind Blank, Moonbow, Moonlit Stroll, Power Word Blind, Power Word Kill, Power Word Stun, Prismatic Sphere, protection from energy, Protection from Energy, Protection from Law, Repulsion, Righteous Might, Sanctuary, Shatter, Shield Other, Spell Immunity, Spell Resistance, Spiritual Weapon, Stoneskin, Summon Monster IX (as chaos spell only), Strength of the Tide, Waxing Health, Word of Chaos.|
Rend (Ex): If Bast hits with both claw attacks, she latches onto her opponent’s body and tears the flesh. This attack automatically deals an additional 2d6 points of damage.
Cleric Spells/Day: 6/7/7/ 6/6/4; base DC = 18 + spell level.
Wizard Spells/Day: 5/8/7/ 6/6/5; base DC = 19 + spell level, 23 + spell level for illusions.
Prohibited schools: Divination and Necromancy.
Other Divine Powers
As a lesser deity, Bast may take 10 on any check. Bast treats a 1 on an attack roll or saving throw normally and not as an automatic failure.
She is immortal.
Senses: Bast can see, hear, touch, and smell at a distance of eight miles. As a standard action, she can perceive anything within eight miles of her worshipers, holy sites, objects, or any location where one of her titles or name was spoken in the last hour. She can extend her senses to up to five locations at once. She can block the sensing power of deities of her rank or lower at up to two remote locations at once for 8 hours.
Portfolio Sense: Bast automatically senses any event that affects five hundred or more felines or mothers, and any battle involving at least five hundred combatants.
Create Magic Items: Bast can create any magic weapon, as long as the items market price does not exceed 30,000 gp.
Avatar of Bast
Artifacts that the Avatar may possess:
Golden Sistrum of Merriment
This sacred rattle is made of solid gold yet it resists any physical damage and never corrodes in any way. The handle is engraved with scenes of people dancing and singing. Its unearthly tones resonate clearly to all within 50ft. regardless of any other background noise.
The Golden Sistrum of Merriment has the following properties:
- The sistrum casts a continual Emotion (friendship) spell in a 50ft. radius.
- With a touch, the sistrum can neutralize poison.
- Any who approach the wielder within 30ft. must make a Will save (DC22) or be forced to immediately discard or sheath any weapons held. Victims of this power cannot draw or retrieve any weapons until they move out of the area.
- The wielder can cast the following spells at will; dancing lights, ghost sound, mirror image, silent image, hideous laughter, and unseen servant.
- secure shelter5/day.
- Sculpt sound 5/day.
- mirage arcana 2/day.
- irresistible dance 2/day.
Bast is currently residing in the bustling city of Cairo in the 1450s. She walks among the humans, her lithe form and feline features drawing attention, but her divine nature remaining hidden. She observes the world around her, taking note of the political and social climate of the time.
As the Ottoman Empire grows in power and influence, Bast recognizes the need to maintain balance between the mortal realms and the divine. She works tirelessly behind the scenes, using her influence to ensure that the balance is maintained and that no single power gains too much control.
She also takes an interest in the arts, often inspiring local musicians and artists to create beautiful works that reflect the harmony and balance of the natural world. She sees these works as a way to spread her message and inspire others to embrace balance and harmony in their own lives.
Despite her efforts, Bast remains wary of the growing conflict and tension in the mortal world. She knows that a single misstep could upset the delicate balance she works so hard to maintain. But even in the face of adversity, she remains steadfast in her mission to preserve the balance between the divine and mortal realms, hoping to create a better future for all.