The Serpent Queen

The old gods don’t rest well in the world of the Lost Age. Among those banished from the world during an earlier age is the Goddess, also known as the Serpent Queen.

hydra-snake-snippetLong ago, in the age of monsters when men lived in fear, the Serpent Queen ruled her domain. Cruel. Fair. Protective over her brood. She wished nothing more than to ensure the safety of her people. But she was not invulnerable. Like her lesser brothers and sisters, she relied on the warmth of the Sun. Without it, she grew cold and impotent, unable to keep her flock safe.

In her dreams, she saw a future where she consumed the world and ate the sun. She would control its power once and for all. She would never grow cold again with the Sun as her heart. As her domain grew along with her physical size and stature, she felt that her dreams could be reached in time.

When she was banished from the world, that dream died with her — or so the world thought.

From her sleep in the Beyond, she has found the ability to send her spirit to visit the mortal realms. It is only a sliver of her full power, but sometimes she can infect the dreams of mortals in the mortal realm. Some of the infected become her faithful. And a few of those have the dedication and madness to bring her back to the world.

Someday, perhaps, they will return her to her former glory. Then she will begin her quest to control the Sun once more.

  • Alignment: Chaotic Evil
  • Domains: Life, Nature

When the plagues struck mankind, Sinnix, minor goddess of Serpents, offered a solution to her worshippers.

“Let my venom heal you and make you whole.
Let my brood protect you from the filth.
Keep them warm and together we will find a way
to rise above the plague and rot spread by the rat.”

Her priests allowed themselves to be bitten by the Sinnix Serpent, a poisonous green snake with red eyes and became immune to the plague being carried across her domain by the servants of Yxnus, the Rat God. Those priests gained insight into making a medicine to help the sick and dying. Sinnix’ flock was made whole again and word quickly spread of the miracle she gave her people. Many joined the flock and eventually the plague died out. For a time there were no rats or mice found anywhere in her domain.

the-old-serpentAs her legend grew, so did her stature. The Goddess grew and grew until she was an enormous green serpent at the Coiled Temple. Her priests went forth and spread the word and her domain grew. She became simply “the Goddess” and the Sinnix Serpent became simply her most prevalent avatar in the world of men. Wherever the serpent was found, she was too.

“The Goddess wraps her coils around you and gives you the kiss of life.
She will protect you from disease. She will protect you from your enemies.
She will protect your brood if you protect hers. She reveres all her children.
Allow her in your home and your hearth will be forever safe.
Her priests speak her words and grant you wisdom…”

All of her flock are “snake kissed” and her venom flows through their veins. They are protected from sickness and natural poisons. Some are granted visions from her kiss and become her priests, spreading her word across the lands. Her people use snakeskin, snake bones, snake organs, and many other parts of the animal in regular ceremonies and rituals.

Each priest is usually accompanied by a companion serpent. When the Goddess wishes to speak with her representatives, she directs those serpents to bite them so she can use the poison to commune with them.

A benefit of repeated communing with the Goddess is slowly toughening skin that becomes more like snakeskin (+1 AC) and eyes that slowly change to mimic her own with the ability to see heat. A downside to the tougher skin is that the priest must find bigger, stronger serpents to successfully puncture it. Priests must repeatedly go on quests to find bigger and bigger snake companions, much like a snake changes its skin as gets bigger and bigger.

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