“Water is life.”
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Portfolio: water, fishing, seas, the deeps
Worshippers: sailors, merfolk, water denizens
Cleric Alignments: CN, CG, TN
Domains: water, travel, trickery, strength
Favored Weapon: harpoon
Animal Totems: oarfish, kraken
The followers of Ayelin were the denizens of the seas, from those that lived in the water to those that made their living on or from the water. Rivers, streams, lakes, seas, and oceans all fell under the veneration of Ayelin's followers, be the water salt or fresh or in between. Many a follower was found in the deserts or in the farm lands, where water was the one true limiting factor for all of life. Ayelin was found in many a pantheon, and was considered the most powerful of the four elemental gods.
Ayelin was depicted without color, only a vague feminine form made of water. One of the few surviving sculptures of Ayelin is an embossed relief that showed only vaguely through a curtain of water that ran over the embossed stone.
During the Prism Wars, as panic and mayhem spread, the druids and the mages called upon nature and the elements to defend themselves. The Relic of Ayelin was found at the same time as three others, and their fates were intertwined – Water, Air, Fire, and Earth given god-like form. The four Disciples worked in harmony, for the most part, establishing churches and converting members who would worship all four as a single pantheon. The elemental pantheon grew slowly but steadily, gaining converts and power, until it reached its peak during the Shaping Wars, five millennia after the Prism Wars.
The Chosen of Ayelin during the Shaping Wars was ruled over by The One, an elemental sorcerer of incomparable power. The Chosen of the Water served side by side with the other Chosen, altogether known as the Four. The Sixty-Four was an elite group of elementalists controlled by the Four, and together they ruled a nation side by side with the theocratic elemental churches. As the Shaping Wars erupted into full swing, The One and his minions scoured the globe for elemental artifacts to secure their nation from interlopers, and at the same time, sought to hide the artifacts that the other nations and peoples searched for. During the ensuing chaos, an outside power discovered the God Slayer, Giran Howell. As the Shaping Wars escalated, all sides found themselves targeted at least once by the God Slayer, and the elemental pantheon was devastated by the loss of Tromth, the Earth God. Enraged by this loss, The One went literally insane, forcing a confrontation between the other three elemental gods and the wielder of the God Slayer. The nation of Elementis was destroyed that day, as the God Slayer also destroyed Ayelin, the goddess of water, and Blervoncara, God of Air.
Ayelin's Relic was thought to reside in some sea beast that traveled great distances, taking it all around the world on the currents, from place to place and water to water.
The Church of Ayelin had strongholds on the coasts and powerful enclaves in the seas. It was not unusual to see merfolk or other denizens of the deep in the waterside temples of Ayelin. The Goddess of the Waters had many priests and many followers, and much wealth and power. They were often capricious priests, able to operate in any way they saw fit, kind today, pugnacious tomorrow.