Rise of the Harpy
Zidean is the god of the Sea, Water, and Trade. He is the brother of Remia, the sky and Terus, the earth. Unlike his siblings, Zidean does not have a spouse. Instead, he often transforms himself into various forms, travels around the world, seducing those he finds. His children become the patron gods of the various rivers and lakes. When a stream changes course, it is considered to be Zidean having a new child.
Zidean is hot headed and temperamental. He often starts shouting matches with Remia, which is the cause of storms at sea. Thunder is considered his voice, and lightening is Remia’s displeasure with his crude tone and ungrateful attitude.
Followers and Rites
Zidean is the highest of the water deities, and should be invoked before praying to any lesser lake or river god. Before a long voyage, Zidean expects a sacrifice of salt and wine. The act of digging a well is considered a holy sacrifice of labour to Zidean, and it is preferred to have a priest or acolyte of some type present, and should usually begin by pouring out some fresh water. A tithe should always be made both before and after any large financial venture, and is known as Zidean’s Due. Generally, this should be 1% of expected profits at the start, and then 5% of actual profits at the end.
In statues, Zidean is portrayed as a barrel chested sailor with a full beard. He is usually bare chested, and attractive, staring out to sea or over the largest body of water available.
Zidean is the patron of the City State of Agea. His high temple is there, built on a small island that is only accessible at low tide.. In other cities, his temple should be close to water.
Zidean has considerably more priests than priestesses. To become a priest of Zidean, one must first survive a near drowning or a shipwreck, to show his blessing. Many of his clergy are former sailors. A servant of Zidean may not take a spouse, should be completely submerged at least once a day, may not eat the flesh of a creature of the land or sky, and is expected to travel at least yearly, generally to a place they haven’t been, to sleep under a roof they have never slept under. The last is not vital, but is considered proper.
Zidean’s followers tend to carry a pouch of sea salt around their necks. A stylized goblet also serves as a symbol, with each temple having a slightly different version, to represent the nearest large body of water.