In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, Aerdrie Faenya is the elven goddess of Air, Weather, and Birds.
In many campaign settings, the elven pantheon of gods (also known as the Seldarine) consists of the leader Corellon Larethian, as well as Aerdrie Faenya, Deep Sashelas, Erevan Ilesere, Fenmarel Mestarine, Hanali Celanil, Labelas Enoreth, Rillifane Rallathil, Sehanine Moonbow, and Solonor Thelandira. Other elven gods may be present in different campaign settings.
Aerdrie appears to be a tall, elf-like woman with feathered hair and eyebrows. Her back has a pair of large bird-like wings. Her feathers are constantly changing color. The lower half of her body vanishes into a misty whirlwind, so that she never appears to touch the ground.
Aerdrie Faenya lives in the realm of Arvandor
on the plane of Arborea
as well as the realm of Alfheim
Aerdrie particularly loves, and is loved by, the avariel
, although many elves who wish for the prospect of good weather and gentle brews of air also worship the Winged Mother. A small number of air genasi
close to elven communities also take her as their deity.
Aerdrie's clerics dress in sky-blue robes, wearing a single feather in their hair, and conduct worship services on open hilltops. Any bird can be her sacred animal.
Holy days and rituals
Aerdrie's holy days are on the spring and fall equinoxes, and sacrifices of beautiful feathers are made to her semi-annually.
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