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Sagawhen

Title

The Winged Mistress, The Hive Mind

Alignment

Unaligned

Domains

Insects, Vermin, Community, Structure

Dominion

Arvandor

Children and Worshipers

Insects, Bugs and some tribes of Thri-kreen

Origins and ExploitsEdit

Sagawehn was the goddess of insects. Where other deities relied on the prayers of intelligent beings, the Winged Mistress took her power from creatures that did not have individual thoughts. All insects, no matter how mindless or seemingly insignificant, belonged to her. Although a single individual from the intelligent races offered more power than a lonely insect, Sagawehn’s flock came in much larger numbers. She attempted to expand always, crushing all that stood before her and assimilating those that were willing.

Sagawehn originally resided in Arvandor, but her expansionism soon came into conflict with other beings on that plane, especially the fey that worshiped Corellon. Faced with either assimilation or war, the fey, backed with powerful divine magic, attempted to stop Sagawehn and drive her back. It was during that war in which Sagawhen died.

CommandmentsEdit

When still alive, Sagawehn taught the following:

  • The community is the greater good. Sacrifice all for the whole.
  • A community thrives if those within it do their jobs well—specialize and allow others to benefit.
  • Strength is in numbers. Power comes with growth and expansion.
  • Seek to expand. Conquer those who oppose you.

Exarchs, Allies and FollowersEdit

Sagawhen had no allies, angels, or exarchs. Her followers were limitless, all insectlife paid homage to The Winged Mistress.

Rivals and EnemiesEdit

Sagawhen had few real enemies but she was disliked by the other three gods of the Fey pantheon.

DeathEdit

When Sagawhen refused to stop advancing through Arvandor, Corellon ordered his faithful to stop The Hivemind. After a long war, several powerful eladrin heroes sought out Sagawehn to either stop the invasion or slay her. She appeared as a mass of beetles, spiders, and other vermin. In an epic battle Sagawehn was slain—but not before many eladrin fell, among them the priestess whose last magic spell took Sagawehn’s life.

Modern DayEdit

No astral corpse remains of Sagawehn. Some say she is not truly dead, but that her legacy continues on in the lamia that spawned from the high priestess who fell to the vermin that devoured her. The priests in Sagawehn’s cults are called hive masters. Each has a fascination for vermin. Insect colonies form the model for a life that is much more structured than that of most other races. They either teach such order and community feeling to their people—or force it upon them.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dragon Magazine 390 (Wizards of the Coast - 2010) Power Play:Divine, Dead Gods by: Pierre van Rooden, page 48

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