Titles: Lady of Ruin, The Bane of Civilization
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Portfolio: Natural Disasters, Ruin
Worshipers: Evil Druids, Eco-terrorists, Evil Fey, Some Elves
Domains: Destruction, Earth, Evil, Fire, Weather
Favored Weapon: Earthbreaker
Symbol: A erupting volcano
Nalara (pronounced na-LAAR-uh) is a capricious and violent deity. She despises modern civilization especially cities and large structures or monuments. She revels in reducing these things to their base elements, destroying them so completely it’s as if they never existed.
Nalara demands her followers pursue a minimalist lifestyle, living off the earth in caves or simple structures of wood and stone. She actively encourages them to oppose the decadent sprawl of society, with warnings at first and then with violence if the warnings go unheeded. She teaches that nature will reclaim everything, and to defy that is to invite her wrath.
Nalara is feared and respected in many societies. These societies attempt to placate her in the hopes that she does not send her followers to destroy their cities. Other places more openly opposed to her ideals ban her worship, this is most common in areas that revere Palus and Petracles.
Nalara’s propensity for destruction and hatred of civilization often put her in direct conflict with her brother Palus, the god of creation, as well as Petracles, the god of progress and trade. The Bane of Civilization sees Prime as completely unnatural, and has vowed never to allow his vision of a lifeless world to become a reality. Nalara frequently antagonizes and attacks Orosi, frustrated that the Lady of the Skies’ followers frequently help the people she is trying to punish. Nalara shares a playful, though dangerous, rivalry with Tifanu, often competing to see who can cause the most destruction. While the gods see the games as harmless they are often quite dangerous to their followers and many have lost their lives to such clashes. Nalara respects Norahgal, seeing disease as another natural occurrence, one that happens to spread most easily in cities, where large concentrations of people gather into small areas. Both deities love to watch cities choke to death on their own filth. The Lady of Ruin shares similar views with Vesendra but in her wrath often wipes out much of the plant life alongside the cities or monuments she is trying to destroy, irritating the Vinekeeper. Nalara respects and desires [[Tor’Gath]], seeing him as the embodiment of all the ideals she holds most dear. She envies and despises Solari for having his interest. Her feelings toward Lucina are more conflicted, while the two share similar values, the Wolf Princess serves as a constant reminder of her inability to gain [[Tor’Gath]]’s affection.
Nalara often appears as an ebony-skinned woman with shoulder-length dark hair and fierce golden eyes. She is frequently depicted rising from a pool of lava.
Worshipers and Clergy
While many people pay their respects to the church of Nalara in the hopes of averting her wrath, her followers are usually those who encourage and enjoy her destructive tendencies. The clergy who operate within cities usually serve as a voice of caution warning against any major public works without Nalara’s blessing as well as serving as a constant reminder that eventually she will reclaim the land the city currently rests upon. The more fanatical of her followers tend to operate outside of cities actively plotting their downfall, especially those built on or near places of natural beauty. Her followers occasionally raid civilized areas, committing arson targeted at industrial areas or civil buildings. Followers of Nalara favor earth tones accentuated by red and orange for their clothing, sometimes accessorizing with furs or uncut gemstones.
Temples and Shrines
Temples to Nalara often seem out of place in cities as they are typically smaller and plainer than other religious buildings. Her temples are typically built of simple wood and stone, or adobe if resources are scarce.