Shub-Nyth

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Shub-Nyth is depicted many ways depending on who was talking about her, and in what circumstances. She is purported to have worn many forms; a gluttonous hound, devouring all it came across, a kindly grandmother, or an uncaring woman of professional, though non-descript bearing. These images helped the populace relate to her depending on how they viewed death, greedy and cruel, gentle, or unexpected. She had no true temples, simply plots of land where her grim services were conducted. Cemeteries, charnel houses, and unmarked plots were her holy places and those who sought comfort as well as those who meant ill paid her tribute there.

Mostly her image was considered monstrous and cruel, for nearly all people fear death and its agents, and thus she was associated with the Atrocities. Those who sought her attention generally did so in hopes of her aid in taking a life, or simply in hopes that a disliked rival would pass in their sleep. Assassins and murderers were her greatest patrons, though some were simply folk, grand and small, who were tired of what their life had to offer would seek her kiss and an escort into the next life.

Her symbol was typically a skull wrapped in nightshade, though occasionally a poppy would be substituted to signify a more compassionate approach to death. The flowers were also significant of her demesne and would be placed around houses in mourning.

Shub-Nyth got along with the other Atrocities as war and disease both relied upon death and darkness was the favorite time to work for many of her petitioners. Kalrilak fought her at every turn, while Nythel and Isithel would work to prevent most of her work, though they saw the need for it and even appreciated her more gentle approaches to those who sought the comfort that only Shub-Nyth could provide. Vothak and the Impartials were the only ones who seemed to be disinterested in her duties.

Shub-Nyth

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