PHARASMAPharasma holy symbol

Major Deity

AKA: Lady of Graves
Alignment: Neutral
Worshiper Alignments: N, LN, CN, NG, NE
Portfolio: Fate, Death, Prophecy, Rebirth
Worshipers: midwives, pregnant women, morticians
Domains: Death, Healing, Knowledge, Repose, Water
Holy Symbol: Blue glowing spiral
Favored Weapon: dagger
Status in Svenheim: Not a strong following in Svenheim.
Holy Sites in Svenheim: None

“The Lady of Graves”, Pharasma, (pronounced fah-RAZ-mah is the goddess who shepherds Golarion’s recently-departed souls to their final reward. Upon death, souls migrate to Pharasma’s Boneyard in the Outer Sphere, which sits atop an impossibly tall spire that pierces the Astral Plane. Pharasma makes no decision on whether a death is just or not; she views all with a cold and uncaring attitude, and decides on which of the Outer Planes a soul will spend eternity. Pharasma is also the goddess of birth and prophecy: from the moment a creature is born, she sees what its ultimate fate will be, but reserves final judgement until that soul finally stands before her. As the goddess of death and rebirth, she abhors the undead and considers them a perversion.

Pharasma is most often depicted as an ashen-skinned female humanoid with white eyes. She wears a dark, hooded, robe-like dress and holds an hourglass filled with red sand.

Pharasma is alternatively known as the mad prophet, the reaper of the dead, or the midwife, depending on her current role. Her followers dress in black for her ceremonies, their clothes adorned with silver, and tiny vials of holy water. Pharasma’s pleasure is often signified through scarabs, beetles and whippoorwills. Black roses are thought by her followers to bring good luck, most especially if the rose bears no thorns. Her displeasure is signified by bleeding from beneath the fingernails, an unexplained taste of rich soil, the discovery of a dead whippoorwill, the feeling that something important has been forgotten, or cold chills down the spine.

Many of Pharasma’s worshipers are those closely aligned with either burgeoning life or terminating death. These include midwives, grave diggers, and morticians. Her priests are typically clerics, diviners, and necromancers that choose not to create undead. Her followers view the undead with hatred and consider them a great abomination. They view putting the undead to rest as a holy duty. The creation of undead is outlawed, and commanding undestroyed undead is not much liked either

The temples of Pharasma have the appearance of dark and ancient cathedrals. They are usually found close to a graveyard. Underneath the buildings are catacombs filled with crypts of the dead, typically priests or affluent townsfolk. Being entombed in these catacombs is thought to bring favor from the Lady of Graves. For example, in Sothis in Osirion, the Necropolis of the Faithful extends out from the original grounds of the High Temple of Pharasma. The services held by worshipers include chanting and singing. They are typically considered a joyous occasion, and a celebration of the circle of life and death. Members of the clergy also keep records of a community’s deaths and births.

Pharasma’s followers celebrate the Day of Bones on the 5th of Pharast.

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Events in Svenheim:

Baron Sven Ragnarsson enlisted the help of Pharasma mid-wives from Brevoy to help with Baroness Svetlana’s quadruplet pregnancy and birthing. The mid-wives were instrumental in the successful birth, all of the children survived. Baron Sven has vowed to never forget the kind help of The Church of Pharasma and gave their church an offering of 500 gp in thanks.


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