Ithya (ITH-yah) is the thinker of the Midron deities, a lover of thought and ideas. She is the force of inspiration in the universe.
Ithya is primarily associated with creativity, thought, and imagination.
Ithya is one of the oldest of the Midron deities, said to have been birthed by Fate itself to drive the creation of the world. As such, her church is venerable and secure in the various Midron lands of Zaldara. These temples are known as centers of learning and art in all of the cities in which they are found.
Ithya is the sister of Xuxia, Goddess of Lust, as well as the other children of Fate: Davran (God of Love and Beauty), Sabreel (God of Madness), Ramala (Goddess of Chance), Cereth (Goddess of Light), and Modthras (God of Darkness).
Ithya is known to have a rather aloof and distant nature, thus not really sowing friendships or enmity amongst the other deities. However, this aloofness and her dogged pursuit of ideas can sometimes cause her to cross the plans and ideals of her fellows and thus gain a fleeting enemy. Her support is usually welcomed by the other gods and goddess, who note from where the wellspring of good ideas lie.
Appearances and Emissaries
Ithya appears as a haughty woman in long, white robes and her dark hair worn up in an elaborate fashion. She is also known to appear as a beam of white light or a strike of lightning.
Worship of Ithya
Imagination is the core of what makes us human and above the beasts of the earth. Our capacity to think and imagine can literally reshape the world. Creativity and thought, above all things, must be made sacrosanct. Imagination need not be constrained by ideas such as order or morality. All ideas are valid and should be tested against the slings and arrows of experience.
Followers of Ithya tend to pray at the beginning of projects and at the start of the day, asking for inspiration in their pursuits.
Worshipers and Clergy
Ithya will accept the worship all who would open themselves to the thought and the light of imagination.
Clergy tend to wear flowing white robes, trimmed in gold or yellow, to denote their station. Many philosophers and scholars mimic this practice with their white robes of office.
Temples and Shrines
Temples to Ithya are beautiful, open structures, sporting many lecture halls, studios, contemplation gardens, and the like. They often double as centers of learning for the area. Shrines tend to be simple contemplation pools or quiet places in which to think and to allow imagination to take one over.
Worshipers of Ithya tend to hold the first day of the year holy, as the beginning of a new period of inspiration.
At least once per month, temples tend to hold a fair in which the denizens of the temple (artists, lecturers, etc.) demonstrate the gifts that Ithya has given them.
Certain devout followers of Ithya perform daily rituals to attempt to secure a special blessing. Hang or dangle the holy symbol of Ithya before your eyes. Contemplate the complex web of inspiration she represents. Attempt to pluck out your tiny thread, your inspiration… Gain a +4 inspiration bonus to all Knowledge, Craft, and Perform skill checks. Bards may use their bardic performance feature for d6 additional rounds today.