Tatyana
Goddess of Earth and Nature
Tatyana holy symbol
Alignment:   Neutral (Good tendencies)
Portfolio:   Earth, Nature, Motherhood, Life
Domains:   Earth, Animal, Plant, Weather, Creation
Clergy:   Any non-evil

She is the supreme mother of life in the realm, as well as mother to several of the other Ancients. She is revered as the spiritual embodiment of Tarias, and is the ultimate protector of the natural world. Tatyana's primary goal is to maintain the delicate balance of nature. She and her followers strive to ensure that life continues to flourish and grow in the realm, without endangering the ability of the realm to support that life. She has a loyal following among not only druids, fey, and sentient wildlife, but is recognized prominently in the pantheons of demi-humans such as halflings, elves, and felosians.

Common Physical Forms

Besides her human and demi-human forms, Tatyana has several other favorite forms, including pixies, unicorns, dryads, and similar magical creatures of the woodlands. She can also assume the form of any natural plant or animal (including giant sizes).

Tatyana in Demi-human pantheons

Like many of the major powers native to Tarias, Tatyana is not limited to just the human and half-elf belief systems. In fact, many of her worshippers are demi-humans such as elves, halflings, and felosians.

For the elves native to Tarias, she is known as the Earth Mother or the Supreme Mother. She has become integrated into the Seldarine on Tarias, and now stands second only to Corellon himself in the elven belief system. Tarias is one of the few realms that are home to native species of elves, alongside those that came here from other realms.

She is worshipped to a smaller degree by the halflings, who call her by the moniker given her by the humans, "Mother Nature". For them, she is the one who protects the balance of nature, governs the passing of the seasons, and nurtures life in the realm. She is known to work closely with the halfling goddess of Argiculture, Sheela Peryroyl. Though they share a similar portfolio (Nature), Tatyana's focus has always been on the balance of nature as a whole, while Sheela's focus is mostly on farming and crops.

The Felosians also worship Tatyana as the mother of Felos, their patron god. Though the main focus of their worship is on Felos, those felosians with a particularly strong connection to nature focus their worship to Tatyana.

The Church

Mission & Edicts

The church is nature itself. All followers of Tatyana are to respect the balance of nature above all else. Hunting of animals for sport is forbidden, and anything taken from the land should be done with care. If one must take from the land, then nothing is to go to waste.

Because of these views, followers of Tatyana often find themselves at odds with civilization. When conflict does arise, her followers prefer diplomacy and deterrents, attempting to strike a balance between the needs of growing towns and the needs of the wilds.

Organization

Tatyana's church organization is loosely ordered. The structure and rank within the church is informal and full of variety, a reflection of the goddess' own ideals. The vast majority of her church consists of druids, clerics, and speciality priests. Rangers constitute the "military" arm of the church, as well as serving as emissaries to the settled territories bordering on the woodlands. Rarest of all are the Sylvan Blades, who have their own inner circle within the normal church order, answerable only to the goddess herself and constantly wandering the lands.