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Maid of Misfortune, Lady Doom, Black Bess
Pantheon Faerunian
Realm Barrens of Doom & Despair
Portfolio Accidents, Bad Luck, Misfortune, Random Mischief
Worshippers Assassins, Auspicians, Capricious Individuals, Gamblers, Rogues, Sadists
Domains Chaos, Evil, Fate, Luck, Trickery
Favored Weapon Ill Fortune (Barbed Scourge)

Beshaba

Beshaba is a deity who is feared far more than she is venerated, for she is spiteful, petty, and malicious. The Maid of Misfortune is given to random behavior and bouts of extreme jealousy with regards to her sister, demanding equal veneration (or at least lip service) to that given to Tymora.

Although the thought of Beshaba actually appearing is enough to make most folk tremble, she is always invited and welcomed formally in speeches or ceremonies of formal functions (such as marriages and coronations), contests of sport or martial prowess, or at the naming of children. If not invited, she may take offense and wreak endless misfortune upon those involved.

The ethos of Beshaba is the beliefs of Tymora stood on their head. Bad things happen to everyone, and only by following Beshaba may a person perhaps be spared the worst of her effects. Too much good luck is a bad thing, and to even it out, the wise should plan to undermine the fortunate. Whatever happens, it can only get worse.

Beshaba charges her novices to simply fear her and revere her. All her clergy are to spread the message across Faerûn to obey Beshaba and make offerings to appease her. If she is not appeased, all will taste firsthand the curse that is spreading Faerûn-wide: “Beshaba provides!” (What she provides, of course, is misfortune to all and in generous supply.) Her clergy are to make others worship her and then they will be spared the ill luck she can bring. They should not falsely advise any being in how to worship Beshaba, or they will pay the price of being cast out and cursed with misfortune alltheir days

Legend claims that Beshaba was formed when Tyche, the former goddess of luck, split in twain to form her two “daughters” Beshaba, and Tymora. It is said that Beshaba got all the looks and Tymora all the love, as men who have met the gaze of the Maid of Misfortune and either been consumed with lust or driven to carry out her every reckless whim can attest. In women, Beshaba's gaze inspires mania reflective of Lady Doom.

Beshaba is worshipped largely out of fear, and it is the task of her clergy to spread that fear by starting talk of Beshaba's power and latest wickedness and by instructing all in how to make offerings to her or in how to join her clergy if they would prefer to be protected against all misfortune. They enjoy acting mysteriously to manipulate simpler folk into serving them in matters both great and small, from providing them with food, luxurious shelter, and companionship to giving them weapons to wield against the enemies of the faith.

Many Beshaban shrines are simply places designated to the faithful by the clergy for offerings, but otherwise not significantly decorated except by a discreet symbol or rack of horns attached to something painted red. Doommasters prefer underground facilities, especially those with a gothic flavor, for their temples, whether they are excavated facilities or ones converted from natural caverns.

Priests

The worship of Beshaba is fairly widespread and varied throughout the Realms. Her followers prefer to keep a low profile even in those cities which profess tolerance and those towns which actively support evil religions. As a rule of thumb, if Tymora can be found in the area, then Beshaba probably goes hand in hand. Her followers and priests can often be found where plots are being hatched and fell actions are foretold.

The spiteful, the malicious, and the reckless dominate the exclusively human clergy of the Maid of Misfortune. Male clergy tend to be underpriests; those high in status in Beshaba’s church are almost excluslvely female.

Beshaban priests are referred to as Doommasters (a genderless term in this church). In ascending order of rank, the titles in general use by the church of Beshaba are: Bewildered (as in “Bewildered Brother Gorm” or “Bewildered Sister Lashayal” — the Bewildered are the novices), the Unfortunate (full priests who use similar forms of address as the Bewildered), Finger of Fear, Hand of Strife, Higher Hand of Strife, Hand of Gloom, Higher Hand of Gloom, Hand of Horror, Higher Hand of Horror, Hand of Despair, Higher Hand of Despair, Mistress/Master of Dread, and Nails of the Lady.

Priestly Vestments

Female priests of Beshaba wear robes of mauve, grey, and black, and are branded or tattooed on one instep with Beshaba’s Badge (the antlers) and on one thigh with a row of marks of rank which can only be read by fellow initiates. These are covered by normal clothing when the priestess is outside of temples or sites where ceremonies are being conducted. Male priests wear robes of crimson and are tattooed with Beshaba’s Badge on one cheek, a device which can be covered only by a mask, mud (or a similar substance), or long, unkempt hair.

In services, Doommasters of either gender who are leading a ceremony prefer simple black tunics with the symbol of Beshaba on the chest and black stockings. When working in the field, under cover, on a quest, or simply traveling, most Beshaban clergy wear utilitarian garb appropriate to their locale and the level of danger they anticipate encountering.

Beshaba has spurned Talos's recent overtures, seeing them as an attempt to subsume her portfolio. She has no real allies, but is wholly dedicated to the destruction of Lady Luck. She also enjoys toying with Shaundakul, earning the ire of him and his followers.

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