The Lady of Mysteries, the Mother of All Magic
Greater Deity
Symbol: Circle of seven stars, or nine stars encircling a flowing red mist, or a single star
Alignment: Neutral good
Pantheon: Faerûnian
Portfolio: Magic
Domains: Knowledge
Favoured Weapon: Whirling stars (shuriken)

Mystra (miss-trah) is a busy and devoted deity. She provides and tends to the Weave, the conduit that allows mortal spellcasters and users of magic to safely access the raw force that is magic. Essentially, Mystra is the Weave. As the goddess of magic, she is also the deity of the possibilities that magic can bring about, making her one of the most powerful beings involved with Toril. Although she is good and has the ability to prevent the creation of new spells and magic items that her philosophy opposes, she rarely exerts this ability unless the creation could threaten the Weave or the balance of magic in general Mystra’s church preserves magical lore in secret and hidden places so that magic would continue and flourish in the future even if the dominant races of Faerûn were to fall. Its members also search out those skilled in magic or who have the potential to use it.

Mystra has a complicated and involved past, which few but the greatest wizards and her highest clerics truly comprehend. She was once the goddess Mystryl, who was destroyed at the time of the fall of Netheril. She was then the goddess Mystra, who was destroyed in 1358 DR during the Time of Troubles. Then the powerful mage Midnight ascended to godhood and took the name Mystra, only to be slain by Cyric 27 years later in 1385 DR. Her current form is said to be some form of amalgamation of those past three entities, resurrected through the efforts of her most trusted servants in 1485 DR, one hundred years after her apparent death.

Love magic for itself. Do not treat it just as a weapon to reshape the world to your will. True wisdom is knowing when not to use magic. Strive to use magic less as your powers develop,
for often the threat or promise of its use outstrips its actua! performance. Magic is Art, the Gift of the Lady, and those who wield it are privileged in the extreme. Conduct yourself humbly, not proudly, while being mindful of this. Use the Art deftly and efficiently, not carelessly and recklessly. Seek always to learn and create new magic.


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