Shelyn is the half-sister of Zon-Kuthon. She started life as a relatively minor deity of beauty, art, and music, but with the destruction of her mother (former goddess of love), she gained the very important portfolio of love and became a somewhat more-powerful deity. Shelyn continues to focus on beauty (and the related areas of art and music), and has expanded upon her mother’s relatively narrow view of love to include all forms of the emotion. Shelyn's ethnicity of origin is Taldor and her major centers of worship are Absalom, Galt, Sargava and Taldor.
Dogma[edit | edit source]
When you see ugliness, you want to replace it with beauty. Where others see darkness and despair, you want to replace these with bright lights and hope. Instead of obstacles, you see opportunities. You are an optimist but not a dreamer, and you understand that beauty frequently arises from the most unlikely places. You want to help people bring forth this beauty and to snatch moments of their lives to appreciate all that is around them. Sometimes, this may take the form of ridding their environments of ugliness, and you are more than willing to tear down places of despair and hatred. You have an abiding passion for ancient artworks, and may go to great lengths to save them from destruction. You believe in the power of love, and you will do what you can to ensure that lovers can find safety in the expression of their mutual joy.
History[edit | edit source]
The Goddess Shelyn was born the daughter of Thron, “The Prince That Howls”, after the First Gods (including her half-brother by Thron, Dou-Bral) had imprisoned Rovagug and had agreed to leave humanity to its own devices. For a time, she and Dou-Bral shared the portfolios of beauty, love and the arts, and were worshiped by the early Taldor, until at some point they argued, and Dou-Bral abandoned Golarion for the far dark places between the planes.
When Dou-Bral returned to Golarion, he had become a god of mutilation, misery and torture: Zon-Kuthon. Believing that Dou-Bral still existed within Zon-Kuthon, Shelyn reached out to her lost brother, but he pierced her hand with his black nails. When Thron, their father, tried to welcome him, Zon-Kuthon captured and tortured the wolf-spirit beyond recognition. It was for these crimes, and for other terrible acts he committed against Shelyn and her works, that the gods of Golarion banished Zon-Kuthon to the Plane of Shadow, there to reside for as long as the sun hung in the sky.
Later, presumably after the Age of Darkness, the siblings quarreled again, he responding to her tears and pleading with violence, until she wrested his weapon, a golden glaive, away from him, and a tenuous peace of silence and avoidance was struck.