Juno

In mystical Rome, Juno is worshipped as a goddess with many aspects. There are three primary sects, each honoring three aspects of her power.

The first sect of priestesses honor the three guardian faces of Juno. Priestesses of this sect are expected to travel with those who enhance and protect the glory of Rome. Valeria and the other priestesses of the guardian order honor Juno Regina - queen of the gods, who represents authority, leadership, and the fury of thunder. They honor Juno Sospita - Savior - the patron goddess of the state, armed with spear and shield, and representing the glory of Rome, pride of country, and the defense of the motherland. They honor Juno Moneta, the Goddess who Warns, who governs prophecy; is the mother of the muses and all words of warning, instruction, and inspiration; and protectress of funds and resources. These priestesses testify that Juno is the state - Rome - and she assures that her priestess' words and songs echo with holy thunder, and guide and inspire for the glory of the motherland. They carry Sospita's spear and shield, speak with Regina's thunderous command, and sing Moneta's guiding choruses. Mechanically, they are often bards or paladins.

There is a separate sect of priestesses who revere the maternal and fertile faces of Juno - Juno Lucina - goddess of light and childbirth. When a child was born it was said to have been "brought to light." These priestesses untie knots and unbraid their hair lest these entanglements symbolically block delivery. These priestesses also revere Juno Caprotina who governs fertility itself - female fertility, and also goats and figs, and Juno Opigena who governs the fertility and abundance of crops. These priestesses tend to serve within temples, recognizable by their long, unbound hair, and white un-knotted robes. Mechanically, they are often clerics with light and healing domains. There is the most powerful sect to Juno in Alexandria which exerts considerable influence by being the primary source of wheat for a starving empire.

The final sect of priestesses revere Juno Juga (or Jugalis) - her aspect as Marriage-Goddess, who was believed to join a couple together in matrimony. Her name means "the Uniter". These priestesses conduct weddings, and also arrange betrothals (with the aspect of Juno Pronuba who presides over betrothals and the arrangement of marriages) and provide guidance and instruction in the marriage bed (with the aspect of Juno Cinxia who loosens the bride's girdle). These priestesses often serve within noble households arranging marriages, and in temples conducting marriages. They are highly skilled in politics and diplomacy, in insight and perception.

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