The Star Wanderer
Symbol: Jewelry with a shining ruby, jacinth, topaz, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, and diamond
Alignment: Neutral (NG)
Portfolio: Stars, Space, Wanderers
Domains: Destiny* (RoD), Knowledge, Oracle* (CD), Protection, Travel.
Favored Weapon: Spear
Description: Celestian (seh-LES-tee-an) is a benign Oeridian god. The brother of Fharlanghn (his only close ally), he chose the distances of the stars and planes rather than Oerth. He appears as a middle-aged man of completely black coloration, always wearing his symbol: piece of jewelry with a shining ruby, jacinth, topaz, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, and diamond. He has few ardent worshipers on Oerth, but counts among his following the many strange beings that live in and above the starry night. “The distant stars are an inspiration to travel; be encouraged to wander far from home, just as the stars do. The stars are eternal and are pleased to be a guide for both legs of a journey. The stars may reveal their secrets if you study them.” The clerics are divided into seven orders of ascending knowledge and power, bearing no special titles other than the number of their order; each order’s holy symbol differs in which gem is placed at the center. Most of Celestian’s clerics are scholars, astronomers and planar explorers, with a few sailors. They search the world, sky, and planes for artifacts of the stars fragments of meteorites, and lore relating to the stars, space, or the planes. Many of his clerics make a pilgrimage to a holy site in the Barrier Peaks. Celestian is a favored deity of good-aligned members of evil nonhuman races; while their eyes are unable to tolerate daylight, they find acceptance and hope in the light of the stars.
Celestian, the Star Wanderer, is said to be brother to Fharlanghn, the endless wanderer of the Prime Material. Celestian wanders the Astral, Ethereal and Inner planes, especially the Astral. He is depicted as a tall, lean man of middle years, ebony-skinned and dark of eye. His garments are inky black, but somewhere about him he has his symbol of seven “stars” (diamond, amethyst, sapphire, emerald, topaz, jacinth, and ruby) which blaze with the colors of far distant suns. This symbol is always part of his attire, worn as an adornment or worked into the cloth. His movements are quick and silent. He speaks but seldom, and then only in a cold, unearthly whisper, which carries well despite its softness. He has many unique spells unknown to other Powers (save perhaps Boccob). He affects meteors, comets, and similar heavenly bodies. As a form of Sky God, Celestian has influence over some aspects of light and weather.
His worship is confined to a few sages, savants, and like souls, who often worship him privately or through travel to unknown lands and acquisition of knowledge.
This small priesthood is very studious and meditative, and also somewhat secretive and detached from everyday life. Acquisition of arcane lore and magical items that aid travel are important goals.
Priests of Celestian wander about emulating their deity, whenever possible, by traveling the depths of space. They tend to be detached, more concerned with the stars than with Oerthly affairs. All Celestian priests study the stars and have a working knowledge of astronomy and navigation.