The Serpent-Skirted, Snake Woman, the Hungry Woman
Intermediate Power of a parallel Prime Material Plane
Home Plane: a parallel Prime Material Plane
Portfolio: Birth, death, earth
Core Worshipers: Olman
Worshipers: Miners and those who mourn
Domains: Animal, Death, Earth, Plant
Favored Weapon: +1 pick
Coatlicue is the Olman goddess of the earth from which all life arises, and also of the earth in which the dead are buried. She is the patron of mothers and fathers, but also of barren rocks and deep caves, revered by miners and those who mourn.
Coatlicue is normally depicted as a woman wearing a necklace of severed hands and a skirt made of living, writhing serpents. Sometimes she has a serpent’s head as well.
Relationships: Coatlicue is the mother of a god of war, Huitzilopochtli, along with countless other children.
Dogma:Coatlicue’s priests teach that the earth is like a womb from which all things emerge, and the grave to which they return. They teach that the land is not a thing that can be owned, only used for a while before it must lay fallow for a time.
Worshipers: An alabaster statuette of Coatlicue was discovered in the ruins of Tamoachan.
Clergy: Clerics of Coatlicue are tasked with determining where best to plant crops or hunt, and to determine when the local land can no longer support one, the other, or both.
As with most Olman priests, priests of Coatlicue must choose a direction to pray to at the beginning of their careers. Clerics of the east wear red, clerics of the south wear yellow, clerics of the west wear black, and clerics of the north wear white.
Coatlicue’s favored weapon is the pick.
Temples: Temples to Coatlicue are often caves, or else they are built to be reminiscent of caves.
Rituals: Prayers to Coatlicue ask for abundant crops, the birth of children, or hidden treasures of the earth. Clerics of Coatlicue celebrate births and act as midwives. They preside over ceremonies involving beginnings, such as planting crops and opening mines. They also preside over burials of the dead.