Rank: Greater God
Title: Lady of Our Fate, The Colorless and All-Colored
Power Skills: Fate, Destiny, Divination, Future, Honesty
Areas of Concern/Portfolio: Celerity, Chaos, Destiny, Knowledge, Law, Luck, Mind, Oracle
Holy Symbol: Golden Spindle
Istus (IS-tus) is the most powerful of the deities. She appears as a young attractive woman, always carrying her mystical gold spindle (her holy symbol) with which she creates the strands of fate. She is aloof from all other gods, even those of her own pantheon, as she concerns herself solely with the fate of the universe and its inhabitants. Her occasional companion is a cloudlike being believed to be a prince from the Plane of Time.
“Everything is connected to every other by invisible strands that push and pull over time. The choices a person makes in life affect the pull of some strands, allowing one to alter fate in a small way, but some of these webs of fate have a strong and inevitable pull that cannot be escaped. The perceptive can come to understand these strands and watch them to predict the future. Accepting your destiny is the greatest service you can make to yourself, for dishonesty about your role in the world leads to ruin and disaster.”
Clerics of Istus have seen the extremes of fate, from innocents dying horrible deaths and sadists controlling kingdoms to children recovering from mortal illness and despots felled by simple accidents. Because of this, most of her clerics are cynical or stoic, but some kinder individuals serve her because when they fell, they were rewarded by fate. They are called upon to make predictions and divinations for important personage all over the world.