Namaluk’s every aspect is cold: she is the goddess of winter and ice, she is the patron deity of the undead, and she claims sovereignty over the sphere of vengeance. When an unquiet corpse rises from its grave to vent its wrath on those who wronged it in life, it does so with Namaluk’s blessing. Of the Lower Nine, she is one of the most hostile toward life itself, but like all gods she will favor mortals who exemplify her ideals. In the Five Realms, she is placated lightly but generally dreaded. Vilessans sometimes call on her to settle blood debts, and Tamsharns see her as one of the rightful gods of the land, frequently making offerings to her before traveling old battlefields like the Plains of Koss or within sight distance of the Cairnlands.
Namaluk’s symbol is often a stylized portrait of a woman, half living flesh and half naked skull, or a skeletal hand clutching an dagger made of ice or an icicle. Her favored animals are winter wolves and white crows, and her favored plant is the ivoryllis. Objects sacred to the goddess are frequently made from bone, lead or silver, and unmelting ice is particularly prized. Her colors are blue and bone-white, and her gems are sapphires and lapis lazuli.
In the Five Realms, the favored depiction of Namaluk is the common image of a lovely young woman whose left side is fleshless and skeletal. She is usually depicted as a somber figure in austere hooded robes, though she is also shown in elaborate armor of ice, or depicted in lavish gowns of blue and white, sometimes holding a smiling mask. She’s also been said to appear as a face in the center of a howling whirlwind of snow or as a whirling mobile of saw-edged ice wheels like colossal snowflakes. Parables paint her as a particularly bitter and unforgiving goddess, though some go to lengths to emphasize wrongs she has suffered by way of explanation for her frozen and vengeful heart. Sudden snaps of bitter cold, ghostly apparitions, patches of unmelting ice and skeletons discovered in unusual positions are all potential omens of the Lich Queen.
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