Goddess of Agriculture, Farmers, Gardeners, Summer. Neutral Good.
The Great Mother, the Grain Goddess, the Golden Goddess, She Who Shapes All
Chauntea, the Grain Goddess or the Great Mother, is the goddess of life and a parallel deity to Silvanus. She is the embodiment of all things agrarian or agriculture, she is the very manifestation of the earth itself.
Chauntea has grown with her world, changing and adapting to its many developments which, over the millennia, have taught her patience to the point of being, at times, ponderous. Chauntea loves the inhabitants of her world, and she likes nothing more than instructing Orius’ denizens on how the land itself might enrich their lives. Hers was the hand that guided the first mortal wanderers to give up the uncertainty of the gatherer for the stability of the field. Today, Chauntea is worshiped as the Great Mother of agriculture, the kind benefactor who ensures a strong harvest, healthy meals, and robust country living.
Chauntea rarely manifests herself in physical form, preferring to diffuse her essence throughout the living land of Orius. Religious icons depict her as a matronly, middle-aged woman with pale white hair a welcoming smile. She wields a sturdy shock of grain as both walking staff and weapon, on the unusual occasion in which she finds herself in battle.
Growing and reaping are part of the eternal cycle and the most natural part of life. Destruction for is its own sake and leveling without rebuilding are anathema. Let no day pass in which you have not helped a living thing flourish. Nurture, tend, and plant wherever possible. Protect trees and plants, and save their seeds so that what is destroyed can be replaced. See to the fertility of the earth but let the human womb see to its own. Eschew fire. Plant a seed or small plant at least once a tenday.
Clerics prayed for their spells at sundown as did druids. Entreaties were to be made every sunrise. There is one holiday to the deity and that was a festival during Greengrass, which was a festival in which excessive consumption and uninhibited behaviour were encouraged.
Private land owners and destitute farmers (perhaps as a consequence of an unproductive harvest) visited the clerics of Chauntea for any divine suggestions for aiding the harvest. If at any time plague or drought struck the crops, farmers looked to Chauntea, since they hoped she would save the harvest, due to her love of nature.