Bastet (Apath)

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Bastet was a popular deity in Ancient Osirion, worshiped as a goddess of cats and a deity of celebration, pleasure, and secrets. While her sister Hathor is a goddess of love, Bastet is one of desire and sensuality. She also guards against contagious diseases, evil spirits, and snakes , and is associated with protective ointments and perfumes. A beautiful woman with the head of a cat, Bastet is often depicted holding a rattle-like sistrum-a musical instrument associated with her worship-and a small shield called an aegis, usually decorated with the head of a lion, as a symbol of her protective role.

Bastet is the daughter of Ra, and the sister of Hathor, Maat, and Sekhmet. Normally indolent and relaxed, Bastet can be fierce when roused to anger, and she has often faced off against the great serpent Apep on behalf of Ra. A promiscuous goddess, Bastet has no mate, but numerous stories detail her liaisons with other deities.

Let the stirrings inside you forth, live life to the fullest, and when roused to anger, fight!

Bastet is a popular goddess among bards and women of all classes, and she is the patron of spies, rogues , and thieves. Most of her clerics are women, though men are welcome in the priesthood, and both genders work as sacred prostitutes in Bastet's temples, which host elaborate festivals, replete with dancing, drinking, and revelry. Devotees of Bastet often keep cats as pets, and these sacred animals are reverently mummified and buried alongside their masters upon death.

Alignment: CN goddess of cats, pleasure, and secrets.

Weapon: cat's claws (tekko-kagi)

Symbol: Golden cat, cat mask.

Animal: Cat.

Pathfinder Domains

Animal (Fur), Chaos (Protean), Charm (Lust), Protection (Defense), Trickery (Deception, Thievery).

Pathfinder Traits

Born Free You were introduced to an individualistic belief as a youth. Thriving under the promise of control of your own destiny, you soon began to demonstrate the truth of this ideal. Though others may mock you for your unwillingness to go along with a group or accept the easy security and comfort promised by more ecclesiastical faiths, you know that the revelations and destiny you seek can only be brought about through your own actions and individual search for meaning. Once per day, after you roll a saving throw against a compulsion effect, you can choose to roll again as an immediate action before the result of the saving throw is announced. You must keep the new roll, even if it is worse.

Ear for Music You spent countless hours of your youth in temples, listening to wonderful musicians and singers. You gain a +1 trait bonus on one category of Perform checks and on Knowledge (local).

Pathfinder Obedience

Play the sistrum as a part of some kind of Perform skill or with Acrobatics used to perform. Then either collect tips from the crowd, or chase some kind of small prey (rat or mouse most commonly) and kill it. Using a trap or lure is acceptable. You get a +4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against attacks of opportunity caused when you move out of or within a threatened area.

  1. Honey Charm (Sp) keen senses 3/day, blur 2/day, or beast shape II (cat only) 1/day
  2. Cat Swarm (Sp) Animal shapes (cat form only) 2/day.
  3. Cat's Warning (Sp) Constant foresight.

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