Rava

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Rava
Aliases Ariadne, Rava, Gear Goddess, Clockwork Oracle, Mother of Industry, Spinner of Fate, Matron of Weavers
Alignment Lawful
Divine Rank Deity
Pantheon Midgard, Minoan, Greek
Portfolio Artifice, Clockwork, Constructs, Contracts, Fate, Invention, Knowledge, Magic, Prophecy, Trade, Travel
Worshippers alchemists, artificers, clerics, Gearforged, jewelers, lawyers, merchants, scholars, scribes, paladins, weavers, wizards

Per preeminent mythologist Karl Kerényi et al., in the Minoan subset of Greek mythology Ariadne was a mother goddess of weaving and labyrinths who upon absorption into the mainland portion of Greco-Roman mythology was demoted to mortal status but retained her deific name Ariadne meaning "Most Holy".

The Midgard d20 setting for D&D etc. restored Ariadne to her status as a Minoan-Greek goddess; in that setting the goddess Ariadne usually goes by the name Rava, the Spinner of Fate and the Clockwork Oracle. Rava’s physical form has six-arms, and in her iconography she is frequently depicted weaving/spinning; her holy symbol is a spider and a gear.

Rava is the patron deity of the clockpunk city of Zobeck in the central Cross Roads region of the Midgard D20 setting, where priests of Rava traditionally take Ravovik as their surname.

Rava's artificers created the Gearforged race, and she is the primary deity worshiped among them. Clerics of Rava can become an upgraded version of a Gearforged known as "Goddess-Forged".

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The Historical Deities of Dungeons and Dragons
Leader(s) Others
Anglo-Saxon: Nerthus Eostre - Hred - Ing - Mannus - Thunor - Tir - Woden
Aztec: Ometeotl Camazotz - Chalchihuitlicue - Chitza-Atlan - Cihuacoatl - Coatlicue
Huhueteotl - Huitzilopochtli - Hurakon - Mictlantecuhtli - Quetzalcoatl
Tezcatlipoca - Tlaloc - Tlazoteotl - Tonatiuh - Xipetotec
Babylonian: Anu Anshar - Druaga - Girru - Ishtar - Marduk - Nergal - Ramman
Celtic: The Daghdha Arawn - Belenus - Brigantia - Cernunnos - Diancecht - Dunatis - Goibhniu - Lugh
Manannan mac Lir - Math Mathonwy - Morrigan - Nuada - Oghma - Silvanus
Chinese: Shang-ti Chih-Nii - Chung Kuel - Fu Hsing - K'ung Fu-tzu - Kuan Yin - Kuan-ti
Lao Tzu - Lei Kung - Liu - Lu Hsing - Lu Yueh - Shou Hsing
Sung Chiang - Tou Mu - Yen-Wang-Yeh
Egyptian: Re-Horakhty Anubis - Anhur - Apshai - Apep - Bast - Bes - Geb - Hathor - Imhotep - Isis
Nephthys - Nut - Osiris - Ptah - Seker - Set - Shu - Sobek - Tefnut - Thoth
Finnish: Ukko Ahto - Hiisi - Ilmatar - Loviatar - Mielikki - Surma - Tuonetar - Tuoni - Untamo
Greek: Zeus Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Ariadne - Artemis - Athena - Cronus - Demeter
Dionysus - The Furies - Gaea - Hades - Hecate - Hephaestus - Hera
Hercules - Hermes - Hestia - Nike - Pan - Poseidon - Rhea - Tyche - Uranus
Hindu: Brahama Agni - Brihaspati - Kali - Indra - Karttikeya - Lakshmi - Mitra
Puchan - Ratri - Rudra - Sarasuati - Savitri - Siva - Soma
Tvashtri - Ushas - Varuna - Vayu - Vishnu - Yama
Japanese: Izanagi & Izanami Amaterasu - Ama-Tsu-Mara - Amatsu-Mikaboshi - Hachiman - Ho Masubi
Inari - Kishijoten - Kura Okami - Nai No Kami - O-Kuni-Nushi - O-Wata-Tsu-Mi
Raiden - Shichifukujin - Shina-Tsu-Hiko - Susanoo - Tsuki-Yomi
Norse: Odin Aegir - Balder - Bragi - Forseti - Frey - Freya - Frigga - Heimdall
Hel - Hermod - Idun - Loki - Magni - Modi - Njord - Odur - Sif - Skadi
Surtr - Thor - Thrym - Tyr - Uller - Vidar
Sumerian: Enlil Inanna - Ki - Nanna-Sin - Nin-Hursag - Utu