Campaign of the Month: February 2017
The Kami goddess of honor, prosperity, and illusion
Marishiten is an odd woman out among the Kami; she is a convert to Buddhism, something that most of the Shinto deities view as a great treason against them. Nevertheless, the sun goddess’s prowess in war and unprecedented powers of illusion make her too valuable a member of the pantheon to simply banish, and her calm, unruffled nature allows her to take their heavy disapproval in stride. A patron of the samurai clans, she is a goddess of honor and fair play, and as a goddess of prosperity her abundance and healing light are revered by Buddhist and Shinto worshipers alike.
Marishiten and the Hunter
One day, a hunter was walking when he spied a boar the size of a bull, pure white and beautiful. He did not know that this was Marishiten in the form of a boar, and he declared that he would kill the boar and take it home for his family’s dinner. The boar warned him that to kill a heavenly boar would anger the gods, but the hunter declared that if he met such a god he would merely kill him, too. The boar then led the hunter a chase to the top of a mountain; Marishiten’s divine skin could not freeze, but an ice storm whipped up that froze the undevout hunter’s flesh in place, and he died still staring at Marishiten’s beautiful white hide.