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Gazetteer – 04a021002 – Pupta

Pupta

The cat was the first animal domesticized by the pharons. These cats were larger than typical house cats and could guard homes from unwanted pests. The cats protected homes from poisonous snakes, large scorpions, giant spiders and other potential deadly denizens of the desert. The pharons loved their cats and many would keep ashes of their dead pets in cat-shaped urns on their mantles. This connection to the ancestral cats provided divine power to the cat realm on the plane of death. Pupta, the most noble of the cat spirits there, consumed this power and became a goddess.

At first, she would inhabit cats and speak to her followers instructing them on the ways to help her grow her power. They followed her directions and with time, Pupta became a more powerful goddess than the river god, Abèl. Her power was not limited to the earthly confines of a river, instead, she could provide clerical spells of healing, protection, and nature. She favored priestesses over priests, but would allow males into the clergy if they were willing to sacrifice one or both of their testicles. The eunuchs that sacrifice both testicles are perceived as less bound to mortal desires and rise as high as priestesses within the clerical hierarchy.

Pupta temples in Abel are huge elaborate palaces with vast open halls that accommodate hundreds of priests and priestesses and even more daily worshipers. Few are the homes without some form of shrine to Pupta within them – even the evil folk will keep up appearances.

More about Pupta is detailed in the chapter about the Races of the World of Atlas under the pharon and raksha sections.