Return of the Annunaki
“She Who Shines in the Heavens”
Goddess of the sky and heavens, and creator goddess of humanity and tengus
Domains Air, Good, Liberation, Protection, Weather
Mysteries Ancestor, Heavens, Wind
Favored Weapon Naginata (or glaive)
Centers of Worship Temple of Amaditi-teratsu, Minata, Minkai, Vudra, Wall of Heaven
Amaditi-teratsu (also called Amaditi, Aditi, Amaterasu, Sky Mother, “Shining Star in Heaven,” and even sometimes simply identified as Desna) is a creator goddess who presides over the sky and the heavens, but whose worldly accomplishments include the creation of land masses and the human and tengu races – although the latter is highly controversial, especially among clergy of other creator deities who claim the same. Sky Mother is a caring and forgiving deity, compassionate and protective, and a liberator of the oppressed. In addition to her most common theological directives, she is also the patron goddess of martial arts combatants who practice the Vudrani combat styles, who are seen as her chosen defenders. Clerics, paladins, monks, and inquisitors all follow her creed, and the practice of eastern styles of martial arts is commonplace among her worshipers. The most common form of martial arts dedicated to her followers is the Vudrani spiritual and martial practice of Ingralad-payati, which employs dance-like moves, based on agility and acrobatic combat, and a series of nearly a dozen different weapons, including several native to Vudra and Tian Xia, such as the urumi and naginata.
Some scholars believe she is an aspect of Desna, while others see her being similar to Shelyn, or an amalgam of these deities, while still others see her as distinct from both of them. Her devotees make many claims on this subject, and not all of them are substantiated with evidence – despite this, her followers are faithful and loyal to her doctrines, and are often easy-going and non-confrontational, despite their often combat-oriented backgrounds. In Minkai, she is often seen as an aspect of Desna, Empress Shizuru, or both.