Of Poets, Fools and Madmen. . .
|Title:||She Who Cares (For Her Children)|
|Associated Phenomenon:||Madness\Insanity\Obsession\Divine Inspiration|
|Weapon:||Arty Muzzles (Firearms) and other volatile alchemical ordinance|
|Portfolio:||Madness, Obsession, Unreason and Insight, Compassion|
|Domains:||Madness and special – see description|
|Associated Orders:||Alchemists’ Guild|
Description: In the absence of psychological theories, Behldamh concerns herself with all facets of mental “instability” in terms of societal norms. While most, from the “village idiot” to the craftsman who has become utterly obsessed with his work, are tolerated and usually cared for by their respective communities, her clerics run “Hostels of the Lady” in many regions where they care for those without such support or who pose a danger to themselves or others. Perhaps the most attentive of all the deities, to abuse or otherwise deliberately harm on of “her children” is to court her invitation to join them. (Centuries ago, a number of alchemists in various parts of the world who were seeking to develop firearms appear to have simultaneously hit upon the idea of convincing those too simple to know better to assist them in testing their new devices, resulting in the rather unique association between her church and the Alchemists’ Guilds.) While her clerics are not directly associated (most days) with the orders of any other deities, they often cooperate with the church of Melanar, The Hands of Peace and The Disciples of the Ways, primarily in matters of healing or taking those who cannot be healed into their care. Clerics of Behldamh receive the Madness domain and one other. This second domain may be any other domain at all, revealed at random each day. As such, her ethos and insight encompasses all viewpoints, holding to none. Judging no one, she shows compassion for all. Firearms are her chosen weapons and it is universally held that you would have to be crazy to use one. It should be noted that the concept of madness or insanity is extremely broad. As in the history of many of Earth’s cultures, various manifestations of mental “otherness” are viewed and interpreted in a wide variety of fashions and incorporated in society in many different ways. All fall into Behldamh’s purview, from the homicidal maniac who must be restrained for others’ safety to the divinely inspired prophet. Like (though beyond) the latter, the stereotypical “Zen Crazies” merit her particular and close attention, regardless of their affiliation with any other particular church or order, although these will usually overlap, e.g., monks/clerics of St. Kherrekh and/or Avalyin among the Hands of Peace, Servants of the Way, etc., orders coming into frequent contact with her church.