Murder of Crows
The Bringer of the Life Renewed, Maker of Balms, Lady of Truth, Everliving Daughter of White Virtue, Guardian of the Meek, Lady of Industrious Labors and the Ripe Harvest, Confidant of Lovers
Peoni is the kindest and most gentle of the gods. She will accept into her fold any with an honest heart. She loves the scholarly who use their knowledge in service of others, the poor, the meek, the innocent and the powerless, the hard working and those who love with true love. She is the patron goddess of healing and agriculture, and is closely associated with the turning of the seasons. She demands that her followers be gentle and kind, but is forgiving of those who transgress.
Peoni is most often represented as a young girl with hands worn red from her labors, and is symbolized by spring flowers or by the fruits of agriculture. It is said that she prefers white flowers and that the daisy is her favorite.
It is often held that Peoni is Larani’s mother, in spirit if not in fact. Larani’s followers are the staunch protectors of Peoni’s church. Laranian warriors often guard Peonian temples, but this is only one aspect of the working affiliation of the two churches.
Neither Peoni nor her followers press their religion by warlike means. Their weapons are persuasion and example, and they seek to convert the defenseless, who are often ignored by other religions. The Church of Peoni stresses the virtue of being satisfied with one’s station in life knowing it helps to prevent civil unrest. It strives to ease the hardships of life by offering assistance to the poor and starving.
Peonian clergy have a strong sense of obligation to help others. Paternal discipline and maternal nurturing are found to varying degrees in clergy of both genders. They are often the last to stop work, the last to eat, and the first to awaken.
The worship of Peoni is forbidden throughout most of Rethem, given her ties with the hated goddess Larani. However she is widely worshipped by the peasant class, and shrines to her can be found throughout Rethem. A few wise lords tacitly permit the worship of Peoni by the peasant class, since the faith discourages them from rising up against their “betters”.