Contest of Wills
The Merchant's Friend
Waukeen (pronounced wah-KEEN), or the Merchant’s Friend, is the goddess of coins and wealth. She rules over deals done above and below the table and believes that mercantile trade is the best road to enrichment. Waukeen frowns upon destroying fine trade goods and favors those who oppose the propagation of malicious rumors that could harm someone’s commerce.Worshipers
Waukeen’s faithful travel the world aiding merchants or staff temples in large cities that serve as moneylenders and change houses. They believe in investing in enterprises that have any chance of succeeding.
Waukeen has no enemies besides Mask and the demon lord that held her captive during the Time of Troubles, Graz’zt.Dogma
Mercantile trade is the best road to enrichment. Increasing the general prosperity buys even greater civilization and happiness for intelligent folk worldwide, bringing people closer to the golden age that lies ahead. Destroy no trade goods, raise no restrictions to trade, and propagate no malicious rumors that could harm someone’s commerce. Challenge and refute unproven rumors that could negatively impact trade when heard. Give money freely to beggars and business, for the more coin everyone has, the greater the urge to spend and trade rather than hoard. To worship Waukeen is to know wealth. To guard your funds is to venerate her, and to share them well seeds your future success. Call on her in trade, and she will guide you in wise commerce. The bold find gold, the careful keep it, and the timid yield it up.
Harlot’s Coin Heresy
This heretical schism of Waukeen’s faith teaches that Waukeen has been gradually selling off pieces of her divinity and virtue to Graz’zt in order to finance her church. They believe that it was for failing to pay her debts to him that Graz’zt imprisoned her during the Time of Troubles. These heretics teach that Waukeen earned her freedom only because she finally paid her debt to the demon, resulting in Graz’zt now owning the majority of Waukeen’s godhood. The heretics thusly believe that all who worship Waukeen are really worshiping Graz’zt instead, and they’re content with that arrangement.
During the Time of Troubles, Waukeen was captured and enslaved in the Abyss by the demon lord Graz’zt. Lliira, the Goddess of Joy, took on her portfolio and saw to her followers from that time until Waukeen’s eventual escape.
After more than a decade of isolation from her followers, Waukeen was freed from her prison by a band of adventurers in 1370 DR.