Relics & Rituals: Excalibur
© 2004 White Wolf Publishing, Inc. Distributed for Sword and Sorcery Studios by White Wolf Publishing, Inc.
By Evan Jamieson, Lizard, Aaron Rosenberg, Christina Stiles and Relics & Rituals: Excalibur team
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The Burning Queen, is the passionate goddess of romantic love and desire. Her priests promote the ideal that itis better to love gloriously and passionately for a short time than to simply be content with one’s partner for many years. As such, Aine is not a goddess of marriage or of unselfish, everlasting love; those aspects of love belong to others. Aine’s symbol is a heart resting in a hand, and her priests often embroider hearts on their gloves. Her favored weapon is the Whip.
Áine is a goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty. She is associated with midsummer and the sun, her favored animal is a red mare. As the goddess of love and fertility, she had command over crops and animals and is also associated with agriculture. She is the daughter of the sea god Manannán mac Lir, the feast of Midsummer Night was held in her honor as a Queen of the fairies.
She is associated with the King of Munster, Ailill Aulom, who raped her, she exacts her revenge by biting off his ear. By maiming him this way, Áine rendered him unfit to be King, thereby taking away the power of sovereignty.