Enigmatic and aloof, the weather goddess Matlal is an enigma. She seems to bestow and revoke her favor capriciously, but in fact everything she does is shrewdly calculated to ensure that the weather of the world stays in balance. On the surface she appears airheaded, but beneath that mask lies a brilliant intellect and forceful personality.
Matlal is usually peaceful and friendly towards all the rest of the pantheon. It is rare for her goals to conflict with or be threatened by the others, but when they are her mood can sour in an instant and she becomes a terrible force to be reckoned with. When the conflict is resolved, she returns to her peaceful demeanor just as quickly. Her son Itzli has been given control of the complex weather patterns of the southern continent to allow her to focus on the rest of the world.
Matlal’s natural form is simply a cloud of mist, but she can compress and shape it into whatever form she desires. Her mood influences her appearance. She is white and fluffy when she is happy, but when vexed turns dark and stormy, and tiny flashes of lightning arc within her body. She carries no weapon, but can manifest javelin-like lightning bolts at will.
Church of MatlalThe goddess provides little guidance, so her Church tends to vary wildly in beliefs and dogma. The common theme is generally one of acceptance of misfortune and joy in good times; the natural world is beyond our control and the weather will do what it will do. Anything more than that is at the discretion of the leadership of that church.
Worshippers and Clergy
Farmers, sailors, travelers, and anyone who relies on the weather gives praise and offerings to Matlal. They don’t always work, but sometimes the Goddess listens. Her clergy are free spirits, and the church often has little internal structure. Priests dress in light fabrics in the colors of the clouds.
Temples and Shrines
Temples are tall, thin structures of wood or stone, painted white or very light gray. They are open to the sky, but it is allowed to equip them with tarps or retractable roofs when the weather turns inclement.
Holy Texts There are no universally recognized holy texts of Matlal.