Many within the city states of Coast Haven do not worship the traditional divine gods, but rather spirits known as the Ma’khet. While the preachers of the Guiding Light Mission have tried to convert the people of Coast Haven toward the light of Valos and the gods of light, the majority of the population still revere and pay homage to the Ma’khet (Psychopomps to others in the northern regions). The Ma’khet were revered as “Guides of the Soul” who would, when called upon, aid in all facets of life. Each one held dominion over different facets of the lives of mortals. Simple prayer and offerings to the spirit guides are common enough in the city states, but few go further into the practice of summoning them via shamanistic and more widely recognized druidic rites.
The Ma’khet themselves have been believed to wield the primal elements of Arawyn - from which they were created - and influence a great many actions within the world. It is possible that hundreds could exist, though none are worshipped to a greater extent than the Goureki family of Ma’khet.
Rota Gibde (The Dead Hand)
Often seen wearing long coat and dishevelled clothing covered in dirt, Rota Gibde holds influence over the passage from life to death, animals, and storms. His symbol is that of a setting sun upon the horizon and his favored color is orange. Some regard him as a ferryman of sorts from one life into the next and call to him at funerals to ensure safe passage for their fallen loved ones. Offerings of coin and salt water are given during the setting of the sun for his blessings, usually in hopes of fair weather for the morning.
Odeh Newa (Grandfather Song and Story)
The spirit of truth and fable, but also lessons and wisdom that come from them. He favors the color Blue and offerings of inkwells, pears, and seashells. His symbol is that of a closed book bearing the image of a cup on it. Many pay homage to him by sharing fables among others, and often encourages new fables to be crafted in these circles.
La Siréne, Naro Wata (The Half-Lady)
Spoken of only in the most prideful of circles, the Ma’khet of Guile and Commerce appears to her worshippers as a youthful woman of remarkable beauty with jet-black, seasalt-tossed hair, though it is not unheard of for the spirit to present as male when they feel it is right. Whenever Naro Wata emerges, she only does so halfway out of the sand or water – hiding her serpentine tail below. Her symbol is a snake coiled around an ear, and though she is often prayed to by businessmen, con artists, and the like; no one truly knows what La Siréne desires for her offerings, as is her way. Few know that her third patronage is Addiction, and this driving obsession has meant that more than many men and women have destroyed themselves trying to find her capricious favor, given seemingly at random to string her followers along.
Geru Septa (The Architect)
Stories have been told that Geru Septa built the original structures of Septefus and gave the city its namesake. She is portrayed as a tall, lean, figure, with skin appearing as if stone. She is always adorned with a wide array of tools and dressed in simple clothing. Those who pay homage to her often take up some form of craft, more often with the intent of impressing her with their work to show themselves worthy. Her symbol is a carpenter’s hammer resting upon a stone brick. She favors no particular colors, but takes offerings of small crafts like dolls or pastries, usually contained within handmade boxes. She is often invoked to bring good fortune toward the building of homes, and give comfort and blessings to those who would live in them.
Nade Amaro (Flame of the Hearth)
Nade Amaro is the patron father of taverns, inns, and bars. He is depicted as a stouter, jovial man, dressed in vibrant, loose fitting clothing, and almost always with a tankard in hand or on his belt. His favored color is gold, and accepts offerings of ale, written songs, and cards, usually placed on the centermost table of a bar room. His symbol is a golden coin bearing a crossed swords.
Lona Tafore (Countess Venom)
More commonly referred to by her moniker, “Miss Eri”, she is said to be the one who influenced the downfall and criminal uprising within Faust. Often she is prayed to by the less reputable for fortune in their criminal ventures, but also she is paid homage to ward away such action. She favors offerings of gems, blood, and salt, specifically given in a wooden box, buried in linen cloth beside a tree. Her symbol is that of a broken kris dagger, wrapped in cloth. Lona Tafore appears as an elegantly dressed figure, who carries herself with a strong gait. Where she steps, she commands respect and fear. She supports power over the will of government, whether cunning deception or brute force, and favors those who command with such force.
Tano Kotora (The Drowning Prince)
Stories tell of a spirit of the sea who saves those lost from a grave below the water’s surface. He has been noted to be seen sailing on the sea in a small rowboat filled with fruit and fishing nets, drifting along with the tides and wind. His clothing is sunbleached and worn, and his hair matted with salt. Fables speak of lone survivors from shipwrecks are picked up by Tano Kotora and carried to safe shore. Those rescued by him have offered gifts of citrus fruit, fish scales, and bottles of fresh water wrapped in fishing nets, placed at the water’s edge for high tide to take out to sea. His favored color is a deep blue-green, like the ocean itself, and his symbol is a crossed harpoon and fishhook.
Eida Osana (Warrior Heart)
Said to be the fiercest warrior among the Ma’khet, Eida Osana is a commonly worshipped being by the more martially adept of Coast Haven. Her worship is seen most often within the walls of the Catrazza School and Caldera DiGata Arena. Those who pay homage to her do so for luck in battle for themselves, or failure for their enemies. Offerings of weapon oils, ribbon, and dried meats are her preferred, but in the heat of battle, she favors scraps of cloth from the clothing of fallen enemies burned in a firepit. Her favored color is silver and her symbol is a shackled scroll.