Let all on whom Selûne’s light falls be welcome if they desire. As the silver moon waxes and wanes, so too does life. Trust in Selûne’s radiance, and know that all love alive under her light shall know her blessing. Turn to the moon, and she will be your true guide. Promote acceptance and tolerance. See all other beings as equals. Aid fellow Selûnites as if they were your dearest friends.
Selûne (pronounced seh-LOON-ay), also known as Our Lady of Silver and the Moonmaiden, is the goddess of the moon. She is also venerated in Faerûn as a goddess of light, stars, navigation, navigators, wanderers, questers, and goodly lycanthropes.
Selûne is also the name given by Faerûnians to Aber-Toril’s natural satellite. This celestial body is tidally locked and has phases, very similar to Earth’s moon. A set of Trojan asteroids, called the “Tears of Selûne”, trail and precede the moon in its orbit.
Selûne was created from the primordial essence of the universe, along with her twin sister, Shar. Together, they created Chauntea (the embodiment of the world of Abeir-Toril) and some other heavenly bodies and infused these areas with life. The two goddesses then fought over the fate of their creations. From these struggles emerged the original deities of magic, war, disease, murder, death, and others. Selûne reached out of the universe and from a plane of fire, brought forth a flame and ignited a heavenly body in order to give warmth to Chauntea. This greatly enraged Shar, and she began to erase all light and warmth in the universe. Desperate and weakened because of Shar’s actions, Selûne hurled some of her divine essence at her sister. Selûne’s essence tore through Shar, bringing some of Shar’s essence with it. This magical energy combined to form the goddess Mystryl, the original goddess of magic, later replaced by Mystra.
Selûne’s clerics include sailors, non-evil lycanthropes, mystics, and female spellcasters. Her church’s main objective is to fight evil lycanthropes and summon the Shards, blue-haired female planetar servants of Selûne, to battle the minions of her archnemesis and twin, Shar. The temple also performed fortune-telling, healing, and practiced self-reliance and humility.
The Mystery of the Night (Alban Arthan, winter solstice): The Mystery of the Night must be performed once every year by each cleric of Selûne during the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. During the ritual, clerics fly high into the air to commune with the Moonmaiden while in a deep trance.During the longest night of the year.
Conjuring of the Second Moon (Shieldmeet): The Conjuring of the Second Moon is a coordinated chant at every Faerunian temple of Selûne. This confluence of devotional energy summons the Shards, a cadre of blue-haired female planetars, to do the bidding of Selûne’s terrestrial clergy for a single night—usually battling the forces of Shar. On the following dawn, the Shards elevate one moral cleric to their order.