For my seventeenth post in the A-Z Challenge, I would like to introduce a demigoddess in service to Lorae, the Sacred Muse. Q is for Quanana, the Mother of Mercy:
Quanana, the Mother of Mercy
Quanana is the demigoddess patron of compassion, mercy and spiritual transformation. Quanana is often sought by those who seek inner peace and tranquility, as well as caregivers and instructors. She is most often honored through frequent meditation. In her mortal life, Quanana was the second daughter of a great Emperor, who had been raised in a temple devoted to Lorae, the Sacred Muse. When Quanana came of age, the Emperor asked his daughter to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. Quanana respectfully refused him, for the marriage would not ease the pain and suffering of the people of the land. Outraged, the Emperor sought to punish Quanana for her insolence, forcing his daughter to perform the most menial and hardest of chores with very little food and water. Yet Quanana did not yield in her stance, and maintained her prayers to the Sacred Muse. Seeing Quanana's religious ways, the Emperor eventually allowed her to toil in the Temple of Lorae, but demanded that the priestesses there give her the toughest chores in order to discourage her. Grudgingly, the priestesses did so, to avoid the Temple's destruction at the hands of the Emperor, and Quanana worked hard but did not give in to her father's demands. Lorae, aware of Quanana's struggles and devotion, sent animals to aid her. The Emperor, seeing this, became so frustrated that he attempted to burn down the Temple. Quanana put out the fire with her bare hands, suffering no burns through the blessings of Lorae. The Emperor, consumed by his rage, ordered her death. Just as the executioner's blade was to fall, the Sacred Muse appeared in the form of a great tiger, struck down the Emperor and left with Quanana safely in her jaws. At the Temple, Lorae gave Quanana a divine spark and graced her as the Mother of Mercy, that Quanana continue to share that which she earned at the hand of the goddess.
The favored weapon of the Mother of Mercy is the quarterstaff, and her symbol is that of a white hand with fingers spread.