For my eighteenth post in the A-Z Challenge, I would like to introduce a demigoddess in service to Psyche, the Weaver of Fates. R is for Reverie, the Dream Walker:
Reverie, the Dream Walker
Reverie is the demigoddess patron of dreams, slumber and illusions. The Dream Walker is most frequently called by those who suffer sleep maladies, ranging from insomnia to relentless nightmares, softly singing her lullaby hymns as they prepare for bed. Trained as a Mage-Monk in service to Psyche, the Weaver of Fates, Reverie excelled in the esoteric martial styles of the fighting cloak, using it to augment her significant unarmed combat skills. As she grew older, however, Reverie turned toward her magic. Seeking to perfect illusions with the same devotion she gave to her goddess and her martial arts, Reverie became quite the accomplished Illusionist-Archmagus. The people of her day dared to compare Reverie's mastery of illusions to the magical prowess of her patron goddess, so much so that it came to the attention of the Weaver of Fates herself. One night, Psyche visited Reverie in her dreams, and there the Dream Walker wove such a powerful illusion that she impressed Psyche. Reverie offered the dreamscape she had created as a tribute to her goddess, who appreciated its beauty so much that Psyche gave it form in the Spirit World and took it as her Manor Divine. As a reward for the exceptional craftsmanship put into the illusion, Psyche gave the Dream Walker a divine spark and took her as a servitor.
The favored weapon of the Dream Walker is the fighting cloak, and her symbol is that of a blue cloak.
NOTE: A fighting cloak closely resembles a normal cloak and can be worn as one when not in combat. The main differences are that it is likely to be made of heavier material and the hem will be weighted with a chain or metal beads. The heavy material (usually thick wool) improves its durability and adds extra padding for blocking. The weighted hem ensures that the wielder can whip it around with enough momentum and speed to be effective and gives the cloak something heavy with which to strike. Being made out of simple, if durable cloth, a well-used fighting cloak is often in need of frequent repair or replacement.
The fighting cloak is primarily a defensive weapon and is most often encountered as an off-hand weapon by someone also wielding a light, one-handed weapon such as a dagger or short sword. Occasionally, it is used by martial artists trained in their use. The fighting cloak can be used as a flourishing distraction and to bind up an opponent's weapon so he cannot attack effectively. Characters should treat a fighting cloak as a buckler or small shield, except when it is used to strike. Strikes with the weighted edges of a fighting cloak inflict the same damage as a club.