Age of Conan: the goddess that is Derketo

an artist's rendition of DerketoThe latest MMORPG from Funcom is built on Robert E. Howard‘s many short stories revolving around a certain age when Conan has gained the throne and is slowly losing his grasp over the kingdom. Threats loom far and wide across the land, while vengeful gods and goddesses hold a strong grip on people’s lives.

One of those deities in Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is Derketo. Representing her powers of fertility and life, this goddess’ symbol is the fish. Originally worshipped in Shem, she’s a goddess of fertility and lust, and can now be found in many pantheons across the southern kingdoms.

In the grand temples built to worship her, young girls are initiated into the said deity’s erotic ways. The initiates serve as courtesans to noblemen and priests, while the other priestesses of the temple practice the art of pleasure.

Worshippers of Derketo celebrate the equinox and take part in life-giving feasts – all devoted to the goddess. Wanton and decadent as the “services” may be, arch-priests who wish to rid this religion from the lands know full well that the nobles wouldn’t allow it.

So, whether you wish to have some dealings with this sort of licentious crowd in your travels, then by all means. Although she might be known and worshipped as a goddess of life and fertility in most lands, in Kush, however, she’s known as the Queen of Death. Surely, there must be a reason for this. The question is, would you dare find out?

an artist's rendition of DerketoThe latest MMORPG from Funcom is built on Robert E. Howard‘s many short stories revolving around a certain age when Conan has gained the throne and is slowly losing his grasp over the kingdom. Threats loom far and wide across the land, while vengeful gods and goddesses hold a strong grip on people’s lives.

One of those deities in Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is Derketo. Representing her powers of fertility and life, this goddess’ symbol is the fish. Originally worshipped in Shem, she’s a goddess of fertility and lust, and can now be found in many pantheons across the southern kingdoms.

In the grand temples built to worship her, young girls are initiated into the said deity’s erotic ways. The initiates serve as courtesans to noblemen and priests, while the other priestesses of the temple practice the art of pleasure.

Worshippers of Derketo celebrate the equinox and take part in life-giving feasts – all devoted to the goddess. Wanton and decadent as the “services” may be, arch-priests who wish to rid this religion from the lands know full well that the nobles wouldn’t allow it.

So, whether you wish to have some dealings with this sort of licentious crowd in your travels, then by all means. Although she might be known and worshipped as a goddess of life and fertility in most lands, in Kush, however, she’s known as the Queen of Death. Surely, there must be a reason for this. The question is, would you dare find out?

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