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Priestesses of Artemis are young, virgin girls called Arkteusai (“to be a bear”). Priests are either wanderers or sterile. The beauty of Artemis, her priestesses and her nymphs must never be exposed or violated. Her celebrations usually include wild dances (with women and men) in the wilderness or around a bonfire. Some celebrations, such as Panspermia, include going from door to door offering fruit, wine and loaves of bread stamped with figures of animals. This confers good luck on the household with the words “Take the good luck, take the health-bread which we bring from the goddess”.

Table: Arkteusai Domain Spells
Cleric Level Spells
1st hunter’s mark, speak with animals
3rd cordon of arrows, moonbeam
5th conjure animals, conjure barrage
7th dominate beast, polymorph
9th reincarnate, swift quiver

Ursine Empathy

When you choose this domain at 1st level, in any form, you can communicate and empathize with any type of bear, normal or magical. You have advantage on all skill checks to influence the animal’s attitude you can communicate simple concepts and (if the animal is friendly) commands, such as “friend,” “foe,” “flee,” and “attack.”

Keen Scent

At 2nd level, you have advantages on Wisdom (Perception) checks that involve smell.


At 6th level, you gain darkvision out to 60 ft. You can see in dim light within the radius as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Alternate Form

At 8th level you can shift into a bear as though you were a druid of equivalent level using the Wild Shape ability.

Damage Reduction

At 17th level you have damage resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from nonmagical attacks that aren’t silvered.

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