God (or goddess) of Cartography


Pathfinder Campaign Setting General Discussion


I have a PC in my group who is very interested in Cartography. Which deity would be the one mapmakers look towards and follow? AFAIK none of the well-known deities specifically call out to mapmakers, but mapmaking could find its way into several deities' portfolio.

Thoughts?

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Shelyn comes to mind immediately. Cartography is definitely an art, and I can see many cartographers following her. Her cartographers would focus on details and making the maps pleasing to the eye.

Abadar is also a good choice. His cartographers would likely focus on economic points of interest, and have very utilitarian maps.

The Empyreal Lord Keltheald would have cartographers who create maps that would focus on natural landmarks, particularly those with amazing views for admiring natural beauty.

I can see both Cayden Cailean and Erastil having cartographers in their followers who create land use, farming, and crop maps, as their areas of concern both have agricultural interests (the agri-supply side of alcohol for Cayden, community farming for Erastil).

There is also an ancient Azlanti deity Elion whose areas of concern are exploration, discovery and colonization. Map makers, particularly those concerned with ancient maps, may find this a good deity.


I would also see Irori as a possibility as History and Knowledge are two 2 aspects of him. His cartographers would likely be those exploring new area or area lost in history and (re)discover what is there.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Rulebook, Starfinder Accessories Subscriber

Yeah, my first thought was also Elion.


Desna as a goddess of travelers? At least some of her followers would create maps of the places they visit.


Desna, Abadar, and Shelyn are the first deities who come to mind when considering cartography. Their followers would all benefit from well made maps. Barbatos and his obsession with organization, information, and wild places could also be an option on the off chance your PC is Evil.


Maybe why they are cartographers would shed light on which deity to worship.

A Military Cartographer might go with Gorum, Iomedae, or Asmodeus
Love of travel and adventure? Desna or Cayden
The art of the map? Shelyn
Bringing civilization to wild places? Erastil, Abadar, or Asmodeus
Establish trade route? Abadar
Document for history? Irori

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