The coast slowly vanished as the wind filled our sails. Within moments the white sands were gone, and the outline of palm trees were receding. The blue waters became wider, the distance between us and land growing greater. Then it was gone, only the waves remained. For the inexperience sailor, seeing land slowly vanishing on the horizon is as exhilarating as it is terrifying. It is a humbling experience, but nothing like getting caught in a storm and facing the fury and wrath born of the goddess of the sea.
Zamikeye may not be the most prominent of the gods, but once on the sea she quickly becomes the only one who matters. Paying respect to the goddess is a must, and Ephrynn sailors make it a point to make sacrifices in her favor before they depart. Even then, the greatest sacrifice does not always help. Often the goddess tests the skill and mettle of those who brave her realm. If they know what they are doing they will survive, but if they believe themselves better than the goddess she will see them into the deep.
Lost god she may be, but forgotten she is not. No sailor worth his weight in gold forgets to ask a blessing of this very fickle goddess. Zamikeye commands the power of water and her strength dwells in the seas. She causes the storms that ravage the coasts, and summons the waves that bring great vessels to rest at the bottoms of deep. With proper sacrifice, the waves can be settled and the winds kept gentle.
When Zamikeye removed herself from the Pantheon she consolidated her magic to keep control over the water of the seas. Due to the sheer amount of water available she has continued to have significant power over mortals. The other gods have tried to wrestle away that power, but she has kept a vise grip on it.
Zamikeye prefers sacrifices of things that individuals care greatly for. Often the sacrifice must be expensive. The greater the cargo, the greater the sacrifice must be to ensure the safety of its passage. To raise the ire of Zamikeye is to guarantee that your cargo, or far more precious, life, will be sacrifice to her.
The followers of Zamikeye come from all races, and are focused solely on those who travel the seas. The lakes and water on land are not within her domain, so many who come from those areas with sailing knowledge often do not take the sea seriously until their first encounter with her. Sailors, pirates, traders, and military vessels are her closest following as they have seen her forces first hand.
Those who survive a dire encounter with the goddess often become her paladins when she shows mercy. These sea savvy men and women are the tanks of the sea, and are a terrifying sight on vessels. They march about a deck in full plate or the black scales of giant eels and fish. They are said to be able to walk upon the water itself and when they do fall below the depths, rumors tell of them breathing water, transforming into fish, or being born up on the backs of dire whales.
No matter who her agents are, they are all willing to change or quickly dispatch those who speak out against her. Priests, Clerics and Paladins operate on a two strikes system, warning a transgressor to stop their blaspheming, and if the demand is not met, severing the head from their body. They are often quick to anger, and slow to forgive, much like the infinite depths of the sea.
Zamikeye appears to mortals in the form of a mermaid, with many wide, smooth fins and razor sharp spines. She is capable of transforming her fins into limbs when she chooses. The goddess is also not known for modesty. When she appears, she is naked, and uses that to entice me on the sea, or tempt women into being able to look the same. Her hair is a raven purple worn long, never restrained as a sign free and superior stature. Her skin is like silk, a pale blue like the color of melting ice that some sailors say is just like her heart.
Any bodies cast into the depths of the sea are hers to keep. Everything on them when they were cast into the water is hers to have.
Zamikeye is the daughter of Kantoram. She joined in union with the god of Fire and gave birth to the goddess of Purity, Pasquirn. In a separate union with the god Surdem, Zamikeye gave birth to the brothers Sendall and Brashq.
Her union with Surdem came about when Demuen sought to betroth their daughter Pasquirn to the god of Death in an effort to secure an alliance with him. Zamikeye was offended, but the betrothal went ahead anyway, against the wished of Pasquirn and Zamikeye. Unable to see her daughter suffer, Zamikeye offered her own body in trade for her daughters'. Surdem accepted the offer and Zamikeye became pregnant. Demuen learned of the deception quickly and grew spiteful causing their union to dissolve.
Zamikeye was given dominion over water by her father and in an effort to gain more power helped her brothers Moratem and Ivandris cast Kantoram from the Pantheon. In doing so Demuen became angered by their willingness to throw out a good god. Zamikeye bore the brunt of his anger, and their public falling out served to be their daughters fall from grace as well. The loss of Pasquirn and pressuring of Surdem over the well being of his sons (and her own inability to keep them safe from the god of Death) lead Zamikeye exiled herself from the Pantheon.
She would later reconcile with her daughter and sons, revealing the truth during the Tribes of Four conflict.