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- Intermediate Deity
- Symbol: A snake with feathers
- Alignment: Lawful Neutral
- Portfolio: The Aztec priesthood, learning and knowledge
- Clergy Alignments: Lawful Neutral
- Domains: Knowledge, Law, Strength and Sun
Quetzalcóatl is the Aztec deity known as the feathered snake god. As one of their most revered deities, he receives much power from heart sacrifices in his name and as such is one of the most powerful of their pantheon. See the wikipedia article on Quetzalcóatl for more details.
Quetzalcóatl encourages the same general practices as the other Aztec gods and goddesses, namely heart sacrifices to himself and the Sun, and the many strange religious practices of the Aztecs.
The worship of Quetzalcoatl sometimes included animal sacrifices, and in colonial traditions Quetzalcoatl was said to oppose human sacrifice.
Quetzalcoatl is called “Ipalnemohuani”, a title reserved for the gods directly involved in the creation, which means “by whom we live”.
Clergy and Temples
Quetzalcóatl’s clergy are all Aztec Priests. They are usually bloodstained and filthy, and not beyond eating the flesh of their foes. His temples are impressive stepped temple-pyramids covered in bloodstains from sacrifices.