Pharika

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Pharika
Pharika
Birthplace Theros
Lifetime
Race God
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Pharika is the God of Affliction on Theros. She is associated with black and green mana.

Description[edit | edit source]

Pharika, the god worshipped mostly in Setessa's Winter Nexus, is apparently associated with grief and old age. Deadly poison can be healing medicine in small amounts, and this dichotomy is reflected in the god whose province is such tinctures. Pharika is the keeper of apothecary knowledge and the source of dark magic, potions and poison. She is also the mother of all Gorgons, who are said to have hidden many cures within their blood. Pharika herself is thought to take the form of a gorgon. Prayers to her are usually letters rolled up in ceramics and dumped in bogs. Stories say that the secretive god has hidden medicinal knowledge within the natural world, such as in basilisk blood, although most die trying to learn them.

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Inspiration[edit | edit source]

The character of Pharika is inspired by aspects of several Greek gods. One could think about Hecate, goddess of witchcraft, herbs and poisonous plants, Circe, goddess of magic and plants, or Asclepius and his son Telesphorus who dealt with medicine and recuperation from illness. She is also remarkably similar to the Egyptian god Serket, which also represents the dichotomy of poison and cure.

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