The Shedu Constellations

The constellation of Rion, the Shedu of Righteousness.

The constellation of Rion, the Shedu of Righteousness.

Stars tell many stories in the world of Eem. Their light pins the velvet darkness like notes in a song. Ringing the north-western sky like a regal circlet, the twelve Shedu Constellations cast a watchful eye over the Folk of Eem, who revere them as symbols of virtue and luck.

Situated in the fabled mountain of Xahdwe, the Shedubim (plural of Shedu) were a majestic race of legendary creatures, bearing the heads of men, the bodies of horses, and the wings of eagles. According to myth, they spent their days grazing in fields of lilies and dandelions, patrolling the world from the skies, and basking in the glory of their one true ruler Xahdwe the Forever King, a titanic Shedu of the sky whose gaze is said to have lit the cosmos, and delivered the world from perpetual darkness.

In everyday folklore, Shedubim are renowned as guardians of justice, and protectors of the downtrodden. Many Folk wear talismans bearing the image of a Shedu, especially Zeek, Rion, Jef, and Justen, the Shedubim of Fortune, Righteousness, Integrity, and Wisdom, respectively. Among boggarts, Shedubim are considered an absurd superstition, as boggarts are far more comfortable placing what little faith they can muster into crude idols in the likenesses of misers and moneychangers.