Che (Tchay) the Deceiver, She of Many Faces, is the lorelei goddess of seduction, trickery, deception, malice, thievery, betrayal and physical beauty. She is rarely worshiped openly (except in The Abyss, where she governs a strict theocracy), but she is said to protect thieves, traitors, cheaters and adulterers. Suitors and charmers may also invoke her.
Che teaches that cleverness is a paradigm of success and survival. If one of her disciples fails or comes upon hard times, it is because she was not clever enough. Che teaches selfishness and the glorification of the self above the many. She revels in chaos and betrayal and spurns the ideas of love and affection. Her doctrine is firm in its principle of female superiority, and males are not permitted to hold any positions of power in her government.
Legend has it that Che created the lorelei people not on her own, but by seducing some of the nephilim children of Aurelius and Mirinne, convincing them to forsake their holy virtues in exchange for power. Full of righteous anger, the nephilim drove Che’s fallen ones from their holy lands and over the river Giladur. Thus began the lorelei pilgrimage that led to the founding of such settlements as Swynham, Borghild and eventually Meloth.
Che presents as a shrouded lorelei woman. Should she unveil, she appears either as a maiden so beautiful that those who stare are driven mad, or (when she is angry) as a bald-headed, black-eyed demoness with six horrible arms and a poisoned dagger in each hand.
Che’s symbol is that of a black cobra.