Meissa - The Shining One Goddess of Art, Healing, and Unity Known throughout the ages by the names of Kshama, Shailan, and finally Meissa, the Goddess of Art, Healing, and Unity is known unto the realms as the Nightingale. She has been seen on a pair of her own wings, in the form of a spritely being, though some still occasionally glimpse the willowy form of lore. Art can be found all around the world of Pyrathia, in all things from the glorious beauty of Nashira's natural realm to the cities of stone and wood, crafted by the hands of mortals. Art is an outlet in which a person's soul reaches out through an instrument, a brush, a chisel or any one of a hundred other implements to touch the physical world. A work of Art is born, and the artist is a mother or father unto his creation. There is a care - a real love - that is required to create something truly artful and profound. Expressing one's self through Art is a form of Healing in its own right, and exploring the Art created by others can give insights to their innermost truths. As such, each form of Art is valued equally, from musical and written word composition to sculpture and painting to collage and mosaic and beyond. Healing is a sacred gift that mends wounds, cures sickness and promotes wellness. However, for a follower of Meissa, wellness is a concept that extends beyond the physical body, encompassing the mind, heart, and spirit of a man or woman. To be truly well, one must seek to soothe wounds that lurk within as well as without. To truly defeat suffering is to deny it access in any form. Some Meissans interpret this as a call to prayer, while others view it as a call to arms. Whichever path an individual takes within the faith, this lifelong quest to find a perfect wholeness is surely not for everyone. For those who devote themselves to the Nightingale, however, it is a dogmatic truth that molds their existence. Because they understand that Healing those that would harm others defeats the overall intent of this sacred blessing, Her faithful welcome into Her flock only those that cherish the light of Goodness in their souls. Unity of the followers of the Light, as blessed by the gods of Truth, Righteousness, Love, Enlightenment, and Healing, creates a perfect harmony within their spirits. As all join to reach common goals against evil in all its forms: Hatred, Untruth, Vengeance, Disease and Conquest, strength is found in this Unity. As there is a certain power to a single lute being strummed upon the stage, there comes a greater vigor when an orchestra begins to play in harmony. As there is a feeling invoked by a single color, when all combine to form a rainbow, the heart and mind are captured. Meissa's flock seeks to become perfectly-tuned instruments of Good so that they may easily find themselves in harmony with others of the Light. Through introspection, they understand how their actions affect this world on the whole, and they encourage others of the Light to find the truth of this harmony in their own lives.