|Portfolio||Language, mediation, studied magic|
|Worship Times||When seeking the answer to a difficult question|
|Ideals||Solving problems with your mind, not your heart|
|Depiction||A young woman reading a book|
|Holy Symbol||A dodecahedron with runes on its faces|
|Domains||Artifice, Knowledge, Law, Magic, Rune|
|Subdomains||Arcane, Construct, Divine, Inevitable, Language, Memory|
|Favored Weapon||Bo staff|
Everything is part of a larger design, which mortals cannot change. They can only begin to understand it through meditation and unremitting study. The forces of life and magic are part of this design, and only the wise can comprehend such things.
Exene’s holy scriptures are a cycle of books called the Words of Exene. The books are very hard to read, a mix of bizarre koans and dry stories. One of the only interesting stories in the Words describes how Exene keeps a library containing every book ever written, many more books that have never been written, and even some books that could never be written. The library’s directory supposedly includes a complete biography of every mortal who has ever lived and died, and a book for every secret that has been lost to mortals. This library, tucked away behind the walls of reality itself, is Exene’s private domain, one to which her most devoted followers may enter after death.
Exene’s consort is Hylaeos, a god with a very different outlook on life than Exene. Several myths tell of Hylaeos’ unfaithfulness to his wife, and Exene’s complex strategies to catch and punish her husband. The laws of Celestialism say that these tales are not appropriate reading for the uninitiated, who might take them the wrong way. But most of the stories have leaked, and become popular baudy subjects for bards.
Many wizards and monks worship Exene, but many more tend to pay her only lip service. Her followers are utterly devoted to study and meditation, but from the point of view of outsiders, it makes them haughty, insular, even anti-social.
Indeed, Exenites who consider themselves intelligent have a habit of being condescending towards others. Even if they mean well, they tend to see anyone not as bright as they are as “simple folk” who desperately need their protection. Her less moral followers take the pursuit of knowledge to extremes, performing unethical experiments on unwitting subjects.