A Year & A Day: Tennyo

Changeling: the Dreaming

Homebrew Rules

Character Creation Guide Download: Tennyo.pdf

Quoth the Tennyo:

“Greetings Mortal, you’ve made a prayer and all the kami and Buddhas have heard. Tell me what you wish, and I will make it happen.”

Kith Excerpt:

The Tennyo are heaven’s messengers, ambassadors, couriers, and sometimes more. They are beautiful, gracious, and honest, serving both the Buddhas and the Kami in any number of heavenly roles. Also known as the Moon-Birds, both for their connection to skies and their supernatural grace, there are few Hsien who come closer to the concept of Gods than these elegant celestial beings.

As so many other Inheritors of item-bound Fae heritage, such as the Selkies, Swan mays, and such, the Tennyo inherit a Hagoromo upon their saining. This feathery light robe was once a simple kimono, but has evolved through the years, and now appears as any number of coats, scarves, sarongs, or other wraps. Each is as unique as the maiden who inherits it, and without it the Tennyo cannot travel back and forth to the heavens (or any other realm).

It is usually the elder of the Tennyo who serve as intermediaries between the heavens and their younger number, who deliver the messages. The messages are often glad tidings of wishes granted to pious mortals, prayers answered and the like. But it is important to remember, that not all the Tennyo are from the Brightside of heaven. The skies carry both the day and the night, and some of the Tennyo are born to serve the darker aspects. Though they are still just as gracious, beautiful, and honest as their brighter sisters, their messages are bleaker, harsher, and far more terrifying. It is the unfortunate mortal that gets a message from these dark sisters of the Moon.



“Daylight licked me into shape
I must have been asleep for days
And moving lips to breathe her name
I opened up my eyes…”
– The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”


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