The Lonely Coast
In the lands of the Empire, the Maiden is an aspect of the Great Mother. In Empire lands, the Maiden is the personification of Spring, of new beginnings, and the protection of the helpless. She is always pictured as a young woman with a distaff tucked into the belt of her gown. Her right hand is always on the head (as if blessing) of a small child, and she always wears a crown of daisys.
In the lands along the Narrow Sea, icons of the Maiden are placed into a baby’s swaddling clothes or cradle as a blessing and protective amulet. Children always wear the icon on a cord braided from their mother’s hair. It is believed the Maiden knows her own, and protects them.