Gods and Goddesses

Religion is complicated in Aldweald and there are differences in how societies and peoples celebrate the gods.  All mortal peoples generally agree there was a creator god.  Some believe that there is also a divine Pantheon which works to support/supplanted the creator.  Finally, there are deities which are specific to each race.  

The Creator, Aun, the One

This god, or God, is generally agreed upon as the creator.  Most of the peoples of Aldweald are not terribly concerned with him/her however, as he/she is believed to have disappeared after the creation.  The Men of Ardor however believe in him/her, and to the exclusion of all other deities.   

The Men of Ardor once believed in Aun (LG) , the Pantheon and other minor gods.  At some point however, a group of monks who studied the nature of the gods extensively concluded that there could only be one God.  They conceived the three points of Aun to mean a unity of matter, spirit and absence.  This intellectual point of view was convincing and grew in popularity. The Men of Ardor have integrated the belief in Aun into their society, and consider it their responsibility to spread exclusive belief to him/her across the known world.

Aun's sacred weapon is the longsword, and swords are used to perform various rites in his/her name.   

The Pantheon

This group of gods is revered by all societies with the obvious exclusion of Ardor.  Listed here is the Medhaeme interpretation of the pantheon, which is also shared by the Halflings and Altmaenne.  The pantheon is worshipped under different names by the Elves, Dverge, Zwarkne, Steppe Orcs and Xiphos.  

 

Wuld (CN) is a capricious god of weather, war, storms, destiny and time.  He is often invoked for his power to bring favor in war.  His symbol is an eagle and his attribute is wisdom.  His favored weapon is a long bow.  

 

 

Velara (N) is the goddess of night, dreams and invisibility.  She never appears when you are looking for her, and always comes up from behind you. Her symbol is a black cat and her attribute is dexterity. Her favored weapon is a dagger. 

Hakon (CG) is the god of the sun, strength and contests.  For all of his might, he is unfortunately lazy.  His symbol is the lion and his attribute is strength.  His favored weapon is the greatsword. 

 

 

 

 

The Four seasons are Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  They exist as gods and are called Clara, Astur, Iness and Tomhet.  

Clara (NG) is the Spring, and is the goddess of hope, healing, and mercy.  She is ever-young, and leaves the world after spring to maintain her youth. Her symbol is a dove and her attribute is wisdom. Her favored weapon is a club.    

Astur (CG) is the Summer, and is the god of music, laughter, food and joy.  He is carefree and self-indulgent, and falls drunk by the fall until the next summer.  His symbol is an otter and his attribute is charisma.  His favored weapon is the hand axe.  

Iness (LN) is the fall, and is the goddess of diligence, caution, discipline and perfection.  She counsels her followers to prepare for winter.  She hibernates during the winter, leaving her followers to fend for themselves.  Her symbol is a badger and her attribute is constitution.  Her favored weapon is the spear.

Tomhet (NE) is the god of cruelty, death and sorrow.  He takes pleasure in killing and likes to draw out the process.  He is relentless and uncaring, like his season, which becomes a certain practical wisdom.  His symbol is a crow and his attribute is intelligence.  His favored weapon is the scythe.  

Race Specific Gods

Medhaeme Gods

 

Helicon (LG) is the Medhaeme god of justice, protection, civilization, morality and strategy in war.  Of all of the gods, he is most interested in human affairs, and accords the most worship.  His symbol is a pegasus and his attribute is strength.  His favored weapon is the longsword.  

Besides these gods there is Fregar (CG), the god of horses, Viki (LN), the goddess of fertility and maternity and wife of Helicon, Belus (NG), the god of agriculture and many other minor gods.

Elven Gods

Besides revering the Pantheon, the Elves revere two gods primarily, who are husband and wife and founder of the Elven people.  They envisage or depict them as fey.  

Farin (LN) is the Elven god of magic, reflection and memory.  Like the seed he is rich in potential and hardy.  He is envisioned as a satyr and his attribute is intelligence.  His favored weapon is a staff.

 

 Leila (CG) is the Elven goddess of music, creativity and love.  Like the earth she is diffuse and flexible.  She is envisioned as a dryad and her attribute is charisma.  Her favored weapon is a shortbow.  

There are other Elven gods such as Attis (CG), the god of freedom, Inge (CN), the goddess of war and Kellen, the god of dreams.  

Dverge Gods

The Dverge are not very complicated in their religion.  They worship Aun before anything, but call him Aule.  They believe Aule willed the Dverge to continue his legacy by observing duty and making things to share and give away.  His favored weapon is the warhammer.  

 

They also celebrate Boltan the Bronze, from the Time of Dragons, as a savior of their race and god of protection, virtue and war.  

 

Zwarkne Gods

The Zwarkne have a simple and straightforward religion with two gods, Logrek and Ricket.  

Logrek (LG) embodies a sense of home and sanctuary.  His attribute is wisdom. His favored weapon is the mace.    

Ricket (CG) is the Zwarkne god of illusion, jokes and deceit.  He is curious and silly, like most Zwarkne themselves.  His attribute is dexterity.  His favored weapon is the sling.

Steppe Orc Gods

For the most part the Steppe Orcs are animistic and worship animal and nature spirits.  However they do revere one spirit over all, which they call Tauron.  

Tauron (CG) is a god of freedom, strength and feasting.  He is the center of many celebrations and contests.  His attribute is strength.  His favored weapon is the great club.  

Xiphosa Gods

Besides revering the traditional pantheon, the Xiphosa have two gods personal to their culture, Szezek and Kah.    

Szezek (LE) is the Xiphosa god of war, sacrifice and conquest.  He is haughty and cruel, but offers great earthly and spiritual rewards to his followers.  His attribute is intelligence.  His favored weapon is the flail.  

Kah (LG) opposes Szezek and embodies compassion, ethical society and truth.  He is most often celebrated in secrecy, preferring to work through the transformation of individuals.  His attribute is wisdom.  His favored weapon is the mace.  

Dragonborn Gods

The Dragonborn celebrate the Dragon Gods, or pantheon.  Three Metallic Dragons: Georg the Gold (LG), Silvia the Silver (CG) and Boltan the Bronze (LG) and the Chromatic Dragons: Rugek the Red (CE), Gerta the Green (LE) and Beziz the Blue (CE).  

The Halfling Gods

Living among many peoples and kingdoms, the Halflings enjoy a flexible religion which celebrates the pantheon and the Elven gods.   They worship Velara in particular, and call her Lianna.  

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