Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lux Tenebris: Deities of Lore - Part 6

Solat is the God of Lightening, also known as the Lord of Storms and the Deep King. Solat’s temples are few and scattered far and wide.  His priests often live as hermits or monks. His symbol is a black hand grasping a golden thunderbolt against a dark purple field. Although Solat has worshippers around the world, humans tend to venerate the God of Storms more than any other race.  The God of Lightening seldom manifests, but when he does the only sure way to identify him is by the dark purple cloak he always wears in all of his guises.

Sumet is the God of War. He is the father of Neka, Goddess of Trade, and can usually be found in the company of Meleh, God of Battle. His symbol is an upright double-headed war axe in red and gold, against a black field. Sumet is invoked by all those who wage war and fight it. However, where Meleh focuses on individual battles, Sumet is concerned with the entire battlefield. Every culture on Lore honors Sumet, but none more than the dragonborn. When he goes among the dragonborn, Sumet often manifests as a large, black-scaled dragonborn warrior,
bearing golden weapons.

Sunavis is the God of the Wilderness, also known as the Forest Lord and the Master of Beasts. He is the father of Thaz, God of the Sciences.  A curmudgeonly deity, Sunavis was born old. He has no temples, but many shrines. His worshippers live close to nature and his clergy have a deep respect for the wild spaces of nature.  Sunavis’s symbols are the pine cone and the porcupine, reflecting his prickly nature. He is worshipped most devoutly by the gnomes. Because of this, when he manifest, it is often as a scrawny-looking old gnome with an impressive beard.

Thalde is the Goddess of Violence and the mother of Thaz, God of the Sciences. Her name is often invoked in a cautionary manner, as a means of warding off violence. It doesn’t often work. A
disreputable goddess, Thalde has no temples and few shrines. Her priests are usually people with anger-management issues. Thalde is one of the gods, like Atenauch and Ryat, worshipped to appease them and keep them away. Gnomes in particular make ritual sacrifices to Thalde to placate her. The Goddess of Violence’s symbol is a blackened skull skewered on a red dagger, against a black field.

Thaz is the God of Sciences. He is also known as the Diligent One and the Lamplighter. His father is Sunavis, God of the Wilderness; his mother is Thalde, Goddess of Violence.  His worshippers include researchers, explorers and scientists of all types. His temples are small and usually found near academic institutions.  His priests are usually learned men and women with expertise in at least one field of science. Thaz is not widely worshipped, but his most devoted followers are elves. When Thaz manifests, it is usually as a tall, blonde elf wearing bright robes and carrying a glowing staff.

Una is the Goddess of Hate, the Lady of Rage and the Bloodletter. Her parentage is unknown, but some stories claim she is the daughter of Redethal, God of Destruction.  Una has no public temples, but there are secret cults devoted to her worship. Her followers are usually angry, bitter people rejected by society.  Her name is not invoked, even as a ward, as it is believed drawing Una’s attention is a very bad idea. Una’s symbol is anything broken or destroyed. When she manifests it is as a pale woman with wild white hair, bright eyes and bloody mouth.

Lux Tenebris: Deities of Lore - Part 5

Redethal is the God of Destruction, the Chaos-Bringer and the Divine Fury. He is the father of Ratava, Goddess of Pleasure, and, in some stories, Ikkili, Goddess of the Hunt. Redethal’s name is not invoked lightly. Summoning him is akin to calling down a natural disaster. Even the other gods avoid summoning Redethal. He is not inherantly evil, but despises stagnation; he sweeps away the old to make way for the new. Redethal has no temples, but a small clergy who worship at temporary shrines. His symbol consists of eight black arrows in a radial pattern against a blood-red field.

Reined is the God of Lies, the Mischief-Maker, the King of Trumps. He is the father of Kasam, the God of Charity. In some quarters Reined is despised for his lies, but in others he is lauded for his cleverness. The God of Lies and the God of Truth do not get along and neither do their followers. Reined has one or two temples and few priests. In stories, he often accompanies other deities on adventures. The fox and mockingbird are his symbols. Reined is best-loved by the elves, especially the drow, and sometimes manifests as a handsome, smirking elf.

Retamli is the God of Sacrifice. He is the father of Lilim, the God of Laments. According to legend, Retamli offered his life to the All-Fiend to save humanity. The All-Fiend accepted. Retamli’s selfless act restored humanity’s faith in the gods and allowed them to overcome the All-Fiend. Retamli has several temples and a small clergy. His followers practice denial and self-sacrifice in emulation of Retamli’s example. The more extreme members of his congregation mortify their flesh to prove their devotion to the God of Sacrifice.  Retamli’s symbol is an eternal flame, burning red and gold against a black field. 

Rovelek is the God of Death and the Dead. Some call him the Winterlord and the Final Judge. He is the father of Arymat, Goddess of Misfortune. His lover is Lira, Goddess of Summer. As the God of Death, Rovelek is closely associated with Elleru, who presides over the Underworld.  Rovelek is not a popular god but he has many temples and many priests. He is invoked wherever people have died and his temples often serve as mortuaries. His clergy dress in gray and black. Rovelek has no symbol. All cultures respect Rovelek, but humans strive hardest to placate him.

Ryat is the God of Thieves. His name is invoked by criminals across the world and he has no public temples or shrines. Rather, the God of Thieves is worshipped in private, furtively. Most of his worshippers are criminals, but not all. Like Atenauch, the Goddess of Want, Ryat is a deity who is offered fervent worship by the dwarves. They do so to try and placate the God of Thieves, so that his followers will not rob them. Perhaps because of this, Ryat chooses to manifest as a bent and twisted dwarf with a wicked leer on his face.

Sarvas is the God of Divination, also known as the Blind God.  He only has few temples and his priesthood is very small..  Only those individuals with an innate talent for divination can become priests of Sarvas. Although primarily a god of seers and oracles, Sarvas is often appealed to by common folk, hoping for some glimpse of their future.  Those who receive such a glimpse often regret it.  Among the peoples of the world, humans tend to pray to Sarvas the most. When he manifests, it is as an older human man, bald and blind, dressed like a monk.

Lux Tenebris: Deities of Lore - Part 4

Lukryum is the God of Life and one of the major deities of Lore. He is the progenitor of many of the gods and, according to some myths, all life on Lore. Every culture on Lore honors Lukrym to some degree. His temples and shrines are found everywhere. He has countless worshippers and a large, well-organized priesthood. He is associated with fertility, authority, material and spiritual power. His symbol is a green tree against a golden field. Lukrym is worshipped everywhere, but most fervently by the dragonborn. When he manifests to them, it is as a powerful, golden-scaled dragonborn male.

Meleh is the God of Battle, also known as the Golden Warrior. He is closely allied with Sumet, God of War, and the two are seldom apart. As the God of Battle, Meleh is called upon by fighters of all stripes and creeds to guide their blows and strengthen their arms. He has many temples and his clergy is comprised largely of veteran fighters. His symbol consists of two golden swords with a golden star above them on a blood-red field. When Meleh manifests it is as a warrior-youth armed with twin blades. He is best loved by the elves.


Mot is the God of Murder and Betrayal. He is often referred to as the Divine Traitor for allying with the All-Fiend, Sedomo, against Lukrym. Mot has no public temples or shrines and is worshipped in secret. Worship of Mot is illegal in most civilized countries, nevertheless his cult persists. He attracts dark souls to his worship and his name is often invoked by assassins and their employers. Mot has no symbol and when he manifests it is as a handsome male elf with sable hair and golden eyes. All his manifestations bear Sedomo’s brand, marking Mot as his ally.

Neka is the Goddess of Trade and Agreements. She is the daughter of Elleru, Goddess of Earth and the Underworld, and Sumet, God of War. Her name is invoked in courts and marketplaces, by merchants and moneylenders. Her temples are usually found near marketplaces and her priests often act as bankers and witnesses to trade agreements. To a lesser extent, Neka is also involved in diplomacy since trade flourishes during peacetime. Her symbol is two gold coins on a black field. Best-loved by the elves, Neka often manifests as a plain-looking she-elf with long dark hair and a calculating demeanor.

Ralam is the God of Agriculture, sometimes called the Lord of Harvest and Fieldsman. He is the father of Enab, God of Freedom. Ralam is a popular, albeit modest, deity who is the patron of all those who work the earth. His temples are found in rural areas, but his shrines can be found everywhere. His worshippers are farmers, vintners, ploughmen and anyone who works the soil. Ralam’s priests are usually plain-spoken folk with some connection to farming. Ralam’s symbol is a silver scythe on a black field. He is best-loved by the halflings, but has no set physical manifestation.

Rasha is the Goddess of Light, also known as the Sunmother and Moonkeeper. Her daughters are Enla, Goddess of the Sun, and Ratava, Goddess of Pleasure. Rasha is a prominent diety with many temples and a large priesthood. Her temples are always brightly lit and gaily painted. Festivals held in her honor often culminate in the release of floating lanterns into the night sky. Her symbol is a golden winged blade ascending to heaven against a dark blue sky. The Goddess of Light is honored across the globe, in every culture, but she is worshipped most fervently by the elves.

Ratava is the Goddess of Pleasure, also known as the Queen of Sighs and the Mistress of Desire. She is the daughter of Rasha, Goddess of Light, and Redethal, God of Destruction. Ratava is considered the most beautiful of the gods and has many lovers, both mortal and immortal. She has several temples.  Her priests are all exceptionally beautiful. Celebrations held in her name often become wild bachanals of sensual delight. Worship of Ratava is not for the meek and modest. Most cultures acknowledge Ratava in some way, but only the elves truly embrace her, losing themselves in her worship.

Lux Tenebris: Deities of Lore - Part 3

Enla is the Goddess of the Sun. She is the daughter of Amhog, God of Knowledge, and Rasha, Goddess of Light.  She is the mother of Halab, God of Mercies. A prominent goddess, Enla is sometimes known as the Timekeeper. Her temples are found across the world, and they ring bells to mark the passage of the daylight hours.  Enla’s symbols are a golden sun and a sundial. Worshipped by all, Enla is best-loved by humans.  When she manifests it is usually as a beautiful human woman with bronze skin and a mane of wild black hair around her head. 

Halab is the God of Mercies. He is the son of Enla, Goddess of the Sun, and Enab, God of Freedom.  His wife is Anola, the Goddess of Healing. A gentle deity, Halab is the only god to routinely interact with Arymat, Goddess of Misfortune. As such, it is said that his priests and devotees are especially lucky. His temples are small and serve as hospitals, hospices and asylums. His priests wear white and blue and many of them are trained healers.  His symbol is a pair of white hands cupping a blue star. Halab is best-loved by the halflings.

Ikkili is the Goddess of the Hunt, also known as the Red Spear and the Wild Huntress. Although a patron of hunters, Ikkili is also a patron of those they hunt. Returning from a hunt empty-handed is a sure sign that the goddess is not pleased with the hunter. She has no temples, but many shrines and her priests are usually not found among so-called ‘civilized’ peoples. Curiously, the dragonborn hold Ikkili in high regard for her skill and emotional detachment. Ikkili will sometimes manifest as a slim dragonborn female. Her symbol is a bloody spear against a black field.

Kasam is the God of Charity and Wealth. He is sometimes referred to as the Lord of Sapphires, and that gem is sacred to him. He is the child of Arilil, Goddess of Sadness, and Reined, God of Lies. Kasam’s name is invoked by those seeking wealth and those seeking alms. He rewards generosity and punishes greed. His temples are small and often serve as almshouses to those in need. Kasam’s symbol is a blue chalice held in a white hand.  He is best loved by the elves, and often manifests as a handsome elf-man wearing a bejeweled silver circlet.

Lilim is the God of Laments and Dirges. He is the son of Artys, Goddess of Illusion, and Retamli, God of Sacrifice. Associated primarily with death and funeral rites, Lilim is also connected to omens of death. Soldiers claim that if you hear a flute being played before a battle its a warning from Lilim not to fight. As such, the god is sometimes called the Soldier’s Friend. Lilim has no temples, few shrines and fewer priests. Gnomes revere him for his omens and Lilim sometimes appears as an small, armored figure playing a woeful tune on a silver flute.

Lira is the Goddess of Summer. She is the mother of Arymat, Goddess of Misfortune, and sometimes lover of Rovelek, the God of the Dead. Although a popular goddess, Lira has only a few temples and her shrines tend to be seasonal. Her priesthood is small, but dedicated, and comprised largely of young, single women. The color red is sacred to Lira and her symbol is the amaranthus flower. The Goddess of Summer is worshipped most ardently by humans, and she is known to manifest as a beautiful human woman with flowing red hair, usually wearing red garments and jewels.

Lux Tenebris: Deities of Lore - Part 2

Arymat is the Goddess of Misfortune. She is also called the Lady of Woes. The daughter of Lira, the Goddess of Summer, and Rovelek, the God of the Dead, Arymat was born with a ‘sour eye.’ Anything that Arymat looked upon with that eye was cursed with bad luck and so she became the Goddess of Misfortune. Even the other gods are not immune to Arymat’s influence, so they shun her. There are no temples to Arymat and she has no priests, but thousands invoke her name daily, praying that the Lady of Woes will spare them her ill-fortuned gaze.

Atenauch is the Goddess of Famine and Want. She is the sister of Anola, the Goddess of Healing. Atenauch is not a deity who is worshipped, so much as placated. Dwarves, in particular, make regular offerings to Atenauch, in hopes that she will stay far away.  She has few priests and only one or two temples, but many shrines. Most farming communities hold the Feast of Famine at the end of theirs harvests to placate her.  Autenauch’s symbol is an empty plate and when she manifests it is as a gaunt, skeletal woman with wild black hair wearing ragged clothes.

Golden-haired Cyric is the God of Truth. He is the son of Denog, God of Crafts, and Elleru, Goddess of Earth and the Underworld. Cyric never lies and hates liars. As such, his name is invoked when truth must be told. Woe betide anyone who bears false witness in Cyric’s name. In his temples, only truth can be spoken.  His priests never lie, not even to be polite or kind. As such, they are trusted, but seldom liked. Cyric’s symbol is a golden crown, and he usually manifests as a handsome, fair-haired young man. He is best-loved by the halflings.

Denog is the God of Crafts, also known as the Wondermaker. He is the father of Cyric, God of Truth, and one of the goddess Elleru’s lovers. Denog created the Seven Wonders of the World, and is worshipped by artisans and craftsmen of all types.  He has many temples and even more shrines. His priests are all accomplished artisans. His symbols include the hammer and the spider. Although Denog is worshipped across Lore he is held in especially high regard among the clever gnomes. In fact, the God of Crafts will often manifests as a brighty-eyed, finely-dressed older gnome gentleman.

Elleru is one of the major deities of Lore, the Goddess of Earth and the Underworld. She is a fecund deity and has many lovers, mortal and immortal, and countless children. Her temples can be found everywhere, and most homes have a shrine to her, carefully tended by the household. Her priests come from all backgrounds, as do her worshippers. She has dominion over the living and the dead, and is sometimes referred to as the Queen of the Dead. Her symbols are the egg, the butterfly and the toad. She manifests as a regal woman dressed all in green.

Enab is the God of Freedom, also known as the Chainbreaker.  He is the son of Abasha, Goddess of Justice, and Ralam, God of Agriculture. Enab is a chaotic god associated with freedom and revolution. He is the enemy of tyrants and patron of the oppressed. His priests are few, but fiercely devoted, and he has only a few scattered temples and shrines. When shrines to him appear local governments take notice as it means trouble is not far behind. Enab’s symbol is a broken chain in three colors. With their love of freedom, humans are Enab’s most devoted worshippers.