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A Brief Digression

Chapter 9 is in the works, but in the meantime, I think I will put up some of my world notes. The following little snippet is something I wrote to keep my pantheon internally consistant. I have similar douments for things like Elvish Language and Customs, Dwarven Society, and the Mercenary Guild structure. Some of this information has already been infered our outright stated in the story, but I guess it couldn't hurt to show it to all of you. There aren't any spoilers or anything...so anyway...




The Pantheon of Egoth

The word "Egoth" is the Old Tounge for "earth" or "soil", but in itself is derived from an even older word recorded in the Olgothian Grand Academy's lexicon as "Moegoth'derottysi", which if you use the Old Tounge as a rough key for reference seems to translate as "The place(ground) over which the heavens rule".

The gods of Egoth, as they stand today, are Akradath, Berindor, Delinkhal, Kurloon, Milintanth, and Ranvenex. All the races and peoples of Egoth (including those new peoples discovered on the Rasheen Islands and Beregoth) worship or at least acknowlege these six gods in at least one of their aspects. No one is quite sure how these gods came to be, but their general relationships to each other seem to be consistant from culture to culture, even if those groups differ in their emphasis on which aspects of their gods are most important. For instance, the human Ogothian and Serentian nations and the Kida (Elven) territories both agree that the goddess Delinkhal and the god Kurloon (known as Shaniseti and Okothifa in the Vatisilothasi dialect of elvish) are a couple (wed in some cultures, simply lovers in others), but they differ in how they worship these gods and what they stand for. Using the same example, the Olgothian and Serentian mythos worship Delinkhal as an icon of agriculture and harvest, a nurturing mother goddess, while the Elven mythos (especially the Dashanikida) revere her as the primal spirit of nature. Plants, animals and all other things wild and alive fall into her domain. While the Olgothian and Serentian view tends to be one of domesticated and subdued nature, the elvish view is one of wild abandon and whimsy, uncontrollable and beautiful, yet dangerous if taken lightly. Delinkhal's mate, Kurloon, shares a similar dicotomy, the eastern human nations worship him as a god of the oceans; strong, fierce, and unforgiving. A power to be respectfully treated and appeased lest he become angry and swallow you up at sea. Elven worshipers instead see him as a meditative entity, a god of rivers, lakes, and oceans. He is not vengeful in the elves eyes as he is more of a counterpoint to Shaniseti. A popular Dashanikida myth is that when it rains, it is Okothifa atmepting to sooth his lover and calm her raging spirits so that they might join together and create new life (as the rain causes the plants to grow) and when it storms it is because they have had a quarrel.

Roughly treated, the different basic aspects of each of the six deities are listed below:

Akradath: A god of Air, knowledge, logic, justice and law. In human societies he is revered by lawmakers, teachers, users of magic, and proponents of justice. Elves worship him as a god of the sky and sun, the father of magic and the eldest council of the gods. Dwarves exemplify him as the builder and the mason, he is to them the god of artifice.

Berindor: A god of Fire, war and warmaking(tactics), rage, martial skill, and physical prowess. In human societies he is the god of War, worshipped by those who fight in or plan battles; also sometimes revered as an icon of athletics and competition. Elves acknowledge him as the great Blademaster, but fear his violent rages, which they believe manifest in the form of fires and volcanic eruptions. He is worshipped in a peripheral way by those elves that take up arms, but is held with some distance by Elven society at large. Dwarves revel in his fire aspect. He is the blacksmith and smelter of ores. He worked together with Akradath to forge the peoples of the earth (Dwarves and Gnomes), and construct the great ranges of mountains in which they live.

Delinkhal: A goddess of Earth, nature(plants and animals), agriculture, love, beauty, and magnimity. Humans, as stated above, tend to focus on her aspects as a goddess of harvest and agriculture. Elves, as also stated above, veiw her as the primal force of nature in general. Dwarves view her as the Great Mother, from whose womb the dwarven people were born and in whose bosom they seek shelter. She is the provider of stone and metal, and the sister of Berindor.

Kurloon: A god of Water, time, thought, secrets, and filial devotion. As above, humans tend to focus on his aspect as the god of the seas. Elves concentrate on his traits as a thinker and god of time. They also revere him as the equal partner to Delinkhal, whom he complements. Dwarves worship him as the husband of Delinkhal, the provider of deep waters and Keeper of Secrets, whose flowing waters were used to squelch the red-hot mold that would be used to form the Dwarven races.

Milintanth: A goddess of Life, light, goodness, mercy, pity, and health. Humans worship her as the Lightbringer and healer of wounds. Human clerics of Milintanth are known as great healers. Elven mythos depicts her as the watchful light against the darkness, a more martial entity that is a opponent of all who would deprive others of life or joy. Elves also believe that their race was created by Milintanth to be her force for light on Egoth. Dwarves worship her as the life-bringer, whose gentle breath brought the first of the dwarves to life from their crafted stone molds. She is the goddess of birth for all races, often invoked during childbirth. Milintanth is also aknowledged by all races as the twin sister of Ravenex.

Ravenex: A goddess of Death, darkness, evil, vengance, hate, and disease. Humans do not worship her openly. Cults of Ravenex tend to be well hidden and carefully gaurded. She is however often invoked in rites of burial since her domain is that of Death. Elves do not acknowledge Ravenex's dominion over death (being, as they are, almost ageless) and do not worship her in any appreciable way. Elves believe themselves to be the direct creations of Milintanth, and therefore directly opposed to Ravenex. Dwarves worship her aspect of darkness. She is the Queen of Darkness (of which there is much underground) and they deal with her in a way similar to how humans deal with Kurloon. In the dwarven creation myth, she is the one that stole the light from the Underground in a jealous attempt to destroy that which her sister had given life to. All the races aknowledge Ravenex as the creator of the Undead, and the manipulator that corrupted the races that are now known as the Unclean.
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