GodsofRune

Compendium - Gods of Rune

Auraura, the Sun – Giver of Life

Appearance

Auraura appears as a tall, blonde woman dressed in a simple, pure, white dress. She is often depicted as having beams of light radiating from her head, sometimes with a coronet on, and more rarely with beams of light coming from her eyes. This latter image is less commonly used as it is seen as quite intimidating, although in times of war, it is symbolic as light banishing darkness.

Domain

Auraura is the Sun, and thus she is the giver of light, life and warmth.

Worship

Auraura is one of the primary deities within Rune, where she has temples in all major and many of the minor settlements across the country. Devoted followers of Auraura give thanks to her each dawn by praying and extinguishing Watcher Candles, which have been set the night before to guard against the darkness until her return.

 

Tain, Lord of the Seas, Storms and Sailing

Appearance

Tain is depicted as a well built, bare-chested man with the bottom half of a fish – a merman. His head is topped, not with hair, but with thick, long seaweed. He is otherwise hairless and has the face of a handsome, clean-cut man. He is portrayed as giant, swimming through the waves and guiding ships to safety. He is often depicted with a compass in one hand to show his ability to guide ships out of trouble, and a giant oar in the other, which he can use to swirl up the sea if he becomes angry.

Domain

Tain is the god of the Seas, and governs over the ships and events that occur upon them. He is also the god of storms, over both land and sea, and it is said that he is the most wrathful of the gods, especially when he is angered.

Worship

Tain is worshipped mostly amongst the coastal cities of Rune, and Magador. Indeed, all sea-farers and travellers are well advised to say a prayer to Tain to grant them safe passage over his domain.

 

Askiros, the Wise

Appearance

Askiros is depicted as an old and wizened old man with a long, thin beard that reaches the ground and stretches out along the floor behind him. The beard is the symbol of his wisdom, which can only come through great age, and his knowledge, which can only come through the patience to let such things grow.

Domain

Askiros governs over the powers of the mind; learning, understanding, willpower. Thus, he is also the deity most concerned with magics.

Worship

Throughout the schools and colleges of Rune, Askiros is held in the highest regard, though none do so more the many practitioners of magic, who pray to him for the willpower needed to shape the spells they wish to cast.

 

Noctus, the Moon and Stars

Appearance

Noctus appears as a handsome woman who is often smiling. In contrast to her sister, Auraura, she wears a black dress emblazoned with stars, and holds a candle which has almost burnt out the length of its wick. Sometimes the candle has already burnt out, and is drawn with just a wisp of smoke drifting from its tip.

Domain

Noctus is the moon, and she rules over the night and all nocturnal creatures.

Worship

Although less revered than her sister Auraura, Noctus plays an important part of Runish religion. People pray to her for a restful sleep and peaceful dreams, and call to her aid to banish monsters which roam the lands during the night. She is a favourite among travellers (especially seafarers) who use the moon and stars to aid them in their travels.

 

Hyra, Keeper of the Golden Hall

Appearance

Hyra is depicted as a tall, menacing, middle-aged woman. She is often represented wearing a suit of delicate looking armour, and sometimes also a long flowing skirt, and/or a cape. Her hair is tightly braided and many feet long, often shown to be laid out around her feet or bundled in her arms. It is said that each braid within her hair represents one year in her position of keeper of the Golden Hall.

Domain

Hyra is the Keeper of the Golden Hall. The Golden Hall is where one will go in the afterlife if a good, honourable life has been led. Upon one's death, Hyra will look upon you and know of the deeds of your life. If she judges you worthy, then she will grant you access to the Golden Hall, where you will spend the rest of eternity in the knowledge that you have lead your life in a just way.

Worship

Hyra is rarely directly worshiped, since it is believed that she will not favour you if you do so. She is, however, held with great reverence, and it is thought very unwise to neglect her from any toasts or other celebrations that include other gods. The only time one might pray to Hyra is on one's death bed, or when one is faced with the prospect of one's death (e.g. before battle).

 

Hoath, Guardian of the Underworld

Appearance

Hoath appears as a thin, skeletal figure, who stands straight upright with his arms crossed over his chest. He is garbed in robes which were at one time splendid refinery, but have since turned to tattered rags. What stand out most about Hoath, however, are his facial features - or lack thereof. His bald head has neither mouth, nor nose nor ears, with just the eyes remaining.

Domain

Hoath takes those souls whom Hyra does not deem worthy of the Golden Hall and guides them to the Underworld. The Underworld is a place of timeless nothingness, where one may drift for millennia and not encounter anything else save one's own maddening solitude.

Worship

Hoath is the most feared of the major gods of Rune. He is never worshipped, and is very rarely depicted in any way. There are no temples to him to be found in any major settlement, and Hoath is so reviled that even mentioning him in conversation, spiritual or otherwise, is rarely done. If reference is made to him, then it is usually done by mumblings of "The Other".

 

Eolande, Ruler of Plants, Animals and the Weather

Appearance

Eolande is depicted as a young girl, often skipping through a forest or sitting quietly by the side of a still pond. She has flowers in her auburn hair, and wears a simple dress made of leaves. She is thought of a child due to the randomness of weather, which can be attributed to the immaturity of the deity which oversees it.

Domain

Eolande is the goddess of nature, the weather and animals which are not seen as monstrous or tainted with Dark Arc magic.

Worship

Eolande is seen as the most impartial of the Gods, and yet the most fickle. She can grant a farmer a good crop one year and then smash his house down with a fierce wind the next. Thus, Eolande is both feared and loved, and there are few who dismiss her powers entirely.

 

Belm, the Warrior and Guardian

Appearance

Belm, the Lord of Battle, appears as a holy knight donned in a shining suit of armour, sitting astride a gallant white warhorse. Belm’s face is always covered by his helm; indeed, none of his body is exposed through the plate mail he wears.

Belm is often depicted with a weapon, either a lance or a mighty war hammer and a shield. His symbol is a clenched gauntlet, which is used more often than the god's image itself.

Domain

Belm is the God of war, battle and conflict. He keeps those he judges as worthy safe and protects them when in battle.

Worship

Every knight within Rune worships Belm as a guardian in battle, for it believed that it is only with Belm’s aid that victory can be achieved. Friends and families of people called to war also pray to Belm for the combatant’s safe return.

Only the most noble warriors are able to bear Belm’s gauntleted fist as a symbol in battle.

 

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