Religion

Excerpts from
History of Religion
by
Lucas Anatoliy

ALLFATHER/THE POLYGOD
Most prominent of all religious figures was the Allfather. Regarded as the demiurge of all existence, worship of the Allfather was surprisingly varied. It was divided into two major schools of beliefs – Patriarism and Reticulism.

Patriarists believed the Allfather to be a single omnipotent entity, a grand designer of all known universe. It being a highly intelligent being of wisdom far beyond human grasp, he is both a caring and vengeful father figure and so must be pleased by leading a virtuous and altruistic life.

Reticulists believe that the Allfather is actually a polygod – an all powerful hivemind. The thesis behind this theory being that Allfather represents all characteristics of life in a network of Aspects. Each Aspect representing things like Wisdom, Agriculture, Deception, Justice, Death and such. It is obvious not all Aspects were deemed benevolent but as they all are a part of a much greater being it creates balance and synergy depicting how good and bad things in the world are part of nature, one incapable of existing without the other. Worshipers of this faith usually focused themselves on one Aspect (for example the Aspect Priests of Justice situated in Cartal, Lawrenzia, to see the full list of Aspects turn to page 283)

While there existed some tension between Patriarists and Reticulists both factions for the most part kept a truce accepting that they are after all worshiping a mutual god."

PAGAN DEITIES
These deities were mostly regional and labeled as heretical by believers of Allfather, most of them originating from fables and various beliefs and superstitions. Though as is with all religion their actual existence can be debated to the same level as that of Allfather.

Ymir – The frostlord. Worship of Ymir was based around Davinsgrad and even there it was slowly dying out in favor of Allfather. Depicted as an old warrior or a traveler with an icicle beard, Ymir was believed to be a living deity walking the cold plains of Davinsgrad, farmers would leave tribute by their doorstep to prevent the boon of deadly weather. Warriors payed tribute or devoted feats of bravery to Ymir for protection from the deadly cold of their native land.

The Void – A primordial force. Worship of The Void was extremely scarce during the Age of Supremacy, however it is believed to be the oldest recorded religion. As the holy scriptures of Allfather state “In the beginning there was nothing, then the Allfather willed himself into the existence, he dispersed the dark nothingness and created light and along with it the world”. Followers of this faith believed that the nothingness was The Void, the beginning and the eventual end of the world. It embodied the eventual destruction of all things, the world started with The Void and it shall end in it. The followers saw The void as a vengeful force that is to be feared, that sees all life as meaningless. Tributes were paid to feed The Void so it would be pleased which in turn prevent ill omens to the person. There weren’t much organized conglomerations of this religion apart from the odd cult or two however it is rumored to have been practiced in Barbator. It is commonly referred to as the Old Faith.

Fosfor – The morningstar. A rather simplistic deity symbolizing the everburning sun. Its worship was widely practiced by farmers of varying kingdoms however much like the most of pagan deities it was prone to extinction in favor of the Allfather. However it is believed that Fosfor served as the prototypical Patriarist Allfather as it embodied rather similar virtues.

Usin (ooh-sin) – Deity of spring. Purviews of Usin included fertility, celebration, flora and fauna. Also rumored to be the prototype to Allfather. Tribute to Usin was paid to ensure healthy childbirth and fruitful harvest as well as the wellbeing of cattle. Along with tribute celebrations in Usin’s name were frequent and usually held during summer solstice accompanied with feasts.

Fortuna, Mara and Decla – Triplet goddesses of luck, fortune and fate. Little records remain of actual worship of these deities leading to suspicion that ritualistic worship was not common for their followers. From this it can be deduced that it mostly revolved around good luck sayings and small charms showing the devotion to either of the goddesses or the whole of them as one to pray for good luck and prosperous future. Again the worship of the triplet goddesses wasn’t centered around a single region it is said to be most prominent in Hengstdorf where image of them was common on local currency.

The Four Winds – Vestur, Estur, Nordur and Sothur. Four brother deities each representing one of the four winds. Their worship was mostly centered around the coastal regions and mostly was practiced by fishermen and sailors. However nautical advances only reached their peak after the Age of Supremacy, by the time most pagan religions were all but diminished. However the deities were extremely popular among travelers and an occasional ranger."

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