Friday, April 21, 2017

The Gods of Enzada III: Selindari Pantheon

Selindari Gods

   The Selindari worship all gods, and their pantheon is massively inclusive of all faiths, religions and beliefs; there is a sense in Selindar that the embrace of the divine is essential to human survival and understanding, and that no one belief should be regarded as sacrosanct and above all others. As a result, most gods in the Hub of Etyri are worshipped here. However, a few gods stand out as being distinctly local. Such gods include the following.

Creation Myth: the Selindari have an exotic creation myth which contends that each land was its own island, on the great Vanzarik Ocean. Each patheon of gods arose and created their land as they saw fit, and it was the call of Etyri, who rested upon the hub of the world, that drew the islands of the many gods and their creations together to form the convergence of three great lands. The Selindari of course say they are the favored of the goddess, chosen by her to bring commerce, education and language to the many lands such that all men could speak and communicate their ideas.

AL: LG; Domains: Commerce, Life, Knowledge; Symbol: a scale with coins
   The goddess of commerce, engagement and diplomacy is regarded as the principle goddess of the local Selindari pantheon. Though Etyri is regarded by many as a modern goddess, it is her influence in the ways and thought of the Selindari that have made their culture what it is over the last two thousand years. The dictates of the goddess founded the politics and caste system of the land, and also fostered a curious openness to all religions and beliefs, such that the Selindari adopted whole swathes of the Merillian, Fadasari and Dasamite pantheons as their own. Etyri is truly the goddess who rules Selindar.

AL: LG; Domains: Life; Symbol: the image of a circular pool of water
   The benevolent goddess of healing and prosperity is the second most popular goddess in Selindar. Her life-giving waters are found throughout the kingdom, and it is said that her touch can heal the sick. Elinzada’s magic is powerful and well known. Every few years a servant is chosen who bears her spirit, a literal embodiment of the goddess, and that servant of the goddess much journey from city to city to offer her healing, using his magic to empower her sacred pools.
   Recently Elinzada’s servant was murdered, and his replacement is missing. There is doubt that the goddess will be able to bring healing as she is supposed to, and now at least one city has fallen ill to a plague of darkness. These are all believed to be related, and there is a call in the land for heroes to seek out and find the missing spirit of the goddess.

The Lesser Household Gods and Spirits and the Trade Gods
AL: Various; Domains: various; Symbols: various
   The household gods and spirits of Selindar and Waladar are similar to the “Rabbits” of Nepar, in that they represent highly specific entities, usually regarded as folk spirits or lesser gods, who are dedicated to the protection and maintenance of specific duties, concepts, tasks and social functions. There are about seventy three hundred documented in the annals of the High Temple of Etyri in Uralhat at last count.
   The trade gods are a subset of the household gods, specifically considered servants of Etyri herself who oversee aspects of trade, commerce and goods. They are all regarded as important servants of the goddess.
   There are no priests of specific lesser deities like this. Instead, priests who dedicate themselves to large swathes of such deities provide advice and ritual services for households or merchants of a wide range of useful deities. Some priests may gain a corner on the “market of blessings” by offering such services to invoke especially rare household gods, such as the god of chimneys or the god of cheese.

Palitonius, the Belt and Buckler
AL: LG; Domains: Knowledge; Symbol: A belt buckle; Selindari Trade God (borrowed from Merille)
   Originally a minor folk spirit of Merille, Palitonius became one of the thousand trade gods of Selindar and has subsequently become popular abroad, while his memory in Merille is all but lost. Palitonius is the lesser deity of belts, buckles, knots and straps. If you need something secure, a blessing from this diety will help. Sailors love Palitonius, and see him as a patron deity as well.

Jms, Lord Tablet Cooking
AL: LN; Domains: Knowledge; Symbol: the pot and pan; Selindari and Waladari Trade God
   A trade god of cooking who has also become a common household god in Waladar.

Mereska, Patron of childbirth
AL: NG; Domains: life; Symbol: a pregnant woman; Selindari and Skarkathic Household Goddess
   The goddess of childbirth and doulas is very popular in Selindar and Skarkathis too, for some reason. She is regarded in Skarkathis as a spirit of the home.

Drumia, Goddess of Virgins
AL: LG; Domains: light; Symbol: a venus figure; Selindari and SKarkathic Household Goddess
   The goddess of virgins and young women is seen as sister to Mereska, and is popular in the same lands she has spread to. She is the embodiment of femininity before childbirth.

Sukavese, Goddess of Poultry and Fowl
AL: LN; Domains:  Nature; Symbol: a regal hen; Selindari Household Goddess

   One of the many popular Selindari household deities, Sukavese oversees those who raise fowl for food or otherwise. A very benevolent goddess by all accounts, unless you are a game bird or tengu. The Tengu haaaaate Sukavese and see her as a death goddess.

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