Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday is God Day - Mylien, Ryllan Synarion, Sineiri Syl, and Zoryd

Tuesday is God Day cause it's named after Tyr most awesomest Norse god of all. This post continues a series on the gods of Pelos, the major power in my high magic, epic, pseudo Roman/Ancients campaign. This glossary might be helpful.


Mylien
"mile-ee-in" Greater Deity (Lawful Good)

Mother Mylien is one of The Nine. She appears as a attractive Common Pelosian with short brown hair and warm brown eyes. Sometimes old, sometimes young. Dressing in clean white common robes. Always with a cheerful demeanor. Mylien's symbol is the garlic plant. Favored weapon quarterstaff.

"Mylien loves you."

Portfolio: healing, health, protection, compassion

Domains: Creation, Healing, Protection, Good

Cleric Training: Priests of The Nine or Pantheists train together at various temples, monasteries, and religious schools. Mylien's priests continue learning the arts at hospitals, clinics, and refugee camps.

Quests: Clerics are regularly sent out on missions, to the country, poor areas, refugee camps to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and restore the spirit.

Prayers: Quiet and soothing. It is said just hearing a Mylien priest pray is enough to heal.

Temples: The typical Pelosian temple will have statues or altars to The Three in the middle surrounded by altars to The Nine. Which in turn are surrounded by nooks and crannies for alters to The Many Others. Unlike most other gods Mylien temples(hospitals and clinics) are common. They are clean, airy, bright places of health and healing.

Rites: Babies are often delivered by Mylien clerics and almost all are turned over to them for a few days of blessings, protections, and wardings. The same at ages 3 and 9.


Ryllan Synarion
"rile-lan se-na-ree-on" - Intermediate Deity (Neutral Evil)

The god of strife Ryllan Synarion is one of The Nine. He is the cause of war, conflict, argument and the struggle to survive. A tall gaunt High Pelosian of stout build. Ryllan always wears his armor and wields two glimmering short swords. One side of his face is contorted in anguish the other is dominated by the toothy grin of maniacal laughter. His followers are identified by two triangles one blue, one gray arranged in perpendicular, conflicting ways. The Pelosian short sword is his favored weapon.

"I know, lets you and him fight."

Portfolio: strife, conflict, argument, war

Domains: War, Mysticism, Pestilence, Summoner

Cleric Training: Priests of The Nine or Pantheists train together at various temples, monasteries, and religious schools.

Prayers: Drums, gongs, bells, trumpets out of tune and playing not together.

Temples: The typical Pelosian temple will have statues or altars to The Three in the middle surrounded by altars to The Nine. Which in turn are surrounded by nooks and crannies for alters to The Many Others. Temples to Ryllan, if they exist, are not publicly known. Shrines to him are found at war memorials and occasionally where soldiers congregate.

Rites: None publicly known.



Sineiri Syl
"see-nay-ee-ree sil" Intermediate Deity (Neutral Good)

Sineiri Syl is one of The Nine. She/he is a hermaphodite and changes from male, female, or some mixture of the two at will. (S)he enjoys all that life has to offer. She is easiest described as a party god. Sineiri appears to be an attractive High Pelosian. Often half dressed but always with a goblet in hand. A goblet tipped so its spilling deep red wine is the sign that a shrine or temple to Sineiri is near. (S)he has no favored weapon. (instead clerics get +2 competency bonus to one of gambling, brewing, perform)


"Less talk, more wine."


Portfolio: games, revelry, gluttony, parties, fun

Domains: Competition, Luck, Creation

Cleric Training: Priests of The Nine or Pantheists train together at various temples, monasteries, and religious schools.

Quests: Priests often compete against one another in contests of skill, luck, or who can drink the mostest, the fastest.

Prayers: Quit talking and drink up, life is short.

Temples: The typical Pelosian temple will have statues or altars to The Three in the middle surrounded by altars to The Nine. Which in turn are surrounded by nooks and crannies for alters to The Many Others. Major cities have sprawling palace like temples to Sineiri Syl. They are quite popular.

Rites: Coming of age often involves and all night, weekend, or weeklong binge with your local Sineiri Priest.

When Flame leaves the night sky to join Waterdrop during the eighth month there is a great celebration. There are important Myri rites to perform but Sineiri Syl knows its just an excuse for one honking big party. Many children are born nine months later.

Zoryd
"zoard" - Greater Deity (Chaotic Neutral)

The Master of the Deep is one of The Nine. In the depths sleeps Zoryd, brooding and angry in his dreams over his isolation from the other gods. He wakes only rarely. Thankfully for when he does the waters rise up and try to swallow the land. Zoryd isn't "worshiped" as such. It is more of an appeasement. The most common depiction of Zoryd is that of a reclining, sleeping human, bare chested with only a loin cloth for cover. Sometimes with a a net other times with a large war axe. Statues of him are often literally placed under seawater. Deep blue usually shaped into a triangle is Zoryd's symbol. The net is his favored weapon.

"At sea the only Zoryd is between you and death. Best not to do
anything that would cause him to consider this fact."


Portfolio: seas and oceans, weather at sea, sea creatures, travel by water, fishing

Domains: Weather, Water, Animals, Travel

Cleric Training: Priests of The Nine or Pantheists train together at various temples, monasteries, and religious schools. Priests of Zoryd often come from fishing or trading families.

Quests: Typically involve returning various treasures "stolen" from the seas.

Prayers: Sacrifices, crushed and scattered in the sea. Prayers are best done at sea. The truly serious ones are done in the sea.

Temples: The typical Pelosian temple will have statues or altars to The Three in the middle surrounded by altars to The Nine. Which in turn are surrounded by nooks and crannies for alters to The Many Others. Shrines and temples built to placate Zoryd are always near the sea. Several large ones are actually under the sea. Zoryd's waters magically kept at bay.

Rites: Before a new boat first touches the water it had better be blessed by one of Zoryd's priests or it shall surely sink.

Herald and Allies: Zoryd occasional manifests as a terrible hurricane. Leviathons and titans of the sea are either other manifestations or his allies, priests aren't sure




That's it for Pelos. Next time we move east to the hot, sandy Qatrun city states and their militant monothesim The Holy Fist of Hlark!

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