Monday, 6 June 2011

Deities of Kaelaross: part 3

Slargor, Chaotic God of War, Death, Blood and Skulls
Symbol: Two crossed axes under a white skull
Slargor is in some ways the evil counterpart of Adonor, the chaotic rather than lawful god of combat. He is usually depicted as a skull-faced warrior encased in plate mail armour and wielding two axes, one in each hand. He is popular among the military forces of chaos, particularly among humanoids such as orcs, gnolls, ogres and hobgoblins, as well as chaotic human bandits and mercenaries. Although bloodthirsty, he is considered not as nihilistic and insanely destructive as Skreech.

Storshin, Chaotic God of Disease, Corruption and Undeath
Symbol: Green Skeletal hand on grey background
Storshin is the god of decay and entropy. All things crumble, all things fail, all things die, and Storshin oversees this and maybe speeds up the process a bit. He and his followers have a special interest in diseases, especially infectious ones, and spreading a virulent pestilence will please Storshin a lot. As King of the Undead, Storshin considers undeath to be the proper end to life - any process or person that turns living folk into undead is worthwhile to Storshin.

Partheusa, Neutral Goddess of Craftsmanship and Skill
Symbol: Blacksmith's Hammer on an orange background
Partheusa is similar in outlook to Sturnornel, though Partheusa is less interested in brute hard work and more interested in skill and ingenuity. Partheusa is also less concerned about how creations are put to use, and will look more kindly on a well-crafted instrument of torture than a shoddily-made plough. She is popular with many artisans and smiths, including some dwarves and those who wish to create magic items.

Eldara, Lawful Goddess of Music, Art, Literature and Romance
Symbol: Lyre on a mauve background
Although elves are generally not lawful, Eldrara is the one deity they often worship. Eldara is interested in all beautiful things and her followers include artists, writers, musicians and both those in love and those seeking love. Despite the terrible events that have happened over the last 50 years, Eldara has remained popular - this may be because the things she represents and promotes makes the current harsh situation tolerable.

Haaken, Neutral God of the Wilderness, Animals and Plants
Symbol: Brown Bear
Haaken is worshipped by those who live in or depend upon the wild for their living - trappers, hunters, woodcutters, explorers and herbalists all at least show him respect. He is considered the father of natural predators, so appeasing him is believed to keep livestock safe from wolves, foxes and eagles. A number of sylvan creatures and wild beings follow him: dryads, centaurs, actaeons and rakastas are all known to worship him from time to time. If druids are used in your campaign, he is the natural choice (no pun intended).

Valgar, Lawful God of the Earth, Mining and Dwarves
Symbol: Crossed pickaxes on brown and grey background
Valgar is the patron of dwarves and gnomes, and he is often portrayed as an archetypal dwarf, with a big reddish beard, chain mail vest, horned helmet and battleaxe. Any other folks who intend to go underground will also pay respect to him, including human miners and spelunkers. Valgar, along with Vought, Torthola and Derlona, is an elemental deity. His home is on the elemental plane of Earth.

See also
Deities of Kaelaross part 1
Deities of Kaelaross part 2

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