Gods of Kur - Part 2

Copyright Peter Mork © 2014

Gods of Kur - Part 2

Last month we introduced two self-contradictory gods of nature. This month we turn our attention to a pair of gods that, despite their opposing natures, engage in playful banter with each other.


Machafuko is god of chaos. His appearance is ephemeral. Some days male, other days female. Some days he appears human, other days in the form of a harmless butterfly or hedgehog. The only constant is that Machafuko's eyes are never of the same color. When in human form, he wears a long vest with countless pockets, each containing some random item he has acquired on his journeys (usually broken). On his back he carries his daughter, Eris, goddess of discord and cacophony.

Machafuko (unsurprisingly) likes to keep his fellow gods guessing. However, this doesn't mean being perpetually random. In fact, Machafuko is the patron of lawyers and legislators, whom he feels embody the capricious nature of rule systems.

Machafuko's contributions to humanity are considerable, if somewhat arbitrary. All children of Kur are born with eyes of two different colors; in many cultures a child reaches the age of maturity when his eyes first match. (This means that there are quite old children!) Similarly, a child receives its soul at some random point between conception and birth.


Nin-Kisura is the goddess of borders. She prefers everything in its place and a place for everything. In her human form, she sports a crest of bronze feathers atop her head and colorful (some say gaudy) jewelry. In her bestial form, she assumes the shape of a lamassu. In either form she has access to any Arcane spell that limits magical powers or confines an opponent.

Nin-Kisura and Machafuko were imprisoned together in their youth. Each power controlled exactly 50% of the room. Nin-Kisura's side was orderly, Machafuko's side, not so much. Regardless, Nin-Kisura was content so long as there existed a clear boundary separating the two sides. (Given Machafuko's influence, the boundary was ever-changing.)

Most days, Nin-Kisura watches over the boundary between Kur and the afterworld. Living souls are denied entry to afterworld, much like the souls of the deceased are denied a return to Kur. Thus, once a soul reaches the afterworld, one must petition Nin-Kisura for Lifegiving spells. (However, souls have been known to linger on Kur for centuries, so there is no reason to believe that a soul that has departed from its host body has found its way to the afterworld.)