“Caer Glais” Preview Excerpt

Copyright Copyright Chris Seal and Iron Crown Enterprises Ltd © 2018

Edited by Peter Mork for The Guild Companion

"Many of the gods of the South were not born gods, but have been uplifted from their mortal form through supernatural means or through acts that defy the normal bounds of mortal activity."

An Extract from the peoples and cultures of the southern lands of the world of Mithra, as given in the in-progress campaign sourcebook, Caer Glais.

Brief overview of the gods

There are many gods who rule over various aspects of life in the lands of Tyrisia and the South. Each of the groups who reside in the region have their own understanding of the gods and an associated pantheon. A brief summary of these gods follows.

  1. The Gods of the Gael
    The gods worshipped by the Gael people are part of an extended family. Muirghean, Danu and Arnwen are elemental forces that have always existed and from them the other gods arose. Crom Dubh is another elemental force, representing the evil that came into the world. He is unknown to the majority of the Gael.
    goddess of storms.
    (pron. Ao-thain) god of earth and oaths.
    god of death and poets
    goddess of crafting and healing
    god of the hunt
    Crom Dubh
    god of evil
    god of drunkenness and strength
    goddess of the Danaan, community and patron of mothers and children
    goddess of magic
    goddess of suffering
    goddess of war
    (pron. Muir-vain) god of rivers and oceans
    goddess of the moon and agriculture
    goddess of guidance and the lost
  2. The Gods of the South
    The gods of the people of the South (the Beltae and the Gedesh) reflect the lands that they inhabit, harsh and unforgiving, yet passionate and full of life. Many of the gods of the South were not born gods, but have been uplifted from their mortal form through supernatural means or through acts that defy the normal bounds of mortal activity. It is the belief that ascension from mortal to godhood is possible that drives the people of the south to strive against the odds.
    goddess of love, passion and joy
    god of winter, the cold and death
    god of the moon, the hunt and the sky
    god of justice, law and judge of the dead
    goddess of healing, healers and plagues
    Lessa Varnsdottir
    goddess of luck
    god of the sea
    god of smiths, metal and civilisation
    goddess of magic and secrets
    god of knowledge and skalds
    Varn Godborn
    god of the people of the South, strength, bravery and war against evil
    Vasteth the Devourer
    god of destruction and evil
  3. The Gods of the Tyrisian People
    The church of Caelum is the state religion in the Empire of Tyrisia and has outlawed the worship of the other "old" gods. Among the other Tyrisian people, the pantheon of Tyrisian gods are still followed that has led to large-scale conflict between the Empire and its Tyrisian neighbours. Imperial missionaries have recently arrived in the Aeden Isles and have established the church of Caelum (known to the Gael as Caerwyn) as the dominant religion of Cwaenydd, the largest of the Aeden Isles. In these lands, worship of other deities is rapidly being stamped out.
    Adryn Battlemistress
    goddess of honour and battle
    goddess of illness and plague
    god of the sun and the Empire of Tyrisia. In the Empire, the church has expanded to fill many of the roles that the other gods once did. As such there are several distinct orders within the church. The key orders are:
    The Inquisition
    Hunters of heretics and protectors of the spiritual well being of the church.
    Specialise in carrying out funeral rites and helping those who mourn.
    Night Hunters
    Clergy who specialise in hunting down unnatural threats to the citizens of the Empire.
    Order of the Cudgel
    Charged with the protection of the Empire and the authority of the church.
    Order of the Martyred Lady
    Priests militant who watch over the battlefield ensuring that the rules of war are followed.
    Ordo Missionarium
    Missionaries who carry the word of Caelum to the world
    god of tyranny and war without honour
    Dagnos Worldwalker
    god of travellers and the wild
    Dallandra and Karyan
    twin goddesses of beauty. Dallandra represents the dark side of vanity and jealousy, while Karyan represents love and joy.
    god of crafters
    Lucien the Swift
    god of daring and success against the odds.
    Magda Gentlehands
    goddess of healing
    Mortenuous the Undying
    god of death and undeath
    Ralda Runeweaver
    goddess of law, writing and magic
    Rowane the Seer
    goddess of seers and the blind
    Vanyion Silvertongue
    god of merchants and trade