Well of Odium
Gods and Goddesses
There are many small discrepancies between the different holy texts of Lyrr. However the story of the creation of the gods remains inexplicably almost exactly the same for each of the ten major faiths of Lyrr (itemized below).
The beginning and creation of Lyrr itself is shrouded in mystery – no one god or faith is attributed with the task. However it is handed down and recorded in several ancient texts that the Four Elder Gods came upon Lyrr and so liked what they saw that they decided to stay and make it their own. No resistance was offered and so it was presumed that no other Gods had existed before them. Ages uncounted passed and while the mortal beings of Lyrr evolved, Almus, Skelus and Inferi reigned supreme as the only Deities. There came a time however when Inferi grew bored, and coerced himself upon his sister. From this immortal union came 6 of the Minor Gods (Innalys, Bellor, Drualtys, Fios, Pohl, Cynhara). The last of the Minor Gods is Rakain. His origin is unknown, and though his most devout followers claim he is the true First God and Creator of Lyrr no one believes them as they are usually quite insane.
(God of Good) – Almus, The Just
One of the four Elder Gods of Lyrr. Faith in Almus is for those who wish to walk the path of truth and justice, fellowship and generosity. Temples of Almus can be found in almost every human settlement and the Priests of Almus devote much of their lives to teaching, as well as converting those they believe to be on the wrong path. The Priests often offer sanctuary, at risk to their own lives, to Lyrran citizens who seek shelter from the Masks of Skelus, and will help any citizen who comes to them in peace, not only those who pray to Almus.
Symbol = Shield with red accent
(God of Evil) – Skelus, The Vile
Another of the four Elder Gods. Those who worship Skelus revel in violence and callousness, malice and wrongdoing. The priests who serve in the temples of Skelus are called Talons, and His devoted servants are called Masks, so named for the extravagant face shield that each is required to wear (the more elaborate the design, the more powerful and influential the wearer). Masks have been known to take young children, usually the homeless or orphans, and force them to serve their faith. These children either join the cause or are never heard from again. The Masks are generous and tolerant towards citizens who pray to Skelus, and completely ruthless towards those who do not.
Symbol = Mask opposite of Almus' totem
(Gods of Life and Death) – The Twins – Silenti, the Pure and Inferi, the Corrupter
Also Elder Gods. The worship of the Twins is for the strong-willed only, as one cannot accept the faith of one of these Gods into their heart without also following the other. Those who dedicate themselves to serving the Twins (called Brothers or Sisters of Lunas) do so in one of the few temples that exist across Lyrr. These true believers are almost always fanatic in their loyalty and claim to have achieved a level of complete balance in their existence. There is a strong sense of fellowship among those who follow the Path of Lunas, and even the faithful who do not serve at the temple, but simply practice the faith as aspect of their lives, are always given sanctuary in the temple should they need it.
Symbol = The Twin Moons
(Goddess of Nature) – Innalys, The Patient
A minor deity – the first born child of Silenti and Inferi. The worship of Innalys is for those who revere the ways of nature. Shepherds of Innalys have no buildings or temples around which they center their faith, but instead roam Lyrr helping and healing where they can. A wooden staff, decorated individually but each one topped by a sun, is their only badge of office (and also the conduit of their power). The Shepherds of Innalys are completely intolerant of any abuses of or to nature, and are not afraid to use their powers when they feel necessary.
Symbol = sun with leaf
(God of War) – Bellor, The Fearless
A minor deity – the second born child of Silenti and Inferi. Warring, conflict and competition are some of the common bonds for those who worship Bellor, and many who are faithful to the War God will take contracts with those of other faiths. Though the priests (referred to as Spears) who serve in the temples of Bellor are powerful and dedicated to their cause, they are few in number. Some of those who pray to Bellor (called Blades) choose to worship their god by spilling blood with honour in his name. Others pay homage with a raised mug of ale or a victorious battle cry.
Symbol = V made of lightning bolts
(Deity of Magic) – Drualtys, The Silent
A minor deity – the third born child of Silenti and Inferi. All things supernatural are the specialties of those who worship Drualtys – a mysterious deity with neither a defined male or female identity. The powerful Mancers of Drualtys serve in small unprotected temples, scattered about the land. They often work closely with the non-human races of Lyrr in order to increase their mastery of all things magic. Very few apprentices are taken in, only those who show an aptitude for the supernatural. Mancers are leery and untrusting of sharing information with anyone.
Symbol = star with mix of male female sign
(Goddess of Knowledge) – Fios, The Curious
A minor deity – the fourth born child of Silenti and Inferi. Those who directly serve in the temples of Fios as Monks are spurred by an inborn desire to accumulate as much knowledge and learning as possible. The Monks of Fios are renowned for their generosity when it comes to offering proper payment for any writings etc. they wish to acquire for their temples (called Libraries). They are also known for their near perfect memories which are often the cause of animosity and competition among themselves. The Libraries of Fios are therefore usually a centre of intrigue and scheming. Nevertheless all seekers of knowledge and learning are welcome especially those who bring offerings in the form of new knowledge.
Symbol = burning torch
Alignment = neutral/neutral
(God of Order) – Pohl, The Seer
A minor deity – the fifth born child of Silenti and Inferi, and twin brother of Cynhara the Goddess of Chaos. The worshippers of Pohl are the Oracles of Lyrr – each one can see into the future to some degree. When the talent is first realized during the infant stages, the child is taken immediately to a Temple of Pohl for testing. If they are found to have sufficient power they will be kept there to serve the rest of their life as an Oracle. Those with lesser talents often become guides or advisors to the rich and powerful. Those who are unlucky enough to not have the talent revealed by the time they reach puberty usually go helplessly insane or are found dead of suicide. The perplexing Oracles (with the help of the Clerics of Cynhara) trade their knowledge of the future on a seemingly random basis, and usually request mysterious and odd items for payment in return.
Symbol = sideways divining rod
(Goddess of Chaos) – Cynhara, The Forgetful
A minor deity – the sixth and last born child of Silenti and Inferi and twin sister of Pohl, the God of Order. Many who pray to the Goddess of Chaos also follow the path towards other Gods. However, those who devote their lives to Cynhara become her Clerics and live in the Temple of Pohl in order to tend to the affairs of the Oracles who serve the twin brother of their Goddess (see above). The Clerics act almost as mediators – informing those visiting the Temple of what their payment will be, and when visitors return with payment, sometimes have the task of informing the visitor that their trek to the island was in vain. Clerics of Cynhara usually choose their path in life at an early age (before puberty) and each one mysteriously appears on the steps of the temple one day, with no knowledge of their past and an irrefutable desire to serve. Clerics also have a tendency to have brief memories.
Symbol = flames
(God of Mischief) – Rakain, The Liar
A minor deity (?) – Rakain is the unknown immortal factor. Many citizens of different walks of life pay homage or say the occasional prayer to Rakain (thieves, con artists, bureaucrats). However, almost nothing is known of his true followers as the few that exist can't be found in one place long enough to get a complete story, and then one never knows if they are telling the truth. There are no temples or houses of worship to Rakain, there is no standard title for his followers, and there is in fact no way to tell for certain if one is a believer or not. There have been rumours passed along during the ages that his true followers have great powers and abilities, but this has never been proven.
Symbol = spiral