Gods and Powers

Gods, Powers, and Saints of the Taer

“When I was a boy, my Uncle Mordechai would take me to the synagogue. There we would worship Kavash, once called the lonely god, now called the undescended. We would sing, read verses from the Talmuud, dance, and pray. We were his chosen people, and what many don’t understand, is that by being chosen we were special. Somedays it feels like the “special” of the boys who ride the small cart to the madrass." — Padrevin of Maahren

In the Taer, the gods are a central part of the everyman’s life. The gods are called upon for births, marriages, holy orders, blessings, festivals, deaths, and exorcisms. In the lands that are dominated by the unified churches, the greater gods are publicly worshiped, with the occasional lesser god, saint or city protector called upon in public. In private many small cults exist, albeit their existence is frowned upon, and sometimes persecuted. In the lands beyond the Western Realms, religion and politics ride on the same horse, and only the official god or gods are allowed, in or outside the home.

The Greater Pantheon of the Unified Churches.

When Cameron Incanus gathered the holy men and women of the Western Realms for the first conclave almost a millennia and a half ago he began the tradition of accepted worship that survives in the Taer today. When the first conclave ended, Incanus and the others established the rule of the Pantheons, and guarenteed that the major gods would be worshipped in every city of the Western Realms. These gods represented the elements and major races of the Taer. They are presented below in the Menfolk tongue, their accompanying wiki pages will explain more about the god or goddess and their worship.

Element Name god goddess
Air (element of Elvenfolk) Arshámon Earnwine Freyá Earnwæld
Earth (element of Dwarvenfolk) Sârthon Stangrim Nollë Osgeldwaru
Fire (element of Menfolk) Mittron Feuerleben Valané Feuerled
Water (element of Merfolk) Bahknon Meerphaddr Emeî Kælhelm

The Lesser Pantheon

When Cameron Incanus and the first conclave ended the Greather Pantheon was the only accepted gods that were worshiped. After a millenia of change, there was a schism in the Unified Churches. The eastern half of the church under the Patriarch of Iskaryia, and the Western Half under Matriarch of the Himmelstuhl (a debated seat of primacy in the Churches) began to disagree on the position of the status of several other important gods who were discovered in the interim. The eastern or oriental rite believed in a strict interpretation of the gods, with all other powers being considered saints. While the western, or Vettin rite, believed in a secondary pantheon (excluding Kavash) that could be venerated as holy powers. Four hundred years after the split, the schism still stands, with both sides calling each other heretics. In the Vettin rite, it is possible to venerate the lesser pantheon (usually in a chaplet or shrine.) The lesser powers have more or less status depending on country, inhabitants, and fashions of the nobility.

Saints

In all of the Unified Churches, the saints are venerated. Considered the least of powers, calling upon a Saint may grant someone with aid or comfort in a time of trouble or conflict. Saints tend to be venerated locally, and are generally tied to a specific area, or even person.

Gods and Powers

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