Shadows Gather Darkly
The Five Faiths
The Five Faiths
Holy City: Lae Bareth, Lu Komensae Island, Wair-Rae.
Mortal Head: High King Caemarou
Holy Canons: Kae Ansilsae
Holy Symbol: see below
Majority Areas: Ungria, Wair-Rae, Kaid-Onor, The Colonies
Other Areas: Serhaem, Lae Ossard
No. of followers: 4,000,000
Martial Arm: Lu Andrasta’s Sargo (the Silvan Guard).
Most Holy Day: 5th day, of the 5th month of each 5th year.
The Five Faiths are followed by the elves (the Velsana), all united together into one pantheon of Ungria, Wair-Rae, her colonies and the sanctioned faith of the tribes of Kaid-Onor. The five churches each follow a different god and are individually governed. The head of each of these churches also sits on a council known as Lu Konsenardae. It is this council that regulates the actions of the united faiths. The five individual churches are dedicated to the following gods.
Culann – father of craftsmen: Culann is the father of Dylann, Teteri and Andrasta, and partner to Pennardum. Along with his brother, the primal force known as Pordanamor, Culann is the eldest of the elven gods. Culann is god of craftsmen, farmers and many others who work with their hands. He is the father of the Velsana (the elven race). Culann has two main symbols – an upheld hand with fingers spread and any craft tool. His holy days are any time that is special to the faithful. For example, amongst farming villages the first day of harvest is often called Culann’s Day. In towns, artisans hold Culann’s holy days on the biggest annual market days.
Dylann – lord of healers and scholars: Dylann is followed by the passive, the caring, the scholarly, and the artistic. He has much to do with the intricacies of the pillar-cities and in many ways is a god of progress and compassion. His most common symbols are an open book and a single eye with a golen iris shedding a blue tear. The summer solstice is the beginning of a celebration of life and healing, a festival called Jesda Bae which will last three days. The winter solstice is observed in a five day ritual, the Rura-Bar, which mourns the passing of relatives, friends and loved ones.
Teteri – keeper of nature: Teteri is also known as the Lord of the Wild and Shepherd of the Mad. He represents the most primal forces in the elven psyche. Teteri does what he wills, driven by wild mood swings, pursuing goals that only he knows. His symbols include the wild wolf, the oak tree and the sun. The first day of each season marks the beginning of a three day festival that celebrates the coming time.
Andrasta – lady of war: Andrasta has a long held animosity with her father, Culann, who is a pacifist. They have never agreed since she came of age. She gave birth to the abomination Terura. A pair of crossed swords in front of a round shield is her symbol. The fifth day of summer is celebrated annually as the anniversary of the Battle of Ansilsae.
Pennardum – goddess of honour, love and duty: Mother to the Velsana. She is the symbol of elven life. She has a hidden side – in the shadows she cries her shame and sadness for the folly of her feuding husband and only daughter, Andrasta. The secret that broke the divine family is that of Andrasta’s child, Terura, the Horned God, corrupt god of darkness and evil. Many symbols are used for Pennardum symbol – from the heart, to the rainbow, acorn and the white dove. Often, many are mixed together in great works of art. The most holy day for her faithful is the first day of Spring.