Pantheon & Feast Days

An Overview: The Pantheon of Calliden

The First God

The first god is the god that always was, predating all of the other gods and goddesses of the pantheon. He is older than time and, by his will, the world continues to exist. A fearsome god, he wears a cloak of lightning and moves with footsteps like the thunder, largely considered unapproachable and unwilling to accept sacrifices or other offerings from anyone, save the Imperatore. His name is unknown and not to be invoked by anyone save the Imperatore.

Although he bears the name 'Creator', he is not responsible for the creation of the physical world. Rather, he created the Twin Sisters and entrusted the task to them.

The Imperatore is the Creator's only mortal representative, and there is no temple dedicated to him.

Mura & Mara, The Celestial Twins

The Twin Sisters, also known as the Celestial Twins, are the builders of the world who delight in balance.

These two deities are sisters often regarded as the same entity, for one does not exist without the other, and share a temple and following.

After their birth, they called the winds to be their servants, carrying their messages and putting things where they should go. They built the mountains and dug the rivers and seas. They taught the storms their fierceness. After the world was created, they retreated from the world they made.

Mura built her palace on the surface of the sun and reigns there with a diadem of fire, while Mara made her palace on the surface of the moon and reigns there with a diadem of ice. Mara had pale eyes more sensitive than her sister's and asked the moon to shine more dimly, but could not see to the world below. She created the stars to help her light the world under her watch. As they gave order to the world, the sisters also give order to man. They are his counsel and gave him law and justice. They are also considered to be goddesses of enlightenment and creativity and thus also the patron of scholars, scribes, scriveners, philosophers, inventors, and other knowledge-seekers.

Moths are sacred to them, creatures of the air known to occupy both the night and the day.

Vivia, Goddess of Life

Vivia's dominion includes the things that grow and die, safeguarding over them until they are ready to pass into the hands of the goddess of death. The green of the world, the birds of the air, man. She taught man how to use creation to heal himself and walked among mankind in the form of a young doe. Beneath her hooves, the ground sprang to life with trees and flowers in abundance.

Until she was courted and won by Tet, she abstained from all physical contact entirely. She conceived and raised their daughter Amora, and numerous tales describe her protectiveness. Forests are sacred to her, and one should not linger in them for too long without asking for her blessing. Also the goddess of fertility, the harvest, and healing. She is considered to be the protector of unwed and widowed mothers, pregnant women, and children.

The deer is sacred to her.

Tet, God of War

When the twin sisters laid the three sacred rivers in the heart of the continent, they took river spirits — who roamed freely in the Age of the Walking Gods — and charged them as guardians. Those river spirits, in accordance with their new oaths, were changed. They grew long snouts filled with sharp teeth and scaled armor. Their eyes shifted to the top of their heads to allow them to hide themselves below the waters and watch above. They became the crocodiles of Calliden.

It is said that Tet was one of the first monsters of the river but grew too wise to remain among his brethren. With that knowledge also came martial lessons, giving the followers of the crocodile god the prowess in battle to be able to enforce law and will of the gods. It is said that he fell in love with the goddess vivia and changed his form to that of a stag for a time to court her.

The crocodile is sacred to him.

Amora, Goddess of Pleasure

Daughter of Vivia and Tet, Amora was born and sought to create a bridge between her parents. She taught man the ways of pleasure to alleviate suffering during life. A goddess of love, beauty, and youth, she also blesses artists, dancers, painters, sculptors, and musicians. Amora is said to have walked the world with a great cat, a leopard named Omaz. She also is said to have never traveled without her entourage: a large gathering of otherworldly spirits who would celebrate about her in near perpetuity. It is said that the revelers were humans once but were transformed when they lingered too long in Amora's company, forsaking the mortal life to instead live forever drinking her wine and eating her food.

The leopard is sacred to her.

Oneirod, God of Dreams

The great unblinking and never-sleeping eye of the dreaming god sees all. He gives the world its dreams, and blesses oracles with their Sight.

He existed first as a servant to the first god as his chronicler, but Oneirod was saddened to have no purpose but to record all things for someone who witnessed and remembered them himself. His tears filled the sea and river beds that the winds dug for the Twin Sisters. After the Great Silence, the Sisters gave him the ability to speak to mortals so that the gods wouldn't be forgotten. So, a thousand years ago, the first oracle spoke his words. When he walked in the world, he allied with his brethren to contain the newly born goddess, Noira. Because of his ever-watchfulness, he was set as a sentry.

One night, he was betrayed. Noira convinced the valerian plant to creep about him and, with its sweet perfume lull him to sleep. In exchange, it was spared from her withering touch. As he slept for the first time since his creation — the world changed. What Noira did not know was that, since reality itself made Oneirod''s waking dreams, the darkness and evil of his dreams — ungerminated seeds plucked from the hearts of men — became reality as he slept. His worst nightmares for the world were born that day, unleashed upon an unsuspecting reality. Amora found him sleeping, and it was her pet cat who chased away the valerian plant so she could wake Oneirod. To this day, valerian is known to attract cats.

The egret is sacred to him.

Noira, Goddess of Death

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When the world's first mortal man died, he had a seed in his belly. That seed grew into a blood-red flower that eventually bloomed and gave birth to the goddess of death.

She roamed creation for a time to its detriment. Her fingers turned things to ash, she scorched the soil beneath her feet, and her breath sucked the very life from the air. For the good of all mortals, she was banished to a kingdom in the center of the world. Now, as the twin sisters rule the living, she rules the dead. That does not mean, however, she is content to do so. Several myths detail her efforts to escape her prison, and she's also regarded as a vengeance goddess. Because she lives in the center of the world, she is revered as the mistress of mines and caverns. Known for her cunning and impartiality, all are equal to her. Men also appeal to her for knowledge into mysteries… albeit very carefully, as she is easily offended and her revelations are said to carry a heavy price. The price is — they say — all the heavier if she is not properly entreated and appeased before the asking.

The owl is sacred to her, and her temple color is black.

Feast Days

In the sacred city of Malik—capital of Calliden and home of the Eidai—any public celebration not honoring the gods is forbidden on their feast days. It is generally expected for people to participate in the other festival days, too.

Feast of Mura (January 1)

Beginning with dawn on the first day of the year and lasting until sunset of that day, the goddess Mura is celebrated. It is the only day where she is seen and celebrated as separate from her twin sister, Mara. it commences with releasing moths both diurnal and nocturnal so that they may separate themselves according to their natures amidst the sacred songs dedicated to the sun-dwelling goddess. As the twins are typically worshipped as a single entity, these songs are written specifically for the feast of Mura. Dancing and a public festival begin lasting until sunset.

Feast of Amora (Vernal Equinox)

In the weeks before the Feast of Amora, people filter through the local temple to offer up burnt sacrifices to Amora. Traditional sacrifices are feast animals such as boar and deer for the wealthy or hunters, down to small birds for the less affluent. Often ribbons and flowers are brought to help decorate the temple and its plaza for the big day. Those who cannot procure the animals to present themselves are invited to purchase them from the temple for a fee — a fee which is naturally scaled so that the poor can often still offer sacrifices to ask Amora's blessing over the coming year.

On the day of the vernal equinox, the feast and rites that celebrate the goddess Amora take place. Lavish feasts and wine celebrations fill the day from sunrise until the revelers pass out for the night. It's the only day where gluttony is not only acceptable but wholly expected. It is also the day when prostitutes are considered to be sacred creatures (at least by the priesthood's declaration) as they are beings who have given their whole bodies into the service of the goddess and are publicly paraded. Those who make pleasure their trade are treated as though they were nobility. Dancers, musicians, and courtesans are desperately sought after commodities both to ply their trades or to simply be present at the various private parties hosted about the city. Naturally, households who consider hold Amora as their patron deity have their first choice for scheduling entertainment.

On the day of the vernal equinox, because it is welcoming days of plenty, families often clear out their cellars on this feast day to make room for new food. Anything which families don't wish to consume themselves is given to the poor so they can also join in the celebration. It has become a tradition in Malik, known for its wealth and prosperity, for the city's wealthiest citizens to buy far more than what they need in the autumn so as to have more to give away on this day.

Feast of Vivia (Summer Solstice)

On the day of the summer solstice, the feast and rites that celebrate Vivia take place. Considered to be the most auspicious day for conception, fertility rites and celebrations mark the day. The most notable of the day's festivities is the dance that reenacts the wooing of Vivia by Tet.

Restoration Day (July 2)

Restoration day is the day set aside to celebrate the return of the rule of the gods in Calliden. Traditionally, the whole of the sacred council will turn out to participate in the parade to reenact the unsealing of Malik that marked their true return as well as the Lady of the Veil. The parade goes down Jubilee Way to the public square. There, the Imperatore's oracle gives what is typically her only public reading of the year and it is translated. The Eidai of the six walking gods continue their marches until they reach their temples and relight the sacred fires there.

Feast of Tet (Autumn Equinox)

On the day of the autumn equinox, the feast and rites that celebrate Tet take place. It is a day filled with elaborate military displays and contests of combat and physical prowess.

The Feast of Ashes (Winter Solstice)

On the night of the winter solstice, the feast and rites intended to honor and placate Noira take place. During these rites, she is entreated for a gentle winter, and food that one would typically consume are burned and the ashes left in a bowl on the front steps.

The Feast of Dreams (Day After the Winter Solstice)

On the night of the winter solstice the feast and rites intended to honor and celebrate Oneirod take place. Typically, one abstains from food with the exception of certain herbs that some take to make sleep easier in order to stay asleep for as much of the night as possible. These herbs have a reputation for giving strange dreams, and thus children are not permitted to participate.

During the week surrounding the Feast of Dreams, the oracles are kept from the public eye and consultations are not permitted.

Feast of Mara (December 31)

Beginning with sunset on the last day of the year and until dawn of the following day, Mara is celebrated. The only day where she is seen and celebrated as separate from her twin sister, Mura, it is a solemn night and the priesthood of the celestial temple typically honors it with an evening march through the city or town and the solemn hymns and songs that speak of the glories of the moon-dwelling goddess and a public prayer vigil that lasts until sunrise. As the twins are typically worshipped as a single entity, these songs are written specifically for the feast of mara.

***Note: Dates listed are as they would occur in the game world. RL scheduling will fall as makes sense for maximum player participation. Please look for event announcements for scene scheduling information.

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