Dramatis Deī

Dramatis Deī

A list of all deities, prophets, patrons, patronesses, celestial objects and mythical entities mentioned in the Fractured Tapestry series so far.

Aissia – Patronised by whorehouses across Sosarra, Aissia is the Patroness of Beauty and is considered to affect one’s luck. Aissia reputedly had a figure that warmed the blood of men and women alike, although history is a little vague as to whether she also had an admirable personality or intellect. In this regard, some jokingly suggest she is also the Patroness of Superficiality.

AkantuA historically devout follower of Silphus and Silphus’s aspect, Larindis. Akantu was a survivor of the Great Flood that destroyed the land of Alluvia. He had a deep affinity with the ponies of the Palominos Pastures, so much so that he was elevated as the Patron of Lesser Creatures. Oriken claimed to have named his hunting dagger after Akantu, but Dagra didn’t believe he named it anything at all and that Oriken just said it to get on Dagra’s nerves.

Avato – The founding prophet of the Dyad was self-named to show his loyalty to the god Aveia. Avato was also known as the First Bringer. As a young man, Avato spread word of the Dyad throughout Vörendwhel, the land which would later become known as Vorinsia. From there, he travelled south through Sardaya and into Khalevali. As he journeyed, he aided those who required his skills as a healer. When Avato was in his middle years, his travels took him back to Vörendwhel.

Vörenssen, grandson of Vören after whom the land was named, learned of the prophet’s reputation and was outraged, believing that Avato might overshadow Vörenssen’s own influence. He sent a thousand warriors on horseback to hunt the prophet down. Avato was found and the warriors descended upon him, but he fled in his chariot and the warriors lost him in the night. Avato was never seen or heard of again, or so the story is told. It is said that he took to the skies, guided by the hand of Aveia, beneath the cloak of Svey’Drommelach. The belief is that he still resides in the Void as the seven-starred constellation of Avato’s Chariot. There are some who believe the soldiers did capture Avato and slayed him, disfiguring the corpse to make it unrecognisable as the revered prophet.

Aveia – Aveia is one half of the Dyad, the reigning Sosarran gods of the Fourth Age. Although the Dyad are generally thought of as being without gender, Aveia is nevertheless often referred to as female, while her fellow god, Svey’Drommelach, is referred to as male. Aveia is the God of Birth and Life, while her counterpart is the God of Death and the Afterlife. Aveia’s dominion is the Skin of the World and the Void Above.

Some areas of Sosarra refer to the Dyad as the Broken God, considering the two gods to be merely a part of a supreme deity which, when reunited, will give their followers the gift of immortality.

Banael – The sun that lights Verragos, Banael is the greatest of the Unbound Gods. Revered in earlier times as the Empyreal God of Fire and Light, worship of Banael waned with the emergence of the Dyad at the start of the Fourth Age. Banael is the offspring of the siblings Cherak and Khariali, formed when their aspects of molten stone heart and jewelled skin merged when they were cast into the Void by the Arbiter.

Cherak – Portrayed as a gigantic stone golem, glowing from within with molten rock, Cherak is the God of Mountains and Stone. Cherak’s heart was cast into the Void by Teuveyr, there to merge with Khariali’s skin and form their offspring, Banael. Not only the brother of Khariali, Cherak was also her lover.

Society of the Third Age was fine with inbreeding; it was such a no-brainer it wasn’t even pondered over – if the gods could do it, then so could the people. Although unknown to the folk of the Sosarran continent, those early incestuous ways might account for babies still being born with abnormalities such as large jaws, misshapen skulls, fused fingers and toes, dwarfism, and, of course, infertility. Thankfully, incestuous practices became less common into and throughout the Fourth Age, but the effects of historical inbreeding still occur in new births.

Drilos – Drilos is a god worshipped in a land far to the east beyond the city of Midhallow. Mention of Drilos the Worm-God somehow reached Himaera long ago, as is evidenced on the antik rukhir etched into the silver banding around the Chiddari burial jewel. Some folk, upon hearing the name Drilos, find themselves wondering where they might have heard the name before…

Ederron – Several decades after the prophet Avato disappeared, Ederron travelled through the Vorinsian Arkh in the First Bringer’s footsteps, aiding those who required his healing skills; while doing so, he spread and and vastly added to Avato’s teachings of the Dyad.

Ederron’s wise words were compiled from numerous sources into a book called The Wisdom Of Ederron. elements of these sacred scriptures are often quoted throughout western Sosarra. As well as being the second and arguably the most notable and influential of the Dyad’s prophets, Ederron is also the Patron of Knowledge and Intellect.

The Galloping Lady – A constellation said to be Trygvir, the Lady of Horses, coursing through the night sky.

The Grey Watcher – A small, grey smudge in the sky, visible at night and day above the continent of Sosarra. It is unknown what the Grey Watcher truly is. Some say it is the Emissary, that it was placed in the sky by the Dyad to witness the rising of the city of Midhallow. Other cultures know of the Grey Watcher by another name – Atros. The Grey Watcher is loosely considered to be a moon, despite its ever-stationary position. Whatever the truth is, the general hope is that the Grey Watcher will never reveal its purpose or intent.

Haleth – As the Ethereal Goddess of the Air and the Void, Haleth is not merely an aspect but the only complete Arkhaean deity that is Unbound, as well as being the greatest of the moons over Verragos. Haleth was flung into the Void at the end of the Arkhaeon by Teuveyr, allowing her to forever watch over her creations but never again to use them as her playthings.

The Herald – A restless star, the Herald is visible during sunrise and sunset and can most easily be seen submerged in the deep red of dawn near the horizon. History has forgotten what the Herald is supposed to herald, though some suggest it heralds merely the coming of a new day or of the night.

Khariali – The Goddess of Gems and Metals, Khariali is portrayed as a woman forged of metals and gleaming jewels. Khariali’s skin was cast into the Void by the Arbiter, where it merged with the heart of her brother, Cherak, to form their offspring, Banael, who became the sun.

Kheyron’s Soul – The brightest star in the night sky. Legend tells of a constellation called Kheyron’s Run, which, it is said, once existed where Kheyron’s Soul is now seen. Who or what Kheyron was is lost to history, but some ancient texts suggest that the constellation consisted of three stars.

The Lady of Horses – The Lady of Horses is a fabled deity from the land of Khalevali. Her true name is Trygvir. She roams the Palominos Pastures among the hundreds of white ponies that dwell there. Trygvir sometimes shows herself as a female human bearing tattoo-like marks on her sides resembling eyes. At other times, she takes the form of a gleaming white pony with similar markings on its flanks. It is said that she travels between Verragos and the Void, appearing in the night sky as the constellation of the Galloping Lady. The Lady of Horses has connections with Akantu, the Patron of Lesser Creatures.

Larindis – The God of Beasts and Plant-Life, Silphus, had his eye removed and cast into the sky by the Arbiter. Larindis is the Eye of Silphus. It is the second largest of the moons over Verragos, appearing as a dark-green, slightly luminescent orb about half the size of the greatest moon, Haleth.

PheranisaPheranisa inhabits the seas, lakes and rivers of Verragos. She manifests herself in the form of whirlpools, great waves and floods. Her soul was flung into the Void by Teuveyr and later became known as Cephos, the third largest and rarely-seen moon. Pheranisa has a deep affinity with Haleth – an eternal partnership between water and air; Haleth prevents Pheranisa’s water from escaping into the Void, capturing it in her clouds and casting it back to Verragos in the forms of rain, hail and snow.

Servants of the Slain – Spectral figures dressed in hooded robes and carrying various long-handled tools or weapons. They are said to appear when someone has been killed, to guide the soul into the afterlife.

Silphus – The God of Beasts and Plant-Life, Silphus had a single eye of dark green before the Arbiter removed it and cast it into the Void where it became Larindis, the second greatest of Verragos’s moons. The blind Silphus inhabits the lesser creatures and the plants of the world, relying on the animals to be his eyes on the Skin of the World, and relying on the roots of the plants to sustain his spirit which inhabits the soils of Sosarra.

Svey’Drommelach – As the Spirit-God of Death and the Afterlife, Svey’Drommelach’s dominion is the Spirit Realm, which is interlaced through the Skin and the Void and sinks deep into the ground, encompassing the Pit and reaching all the way into Kambesh, the Underland. Some believe Svey’Drommelach to be more powerful than Aveia, suggesting that he must logically also command the power of undeath which is often seen as being a twilight area between life and death. There are also those who believe the Spirit-God to be the deific reincarnation of the ancient Himaeran goddess, Morta’Valsana.

Teuveyr – Teuveyr enjoys the dual roles of being the Battle God and the Arbiter of the Gods. Teuveyr’s night-black armour is wreathed in starlight, and his gleaming sword-axe etched with shadows. The Battle God is said to have first materialised during the height of extreme mass violence at the end of the Arkhaeon when the old gods created their toys of men and jotunn. At that time, Teuveyr cast judgement upon his fellow gods, smiting them with light and shadow and sending their aspects into the Void. Knowing those aspects (including Haleth, who he cast into the Void whole) would inevitably return, he cast shards of his armour into the Void after them, creating a blanket of stars to ensure they could never fully return to Verragos. Some tales speak of sightings of the Battle God even in the Fourth Age; Dagra himself believed he saw Teuveyr formed in the stormclouds as the sun broke through over the Blighted City.

Valsana – Also known by her full scriptured name Morta’Valsana, the Himaeran Goddess of Fertility, Birth, Life, Death and Undeath is no longer worshipped except in Scapa Fell and a scattering of cult beliefs elsewhere; Valsana is believed in some areas to have become the Broken God, that those who worship the Dyad are actually worshipping Valsana.

Titles & Alternate Names / Personifications

Aissia → Patroness of Beauty

Akantu → Patron of Lesser Creatures

Avato → First Bringer

Aveia → God of Birth and Life

Banael → Empyreal God of Fire and Light

Cherak → God of Mountains and Stone

Drilos → Worm God

Galloping Lady → Lady of Horses → Trygvir

Grey Watcher → Emissary → Atros

Haleth → Ethereal Goddess of the Air and the Void Above

Khariali → Goddess of Gems and Metals

Larindis → Eye of Silphus

Pheranisa → Goddess of the Waters

Silphus – God of Beasts and Plant-Life

Svey’Drommelach → Spirit-God of Death and the Afterlife

Teuveyr → Battle God → Arbiter of the Gods

Morta’Valsana → Goddess of Fertility, Birth, Life, Death and Undeath