Eiric, Lord of Goodness
Description: Eiric is typically represented as an old man with a long white beard, sitting on a marble throne, and wearing a silver crown. Almost all good characters consider Eiric a guiding force in their lives.
Eirican Worship: Eiric's most important holiday is Saint's Day, which takes place on Hammler 15th. This day honors those who have lost their lives for Good, and is observed by all good creatures in one way or another. Priests offer services throughout the day, but many adventures observe the holiday through individual prayer or fasting. Of lesser importance is Brightholme, which occurs every time the moon Solaer is full. Brightholme is a time of initiation for new priests, and for special rituals that require Eiric's blessing. Adventurers rarely celebrate Brightholme, unless Eiric is their patron deity.
Bremen the Neutral
Description: Bremen is depicted as a young man with an impasive expression (he is often called Bremen the Impassive), wearing grey robes. Followers of Bremen say he holds the struggle between Eiric and Desendera in polite contempt.
Bremenic Worship: Bremenists believe in the importance of balance in the Universe-- that too much Good is as harmful as too much Evil. Thus their holiday, Eversable, occurs on nights when both Solaer and Molaer are new (since Solaer is new for five days, and Molaer is new for three days, Eversable can last from one to three nights). On these nights, followers of Bremen gather to commune with what they call the "Universal Constant."
Densedera, Queen of Evil
Description: Densedera is often pictured as a woman dressed completely in black, with a black crown and an obsidian throne. Her emblem is the black rose.
Densederan Worship: Densedera's most important holy day is the celebration of Devil's Night on Corlaer 15th, exactly half a year before Saint's Day. On this night, sacrifices are made, and unholy contracts can be forged. Of lesser importance is Nightholme, which occurs every time the moon Mosaer is full. On Nightholme, the barrier between the demon world and the mortal world is more tenuous than normal. On these nights, Bremenists burn special incense to ward off nightmares brought on by the Dark Ones' proximity.
Lenes, God of Order
Description: Lenes is depicted as a middle-aged man dressed in white robes, with an impatient frown, and a gavel in one hand. Some people suggest that he is the twin brother of Pandem.
Lenesian Worship: Lenesian priests believe in perfect order. Every day, they perform rituals of cleansing and sanctification. Many pray six or seven times daily. They have no need for set holidays.
Pandem, the Chaotic God
Description: Pandem looks a lot like Lenes, except that he is always pictured as smiling. He dresses in red robes and often holds a cup of red wine in his hand.
Pandemic Worship: Pandemists come from all walks of life. Their most revered holiday is Mischief's Eve, which they celebrate on Mesler 17th. On this night, the worshippers of Bremen dress in red robes and masks, and run through towns and villages, scaring people and commiting small acts of vandalism. Afterward, in the wee hours of the 18th (Mischief's Morn), they gather together and drink heavily, until they pass out from either exhaustion or intoxication.
Wyrd, Godess of Fate
Description: Wyrd has as many descriptions as there are cultures. Some see her as an old blind woman, spinning the strands of Destiny; others view her as a young maiden steering the Boat of Life through the River of Time.
Wyrdic Worship: Few people worship Wyrd, with the exception of some diviners and seers. However, most people believe in Fate in one form or another, so Wyrd's holiday is fairly popular. It is called Auldsyne, and is celebrated on Maler 1st, the first day of the year. It is a time to look ahead at what destiny has in store for the coming year. Many people combine Auldsyne and Mnemosyne (Moneta's holiday) into a single celbration. Obviously, Wyrdic purists do not.
Aira, Goddess of Love
Description: Aira is generally considered the most beautiful of the Goddesses (although servants of Casca vigorously deny this). She is pictured by each person as whatever that person sees as the perfect woman.
Airan Worship: Aira's key holiday is the Lover's Caldan, which takes place every year on Jealer 12th. On this day, lovers tell each other how much they care for each other. It is commonly believed that a marriage which begins on the Lover's Caldan is blessed.
Melchior, God of Despair
Description: Melchior has many visages, all of them horrible. Many of his guises involve some sort of grotesque self-mutilation. No one worships the God of Despair.
Melchioric Worship: Some say that Melchior can only see into the mortal realm through mirrors, and that no room which contains a mirror is safe from his gaze. Many people celebrate Melchior's Taunt on Samler 13th. Celebration of the holiday involves wearing a small mirror in some fashion all day, supposedly to let Melchior view the outside world which he never sees the rest of the year. At dusk, the mirrors are thrown into a fire to be consumed.
Daide, Goddess of Peace
Description: Daide is pictured as a young woman with a warm smile. Often there is a soft aura around her body.
Daidic Worship: The chief Daidic holiday is Solace, on Jealer 27th. It is considered bad luck to argue on Solace, and many people hold that any battle initiated on this day is doomed to failure. Daidic priests spend Sanction in quiet meditation.
Shiloh, God of War
Description: Shiloh is depicted as a great general with coppery skin, seated upon a horse with flaming hooves. He is often pictured with wicked horns protruding from his forehead. It is Shiloh who spreads war and unrest across the world.
Shiloh Worship: The most faithful followers of Shiloh are those who have proven their valor in war. Shiloh priests believe that war is the most sacred act; thus, they have no major holidays.
Morpheus, God of Dreams
Description: Morpheus is often described as a young man with pale skin, dark eyes, and long black hair. It is said that to look into his eyes is to enter a state of eternal bliss, from which there is no escape.
Morphian Worship: The Dreamer God's most important holiday is Cwesyleth, which begins on Veler 10th (Cwesyleth Eve). Morphian priest spend this night drinking sacred herbal potions until midnight. At midnight, the priests enter a sleep-like meditation which, because of the potions, lasts through Cwesyleth Day (the 11th) until midnight. The priests dream continually, and some are favored with visions and revelations; when they awake, it is as though they have sacrificed one full day to their God. Less zealous Morphians spend Cwesyleth Eve drinking and singing ritual songs. They sleep until late afternoon on Cwesyleth Day.
Luthe, Goddess of Delirium
Description: Very few people agree as to what Luthe looks like. Her descriptions range from a baby with a wicked smile to an old lady with white hair to a giant ant. Only Luthe's closest followers know what she truly looks like.
Luthene Worship: Dunler's Dusk, the major Luthene holiday, begins at dusk on Dunler 23rd. At this time, zealots and priests enter the local temple-- they do not emerge until dawn of the 28th. Once in the holy temple, they are bathed in halucinagenic compounds, then dance for long periods by candlelight, completely oblivious to their surroundings. Rarely, people are killed by Dunler's Dusk. Luthenes who, for one reason or another, do not wish to enter the temple generally spend each night of the week smoking halucinagenic herbs.
Titania, Goddess of Nature
Description: Titania is depicted as a druidic woman, dressed in leather armor, weilding a sickle. Often, small animals appear in pictures of the Goddess, as she considers them her charges.
Titanian Worship: Titanian priests are known as druids. Druids celebrate holidays known as Arboreta on the solstices and equinoxes. The ritual involved depends on the time of year. The San solstice is known as the Arboretum of Vitality, the Drem equinox is the Arboretum of Wisdom, the Amur solstice is the Arboretum of Experience, and the Lum equinox is the Arboretum of Rebirth.
Casca, Goddess of Death
Description: Casca is Death incarnate. She is beautiful, irresistable, yet chilling to behold. No one worships Casca but those that love her.
Cascan Worship: Every Cascan is a zealot. Their most notorious holiday is known as the Rite of Blood, and occurs on Baler 16th. Nobody knows what is involved in the ritual, and it may be that each group of Cascans has their own Rite, since it is never spoken of, not even to other servants of Death. Each devotee instinctively knows his part in the ritual, and performs it in silence.
Demerol, God of Healing
Description: Demerol is often depicted as a young man dressed in light blue robes, and carrying a staff of ash. Many healers carry ash staves in honor of their God.
Demerolic Worship: Demerolists celebrate Ash Luchan on Hammler 5th. On this day, many local healers offer their basic services for free, or for a voluntary donation. People frequently wear a sprig of ash someone on their person in honor of Demerol on Ash Luchan, even if they are not Demerolists.
Wythsyde, Goddess of the Wind
Description: Wythsyde is beautiful, but it is a tragic beauty, since she can never be happy. Legend has it that long ago, before the age of man, Wythsyde lost her lover (no one is quite sure how). Now she spends eternity alone, causing the winds to moan and the breezes to blow.
Wythsydian Worship: Wythsydians celebrate Advent in the month of Samler. Every Sur in that month, they gather for a day of meditation and fasting. Samler 28th is the Day of Mourning. On that day, Wythsydians wear black to demonstrate their mourning for the loss of Wythsyde's true love. Many also wear a black ribbon around their neck.
Virago, God of Strength
Description: Virago is pictured as a huge man with a cruel smile. He is musclebound and often bathed in sweat from some recent physical labor. Some consider him the God of Oppression.
Viragese Worship: The closest the Viragese come to a holiday is the Olympics, an event held every year on Veler 25th. This event is a competition for the greatest athletes in an area; the prizes are often quite valuable. Many towns and villages have small local contests for those people who cannot make it to the nearest Olympics.
Moneta, Goddess of Memory
Description: Moneta is depicted as a studious young woman in brown robes, with a single white lock on a head of black hair. She is the patron deity of historians everywhere, but only women may aspire to Monetan priesthood.
Monetan Worship: Monetan priestesses believe that it is the job of their Goddess to usher out the old year and usher in the new. Therefore, they celebrate Mnemosyne on Traemler 30th, the last day of the year. For the common person, Mnemosyne is a chance to recount old stories, to look fondly on the old year before Auldsyne. For Monetan priestesses, it is a solemn occasion, one of the few times when their Goddess looks up from her studies to make sure that all is well with the world and her servants.
Raguel, God of Revenge
Description: Raguel is slender and crafty, with dark eyes and a crooked smile. He is often pictured wearing a dark cloak, or wielding an obsidian dagger.
Raguelic Worship: Very few people worship only Raguel. These people are twisted and obsessed. Most people pray to Raguel, however, when they believe the power of vengeance governs their actions. Raguel has no holidays.
Solinari, God of Lightning
Description: Solinari is depicted as a large man with long, blond hair and a short beard. Often he is seen calling lightning to his hand. He is the older brother of Gauss.
Solinaric Worship: Solinarists believe that all life and magic is governed by the lightning fae, an invisible force that permeates the Universe. Solinarists celebrate the first Brightholme of the year, because that night is always stormy. The day of the Brightholme is called Feastday, and revolves around the family getting together to eat and sing. That night, as the storms rage, the families huddle around lamps and tell stories.
Gauss, God of Thunder
Description: Gauss is the younger brother of Solinari, and thus always follows behind him. Gauss is pictured with long black hair tied back in a pony tail, and a short beard. He is sometimes depicted holding his mighty silver horn.
Gaussian Worship: Gaussians, like Solanarists, celebrate the first Brightholme of the year. However, they spend the entire day in meditation and prayer. As soon as dusk falls, the Gaussians suspend their meditation and begin a long night of song and ritual dancing known as the Night of Storms.
Note on Demi-Deities
There are more demi-deities than one can count. Some of the most popular are Frey, the Deity of Agriculture; Meurig the Blacksmith; Gisela of the Hunt; and Terpsichore, Spirit of Music. Each of these has its own holidays, and there as many demi-deities as there are professions, so every day is a holiday for someone.
Also, it should be noted that many of the religions mentioned above have rituals or holidays not stated here. This paper deals mostly with the ones that are the most important or familiar.
Recorded this 8th day of Maler, 509
by Archinus the Conjurer of Kaeran-- Servant of Solinari, He Who Guides the Fae.