Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Deities, Divinities and Truly Scary Things Pt. 17

Hey Game Fans, we’re taking a look at some world building ideas and concepts for the home setting i run.  If you’ve checked out my other world building articles, this is the setting that focuses on Lakeport and the larger world around it.  Today i’m going to  take a look at one of the oldest gods for the setting, Grandmother Lion. Before i get started on Lion herself, let me give you a little background for the gods of this world.  

Broadly speaking, the gods divide themselves into a variety of groupings and factions, but the grouping i am concerned about today is the old gods and the new gods.  The Old gods predate one of the most important conflicts of the setting, the Fey War.  These are the gods that originally found this world and shaped it to their designs and interests.  They shaped the great forests and mountains, and populated the world with creatures in their own image.  The first Gods to walk the world were the gods of Giantkind, the Fey themselves, and the three Elder Wyrms.  A few other gods would appear after this first establishment, most notably Ahrimaius, the God of Creation.  These are the Gods of antiquity, and they made the world the way it was, for good or for ill.  
The Fey War began as internal issue between a small fey enclave and their neighbors.  It spiraled out of control to a level of violence and bloodshed that would haunt the old places of the world forever.  At the darkest point of the war, when the Me’Ah’Chin hordes looked ready to take the fight to the Gods themselves, the eldest of the Fey Gods, Grandfather Oak, cast the most powerful magic anyone had ever seen.  He summoned heroes and champions from across time and space to the Garden where Oak had planted his first seeds.  He made them a simple offer.  If they would turn back the tide of darkness and save the world, he would bestow upon the seeds of godhood, and make them the new gods of the world.  
Heroes to the end, most of these people died during the war to liberate the world.  Heroes from thousands of worlds and cultures fought, bled, and died in a distant land to save it from the most terrible monsters they had ever encountered.  When the last battle had been fought, and the dead tallied, less than fifty of the thousands of heroes and champions were still standing.  A few would succumb to lingering injuries sustained in the war, and their number would be diminished even further by a tragic incident.  
The survivors returned to the Garden, and Grandfather Oak kept his word.  Each hero or champion became the living embodiment of an idea or a race.  One by one, the new Gods and Goddesses organized themselves, and set about the work of trying to heal the lingering damage the war had caused.  Some places were never completely healed, and there are distant parts of the world that still think that ancient war rages….but that’s a story for another time.  

Grandmother Lion, The Roar That Woke the Stars


Before the War, Grandmother Lion spent most of her days exploring the world that she and Grandfather Oak had made.  Days turned to years, years to centuries as she spent her time exploring and finding the hidden places of the world.  No creature dared oppose her on her hunts, and it’s said that when the great Wyrm Toruthank challenged her to combat, her roar set the stars ablaze with its power.  Toruthank wisely deferred to her and went his own direction.  Eventually she returned to Oak and they created countless creatures, fey and spirits to fill the world.  They were worshipped by their children and found themselves in an idyllic paradise. Unfortunately, this Summer could not last.  The Fey found themselves trapped in a war with an unfeeling, uncaring foe and the war took a dark turn when Grandmother Lion led her children to war against their hated foes.  Most would be taken by the Me’ Ah’ Chin.  Only The Black Ocean escaped capture, and he eventually would free Lion from her captivity.  Oak wove his ancient magics and summoned the heroes to save her from hordes.  
During the War,Grandmother Lion spent the first part of the war in captivity.  Her powers were wracked as was her body as the Me’Ah”Chin tried to steal her power to make themselves more dangerous.  Grandmother Lion was eventually freed by a daring raid from her last surviving children, though The Black Ocean was the only one that made it out of the place alive.  With her powers greatly diminished, she spent the rest of the war recovering from her injuries with Grandfather Oak.
After the War, Grandmother Lion spent her time recovering with Oak, watching over him while he sleeps away the ages.  Someday she knows that they’ll both be rejuvenated, and when that time comes, she’ll walk the world once more, and her roar will shake the Heavens.      

Relations with Others

Lion maintains no relations with the other gods beyond her own Fey.  She is grateful to The North Wind and Oak, but tries to help The Black Ocean.  She knows the darkness looming within that Fey could destroy the world if he’s able to bring his schemes to fruition.

Relations with Servants

Lion has no servants.  

Relations with Mortals

Lion is worshipped by several cults of hunters and others who stalk the land.  Her rites are brutal and often involve ritual combat with extremely dangerous creatures.  

Unusual Sayings

“The heartbeat of every living creature in the world began with the Roar of Grandmother.”  The few clerics she has espouse Grandmother Lion as the wellspring of every living animal and creature in the world, and show supplication to her for that singular act of life giving generosity.  

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