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Glorantha Pantheons
« on: March 21, 2005, 01:36:13 AM »
Lunar Pantheon:

City Gods
Red Goddess
River Gods
Seven Mothers
Thief Gods

City Gods
Eastern, Lunar, Orlanth, Yelm pantheons
Most cities have their own protective spirits. Citizens worship their city's spirit to keep it strong and healthy, for it is the soul of the city.
The city god is usually represented by an idol fashioned as a typical wealthy native of the region. If the area is of mixed ethnicity, the idol is usually shown as a member of the current ruling class.
For an example of a City God, see the Cult of Pavis.

Etyries [he-TEER-eez]
Lunar pantheon -- messenger of the Goddess
Several humans became demigods and filled roles in the Lunar pantheon. One of these was the frustrated daughter of a southern merchant who went to hear the word of the Red Goddess. She listened well, learned what the goddess meant, and worked her way to become Etyries, goddess of merchants, messengers, and heralds. In becoming a goddess, Etyries usurped spells and skills possessed by other deities.
She is usually pictured as a wide-eyed woman thrusting a balance scales forward in her right hand, and clutching a sacred urn to her breast with her left.

Red Goddess
Lunar pantheon -- goddess of the Red Moon
Moon Goddess, Mistress of Time, Sister of Chaos, and Lurker Upon the Veil are some other titles given to this unique goddess. She was born in the Gods Age but was broken and scattered during prehistoric wars -- not quite dead but not quite alive either. After the world was renewed by the Seven Lightbringers and Time was begun, this goddess was reassembled and reborn after centuries of planning and trying by a band of secret worshipers. Although she was born inside of time, and therefore was mortal, she quickly developed her natural abilities and set off upon a dread Godquest which ended with her apotheosis only 27 years after her birth.
The Red Goddess founded the Lunar cult, a religion which is a strange mixture of mysticism and practical magic, of barbaric cruelty and dignified beauty, of freedom and of tyranny. Its philosophies are unique and complex. The Red Goddess worked, danced, and fought her way into the fabric of the world. She has taken for her domain the Middle Air, and so earned the eternal enmity of Orlanth and other air gods. Her cult spreads far beyond the bounds of her Empire and is very powerful, including many lesser deities within it.
She is often portrayed with red skin, sitting cross legged, draped in a white gown with a neckline which plunges in a V to her navel. Her hands are formed in the signs of welcome and of peace.

River Deities
Most rivers are each inhabited by powerful spirit which rules the waterway from headwaters to mouth. River dwellers worship him or her. Those spirits which inhabit tributary rivers, streams, and creeks are usually the children of the main river deities.
The three greatest rivers of Glorantha are all in Genertela. They are the Janube in Fronela, the Oslir in Peloria, and the Tanier in Ralios and Arolanit.
For an example of a River Deity, see the Cult of Zola Fel.

Seven Mothers
Lunar pantheon -- the re-creators of the Red Goddess
The spirits of the original secret council which restored the Red Goddess to the world receive popular worship throughout the Lunar Empire. Their worshipers feed the poor and proselytize among them for initiates. Along with potato bread and soup, they reveal stories which compare the downtrodden with the Red Goddess, who had her own humble beginnings in a poorhouse tended by the six wise folk who guided her to godhead. The various subcults of this religion act in concert to familiarize outsiders with the stories of the Red Goddess. Just as the original mothers taught the Goddess, so do these holy folk teach people about her. Individuals are initiated into the cult of the Red Goddess and can enter any of the subcults.
Images of the seven mothers are described separately in each individual entry. A popular image set into pottery shows the whole group sitting in a crescent shaped boat.
For more information on the Seven Mothers, see the Cult of the Seven Mothers.

Thief Gods
Eastern, Lunar, Orlanth, Pamalt, Troll, and Yelm pantheons
see the Black Fang Brotherhood, the Lamsabi, Lanbril, Selarn
Many gods, such as Orlanth, the Red Goddess, and the Trickster, have thief aspects. Many thieves worship no gods at all, depending instead on their own skills and wit to evade detection. But there are a few small cults wholly devoted to robbery and thievery. These cults are always local and illegal, but they have proven their value to their worshipers time and again.
For an example of a Thief God, see the Cult of Lanbril.

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