Beth Bernobich

Religion and Magic in Erythandra

Common elements:

  • All the religions of the world include a goddess, who created the world and all its creatures, magical and ordinary.
  • Magic is an essence and a force, which moves much like the winds or tides, which humans can direct but not control absolutely.
  • Death is not the end. When a human dies, their soul crosses one life to the next. The leap from life to life is not instantaneous— the soul must travel through the magical void.
  • Humans can remember their past lives through life dreams, which are noticeably more vivid than ordinary dreams. How detailed and focused they are depends on the previous life. But for all people, the life dreams become more insistent and intense as the person approaches death.
  • The magical plane exists alongside the physical world. Mages can transport their spirits/souls into the magical plane. More experienced mages can transport themselves "in the flesh" to the magical plane and back to any point in the physical world.

Variations on the goddess:

  • Goddess with three aspects: maiden, mother, and crone (central, northern provinces)
  • Goddess as the crone (more common in south-southwest regions)
  • Crone who was formerly the mother-goddess (rare, northeast, esp. K?rov?)

The consort-god:

  • Central and north-central plains religions include a consort god.
  • Legends here say that the world was created from a season of lovemaking between the goddess and her consort.
  • In K?rov?, the consort god is nameless, and present only in a few of the legends.
  • In the southwest, there is no consort god. The crone-goddess took herself to bed and gave birth to the world. It's unclear if she did this alone, or if she joined with an unnamed, unformed essence that was the magic void.

The Erythrandran religion:

  • Twin god and goddess, Lir and Toc, who are both siblings and lovers, the children of Nil and Darkness.
  • Toc created the sun and moon for his sister, so that she would have light in the void, but he did so at the price of his eyes. Known as the Blind God, the Hunter, he dies in winter and is reborn in spring.
  • Lir is maiden, mother, and crone. The world and its creatures are her children. When she grieves over her brother's death, her tears become the stars. The essence of magic is her sweet breath. Its power is her blood.
  • Legend says that Lir and Toc created the world in their "season of love" and that evidence of that legend is to be found in the far north of Károví.
  • The king ruled with the assistance of his mage councilor, who acted as a priest to the twin god and goddess, Lir and Toc. The old Erythrandran language is used for magic, and that practice spread throughout the provinces of the empire, even to Károví.