The Children of Valon
The Gods of Galador
Aertha – the mother of all creation. She gave birth to Elthas Galador, to the Lords of the Elements, to the twins (Valon and Dathar), and to the Aerya. She tends to be concerned with the “big picture” and rarely involves herself in mortal affairs.
Elthas Tyrnos (The Lords of the Elements) – rulers over the elements and nature. They discovered the Elthark (Runes of Life) which contain the secret lore of creation; extremely powerful entities, second only to Aertha. Like Aertha, they tend to be concerned with the “big picture.”
- Kazra – the Fire Lord; usually represented as a fiery dragon
- Azmara – the Water Lady; usually represented as a giant whale
- Varraka – the Wind Lord; usually represented as a great eagle
- Sylvalla – the Earth Lady; usually represented as a massive tree
Beleg Aldas (The Gods of the Hand)
- Valon – the god of light, law, leadership. He is the twin borther of Dathar, both of whom were born to Aertha. He is the “father” of the Beleg Aldas because they were wrought from his severed hand. He has a brilliant, golden magical right hand (his sword hand) that was crafted for him by Jotun as a gift. He drives a golden chariot pulled by two stallions, Zethar and Kyros. He gained knowledge of the Elthark from the Lords of the Elements and brought mankind into being with the help of Mythas. He is married to Jessene.
- Jessene – goddess of agriculture, fertility, hearth, home, and marriage. She was created from third finger of Valon’s severed hand. When Valosi wed, they place a ring on this finger of their right hand known as the “ring finger.” She has an affinity for plants, animals, and children. She is seen as a protector of crops, livestock, pets, families, and homes.
- Mythas – goddess of art, music, poetry, inspiration, beauty, and love. She was created from the first finger (index finger) of Valon’s severed hand. She is called upon by those seeking creative inspiration or romance. She played a key role in the creation of mankind, arguably a more important role than Valon.
- Elowen – goddess of knowledge, skill, wisdom, and honor. She was created from the pinky finger of Valon’s severed hand. Her devotees are an unusual mix because she is revered by both scholars and warriors. She is known for the great depth of knowledge in all matters and her wisdom in the use of this knowledge, and so scholars call upon her often. However, she is also associated with skill, and particularly martial prowess; archers and warriors are often her devotees. In addition, she is known for her honesty, loyalty, and unwavering ability to keep a promise; this is why two Valosi will often interlock their pinky fingers when making solemn vows to each other. In the tales, she is depicted as Valon’s stalwart lieutenant in battle.
- Lyrissa – goddess of wind, waves, weather, fishermen, and birds. She was created from the middle finger of Valon’s severed hand. Lyrissa is a beautiful, powerful, but shy, goddess. Sailors pray to her for good weather and to be delivered from storms. She feels that all sailors are her children and to be protected. She hates Krakos for every sailor’s death. Lore has it that when bad weather threatens and mysteriously disappears it is because Lyrissa is distracting Krakos by bathing naked in the sea. Birds landing on or flying around a ship are said to be Lyrissa’s blessing.
- Jotun – god of the forge, craftsmanship, fire, metal, gems, mining, and invention. He was created from the thumb of Valon’s severed hand; this is why the thumb is associated with invention and crafting. He has made many marvelous creations for the gods (and reputedly some mortals). He is also often associated with gift giving, because of his propensity for bestowing gifts upon others. He is usually depicted as a short, stout man.
Other Commonly Worshipped Gods
- Celestia – goddess of stars, travelers, and seekers. The stars were a gift to her from Jotun; they are magical gemstones that he crafted and then she scattered them across the sky. She is often sought out by those who are lost – not necessarily physically lost. Her origins are uncertain. Meteors are viewed as her tears streaking across the sky.
- Zavara – goddess of fortune, fate (Wyrd), and the dead. She is the youngest child of Dathar and Alluma; she loves her mother and despises her father. She presides in the Hall of Twilight which was abandoned by her father and uncle, and she passes judgment on the souls of the dead. She determines if they will go to reside in Avalon (Valon’s realm) or Dathar’s realm.
- Alluma – goddess of the moon (and time?), suffering, and mistreated women. She loved Valon but was forced into being the unwilling consort of Dathar and the father of his children. She escaped and is now visible in the sky as the moon, where she often taunts Dathar by shining down upon the darkness. She endured suffering for many years at his hand. She is often called upon by those who are suffering for the strength to endure, and by women who have suffered mistreatment such as rape, physical abuse, etc. and seek justice. She does not care for any of her children except Zavara. She also tends to resent Valon, because she feels he abandoned her to suffer at the hands of his brother.
- Keldunn – god of wild places and the hunt. Little is known of this god. His name is invoked by hunters seeking a successful hunt or to give thanks for a good kill. He is also invoked by those who wish to protect the integrity of a natural place. For instance, if there is a beautiful waterfall in the forest, then someone might pray to Keldunn to ask that it remain unspoiled. He has no priesthood and no one seems to know where exactly he fits into the family of gods, but no one can remember a time when his name was not invoked on the hunt.
Gods of Shadow
- Dathar – the god of darkness, shadows, betrayal, envy, and evil. He is the twin brother of Valon, and was born of Aertha. He is THE enemy, as everyone knows from the tales, and no one in their right mind would worship him; most do not even mention his name. Everything evil in the world is attributed to him. He is usually referred to by most as The Enemy, The Shadow Lord, The Dark One, The Prince of Darkness, etc.
- Vokos – the god of rage, savagery, brutality, and slaughter. He is the eldest son of Dathar. He is looked upon by the Valosi as the one who makes men behave like wild beasts. He is usually referred to as The Rager, The Lord of Wrath, The Bloody One, The Beast, etc.
- Malkora – the goddess of disease, rot, decay, and dead things. She is the second eldest of Dathar’s children. She is viewed as the source for sickness and spoiled food. She is associated with dead bodies and physical death, but not necessarily “the dead”; usually “the dead” are associated with the spiritual elements of a their being, not their corpses. Spirits live on and go to see Zavara to be judged; corpses rot and are unclean. This is one reason why the Valosi honor the dead by burning their bodies; it’s actually considered an insult/dishonor to leave someone’s body to rot. Malkora is usually referred to as The Rotten One, The Plague-bearer, The Rotten Lady, The Unclean One, The Spoiler, etc.
- Krakos – the god of storms, turmoil, the ocean depths, fear, and the unknown. He is the third child of Dathar and Alluma. Krakos is feared by fishermen and those who make their living from the sea, because he is seen as the source of storms that take sailors into the shadowy depths of the sea. He is associated with the unknown; not in a spirit of adventure, but in the fear of that which lurks in the shadows, the depths, etc. to destroy men. It is known that he feeds off fear. He is usually referred to as The Storm-Rager, The Ship-Wrecker, The Deep One, The Fear-Monger, etc.