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Religion

Religion in Valys is polytheistic in nature. The Maestir do not generally follow one god and instead will give thanks and prayer to which ever god is appropriate for the given circumstances. Even priests of one of the Seven True gods will follow all the gods, however it is their duty to arrange for the worship and prayer of one of the Seven for others. Rites and customs are culturally appropriate and depend on the homeland that the worshipper. Names and symbology of the gods also change from homeland to homeland – read the kingdom section on religion to find out more details.

There are 3 different types of gods that are worshipped by the Maestir. The first of these are the Seven first Calintheans – the True Gods. The true gods have the majority of the temples across the land and it is them that have started to directly communicate with their priests through their dreams.
The second type of gods is the children of the True gods – these are the direct children of the first Seven. It was these Gods that led the Tribes of the Maestir from the land of Calinthea, and helped them find the lands of Valys. Normally these gods have shrines and statues in the temples of their parents. Although no priest has as yet received word from these gods directly, petition to their parents on their behalf has bought back word and vision.
The Third type of god that is worshipped is a lot more localised to a group, tribe or area. These are the local gods of the area. These are often the spirits of the local spring, well, forest, crossroads for example as well as the spirits of local heroes of note. Although these local spirits do not reply to dreams in the same way as the True Gods, it does not stop the Maestir giving offerings and prayer at crude shrines.

The True Gods
The Father God
The Mother Goddess
The Lord of the Sun
The Lord of the Hunt
The Lord of the Seas
The Lord of War
The Winter Queen

Children of the Gods
Lord of Summer - Son of the Father God and the Winter Queen
Lady of the Springs – Daughter the Mother Goddess and Lord of the Seas
Lord of Storms - Son of the Mother Goddess and the Lord of the Seas
Goddess of Strife - Daughter of the Mother Goddess and the Father God
Goddess of Fertility – Daughter of the Mother Goddess and the Father God
Goddess of War – Daughter of the Mother Goddess and the Father God
God of Scribes – Son of the Father God and Mother Goddess
Lord of Agriculture – Son of the Mother Goddess and the Lord of the Sun
The Smith – Son of the Mother Goddess and the Father God
Lady of the Dead - Daughter of the Mother Goddess and the Lord of War

The Fae and Naturae rarely  follow the Gods of the Maestir, following a more druidic faith that focuses around the worship of the Earth herself.  They show their worship through the veneration of her spriits.  Worship of the Sky is very rare, for all evils come from the sky itself.  Father sky also sends spirits to this world but they sow chaos and disorder wherever they step.

   
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