Trudvang for 5e
Religion takes a huge part in the daily life of Trudvang, and there are as many deities and belief systems as there are cultures. Most of Trudvang's inhabitants are very aware of the existence of the gods, and the need to appease them once in a while, but there are still big discussions which gods exist, and which are the most powerful.
Most often when the scholars of Valkalainen and Majnjord talk about religions, they say that there are six of them. However, there are a lot of variations of sects and cults within each of these religions, and there are a few belief systems that stand completely outside of them as well.
- Gerbanis – Gerbanis is a religion mainly practiced by the Stormlanders of Eastheim, but is also practiced by some tribes of Wildfolk. The followers worship the Sturmasira, a host of gods led by Stormi, and regularly practice sacrifices to honour and appease the gods.
- Nideism - Known as the One True Faith by its followers, Nideism is a religion born from the cities of Wastermark. Initially only practiced byt the Viranni, it has started to gain a foothold in Mittland as well, though still with traces of the old traditions of the Ostron Way. The followers follow the One True God, Gavi, but also revere a number of saint and prophets.
- The Ostron Way – The Mittlandic belief system commonly known as the Ostron Way is a complex mix of old Thronelandic traditions, the worship of heroes and ancestors, and reverence of the powers of nature. The Mittlanders who practice it often have variations from village to village, or even family to family, depending on whether derive their ancestry from any heroes of note.
- Hamingjes - Also known as the Dark Faith, Hamingjes is shamanic belief system, almost exclusively practiced by Wildfolk and bastjurs. The followers believe that there are powerful spirits alive in every being. Their shamans have the power to actually control these spirits, who in turn can grant the shaman strength and insight. While there aren't any real gods in Hamingjes, many tribes revere some of the darker deities of Gerbanis.
- Toikalokke - Translating to "the High Gifts" in Eika, Toikalokke is the belief system of the elves. As the elves actually wandered side by side with their gods, the Vaniir, they don't worship them in the same way that the humans do, but instead wait for the day whn gods will return. The elves believe that the stars is the last light from the gods leaving for the heavens, and some elves spend their nights gazing at the sky, trying to decipher messages and meanings from the Vaniir.
- Thuldom - The dwarven faith of Thuldom is a religion where the most sincere form of worship is creation. Bojorn, the God-Creator of the dwarves, resides in the mountain, the stone and the metal, and to create items from these materials is as close as a dwarf can come to prayer. The priests, known as thuls, can discern the will of Bojorn through the stone and can thus fashion the most beautiful of items, imbued with a small amount of Bojorn's divine power.
- Worship of Whote
- Worship of Ygghala
- The Fjetter Teachings
- The Ice Cult
The gods of Trudvang are as varied as the many cultures' traditions of worship. Individual deities (used as a general term to indicate any entity worshipped by one of Trudvang's cultures) are listed alphabetically on each of the sub-articles listed above. This article provides some general information about relationships between the different gods.
Types of gods
Generally, there are several distinct groups into which the various deities fall:
- The Misturalfr, the beings that created the world.
- The Vaniir, the gods of the elves.
This include gods like Whote, who was one of the Vaniir, but left them and took a greater role in another pantheon.
- Powerful forces of nature like the Flowras.
- Aesir, divine beings born from the different worlds of Raudinna or Sarvisja, or from other aesir.
- Ioi, or demons, semi-divine beings born from the different worlds of Dimhall.
- The origin of some deities is still still unknown, as in the case of the Snow Queen.
- On occasion, a mortal, such as Siro Werte, Pwynd Lindwurmsbane or the Nine Kings of Men will be worshipped enough that they achieve the status of a minor deity.
It should be said however, that very few of the inhabitants of Trudvang discuss the gods in these terms, prefering to uses categories such as "my gods" and "other gods". Only the learned elves of Valkalainen, and a few scholarly humans have an interest in the actual study of gods outside of what the respective religions say about them.