The Dragonlands: Religion
Religion is an important part of Dragoran life. There are many different religions, but only one is widespread in the Dragonlands. It consists of the Precursors, the Divines, the Maenics, and also other deities that are less noteworthy.
Excluding the Maenic Drahc Uhr, the Precursors are the three most noteworthy of the first generation of deities. They are Athra, Bul, and Sivana. Athra is Their leader, and He created the mortal world of Siva, naming it after His spouse Sivana. He and Sivana also sired five daughters and five sons, known as the Divines. From these ten deities' essence, Athra and His brother Bul created the first mortal life. Then Sivana bestowed upon these mortal beings some of Her breath, thus giving them a soul for everlasting life.
The Divines, also called the Ten Divines or the Ten, are the primary deities that are worshipped by the peoples of Siva. Strangely enough, They are even considered more important than the Precursors. Each of the Divines has His or Her own purpose.
- Aevala is the goddess of aevira; she created them by influencing a species called the ferata. She is the goddess of wisdom, vision, and spirituality.
- Althir is the god of humans; he created them by influencing a species called the ferata. He is the god of war, resourcefulness, cunningness, and resilience.
- Cuthra is the god of prosperity, trading, innovativeness, stubbornness, and progress.
- Faemala is the goddess of love, romance, friendship, and earthly desires.
- Falk is the god of hunting, marksmanship, and bounty. Aevira consider him their secondary deity, after Aevala.
- Navae is the goddess of nature, natural fauna and flora, and natural growth and decay—the natural cycle of life and death.
- Ridicae is the god of childishness, playfulness, happiness, naivety, innocence, fun, and laughter.
- Shae is the goddess of hope, bravery, and persistence.
- Sina is the goddess of memory, learning, teaching, science, academics, and intelligence. She is revered by scholars and also often mages.
- Thundrae is the god of weather, seasons, warm and cold, and light and darkness. Some cultures believe the sun and the moon are His son and daughter, respectively, but most people believe the sun and moon are Althir and Aevala, respectively.
There are many Maenic deities. The four most important ones—the Maenic Overlords—are placed at the top of the list. Below that, the Maenic Lieutenants and other Maenics are listed.
- Drahc Uhr is one of the four Maenic Overlords and also the brother of Athra and Bul. Together with Athra, He is one of the two most powerful deities in existence. He is the creator of the Lesser Maenics called the faerharti (firehearts), the spouse of the Maenic Overlord Zirae, and the father of dragons and desdraki. He is considered the most evil being to have ever existed, and He is the deity of destruction, deceit, ambition, cunningness, war, and chaos, all of which have been embodied in the dragons. Strangely enough, though, it is from His children, the dragons, that the Dragonlands are named.
- Kragae is one of the four Maenic Overlords. He is the god of storm, cold, darkness, hate, and treachery.
- Razar is one of the four Maenic Overlords and, aside from Drahc Uhr, the most interesting one. He is the god of unnatural fauna and flora, unnatural (or forced) death and decay, and disease and sickness. He is also the spouse of the Maenic Lieutenant Minara, the father of the Sons of Razar, and the creator and spiritual father of all Beast Maenics, which he creates for His own twisted amusement and to provide soldiers for Drahc Uhr's armies.
- Zirae is the fourth Maenic Overlord, and the only one that is female. She is the goddess of hopelessness, despair, and compliance. She is the spouse of Drahc Uhr and the mother of dragons and desdraki.
- Minara is the goddess of instinct. She is a Maenic Lieutenant, the spouse of Razar, and the mother of all Beast Maenics.
- Shrada is the god of shadows, shroud, stealth, deceit, thievery, assassination, and murder. He is a Maenic Lieutenant. Often called the Lord of Shadows, he is the patron of thieves, assassins, and outlaws.
- Athuna, in some places called Atuna, is the goddess of fortune, misfortune, and the balance of chance. The saying "Athuna's Smile" means to wish good fortune upon someone.
- The All-Father is the sole deity in a highly unpopular belief. However, this religion is far more widespread in Sadia than in the Dragonlands.