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RELIGION IN THE WORLD OF ARRON OF THE BLACK FOREST

November 10, 2011

Though raised steeped in the ancient ways of his people, Arron isn’t a particularly religous man, as was the case among the warriors of his tribe. The gods tended to be the province of the shamans and womenfolk. But still, he’s prone to invoking the gods of his people. If he’s angry with you, he might curse you by invoking the name of the evil Sovitta-Maton: “May Sovitta-Maton take your wretched soul!” or: “Sovitta-Maton calls for you, dog!” If he’s uncertain about something, and feels he could use a little divine intervention, he’ll call upon Elinym-Päristö: “May the Mother of Sand and Sea bring me good fortune.” or: “Thank Elinym for small favors.” This doesn’t mean that Arron will sit around waiting for divine intervention, regardless of the god or the situation, the people of the Black Forest lived by the credo: “The gods help those who help themselves.”

As for religion in the rest of the world, there are numerous gods and goddesses, and demon lords and saints, worshiped all across the world in as casual a way as Arron recognizes his gods, or with deadly fanaticism, and everything in between. Religion in Arron’s world tends to be regional, and the nature of the divine reflects the day to day lives of the people. Arron’s two gods represent the essential duality of nature in a harsh environment: The natural world sustains us, but also occasionally tries to kill us.

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