The people of the Free Lands recognize and venerate three gods: Byj the Judge & Avenger (prn. Bēż), Vatha the Nurturer & Mother (prn. Vä-thə), and Quphic the Mirror (prn. Koo-fik). They are masculine, feminine and neutral, respectively.

Byj is the god of justice and might. He is a bringer of death, the one who rights wrongs, avenges crimes and judges the wicked. Also a god of war, he is revered and beloved by soldiers who believe he accompanies them into battle and protects them from harm.

Vatha, the loving and gentle mother, is a creator of life and holds all life to be equal in value and worth. Vatha hears the cries of pain from all living things, and weeps at the death of a gnat as much as that of a King. She brings mercy and kindness to the world, goddess of love and childbirth.

Magicians are particularly associated with Vatha, and call their bond with her the Vada - the Speech, though non-magicians call it the Sight. It is this link to her which allows them to feel the presence and aura of all living things. It also gives them the ability to communicate with and understand all life.

Byj and Vatha created the world as a school for Quphic Their Child. This deity learns by interacting with humans. Quphic learns what Quphic teaches, we mirror each other - what is given us we return. In this way the Holy Child is intended to learn responsibility and humility. When there is anger felt and blows dealt in anger, Quphic feels the pain of those who have been wronged. So the Child strives to give us love and compassion that the same might be returned, yet being an Æternal Child, Quphic’s moods are not easily predicted nor controlled, even by Quphic. At the same time, Quphic’s actions teach humanity about ourselves, for the chaotic and wilful acts of this Sacred One show us our own weaknesses. When we see Quphic’s cruelty we are reminded of our own, and when we are shown mercy we learn to be merciful.

Besides Byj, Vatha and Quphic are other powerful beings known as the Children of Byj and Vatha, though they are not their children in the same way that Quphic is. They might be called Nature Deities; naiads, dryads and such. Kanth, Lord of the White Wolves is one of these. Once long ago he fought to protect his people against Laric, and to this day he hates all magicians. There are also dragons, though exactly where they fit in is not certain.


The Rihamites are unique in the world in that they recognize only one god. This god has no gender (though the feminine pronouns are used) and no name. Because there is only one God, she cannot be mistaken for any other. Therefore she has - and needs - no name among her people.

They believe that long ago there was only one land, and all people lived in harmony. It was in this land that mankind was taught the ways of the One God, who gave them her sacred laws. But jealous and evil men spoke against God and split the people into factions, and quarrels and fights began.

Some people followed the evil ways, and some were undecided, but some saw through the dark lies and remained true to God. There was a great war between the evil ones and the Children of God, and a great many perished on both sides. To end the war, God destroyed the First Land, and cast the divisive ones into the depths of the sea. They became the Sea-Bound, and God gave them tails and fins. They live in the deepest parts of the ocean - “the depths” is a curse among the Rihamites. The shallow waters, as deep as a man can dive, is all of the ocean that is safe. Below and beyond that are the Sea-Bound and their servants: sea-monsters of all kinds.

Those who were undecided in the war were confined to lesser land, not free to sail the world as the chosen and faithful peoples are. The Rihamites call these others "Landers," and hold them all in equal mistrust. Everyone not a Rihamite they consider a Lander, weak-willed and dishonourable, outsiders who was cast aside by God herself. Though perfectly willing to deal with Landers (or Inurri, as they are also called), the people of God guard the sea against their advances, refusing passage to all but the most honoured and trusted Landers.


The people of Erlaya worship many gods, chief among them is the Ya’Sret which in an ancient and now forgotten tongue means “He Who Is Old and Wise”. Though he is worshipped as a god, he has physical presence and in fact dwells in Gurthiri, The City of Worship where he receives the prayers and adoration of his people. To his intimates (of whom there are few, but not none) he is called Laric in this day and age, though he has had many other names in centuries past.

His age is unknown, though his body remains always that of an adult man neither old nor young, with long black hair and brilliant blue eyes. Though not unusually short, he is not as tall as most of his worshippers. His skin is frighteningly pale, nearly white which is most unnerving and taken as further proof, if proof were needed, of his godliness and power for he never darkens under the bright sun of his equatorial home.

The Ya’Sret is an unpredictable god, as he can be wrathful or beneficent depending on his mood. He has been known to be cruel to the most innocent, and at other times a champion and avenger of those who are weak and helpless. He can be generous to those who please him or highly demanding of tribute and sacrifice. At all times he is immensely strong, never showing any weakness of body, mind or soul.

Apart from the Ya’Sret the minor gods and goddesses are unnumbered, each with a specific individual concern or duty in the world. There is a god of rain, a god of the sun, a god of death and one of life. Mercy and vengeance, trust and doubt, pain and joy, cattle and crops - all of these have their own god or goddess, as well as other virtues and objects as numerous as you can imagine.

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