In the Service of the Queen
The Gods of Light
(From the Blue Rose Core Rulebook)
The Seven, The Gods of Light
The seven gods of Light are younger than the world, but no less venerated because of it. While the Twilight gods are associated with natural forces, the gods of Light are associated with seven virtues, and each is the patron of a core aspect of mortal culture: the hearth, dance, law, travelers, and so forth. The gods of Light, like those of Twilight, have varied aspects, but fewer variations. Because the gods of Light are the everlasting enemies of the exarchs of Shadow, those faced by vice and darkfiends frequently call on them for strength and guidance.
Hiathas, god of the sun, beauty, dance, and hope, is the Dawn Prince and Lord of the Dance. Many stories claim he is more beautiful than anything, save the Eternal Dance itself. Artists seek his beauty, while dancers especially long for his ways. He is the beloved of Braniel, and those who fall in love with someone of the same sex are said to be like the Singer in the Stars, caria daunen (“lovers of the dawn”).
Leonoth, god of the hearth, family, and faithfulness, is the Faithful Husband and consort of Maurenna. He is the protector of families, home, and those who do not break faith. People who love someone of the opposite sex are said to guard the hearth fire as he does; they are cepia luath (“keepers of the flame”). In Jarzon, where rebellion against the Sorcerer Kings was exceedingly dangerous, and often deadly, the leaders of the resistance gathered their people beside hearth fires and plotted the downfall of the tyrants. Because of this association and the grievous loss of life in Jarzon, the land has become obsessed with family and procreation. There Leonoth is called the Liberator, Great Lord, and Keeper of the Holy Flame, and is the preeminent god of the Church of the Pure Light.
Felisar, god of travelers, people in peril, the poor, the sick, and charity, is the Bringer of Miracles, the help for which the needy dare not hope. According to legend, Felisar wanders the world each winter, when the poor suffer the most and death is particularly hungry. Felisar is Selene’s favorite, and he uses his influence to guard the afflicted from her chill. Travelers, the ailing, and the bereft look to him for comfort, and much charity is done in his name.
Aulora, god of law, soldiers, and justice, is the Shield Maiden and Wise Judge. She is called on by the creators of laws and those who enforce them. The wrongfully imprisoned look to her for solace, and soldiers beg her for strength when their cause is just. When Anwaren is beset with doubt, she calms him with reason. When he falls each year, she turns to the arms of Goia. The two goddesses are called the builders of civilization, which their mother, Maurenna, designed.
Goia, god of artisanship, commerce, and prudence, is the Smith, the Builder, and the Artisan. Merchants pray for a portion of her prudence, while artisans pray for her skill. Smiths, shipwrights, architects, mathematicians, and many others invoke her name. In tales, she loves Aulora and Anwaren in equal measure, forging a sword for one and a crown for the other. When Anwaren falters, Aulora soothes him, but it is Goia who carries him.
Gaelenir, god of exploration, learning, the sea, and fortitude, is the Great Sage, Sea Lord, and Teacher. Scholars, navigators, and explorers call on him most, as do the seafolk, his special children. He dwells by the Well of Knowledge at the bottom of the sea and seeks to know all things. In legend, he withstood the temptations of the seven exarchs of Shadow so he could explore their realm. While Selene keeps secrets, Gaelenir uncovers them. Storms blowing in from the sea are said to be their arguments over how much to reveal to the world. The two gods are rumored to harbor a love that will only be consummated when all souls return to the Eternal Dance.
Athne, god of good fortune, plenty, wine, and temperance, is the Mother of Plenty and Lady of the Vine. Those who have plenty, and those who desire it, pray to her, as do vintners and many who make merry. When Gaelenir, seeking to understand each of the gods, asked her for the meaning of temperance, she laughed and said, “Enough, or too much.” One of her greatest devotees, Marlicel the Winemaker said, “Lack is the greatest intemperance.” Athne, in various aspects, appears in innumerable tales as an occasional lover of most of the other gods.