Liðr Lys

Liðr Lys, meaning "The Path of Balance" in Ósleiðr, is the organised form of worship of the goddess of justice and balance; Eri. It is a benign and kind religion that generally looks out for the little guy, the people who are oppressed or suffer injustice in the world.

Like most faiths and worship practiced by the kykr civilisation, the Lysian church is part of the Divine Covenant, the diverse pantheon that makes up the belief system of the kykr. Eri, the divine judicator, is major deity in the pantheon.

Mythology and worship

Eri, Goddess of Balance

Eri is the arbiter of justice and balance. She is usually depicted as a tall, young and beautiful woman wearing a blindfold, and holding either the Flame or the Sword in one hand and the Scales in her other. The flame represents the fire of justice that will reveal the evil and the unjust, while the scales is a reminder to the faithful that everything they do will be weighed by the goddess. The Sword represents Eri's judgement upon those who are evil and unjust.

In some rare cases, commonly in monasteries, she may also be depicted as a blind woman carrying a large tome. This tome being the Book, in which the teachings and wisdom of Eri is written down. The Book also represents knowledge and wisdom, two virtues the teaching's require you to have, in order judge justly.

Her species and clothing usually varies with depiction, and there is no traditional canon for what species she is or which culture she belongs to. Therefore her appearance usually changes with artist and location. She is focused on justice and balance, and while this concept might seem easy to grasp, it's not as clear as one might think. Justice, in the eyes of the goddess, may not be what the judicial systems of the world would consider to be justice.

Whenever she has appeared in person, she is a very tall woman, who looks somewhat like a vindral, but with small, rounded ears. Her hair is auburn and her eyes a deep, caramel brown.

Balance over mortal justice

Many simplify Eri's teachings, and the Lysian faith at large, down to a strict, lawful "justice" mindset. That justice must be served and being lawful is a virtue.

While none of this is factually false, it is a gross simplification of the original texts and even of Eri's own teachings. Eri is the goddess of justice, sure, but also of knowledge, balance and clarity. She is primarily the goddess of balance and understanding what balance means, in that context, is key to understanding Lysian faith.

All these things go hand in hand for Eri and her teachings. In order to walk a path of balance, you must have clarity, knowledge, wisdom and have a just heart. "Justice" in the eyes of the goddess is not any mortal justice, but the outcome that keeps the world in balance and a decision that is taken based on knowledge and wisdom.

The purpose of justice is to keep the world in balance, which is why, in most Lysian societies, political power derived from bloodlines (nobility) has less impact than in other cultures. Keeping the world in balance partially means the distribution of wealth, food and such among as many people as possible.

There are of course huge rifts between the rich and poor, even in Lysian cultures, but it's less so than in those that worship Basalik or Charos.

Heirarchy and structure

Lysianism is built as a reverse hierarchy, where the faith begins with the people and they elect ministers who in turn elect all the higher ranks in a rising stair all the way to the High Speaker of Eri.

Denominations

Skálla Trímgi

"The blade of change", better known in colloquial speech as "Ohrianism", is a denomination of the Lysian faith where focus is put on one of the aspects of Eri, rather than her full divine being.

While the majority of the lysian faith focuses on the benign domains there is a sharp undertone of "judgement for the unjust". There is a branch, or sect rather, of the faith that covers only one of the four domains of Eri; the Sword. The Sword, taken form, is named Ohria and is the særiþír (spirit) of judgement.

Legend claims that Eri was, and is, so benign and good that she could not bear the weight of exacting judgement upon the evil and unjust, so she gave her sword a soul and formed it into the spirit that is Ohria, so that he alone could exact her judgement.

Ohria is technically an extension of Eri, her divine judgement made form, but he is usually worshipped as an independent entity, especially by "sworders", the colloquial name for those who follow Ohria. While members of Skálla Trímgi are followers of Ohria, and also called sworders, they are not to be confused by the religious order of Swords of Justice, who in recent years have been radicalised in a similar way.

Priesthood

Vísundr Vrækæ, former minister of the Flame, now Archon of the Swords of Justice.
Guþra Fænkuðr, Archon of the Scales
Skjella Hús, Archon of the Book
Fjalla Úskein, Archon of the Flame

Justice will be served.

Type
Religious, Organised Religion
Alternative Names
Lysianism, Church of Eri, Journey of Balance
Demonym
Lysian
Subsidiary Organizations
Permeated Organizations
Deities
Divines
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