Garma, the Halfing of the Hearth
God of the hearth, the nightly meal, and oils, counterpart God of life. Husband of Firn.
The warmth of the hearth soothes both bones and souls. The smell of fresh food brings the closeness of friends and the safety of home. The heat of the meal fills stomachs and satiates the most. The memories of banquets prepared by caring hands brings community together that can face future foes.In every home, city and hearth; the essence of Garma can be found centered around the domains of his greatest followers. These are the devout clerics that wield their ladles against the ever-approaching forces of hunger and distress, pouring their energy and soul into providing the meals that Garma favors so heavily. Of @Pantheon, the worship of Garma is generally thought to be the most relaxed and non-invasive of the various methods of worship and obeisance. After all, he doesn’t ask for a sacrifice during the meal, or a compulsion to do any great or terrible things. Instead, he asks for those that he considers to be of his flock to gather for their nightly meals under the house of a follower and take the blessings that he offers. This message reaches out to his clerics and priests as well, those that are granted his powers are not the most devout or intense, rather, they are often those that have held his statutes for long periods of time and have became perfectly oriented to carry the messages of Garma and act according to his will. As the god of cooking and knowledge, Garma encourages experimentation. New meals, new recipes, new understandings of how the world interacts with itself under the careful direction of the righteous and careful. Some of the greatest accolades awarded to followers of Garma are the discoveries of new recipes or ways of creating food in new and distinct manners. From cooking directly with fire to attribute flavors that might be lost otherwise, to learning to brine like the ocean and entrap portions of a meal that have never seen the light of day; countless records are filled with the creations and expertise of the chefs of Garma. However, this leads many to believe that Garma has no interests beyond the knowledge of cooking. However the followers of Garma make massive use of the various information trading services that criss-cross Ithungsida; with recipes, ingredient details and new methods of cooking finding their ways across the continent at speeds that astonish many; a recipe debuted in Aegis might be in Kannak in a week and a standard dish in Moldatun within the year. With his marriage to Fine, they share their governance of the signing of treaties, the maintaining of peace and the support of communities outside of the reach of the hearth. On his own; he often shows signs at banquets that hold to his tenets and helps to alert his followers of poisonings that may be lost in the confusion of such extravagant affairs.
Organization:The Followers of Garma tend to align themselves as communities centered around the consumption of food and the celebration of life. They have grand meals and feasts for the sole purpose of having the meals, they bring food to those that need it and see that the bringing together of peoples often solves issues by forcing some level of communication. The Followers of Garma are an odd bunch, as they have no sort of central organizations. Rather, they have large groups or loose coalitions that accept most, but respect merit over other accolades. The primary purpose of these organizations are most commonly for the trade of information and/or harder to obtain ingredients for cooking special dishes.
Worshipers:Those who follow the tenets of Garma are varied in origin and culture, but they are bound together by the love of cooking and community. This does mean that there is a great amount of overlap between Firn and Garma, but they also have their own branches of following that don't necessarily intermingle. Garma has a greater following within cities, where ingredients are easily procured and new communities form with ease. The followers of Garma can usually be picked out from their smiles and assortments of cooking gear, however, beyond that, his followers have no distinct markings.
Mortal RepresentationA heavy-set Halfling with large red cheeks and smiling eyes, he bears a ladle in one hand and a pot filled with broth at his side. All depictions of him appear to be happy and focused on his work.
Divine SymbolGarma is most often represented by a pot with a ladle sticking out of it. This varies in it's depiction, from being stuffed to overfilling, to having steam rising from the top. Even the nature of the pot tends to change, with metals being more common in KravMaw and Pottery being more common in Renai.
A pinch of salt, a lick of intuition, a spot of malt and a heart that is smitten for the people that have need of the food one can provide. Know and trust that Garma will provide, he provides what we need and helps us to survive.
DomainsGarma favors all of his Followers, as well as those that may not specifically follow him. Any who partake in the meals under his banners, that see the hearth as a place of rest and celebration are free to be aligned with his domains and use the power he would grant them. To aid them in their cooking and providing of meals.
Towards Firn, the Chilled Halfling
Towards Garma, the Halfing of the Hearth
Since before the sealing of the third world with the knotting of the snake, Firn and Garma have been wed. Their relationship could easily be called timeless.
Commonalities & Shared Interests
Garma and Firn are said to have grown closer to one another over the countless millennia, as such, their interests easily complement one another. From the winter, to the fire in the hearth. From community to supper around the dining table.