Rodran - The Mad Maelstrom
Below the waves of the upper deep,Not much is known about the great waters of the world. They divide the world and surround it, a great mass of water as endless in width as in depth. Travelling this mass of blue is dangerous for a myriad of reasons. Storms of divine might, patches of predatory sea, soul crushing silence and much much more. But all of it, even the greatest of horrors, pales to what lies deep beneath the roaring waves.
Far far beneath there is an abysmal sea,
A swirling maw of ancient greed,
Inhuman conscious unfazed by any plea,
And if you hope your sanity to keep,
Hope to never look into the abyssal deep.
Eternal ChaosTentacles, made of water and flesh and shadow and dust, rise from this chaotic ocean. They rise toward the surface, toward the light, and all gods are with those that are caught in their grasp. For their fate will be worse than any hell. For they will become one with Rodran, the mad god. Eternally caught within the storm, their screams and splintered souls part of the swirling, writhing mass. As he once became broken at the hands of mortal trickery, so will he break and torture those humans that dare to enter what was once his domain.
Ancient MaliceIn ancient time, long before the Oblivion Hour tore the world apart, Rodran ruled over all oceans of the world. That was until the human Ignam tricked him into turning himself into a figure made of ice and smashed him. With Rodran dead, Humanity could freely travel the waters. But Rodran did not die. In a million splinters, his body sunk into the sea. And in the eternal darkness of the ocean floor, it reformed. His sanity, conscious and very soul shattered, Rodran reformed into a swirling mass of insanity. His body merged with the water and dust around him and spread across all seas of the world, a swirling vortex of anger, hunger and rage. And from the abyssal depths, his tentacles rise to hunt for humans. And they bring silence, insanity, plague and torture. And every Human that dares to travel the oceans, risks to make himself a target of Rodrans thirst for vengeance. Rodran is present in a large number of different mythologies, a representation and manifestation of the volatile nature of the Great Divide. Additionally, many stories have been spun around the mad god, connecting him to all sorts of strange phenomena.
Ferans, a people with a long tradition of sailing on the Divide, have adapted the deity as one of their great enemies. Their faith, the Vodarian Church, sees Rodran as one of the great demons of Abadon, the endless abyss from which all evil rises. During the final battle for the fate of the world, Rodran will rise to the surface and cause havoc across the world. In the end, he, like all the other greater demons, will fall at the hands of a legendary hero reborn. For Rodran, this will be no other than Ignam the Trickster.
God of Vengance
Heronians view him in a different light. Madness, anger, hate for humans are all still present, but in Heronian myth, they stem from the fact that Ignam broke a sacred oath when he tricked the god. As such they believe that Rodran, mad he may be, can be reasoned with. If treated with respect, or through sacrifice, the deity can be calmed, ensuring safe travel across the Divide. Those seeking vengeance will also call upon him, wishing that his infinite maws may devour the object of their ire.
The whispers in the deep. The voices, how they scream and wail. So...beautiful.
- Divine Classification
- The Deep Below
Truly I am in awe of your abilities, oh great ruler of the ocean! One last time, before I am to go, I wish to see your great abilities!
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