Êlgista - Goddess of Earth Character in E L A Q I T A N | World Anvil

Êlgista - Goddess of Earth

"Êlgista, holy mother of the green earth and creator of all life, from you we will arise and after our death we will return to you. Hear our request and grant us the grace of your rich nature. We praise the cycle of life that you maintain with your power. Hail, green mistress."

Vinduk, the Old One - venerable Druid 11th century BEC -

Êlgista is the chief goddess of the goblins of Brictaelgis and most of the sanctuaries are dedicated to her. She is the goddess of growing nature, life and earth magic. She was awakened from the depths of the earth by Nystix and is considered the creator of goblins, trolls and giants. Her name comes from the Brictaelgican word Êlgîrti, which means earth or soil.

From her union with Trállox, god of rain, she is mother of the gods of the moon and wind, as well as the goddesses of the sun and fertility. During a dream she also received the deity of death.
by Blue Fairy 74 via Midjourney
by Blue Fairy 74



Alternative names: Holy Mother, Magical Mother, Great Mother, Green Lady, Creator of all life
Colors: Shades of green and brown
Attributes: Gnarled staff, Crown of vines
Crystals: Drûxas, Emerald
Tree: Brictaelgian Oak
Animals: Forest elk, Howling owl
Plants: ivy, forest moss, wood anemone, wild strawberries
Offerings leaf wreaths, green mead, honey, tree resins, meadow herbs
Calendar: Month Êlgirdi, Day Êlgis
Holidays: 2. Êlgirdi - Day of Earth

Physical & Mental Characteristics

Êlgista's shimmering green body is surrounded by roots, tendrils, flowers and leaves. In her hand she holds a long, gnarled, barkless stick with crystalline emerald green leaves at the top. As soon as the rod touches the earth, roots sprout either deep or upward. She wears a crown of tendrils on her head. The tendrils are flexible, grow in all directions and can be dangerous to some who get too close to Elgista.


Meaning of their attributes & totems

Êlgista's animal companions are Forest elk and Howling owl. The Forest elk symbolizes growth among the Âdocôdix and can also be found in the crown of the Insignia of Âdocôris The Howling owl is usually the nighttime companion and symbolizes clarity.

Her tree is the Brictaelgian Oak, which represents the circle of life and is also part of the crown of the King of Âdocôris. Additionally, the Âdocôdix believe that where ivy, mosses, wood anemones and wild strawberries grow, Êlgista walked and touched the ground. These plants symbolize resilience and rebirth for the Brictalgica.


Honoring the Goddess

In the Brictaelgian calendar, the 3rd month of Êlgirdi and the 2nd day of the week is dedicated to Êlgis. On the 2nd of Elgirdi, Earth Day is celebrated, which has had an important meaning since the first goblins, the Âtogôtaigs of Prigg-Thâgi. Since their victory over the Gwâpragg, it has been sacred law that no acts of war take place during this month, lest they provoke the wrath of the green mistress.

On Earth Day, the Adocodix often dress up in costumes made from all kinds of natural materials. There are singing games and huge fires to finally drive away winter and welcome the Earth Mother. When the 2nd of Elgirdi falls on Elgis every seven years, these festivals are celebrated even more widely. There are pilgrimages to the goddess shrines at Aslae and Ôthis. There, long processions pay homage to the Earth Mother and the Druids pray with offerings for protection and evergreen life for the next seven years.

Her most important and largest sanctuaries are the stone circles of Aslae and the springs of Ôthis. Near many towns and villages there are small stone circles or sacred groves of brictalegican oaks used as sacrificial sites to the goddess.

Wreaths made of leaves, honey, green mead, meadow herbs and various tree resins from conifers are sacrificed. For the sacrifice, the wreath of leaves is placed on a block of stone. The druids put dry grass in the middle, which they light together with the tree resin. On top of this they add the small offerings so that their souls, which are dissolving in the smoke, can reconnect with the mother of earth.
Stonecircle of Aslae by Blue Fairy 74 via Midjourney


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Cover image: Religion of Brictaelgis by Blue Fairy 74 - Midjourney-Collage


Author's Notes

The German version of this article will published in January.

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Jan 26, 2024 17:24 by Secere Laetes

Hier finde ich es wirklich schön, wie kurz und übersichtlich diese wichtigste Gottheit dargestellt wird. Persönlich hätte mich ja noch interessiert, wie ihre Persönlichkeit so ist und was sie erlebt hat bisher, aber gut, bei den "göttlicheren Göttern" ist so was ja eher unüblich. Und der Artikel wäre weniger übersichtlich gewesen - zumal die Kategorien zur Beschreibung von Persönlichkeit für einen Überblick einfach wirklich zu sehr in die Tiefe gehen. Was echt super ausgearbeitet ist, ist, wie man sie ehrt. Und da es hier natürlich vor allem auch um die Art geht, passt das sehr gut.

Jan 26, 2024 19:11

Erwischt (lacht)! Vielen Dank für das Feedback.

  Ich hätte wirklich gern mehr über die Persönlichkeit und ihr Leben geschrieben, da ich einen Deiner Götter-Artikel aus dem Chat gelesen hatte, der so viele Facetten zeigte und ich Göttergeschichten unserer Welt äußerst spannend finde, was ja auch irgendwie zur Entwicklung der Kobolde beigetragen hat. Ich werde das definitiv nachholen, sobald mir die richtigen Mythen eingefallen sind. Vielleicht entwickelt es sich mit den Geschichten der anderen Götter.

Stay imaginative and discover Blue´s Worlds, Elaqitan and Naharin.
Jan 26, 2024 20:50 by Secere Laetes

Ah so. Ja, so was ist ein Prozess, na zumindest bei mir. Sprich, ich habe ne Insel und in Zusammenhang zur Insel entwickelt sich das nächste und das wieder wegen der Insel und dem nächsten... wenn du verstehst. Würde das ja theoretisch lieber so richtig geplant machen, weil das auch schneller geht, aber meistens treibe ich dann doch vom einen zum anderen und lasse Inspirationen und Gefühle einfließen. Hat aber auch Vorteile, so wirkt alles ein wenig organischer ^^. Ich bin jedenfalls auf deine Mythen gespannt.