Aymara the Foremother

You have given yourself to the Foremother in an attempt to change the direction of your life's path. Tell me, which way do you face now?
— Treant Thistleblossom
 
Aymara, the Foremother is the goddess of Beauty, Fertility, Love, Nature, and Spring. She seeks the greater good for all born from her fruit and the children who rest under the shade of her branches. The Foremother reaches high into the clouds of the Above, having grown into a massive world tree atop Zion Mountain. It is here she continually works toward her view of a perfect Erenel – one of peace without the need for vigilant protection.
 
Aymara is often associated with the rabbit, for they are gentle and fertile creatures that desire nothing but peace, but will not hesitate to defend their children no matter the circumstance. She has seen first hand what hatred and greed can do to the world and its inhabitants. To this end, she sees herself as an advisor to her peers and a nurturer to her children.
 
The Giver of Life is often associated with Druids, Rangers, Treants, and others who find solace in Nature. All races may worship Aymara, although those most often to call out her name in advanced civilization are mothers, healers, and midwives.

Divine Domains

Life, Nature

Divine Symbols & Sigils

Aymara is represented by a chalice made of flowering tree bark, covered in leaves and purple blossoms. Occasionally, followers of Aymara will place large ripe fruit around the bed of women wishing to conceive.   The following morning, if the fruit remains mature and vibrant, Aymara has blessed the conception. However, if the fruit has begun to rot or shows signs of decay, Aymara rejects the union and follows must wait one month before trying to conceive again.
 

Commandments

Faith in Self Exploration

Bask yourself in the beauty of the world, and oppose those who cover my creation in nefariousness. Evil breeds ugliness and rage. By exploring your highest self-expression, you serve life by adding to the world’s beauty.
 

Nurture the World

Uncompromising good against unnatural forces that pollute the lands so delicately created by the Architect is the only way. Natural calamities are to be mourned but not prevented. Nature will sometimes nourish itself in destructive ways.
 

Promote Redemption over Punishment

War need not be the first or final resort. If you are faced with an enemy who is redeemable, seek first their redemption. Sometimes the mere example of compassion is enough to melt the hardest hearts and save the lives of children who fight their father’s wars.

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Exhausted and in agony from yet another removal of his essence, Al’Madoon cried out in pain before collapsing. A single tear fell in unison, crashing upon Erenel, landing in what is today known as the Gulf of the Fallen Star. As Ikaram the Sol passed by on patrol, he saw a large sprout emerging from the soil.   Ikaram had never looked down upon Erenel before, always content with watching the void retreat from his presence. This particular sprout pulled his gaze. An intense protective feeling washed over Ikaram. With every cycle as “Father” slept, Ikaram would shine down upon the tree, lending his light to the sprout’s growth.   Centuries passed before Al’Madoon awoke and saw the great tree towering high above Erenel. To his delight, the tree spoke, thanking Ikaram for his light and Al’Madoon for providing soil. The tree, called Aymara, was beginning to blossom with leaves and fruit. Once her fruit ripened, she believed it would fall from her branches full of life, a child of Al’Madoon.   Aymara asked for more like-minded creatures to live under her branches and enjoy the beauty Al’Madoon has created. Al’Madoon obliged and began to populate the world. Everything from the dragons soaring overhead, the Dwarves deep in their mountains, to the small ants scurrying below the dirt came from Al’Madoon and Aymara’s conversations. Without warning, the first fruit fell from Aymara’s branch, only to be eaten by a gargantuan dragon resting in the shade below. Furious, Al’Madoon grabbed the dragon by his tail, throwing the dragon out into the void beyond his sight. He would not allow this atrocious act to happen again.
 

The Great Sacrifice

At last, the fruit hanging from Aymara’s branches ripened. Three pieces fell in unison, much like how the three architects rose from the void. The fruit grew three young gods; Rezmir, of Light and Law, Asanna, and Luniwyn the Silver Maiden. The three young gods opened their eyes and looked out upon Erenel.   The Primal Beings greeted the three young gods. All except Bedoma, the Deliverer, who had snuck away to alertElturel. Elturel was aware of the dangers facing the Kingdom he had built with the arrival of these new gods and rushed to introduce himself. Greeting Rezmir first, Elturel quickly learned of the winged lion's belief of law and judgment. He attempted to persuade Rezmir, similar to his wooing of Bedoma, showing the might of his law with an army at his back.   However, Rezmir recognized the truth and cried out with a mighty roar to his father. Upon waking, Al’Madoon was horrified by what he saw. His masterpiece, the elves, had used his blessing to enslave Erenel. Crazed with power, Elturel stood defiant alongside Bedoma and those loyal to the Mad Elf. In a brash attempt to prevent his empire from being taken, Elturel attacked the still weakened Al’Madoon.   As Elturel assaulted Al’Madoon above the Tree of Aymara, the Architect understood what had to be done in order to cleanse the corruption and spare his beloved Erenel. In a bright flash of light, Al’Madoon sacrificed his celestial body exploding into an apotheosis of divine light. Elturel and the Tree of Aymara took the full force of Al’Madoon’s sacrifice but no part of the universe would be left unscathed. The force of the blast shattered the timeline, freezing all non-deities in a time-lapse that would last for eons.
 

A Goddess Reborn

The Above, formed from the love of Al’Madoon and his self-sacrifice. For choosing light over darkness, Rezmir would ascend to the Above, welcoming the kind-hearted and those who embraced the light. With the help of his sisters, Asanna and Luniwyn, Rezmir successfully recovered a branch from the damaged Tree of Aymara, planting this new tree close to his acquired domain. This branchling grew and began to bear fruit, as its mother Aymara did before it, forming angels and seraphim as the fruit ripened. Over time the recovered branches essence formed a new Aymara - the goddess of fertility has returned.

Divine Classification
Deity
Current Location
The Above
Realm
The Above
Honorary & Occupational Titles
the Foremother, the Giver of Life, the Compassionate One
Circumstances of Birth
Reborn after the Great Sacrifice, thanks to her children Rezmir, Asanna, and Luniwyn planting her broken branch in the Above.
Story of Creation
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The Matriarchs

The Matriarchs are an order of healers and midwives who have sworn the oath of charity and compassion.   Made up only of women, the Matriarchs establish healing wards in poor districts, providing aid and safe haven. Many matriarchs will travel Erenel in times of great need. They care not for their own well-being and can often be found entering plague-ridden towns or war fields to help.


Cover image: by Tomasz Alen Kopera
Character Portrait image: by Gamingbrew

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