Goddess of the Hunt & Vengeance
The Huntress is a mysterious goddess associated with the hunt, vengeance, and death. Many stories dictate that this is the closest sister of Lycana
and they share a heritage with creatures of the Fey but the Huntress is not considered a shapeshifter. The Huntress belongs to two separate Pantheons
, the Pantheon of Death
and the Pantheon of Nature
. While not considered to be one of the most powerful gods the Huntress is feared for her vengeful nature which has been seen to fall both in favor and against the favor of the other gods showing that her loyalty lies first with her close sisters, Lycana
, and then the Elves
who were the first mortals she mentored in Isekai. The Huntress is understood as an Elf
or a Silver Elf
moving through dark smoke, the depiction often differs based on if the artwork is done by those above ground or from Káto
as she is cherished in both parts of the world. This goddess is often depicted with a dark hood, piercing eyes that glow through the darkness, and black smoke that coils from her feet up and around her shoulders, and if a lot of work has been put into the art then it will show her iconic weapon, the cursed bow.
Her tenets and standards involve loyalty, skill, bravery, and a relentless desire to destroy dark creatures in the world. The attitude of the Huntress can be learned best by examining her attitude when she mourned for the Silver Elves
as they were slaughtered by the evil creatures that had crept into the world, her wrath drove these creatures far underground where they still slink and hide in the darkest corners of the world out of fear that the Huntress may return. Those that worship her and obey her tenets are expected to bear the same unyielding hatred of the horrors of the world and devote their lives to the extermination of the horrors of Káto
. She is also considered the patron of those that have died horrific deaths from truly evil creatures, Silver Elves
that have died valiantly in pursuit of cleansing Káto
and those that seek to cleanse the world of unnatural monsters.
The Huntress is involved in two different domains, though originally she was only involved with one until her great sorrow caused her to take up the bow and crusade on behalf of the Silver Elves
. Those that worship the Huntress will venerate her as a goddess of nature or call on her vengeance while they crusade against monsters and horrors that have destroyed their homes, families, and all that they hold dear. Whenever the Huntress is revered as a goddess her followers will make the distinction between honoring her as a being associated with nature and the hunt or as a vengeful being of death and the hunt for evil.
The Huntress is considered to be a god within the Pantheon of Death
because of her great sorrow for those that have died horrific deaths as the victims of evil creatures. When it comes to aspects of death, her influence extends over the Silver Elves
, the Elves
, and any that are in need of a vengeful crusader for the wrongs committed against them because she cannot offer her followers life but she offers them the solace that revenge will be taken on their behalf. When it comes to death, her focus is almost entirely based on vengeance and sorrow and revolves around the idea of loyalty, courage, and vengeance taken on behalf of the fallen or oppressed.
The Huntress is considered to be a god within the Pantheon of Nature
because of her relationship with Lycana
and her existence far before the coming of mortals as a master hunter. When it comes to aspects of the nature pantheon, her influence is brighter and places importance upon the idea of respect for the land, the creatures, and skillful hunting on the part of the hunter as they join into the circle of all living things. When it comes to nature, her focus is on taking only as much as you need and coming to terms with the fact that all creatures are part of an unending dance and cycle, one dies so that another can live, and in doing so life is passed from one torch to another to grow brighter.
The religious text of the Huntress is called the Song of Darkness
, a lyrical journey that details her role and existence among the other gods as she strove to pursue and hunt creatures of great renown outside the borders of Isekai's realm. It involves stories of many of her hunts, walks through the lands of Isekai when it was young, and her interest in even the most menacing of hunting grounds to include Káto
and the Lost Paths
. This book includes the story of origins for the Elves
and Silver Elves
as the Huntress was an onlooker from the shadows when her sister, Lycana
, stole leaves from the tree Yggdimil
and her curiosity led her to watch and later approach the Elves
and Silver Elves
. The Huntress is detailed, through song, as having shown the Elves
how to hunt and for showing the Silver Elves
how to move quietly through Káto
before an event called the "Great Sorrow" occurred in which she became full of vengeance and anguish over the near slaughter of the creatures she had come to care for. The author of the text is reported to be a founding member of a Silver Elf
royal family, written in illustrious mithril
ink that shines even in the darkest recesses of the world.
The holiday dedicated to the Huntress is the first day of Fall's Noon, this is widely celebrated in communities that rely on hunting for survival and in the Elven Kingdom's Outlander Culture
. Those that participate in this will dedicate their first kill of the season to the goddess and if they do not live solitary lives they share with another hunter, exchanging their efforts. In larger communities, this turns into a banquet or a feast made from only what the skills of Hunters
can bring. This holiday is popular among many forest dwellers and is celebrated widely as a time of thanksgiving and kinship.
The second holiday dedicated to the Huntress is the last day of Winter's Evening. This is the ceremonial Day of the Dead
for Silver Elf society
. It is on this day that they journey deep into Káto
to visit their burial grounds and pay respect to the history that has passed. Worshippers of the Huntress will spend an entire day here, from midnight until midnight the next day, contemplating the passing of loved ones and writing what is called the "Promise of Night
," a letter that is written to a specific person that has passed on in an effort to move forward and accomplish a goal that the loved one inspired. That goal is often focused on vengeance in the Silver Elf society
but it ranges from goals fueled by anger, sorrow, love, and hope.
Tenets of Faith
The tenets of the Huntress's faith differ whether you call upon her as a goddess of the hunt, her brighter side, or as a goddess of death and vengeance. Silver Elves
are the most well-known for calling upon her attributes of death and hatred.
As a goddess of the hunt:
Take only what you need and protect against the flames of greed
Hunt out of joy, with pride, and respect the place of all hunters and prey in the world
Strive to kill quietly, quickly, with a single moment so there is no moment of suffering
When battles must be fought let them be sacred, a struggle for life and death with respect
As a goddess of death:
Pursue all that is unnatural, all that is evil, and all that seeks to corrupt the world
For those that cry out become a blade, for those that die become a bow, and for those forgotten become death itself
Creatures that do not belong to the dance of nature are not worthy, they trespass, they destroy, they take without need, and treat them as such
Pass the graves of suffering with respect, vengeance shall be delivered on behalf of all that suffer, seek to bring it thoroughly rather than swiftly
Divine Symbols & Sigils
The primary symbol of the Huntress is a black bow that has a silver string, the bow has symbols that are said to be the basis for Deep Common
and the specific script that the Silver Elves
use for their writing. Other symbols include a black hood with silver eyes that shine from the darkness, mithril
are the metals often used for the construction of her symbols.