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Ásinnár

Ásinnár is an ancestor and Hero of the Farens. She is the mother of Daursan and Kauteirin, and the daughter of Leitandár, the divine of winemaking and human culture. (see Cult of Leitandár).

Like other heroes, she is known to have been a helper of the humans, often helping them to fight against gods, giants and other spirits She is known for winning against many monsters, demons and gods with her wits and good luck.  

Mortal life

Not much is known of Ásinnar's life for sure, because the myths about her originate deep in the Time of Wander . She was the daughter of divine Leitandár and a human mother.  

Worship

Despite living a mortal life, her cult is one of the most popular. She is especially popular deity among the people with disabilities (See here). Unlike many other deities, her faithful don't promise a cure for the disabilities, but community and understanding.  

Mythology

The stories about her deeds are popular because they are usually fun and have unexpected endings. Many different traditions of the deeds are circulating among the Faren communities, and there isn't really any official canon of the stories.  

Giant and the Snake

The myth of the rainbow belt tells of a time, when Ásinnar helped to save a village, that was ruled by an evil snake and a giant.  
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Once there was a giant who was the greates warrior of his time, and because no one could win him, he became a king. As his belt he wore a huge rainbow-coloured Snake, and he had a habit of feeding anyone who opposed him to the Snake.

Ásinnar took a pity on the victims, and decided to trick him. She came to visit him, and seduced him with her beauty and innocent look. Later in the night the giant lay unconscious, and Ásinnar could have a talk with the Snake. She learned that the Snake was behind all the evil caused by the giant. The Snake told the Hero he would not leave, unless Ásinnar brought him the herb of rebirth, from the Garden of the Heavenly Lord. Thus Ásinnar tricked the gardener Naruseińkaut to reveal to her where the herb was kept, and returned to the Snake. The Snake ate the herb, shed it's skin and escaped. The giant followed him to the mountains, and was never seen there after that.
 

Gods of the underworld

Once Ásinnar decided to descend to the underworld to challenge it's ghosts and demons and to free her father Leitandár . First she travelled through Bonehold the fortress of the Stone Giants to the entrance, and travelled through their tunnels deep into the heart of the earth. There she found the Gates of Waumin and entered the Underworld. She won many battles, but in the end she was insured terribly by a spider demon that spit its venom on her face and blinded her. After that the spiders dragged her to the throne of Ulalte the Lord of the Underworld, and he looked into her with her eyes that would suck out all life. But she was already blind, so his gaze could not affect her, and she won the final battle.

Divine Symbols & Sigils

She is usually represented in statues as one-handed, and sometimes blind.

Physical Description

Identifying Characteristics

Other than being a woman, most of her physical features are unknown. She is known to have suffered many deforming injuries during her adventures, including a giant Snake eating her hand and the demons of underworl blinding her. However, the myths don't establish a clear timeline, so it is unknown if she managed to heal drom these injuries or whether they were permanent.

Relationships

Ásinnár

spouse

Towards Knuckle the Giant


Knuckle the Giant

spouse

Towards Ásinnár


Naming
It is believed that her full name is Ásin Sanar 'the venerated one-armed', but a shorter Ásinnar 'she (of whom) is one' is commonly used
Religions
Parents
Spouses
Siblings
Pronouns She/her

The two sons

Ásinnar gave birth to twins fathered by Knuckle the Giant, and the sons Daursan and Kauteirin in turn became great heros of the mankind. Daursan the Tall was a powerful leader in the war against the giants, while Kauteirin the Fair was a master of the fine arts, and has even been named the father of the free human culture.
by Unknown artist, Met museum
Daursan and Kauteirin on a ceramic vase.
Kauteirin playes the lyre, while Daursan converses with a peasant woman.
 

Character Portrait image: by Siaraon James

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