Ágáthá Vetrá

The Aviian Pantheon

Blessed one who nests within the coalfire, please watch over my family; I pray they remain healthy and safe.
— Informal Prayer to Bierrá

The Ágáthá Vetrá are a pantheon of 7 Gods worshipped by the Aviian Humans who reside in the contested expanses of territory between Martova, Olienn, and Castrillis. As the Avi themselves are agriculturally oriented as a culture, their Gods are likewise largely agricultural themselves, or have an association with some related aspect of civilization- whether that is commerce, craft, law, or some other relevant domain.   In addition to the 7 Divinities, the Ágáthá Vetrá also includes 1 Demonic force called Lántin Krá that isn't to be worshipped so much as it's to be avoided; it is believed that through participation in gluttony and destruction, an impious or uncareful Aviian can "summon" an agent of this force and lead it to wreak destruction on their village and its inhabitants. For that reason, behavior is carefully moderated within Aviian society- both by individuals themselves, as well as the surrounding community.
Superstitious natures run strong among the Avi, and whenever things go wrong, it is often Lántin Krá that gets the first blame. And of course, people are always on the lookout for the one who caused its summoning- inadvertently or not. This has led to many a "witch hunt", as people are often unrightfully blamed for their woes whenever bad harvests or illness descends upon their communities.
▼ Deá Árthá ▼
Epithet
Resplendent One   Gender
Genderless   Symbol
A radiant Sun rising over an Ocean   Colors
Orange, Gold, and Blue   Domains
Grace, Law, Sacrifice, and Protection   Details
A Divinity of light- though not only of sunlight, but also of the good aspects of the mortal soul: Honor, forthrightness, and self-sacrifice; Deá Árthá is a peacemaker, careful planner, and strategist bringing light to pierce the darkest places of the world.
 
▼ Áire ▼
Epithet
The Everbloom   Gender
Female   Symbol
A crossed Rose Bud and Leaf of Wheat tied with a green Ribbon   Colors
Green, Red, and Gold   Domains
Nature   Details
A Goddess of plant life and good weather, Áire holds dominion over the natural world itself- unlike her twin sister Gádjá, whose domain of agriculture is nature as viewed through the lens of civilization. She is petitioned for the fertility and abundance of crops for that reason.
 
▼ Gádjá ▼
Epithet
Golden Mother   Gender
Female   Symbol
A large sheaf of Wheat bound by a green Ribbon   Colors
Green and Gold   Domains
Nature and Civilization   Details
Many unfamiliar with the Avi may not see much difference between Gádjá and her twin sister Áire at first glance. But where Áire is good weather and plant life as it exists on its own, Gádjá is a goddess of agriculture and plant cultivation; the embodiment of all things agrarian- or what one can do when they pick up a hoe or swing a scythe.
 
▼ Bierrá ▼
Epithet
They Who Nest Within   Gender
Genderless   Symbol
A Fire blazing within a stone Hearth   Colors
Red, Silver, and Black   Domains
Civilization   Details
A Deity of the community, and every hearth and home within it, Bierrá is everything positive about society itself- from its support and protection, to its comforts and customs.
▼ Niklás ▼
Epithet
Sovereign Father   Gender
Male   Symbol
A gold Coin with a Beehive embossed on it   Colors
Gold, Silver, and Blue   Domains
Civilization, Life, and Nature   Details
Niklás is a quiet God of trade, wealth, and commerce- especially that which comes through agricultural means. And although no one quite knows why, he has also come to be the patron of Aviian Beekeepers over the centuries. This has given him a minor association with Life, as well, by proxy, as most Aviian Beekeepers belong to the Domá Máv, who are renowned for their healing abilities and Honey remedies.
 
▼ Mái Olgá ▼
Epithet
The Flowing Chalice   Gender
Female   Symbol
A Chalice with Grapes overflowing   Colors
Purple and Copper   Domains
Allure and Fate   Details
Mái Olgá is a Divinity of abundance and plenty, and Good Fortune; she revels in games and the pleasures (especially the pleasures of good food)- though she always knows the virtues of moderation.
 
▼ Márján ▼
Epithet
Lord of Song   Gender
Male   Symbol
A Five-stringed harp   Colors
Any Bright   Domains
Allure and Craft   Details
A God of revelry: Of poetry, dance, song, and the other arts. It doesn't just stop there, however ... Márján also fosters eloquence, creativity, and inspiration. More, his creativity represents the entire creative process that took an idea from its conception to its completion, in its entirety.
 
▼ Lántin Krá ▼
Epithet
The Devourer   Gender
Genderless   Symbol
An oozing mouth   Colors
Black and Green   Domains
Primal and Suffering   Details
A Chaotic Evil force of hunger, gluttony, and wanton destruction, Lántin Krá is not a Divinity, per say, but the pure embodiment of chaos and destruction brought on by overconsumption and needless destruction when one already has everything.





Cover image: Manuscript by Sam Moqadam

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