Demigod worship comes from local legend. While the Pantheon of Five Gods is revered by every single tribe on the Arengold Forest, there are some occasions where mythos overcomes the gods' presence. In these cases, Demigods are formed from Heroes who lie in the hearts and minds of the people they lived with.
Demigods are purely fictional, and offer no divine power. These heroes may only come back to life with magic, and thus have otherwise passed to the afterlife. Ïllume and Filli work together to follow the wishes of those who instead worship local legend.
Mythology & Lore
- Vei'Cresstfall used her magic to permanently improve the tribe she lived in as she died. The town worships her in the hopes that her magic keeps evil entities from the Vault away.
- Oreg Stonemason's death caused the Stonemason tribe's artwork and armor to flourish for a brief time. His ancient techniques aided in the town's development for years afterwards.
- Alicarra Bronzeworm sacrificed themself to improve Kitsune-Dwarven relationships. While they are not expressly worshipped by name, their legacy is exceptionally important to Kitsunes and Dwarves alike, and her tale is often told when tales of Filli or Ïorreg might be told instead.
- Forwidth Heightfar is credited for designing the entirety of the Painted City and Elfshire. While this is partially true, many architects overemphasize her involvement with the process and state that her influence changes the city on a daily basis.
Tenets of Faith
For instance, the worshippers of a legendary Painter may believe dancing to be a sin, as it could be a waste of painting talent. This would be an extremist view. For the town of Nupai – south-west of the Southern Brambles – this is very much a reality.
However, to actively worship a demigod, research must be made. The priests of this religion must know the stories of the demigod, and all of the related lore behind their heroic quest. Those who worship more casually must still learn the hero's specific art form. Worshippers of a dancer hero must learn their dance, for instance. This is different than worshipping the pantheon, and significantly less individualistic.
However, if the Hero's allies or family are known and still alive, they are often called on to lead the tribe in ceremonies or celebrations. Often, this is the make-or-break point of the tribe's belief in a Demigod. Either the friend or family member declines and ensures the tribe that the Hero is dead for good, or they agree and aid the faithful in worship of someone who deserves it.
Granted Divine Powers
Political Influence & Intrigue
However, some Human tribes receive massive influence due to their worship of demigods. The human tribe of Winterbrush, for instance, worships the human hero Plent, a warrior whose sacrifice during the Elf-Human war secured escape for the humans early on. Plent is a known name amongst human tribes, and most humans offer some minor respect to the demigod.
Plent is a rare case, but not unfounded. Elves who live off of the Arengold Tree worship Elf Heroes a fair amount of the time, hoping for the day that they might return to the tree... Or simply hoping for protection.
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