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Rebellion has swept the Territory in the south as Glacia dominates the north. Landen and Blood join forces to spread a message of equality with any method possible while Glacia works to infuse the land with power and the people with their Dark Beliefs. The Rebellion, led by a Council of Eight, is not always in agreement but none can resist the power, and the danger, the movement has generated.
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Author Topic: Gods of Nharkava  (Read 1253 times)

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Gods of Nharkava
« on: Dec 14, 18, 07:54:38 PM »
The Landen of Nharkava have never had much use for Mother Night. Her children, the Blood, have a long history of oppressing and mistreating the Landen beneath them. Nharkava's Landen turned towards their own gods many centuries ago, and though details around this desperate dogma have shifted over the generations, many of these old gods are still fervently worshiped in Landen households to this day. While most native Nharkavan Landen can name these eight gods easily, knowledge beyond that of each god's domain and origin story varies wildly. Less well-spread than stories of Mother Night propagated by most of the Blood Priestesshood, these stories are kept primarily by devotees and worshipers most often found near each god's primary temple. There is a sect of Blood Priestesses who know a great deal about these "old gods" and their relationship to Mother Night, but knowledge of this secretive sect is even more rare than the stories of the gods.

The Landen Rebellion has based its leadership and governing structure off of the interplay between the eight major gods. Each division of the rebellion is headed by a seat devoted to one such god. Though each division head is typically seen as a devotee of their respective god, this assignment does nothing to restrict other rebels from worshiping (or not worshiping) whomever they please.

Each of the eight major gods has been associated with a particular mudra, a symbolic hand gesture used in meditation, ceremony, and dance. The connection between the gods and the rebellion is so well established that members of the different divisions sometimes use these specific mudra as a way to covertly acknowledge one another when in public.

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Referred to as the Giver of Life, Lavanya represents the deific aspect of motherly creation. Responsible for breathing life into the universe, the Blood who know of her worship often conflate her with their Mother Night. She is one of the gentler aspects of the Nharkavan deity, and typically represented in art as a beautiful woman with kind features. She is often depicted wearing red, and is associated with both the yoni symbol and the prana mudra.

Lavanya's primary temple is located in southern Nharkava, in the foothills shared by the provinces of Goa and Sikkim. Overlooking the holy Ladakh Lake, it is a spacious and elegantly-constructed structure occupying a serene and peaceful spot, surrounded by striking scenery. There are a few Blood who help tend to this temple, an anomaly likely due to the occasional overlapping of Lavanya with Mother Night. This increase in attention to Lavanya's temple has seen an increase in tithes here, allowing it to serve as the most robust Landen temple in Nharkava.

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Rajendra is nearly Lavanya’s opposite, and many see the two as mates. He represents male energy and a necessary part of the process of creation. He is known as the bringer of death and entropy, natural forces which balance Lavanya’s creative energies. One cannot exist without the other, lest there be disharmony and chaos. He is not depicted as malicious despite being seen as the god of endings and death. He is often depicted wearing the gray of ashes, and is associated with both the linga symbol and the rudra mudra.

Rajendra's temple is situated deep in the dense forests of Sikkim, making it less popular a destination than some. It is a tall and austere structure, visible from some distance away despite the density of the jungle around it. A number of monks live and work here, keeping the place well-maintained.

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Carna is seen as a warrior goddess, and is said to be the source of the terrifying and cold rage of a provoked Queen. She is a divine protector and breaker of chains. Carna is as terrifying as she is beloved, for once her rage is roused, it is nearly blind in its determination to scour evil from its path. Carna is associated with a deep shade of blue and the shuni mudra.

Mid-way up the mountains of western Jharkand, Carna's temple serves as a training ground for those wishing to purify their minds and bodies through martial training. It's not an easy temple to get to, and not every petitioner who seeks it is intent on staying for physical training. Some go to learn to master their inner fires, to control the rage over which Carna has dominion.

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Gautama is known as The Enlightened One, and was said to be the first Landen who reached Nirvana and ascended to godhood. Her domain is wisdom, honor, and literature, and she is often petitioned by those mortals who thirst for knowledge and value the lessons of the past. She is often depicted wearing white, and is associated with the gyan mudra.

Gautama has two primary temples, both located in the Western Gama. The lower temple, easier to reach by far, is a popular destination for pilgrims wishing to pray, meditate, or study with the monks of Gautama. The higher temple is much more difficult to reach, and seldom visited except by those whom the lower monks have deemed worthy of making the trip. The monks of the higher temple are the keepers of some of the most obscure and sacred lore and texts in all of Nharkava.

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Known as the goddess of the hearth, Kamini is said to tend to the homes and families of those beneath her purview. She watches over expectant mothers, and is a proponent of tranquility, harmony, and health in the home. She is also seen as a symbol of prosperity and success. Kamini is often depicted wearing yellow or gold, and is associated with the dhyana mudra.

Kamini's temple is staffed primarily by women, and is located at the nexus of the provinces and the great rivers of Nharkava in the center of the Territory. While all are welcome to worship here, it is frequently a destination of expectant mothers and those who long to be mothers.

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Vishal is a popular god, representing the reward of harvest after a season of hard work. His domain also includes fathers, drink, fornication, and celebration. He is often depicted wearing green, and is often drawn among an assortment of flowers. Vishal is associated with the surya mudra.

Vishal's temple is in central Nharkava as well, just west of Orissa, in Jharkand. It's situated on a wide plain, a series of small, open buildings surrounded by an abundance of flowering plants. Festivals occur frequently here, making it a popular destination for the younger generation, even attracting some Blood looking for a good time.

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Nila is the goddess of the seasons, of storms and rivers, as well as the patron of travelers. She is concerned with the natural order of things and with wildlife, and is frequently worshiped above other gods in the more densely jungled parts of Nharkava. Nila is often depicted wearing orange, and is associated with the ganesha mudra.

Though Nila enjoys a number of smaller, simpler temples throughout the more heavily wooded areas of the Territory, her primary temple is located near central Sikkim. Nestled atop a picturesque waterfall, it welcomes all travelers and seekers. Its monks are encouraged to travel themselves and bring back souvenirs from their journeys as their offerings.

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Maninder is known as the trickster of the gods, master of lies and deception. In spite of this he is not seen as a malicious god, merely a force concerned with keeping his more straightforward counterparts honest and balanced. He delights in tricking others to remind them of their fallibility, lest they think too much of themselves. Maninder is often depicted wearing either dark purple or black, and is associated with the buddhi mudra. 

Rather than a typical temple, the monks of Maninder travel in a caravan of tents and carriages. They move regularly around Nharkava, seeking alms and preaching Maninder's tenets. Though the reception they face may vary from village to village, it is considered unwise for any Landen village to turn them away.

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The gods of the Landen and the Darkness the Blood worship are separate and distinct entities whose worship had entirely different origins. However, it would be inaccurate to say that over the centuries there hasn't been any blending of the two, particularly in more recent years. Desperate Landen, seeing astonishing feats performed by their Blood counterparts, sometimes allow Mother Night and Lavanya in particular to overlap in their hearts. Likewise, some of the Blood who are dissatisfied with the Mother Night Glacia claims to know and love have begun paying more respect to the old gods of Nharkava. Some say that the Landen gods are simply different personifications or facets of the Darkness, and to worship one is to worship all. Whether this is true or not seems irrelevant to most; it has become the beginning of a bridge between the estranged countrymen, and such opportunities are not lightly turned away by the wise.