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Ilion

The Deity
The Church

 

 

Religion

ILION, goddess of Freedom and Inspiration

Often called "Fey Ilion", the daughter of Thandor and Shorral, (Wind and Fire) is wild, inquisitive and always restless.  She is the goddess of inspiration, madness, genius, prophecy and fortune.  

Associations

Ilion is the patron of madmen, outsiders, poets, thieves and fools. She is well regarded by many cultures, particularly elves and gnomes.  Her regard among human cultures depends largely upon the structure of the culture itself; she is most honored among young and vibrant cultures, while regarded with suspicion by those which are old and established.  

Alignment

Ilion is Chaotic Neutral.

Representations

Ilion is depicted with a thousand faces and guises.  Even within the same Wellspring (temple), she may be depicted in different forms.  A popular representation among the Successor States depicts her as a dark-haired woman with six arms, each bearing the symbol of an important aspect of life.  In the east, she is often shown as a tall, perfect blonde woman dressed only in the winds and fire of her heritage.  South of the Valesian Sea, she often has the head of a cat.

Among animals, Ilion is most closely associated with the cat, and it is for this reason that many sorcerers have cats for familiars, believing that they bring inspiration from Lady Luck.

Symbols for Ilion are as varied and infinite as her depictions.  Her priests often change the symbols they bear without apparent rhyme or reason.  Common symbols include a coin bearing the likeness of a smiling woman, a blazing spiral, and a sundered lock.  The symbol most commonly used by others (such as the Great Church) to represent Ilion is an open eye in a triangle.

Purpose

Ilion's sole purpose is to amuse herself.  She lives for new experiences, and encourages mortals to be daring, different and bold.  She has little patience for long-term planning and so has no long-term goals.  Her attention flits from one interesting event to another, and she shows very little interest in the ordinary.

She frequently chooses favorites and inspires them to achieve great things, or grants them unlikely insights into the workings of fate.  But her attention rarely stays with one individual for long, even as mortals calculate time - she simply hasn't the patience.

Of all the gods, Ilion has the least regard for the importance of the Ban, and breaks it whenever the whim strikes her.  However, since it is rare that her sojourns on the mortal plane have any lasting impact, and because there is little enough they could do about it, the other gods largely turn a blind eye to these ventures.  

During her times on Theeurth, Ilion has taken mortal lovers over the years, just for the change of pace.  Many believe that it is from her that the powers of sorcery have been blended into the blood of mortals.  The Borlamnians scoff at this idea.

Servants

 The number and kind of Ilion's servants is ever changing, as her interest in them waxes and wanes.  Yet among their number are some who are well known.

Vangerlin The Fool - This extraordinary being has confused and confounded mortal scholars who try to classify him.  Arguments abound as to whether he is an ascended mortal or a member of the Celestial Host.  He is the archetypal jester, entertaining the gods with merry pranks and elaborate jokes, all the while seeming to be possessed of a preternatural wisdom and insight that is often revealed only long after the fact.  He serves as Ilion's messenger and agent.

Camar The Redeemed - This jackal-headed celestial is also known as She Who Dwells on the Threshold.  She was once an Infernal, one of the evil host of Malbor.  But during the Second War she was confronted by Ilion, who recklessly and alone had infiltrated far into the pits of Azhran.  Impressed by the mad courage of the goddess, Camar threw in with the Celestials and revealed the hiding places of Caravok and Evaless.  After the war she repented of her sins and sued for clemency at the feet of Agaleus.  She was permitted to rejoin the ranks of the Celestial Host after an age of service to Ilion, but she found the chaotic nature of the fey goddess to her liking, and has remained ever since.  She is the patroness of reformed thieves and the condemned.

Oromadh, the Whisperer - This winged messenger is the one who whispers weighty oracles in the ears of prophets and madmen.  Ever faithful, he carries the ineffable pronouncements of his mistress and the prayers of her faithful.  When an oracle is difficult to understand, it is commonly said that Oromadh is in his cups.


THE CHURCH - The Wellsprings of Ilion

Church Description

The Wellsprings of Ilion exist to spread the words of their goddess, believing that to bring hope into hopeless places, change into static orders and freedom to the oppressed is the highest good.  The wild, loud and often scandalous celebrations for which these places are known make them enormously popular among the common people, and something of an embarrassment to those in charge.  Often, Wellsprings are not allowed within certain cities or parts of cities.  Nonetheless, the sight of a wandering Speaker is common throughout the length and breadth of Vatheria.

Church Structure

There is no central structure to the church.  Each Wellspring determines its own leaders and structure.  Some are led by a charismatic Speaker, others by an Oracle or even by a layman whom others consider influential and up to the job.  Each individual worshiper is left to interpret the sayings of Ilion for himself.

Doctrine

The doctrine of the Wellsprings is founded on the many, varied and sometimes irreconcilable sayings, aphorisms and parables of the goddess and her many oracles.  Below are some of the best known.

"Is your heart new?"  The folk of Ilion seek ever to take on new projects, new experiences, new ideas.  Nothing wastes a life more, they say, than to think in only one way, to experience only what you experienced yesterday.    Invention, creation and innovation are the greatest goals of the Ilionites.

"Time fears nothing, not even the gods."  All things pass away, and he who becomes attached to things as they are will inevitably suffer.  Only by embracing change will you find happiness.  Also, do not delay until tomorrow that which you can enjoy today.  

"What is your will?"  Ilionites place a great deal of value on individual expressions of will.  No law is just, they say, if imposed from without.  Each mortal must listen to his own heart, and act accordingly.  The followers of Ilion believe strongly that for a law to be just, it must be one agreed to by the people.  This, of course, does not endear them to kings and emperors, to say nothing of the worshipers of Agaleus.  In the extreme, some worshipers are even anarchists, opposed to all forms of law and government. 

Holy Days

There are no standard holy days for the followers of Ilion.  They may or may not attend those of other religions.  They may proclaim a sacred day of reflection (or work, or revelry) at almost any time, as seems fit to them.  

Preferred Weapon

There is no preferred weapon of the Ilionites.  Each that needs a weapon chooses one that seems right to him or her.

 

 
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