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The Daulians are the gods of the world. They take their name from Mount Daulos, where they make their home. There are seven, each of which has a formal name (given first) and several use-names (in parentheses). The formal name is used only in ritual settings, oaths, and the like—to use it otherwise is considered unlucky at best, blasphemous at worst. The gods are generally referred to by their use-names in day-to-day conversation. The Daulians are:
- Xeres (the Storm Lord, Sky Father)—the god of storms, kings, and rulership. A tempestuous deity, he is known for his iron fisted control of the other gods, as well as his love of mortal women. Kings often bear regalia (usually scepters) bearing lightning bolt designs to symbolize their connection to this deity.
- Chalcos (the Peaceful Lady, Wave Mother)—the goddess of the sea and wealth. A fickle and unpredictable goddess, who’s use-names are more supplications than reality. Fishermen often offer pearl, coral, or shell jewelry, or a portion of their catch on her altars to ensure safety and smooth sailing.
- Kouros Tritheron (the Threefold Hero)—the god of war, valor, and strength in battle. He protects those who show courage and daring in battle, but shows no mercy to cowards or those who value stealth over honor. Many warriors carry a small square of bronze with K.T. scratched on it into battle in the hopes of currying his favor.
- Matros (Earth, Lady of the Grain)—the goddess of crops, livestock, fertility, and all growing things. Generally the most sympathetic Daulian to mortal concerns, but truly fearsome when angered, bringing disease, famine, and drought. Her autumn harvest festival is one of the year’s largest celebrations, and is honored across the known world.
- Helethon (Moon, the Archer)—the patron of woodsmen, trackers, and hunters, all who pursue quarry, and by extension, love, lovers, and those who stalk a different sort of game. Twin brother of Agoros. Hunters often carve his use-name or a crescent moon into their bows or spears to ensure good fortune. A strip of fabric with an image of an arrow is also a common courting gift.
- Agoros (Sun, the Spear Bearer)—he who watches over all who travel, revered by wanderers and traders, and sometimes associated with mercantilism. Twin brother of Helethon. Many travelers carry an icon with a small sun symbol, and in some regions suns are used on merchants’ gear or market stalls.
- Noumos (the Unseen One, the Hidden Maiden)—the goddess of death, she who ends all paths, the lady who receives all souls. The only ones to invoke her name are the very foolish…or the very desperate.