Saturday, February 11, 2012

Of the Gods: Phanes, God of Fauna

Phanes is "The Horned God". He is lord of all natural creatures, including Man. He is the God of Life, and held in highest regard among all other gods throughout Calabria. He is sometimes depicted with rams horns, at other times with the antlers of a stag. He represents the connectedness of all living things to one another. He is Master of the Wild Hunt, which is said to guide the spirits of the slain to the the afterlife. He is the god of fertility, passion, and art.

Carlos Schwabe

The seveth day of the week is Phanesdag, marking the seventh day of Creation when man and the other animals came into the world.

Carl Friedrich Deiker

N.C. Wyeth

Diana, Archon of animals, taught the skills of hunting, shepherding, and animal husbandry.

The festival of Phanes is in mid Spring, and is the most joyous of all festivals in Calabria. A child born on this day is said to be particularly blessed.

The pomegranate is a symbols of Phanes, as is the foliate egg.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The undead shun the symbol of Phanes. Some few mortals who walk in his path have power over them.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Of the Gods: Phusis, God of Flora

Phusis is lord of all plants; trees, grass crops, vines, roots, and fungi. He is revered by all who rely on plants for sustenance; the woodsman, the farmer, the shepherd who grazes his flock. He is despised by creatures of darkness, who feast only on the flesh of the living, and the undead, who recoil at many of the creations of Phusis.

Guiseppe Archimboldo

Phusis has many names; Green Man, John Barleycorn, Jack-in-the-Green, the Woodwose. The sixth day of the week is called Grunesdad, recalling the sixth day of Creation when, when plants sprang from the earth.

Thomas Cole

Callawin was the Archon of plants. It was he who taught man the secrets of tilling the earth and sewing the field. It was he who revealed the poisons and medicines within plants, and the secret of fermentation. 

Carvings of Phusis in his Green Man incarnation are common throughout Calabria. Festivals in the Spring and Fall celebrate Phusis in his sewing and harvesting facets.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Of the Gods: Kronos, God of Time

Kronos is the lord of Karma as Cause and Effect, as well as the Father of Entropy. He is revered by strategists, and all who plan for their future, as well as prisoners, parted lovers, and all who wish that time would fly more swiftly.

Salvator Rosa

Guido Cagnacci

The first day of the week is called Kronosdag. It recalls the first day of Creation, when Cause and Effect came into being. The first age of the gods was a time of war, with Unmaking the most powerful of weapons. Kronos then forged the Ouroboros, that what was was Made could not be Unmade. There are those who theorize that should the Ouroboros ever be broken, that all Creation would be as risk of destruction.

Pieter Bruegel de Oude

Darkstar was the Archon of Time. It was he who taught men how to craft the millstone, the winch, and the gear. Dwarves learned these lessons eagerly.

Leonardo Da Vinci

The New Year is the Festival of Kronos. His temples contain elaborate clockwork mechanisms.

Elves pay particular reverence to Kronos, as they are rooted in the element of Time, as is their homeland, Tir Na Nog.

Francois Simon Pascal

Friday, January 20, 2012

Of the Gods: Aeros, God of the Air

Aeros is the lord of the sky and the winds. Millers, sailors, and those who rely on the harnessed power of wind call on him. His children are Boreus, Zephyrus, Eurus, and Notus.

The second day of the week is Aerosdag, recalling the second day of creation when the Void was filled.

John Constable

Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruisdael

Zachraiel was the Archon of Air. It was he who taught the art of sailmaking to men.

James Stuart

Near the major cities of Calabria are Temples of the Four Winds, each topped with a bronze weather vane depicting Aeros. The wand he holds points in the direction of the blowing wind.

The Festival of the Winds occurs in early spring. It is observed through the flying of kites, demonstrations of falconry, and the celebration of vocal music.

David Caspar Friedrich

Mountain tops and seashores are sites sacred to Aeros.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Of the Gods: Gaia, Goddess of the Earth

Gaia is the earth goddess, from whom all growing things spring. She is revered by farmers, vintners, and all who make their living from the cultivation of plants.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Thomas Moran

The fifth day of the week is Gaiasdag. It recalls the fifth day of creation, when the Earth sprang from the crashing Waters.

Samuel Hieronymous Grimm

Aesther, Archon of Earth, taught the first smiths to forge the plowshare and the sword. She taught the masons the secrets of making brick and mortar. Her handiwork is seen in earth formations throughout Calabria.

Circa 1870 Artist Unknown

Smiths have a special adoration of Gaia, as the metals they work with are of the earth itself. Dwarves are bound to her, and have vast temples beneath the earth in honor of her.

Gaia's fury is demonstrated in the wrath of the Stone Giants. 

Peter Paul Reubens

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Of the Gods: Hydros of the Waters

Hyrdos, whom some call Aquos, is the dual faced deity of the waters. Hyrdos is sometimes depicted as a couple twisted in a loving embrace.

Johan Sevenbom

In his male form, he is Triton, Lord of the Briny Sea, God of the Tempest. All seafarers put their trust in him. Sea Caves are his temples, and tales tell of cities that lie at the bottom of the oceans, where  all who dwell are his followers.

Johan Sevenbom

In her female form, she is Danu, Lady of the Lakes, Mistress of the Streams. Her sacred sites are springs, wells, and sacred rivers. The Danuté which flows through the Merchant's Republic is her namesake.

The fourth day of the week is Hiedrosdag. It recalls the fourth day of creation, when the Waters poured forth and filled the Skycup.

Thomas Moran
Samuel Hieronymous Grimm

Selena, Archon of the Waters, is responsible for the sacred wells and springs throughout Calabria. She called forth the water from the springs, and with her staff marked the sites of wells to be dug. Many of these sites have retained their natural state, but others have been built into bath houses and temples. Many such places have miraculous healing powers.

Johann Hermann Carmienke

Sea caves where the fresh water of rivers mix with the salty ocean are particularly honored. In such brackish waters the god and goddess are re-united. In such caves many marriages are ceremonies are performed and consummated.


The Danuté River, which flows through the Merchant's Republic, is the site of an annual pilgrimage during the Feast of the Waters, which occurs on the Spring equinox. Pilgrims travel from throughout Calabria and beyond to bathe in the cleansing and healing waters of the Danuté.

Nils Bergslien

There are many sad tales of denizens of the waters, and their ill-fated attraction to mortals.

Frederick Leighton