Gods and Deities of Breuddwyd
The Pantheon of Breuddwyd is a collection of personifications of natural forces and elements. Unlike gods of ancient times or distant lands, the deities of Breuddwyd are not omnipotent, or omnipresent. They are perceived as entities, greater than the existence of mortals, and thus cannot be completely understood or unravelled by those still trapped by the webs of time.
The deities of Breuddwyd are not viewed to have relationships with mortals, much less individual, personal ties. Followers of deities believe they can observe the wonder and amazement of nature, more so than others. Those who devote their lives to the teachings and lessons of the deities don’t generally believe that they are being spoken to directly by the deity. It is common knowledge that the personification of these natural forces is only a few hundred years old, when people put names to ancient, everlasting powers.
Remembering this history, followers of deities generally recognize that they are honoring Nature herself, and the deities of Breuddwyd are simply extensions of the unfathomable depths of mystery and magic which is Nature.
The Finding of the Gods It was around year 700 After Settlement (A.S.), when portions of the Settlers who had fled through the Gap of the Breuddwyd Divide began the process of truly becoming one with the land. The four groups of humans within the borders of Breuddwyd were living with the land, not just upon it.
Kustelanders mastered how to read ties and storms, detected when and from which direction winds would pick up, or die out. They learned how to use the coastline to their advantage, causing pursuers to run aground on shoals, or be swept into rocks by powerful currents. The sea and storm demonstrated strength and survival, but at the cost of being short-tempered, blunt and harsh to their kin and neighbors.
Splinterveldians found resources for strength and structure, saw how the land naturally irrigated within the mountains to create passageways or rivers and saw where and with what conditions flora and fauna found their footholds. They saw an intimidating colossus, with an endless chasm of secrets and mysteries of the earth itself.
Anialdirans did not establish a civilization, in the modern sense. They did not build structures, merely reinforced the naturally occurring caves, bridges and shelters. Thick, impenetrable brush and wide, sun-lit clearings demonstrated to the humans the natural walls and livable spaces that the woodland provided. They lived the way the forest sustained it’s life. Small bands, spread out, with barely any alteration of the natural environment.
Pacific Field settlers sought the big sky and vast plains. Though farmers and shepherds, they left behind the traditions of their fathers and lived in a more free agrarian lifestyle. Tending to both plant and animal has become more of an art, observing how Nature flows through the live cycle of each. Many can walk through a Pacifiers crop without realizing they were in anything but a field of grass. Some, more reserved Pacifiers, are jokingly referred to as man-ents, the human version of treants, the shepherds of the forests.
The lifestyles adopted by each of these groups was a reflection of the natural environment they settled in. This cultural identification led to the emergence of the deities, by putting names to the present and active forces. With names came the ability to more easily recognize how these forces and elements intertwined themselves with the land, and how one could both give respect and receive favor.
Favor, Karma* There is no clear understanding of how the deities truly wind themselves through the lives of mortals. They do not always react the same way, nor are they predictable. The natural forces, however, do have ways in which ones who serve it can receive benefits, however. Nature works with a series of scales, always in motion, and the attempts to balance can result in blessings to those who have earned it, or disaster for those who deserve it.
Because Gods are not sentient beings in the more commonly conception of higher beings, outright insulting or offending is as useless as generous donation, praise, or actions done in their name. To attract a God’s attention, whether positive or negative, requires an actual impact in the environment, or associated elements, which fall within that deity’s realm.
In general, it is best to remember that interactions, both beneficial or harmful, with or by the Gods, is done in more round-about ways, instead of directly.