The elves of Vanil are distinct other humanoid races in that their religion and gods are much more similar to The Three of the Vanilli than their humanoid brethren; namely their gods are not seen as anthropomorphic beings, but vague powers and forces that still subtly impact mortal life. While elvish clerics to these gods exist, their druids also claim they are linked to these primal beings and it is from them that their druidic magic flows.
Mathoriel is by far the best-known of the elvish gods, as the the champion of animal life, preservation and growth of the wilderness, and the overall cycle of life that links the two together. All life is sacred to Mathoriel and followers of Mathoriel will only slay another being when and if it is heavily disrupting the natural life cycles of surrounding life. Mathoriel receives, once per year, the worthiest of those fallen to Luothi and reincarnates their spirits into other forms of life.
Isami is the feminine power responsible for cycling weather. Because the elves hold all water on the planet is the result of rainfall, Isami is also the mistress of the oceans and rivers and serves as foil to her sibling, Lessolath. Those who displease Isami will find their lands parched or glutted with water depending on her mood; those who are deferent will receive the proper balance of rain and sunshine to ensure a strong harvest.
Lessolath is the master of the moon and night sky and, as sibling to Isami, is also responsible for limiting Isami’s torrents by raising land above the sea. Lessolath also fills the earth with his vitality and allows for the cultivation of domesticated plants, and, with Mathoriel’s permission, animals.
Kalava is the elvish god of all the endless lights in the sky-the sun and stars-and shorter-lived fire and light to fend off the darkness of Luothi. Kalava is also the bringer of civilization and is responsible for giving the love of life and, especially, artistry to all races. The touch of Kalava, however, frees one from Mathoriel’s jurisdiction and puts him or her, in the end, before Luothi’s judgment.
Luothi is the elvish god of shadow, dread, and the beyond, who has final claim on the essences of all beings not under the authority of Mathoriel (namely, all civilized races). While not overtly evil, Luothi is implacable and ruthless in carrying out its judgments; while other races might, perhaps, evade his grasp for a short while longer after death, the light and vibrancy of deceased elves renders their resurrection impossible, for Luothi focuses on them at the expense of all else. Once per year, Luothi is bound to turn over one hundred of the brightest-burning spirits to Mathoriel, to be reborn into new bodies.
Finally, Setievasi is the elvish god of war, deceit, and discord. Handmaiden to Luothi, it is her responsibility to help usher promising spirits to her patron through conflict of all kinds. Setievasi is also charged with lending support to those who meet elves on the battlefield, to make the conflict a little fairer to the elves’ opponents. Sometimes, however, she seems to take things to an extreme in that direction, but that is not her concern.
Religions of Vanil
Vanilli: | Creator | Preserver | Destroyer | The Three | The Three Sisters | Tumish Pantheon |
Dwarvish | Gnomish | Elvish |