The people of Tuma are the only major human culture of Vanil to primarily worship pantheon other than The Three. Originally, worship of the Tumish pantheon flourished throughout the parts of North Vanil north of the east-west leg of the Brokenspire Mountains until the Fifth Kingdom, at which point The Church of the Three supplanted the original religion in places that eventually came under the control of Clensa. Worship of the Tumish gods continues into the present by the people of Tuma, and the outcome of the Tumish War further cemented the people’s unwavering adherence to their chosen gods.
The Tumish venerate three main gods, but also acknowledge four lesser deities that are either given token worship or who are revered in secret.
The Greater Gods
Gord is one of the three chief Tumish gods, and the one most well-known to outsiders. Gord is represented as an imposing, bearded man seated on a throne with a sword laid across his knees. Gord is the god of justice and ordered progression of life within Tumish society, and his clerics and paladins are responsible for maintaining the peace. Temples to Gord are laid out in a unique fashion: the altar (shaped in the form of Gord) is immediately to one’s right upon entering, and is kept behind a barrier of clear glass, with no apparent means of entrance. Nevertheless, during services, the presiding priest is able to enter this sealed chamber and be heard by the gathered, who congregate in an open area beyond the entryway. Those departing a temple always turn to give deference to the image of Gord before leaving through the door to their left.
Ajah is the god of open warfare, hunting, and agriculture, and is portrayed as a tall, beautiful woman clad in armor and bristling with a variety of weapons, foremost a ceremonial sickle. Clerics of Ajah are well-trained in the arts of war and are, comparatively, more skilled with weapons than their brethren. As could be expected, food producers and warriors tend to be most fervent in the worship of Ajah, and all the now-nomadic Tumish pray for her blessings as they roam the Tumish Steppes.
Grat is the youngest of all Tumish gods, depicted as a naked male baby with a pair of tiny wings sprouting from his back; those who worship The Three are quick to point out a physical similarity to some types of johadim. As the weakest of all Tumish gods, Grat relies on guile and knowledge, and so is worshiped by thieves and mages; his clerics are granted minor illusionary and stealth-related abilities as well. Though adherents of Grat emphasize personal freedom and self-direction, they are not openly malicious about it and so only come into conflict with the Lawful followers of Gord over the most salient of issues.
The Lesser Gods
Viaz is portrayed as a pot-bellied, hairless human, nearly always with a manic grin on his chubby face. Viaz is the god of self-aggrandizement and unbridled pleasure; open worship of Viaz is unheard of, though cults dedicated to him exist in the vast grasslands, and some Tumish tribes have turned entirely to his worship. Viaz’s consort Vusa is the haggish goddess of sickness, accidents, and sudden death. She is often portrayed reclining in a throne in a twisted parody of Gord; while Gord is fair and exacting in his punishments, Vusa is by contrast frivolous and disproportionate. Many Tumish worship her solely to avoid her chaotic wrath.
Nata is a free-spirited demigod from which the Tumish believe all creatures, including humans, descended. Nata does not have a set form, but is commonly portrayed as a handsome gray horse. Hunters and animal keepers are the most frequent of Nata’s worshipers. However, Nata does not treat humans any differently from animals incapable of piety, so prayers to him go unanswered and his priests are never granted spells.
Sagas, the wife of Nata, is the keeper of the earth and its plantlife; while the Tumish believe the physical planet has always existed and always will exist, it is only through Sagas’ intervention that it is not a barren rock. As with Nata, there exist no clerics of Sagas because she does not grant spells through prayer, though druids of Tumish descent are said to be specially chosen by her hand and revere her even above the main trinity.
Religions of Vanil
Vanilli: | Creator | Preserver | Destroyer | The Three | The Three Sisters | Tumish Pantheon |
Dwarvish | Gnomish | Elvish |