Today’s post is going to be short so I don’t keep you from NaNo for too long (I’m pretending that we’re all still excited and haven’t lost it just yet since it’s only been a week – if you have, indeed, gone mad, apply cookies and tea when necessary.)
When you create a whole world from scratch, you need to keep religion in mind. You may not be religious yourself, but some of your characters might be, and it plays a particularly big role in the life of one of my main characters.
Naavah Ora’s people are polytheistic, and worship a total of nine gods. Since Naavah Ora refers to her gods often, I really wanted to get this aspect ready in time for NaNo instead of introducing 39205 placeholders to my draft! Just imagine the nightmare of replacing them all later!
So in today’s post I’m introducing you to Naavah Ora’s elven gods 🙂 Because these are gods and not ordinary people I took my time naming them to make sure they sound the part (tempting as it was to have Larry, God of mischief and biscuits…). Don’t worry about pronouncing the names correctly – they’re made up, after all. Pronounce them however works for you! I very much want you to bring a part of yourself into my novels, and if you can’t do that in made-up names for elven deities, when can you?
As the first goddess and deity of life, she’s seen as the Mother of all elves as well as the other gods.
Meviris & Islirrin
The sisters of day and night, light and darkness. Meviris is commonly worshipped by elves who dedicate their lives to helping others. Islirrin is often worshipped by thieves and assassins who rely on her shadows.
The god of the hunt, who leads hunters to their prey – be it for food, pelts or sport.
She’s the goddess of art and inspiration, which makes her the patron saint of writers 😉
He’s the god of love, compassion and empathy. Elves call on him to bless their love, their marriage, or to seek comfort.
She’s the goddess of magic and the mind. She’s often worshipped by scholars, sorcerers and students.
She’s the goddess of death and spirits. Humans often mistake her for an evil deity, because she guides spirits into the afterlife where she resides.
Mist Walkers, like Naavah Ora, worship her as their protector since they enter her spirit realm.
He’s the god of warriors and loyalty. Valynaan is said to have led the elves out of their old home when the corruption that destroyed it first spread.
Do gods play an important role in your writing? How do you go about naming them, or do you prefer to be vague and keep it simple, like God or the Maker? Pour yourself a tea and let’s chat! 🙂
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