The Gods of Spring
God of Nature, Dawn and Sloth, Alfaris is the oldest of the gods even though they all came into being at the same time. The only god to look old (he looks middle aged most of the time), Alfaris is slow and ponderous, rarely rushing into anything. His power is in decline among humans, with more and more of his worshippers turning to his Lady Fera, or his wife the Lady Reaper as they rely more and more on agriculture. However he remains the favoured of druids and rangers as well as those that live away from ‘civilised’ lands. Alfaris is also popular among the elves, and is one of the most prominent gods with the shifters and in the western lands of Wulfhere and Mythran. His relationship with his wife the Reaper is strong, and despite his lower status they rule almost as equals during their months of power. Alfaris tends toward neutrality and balance in all things.
Fera the Lady of Fertility, Life and Lust, Fera’s appearance can fluctuate wildly. She always appears desirable, though not always beautiful. She is more comfortable as ‘country folk’, rarely appears as a lady at court, and is most often buxom. She has a wild and fiery nature, and is known for sharp swings of her moods. Her worshippers fall mainly among commoners, particularly women, and her church is widespread throughout the world. Her church does not have any high political power as her worship is considered ‘crude’ by courtly standards, but the breadth of her power means that most rulers at least pay lip service to her worship when in public. She has been known to bless her chosen priests with orgies and has many children across the world, though few are more than mortal. She rules over her vassals Fabrin and Alfaris fairly, but gets frustrated at Alfaris’s slowness and Fabrin’s fixation with detail. However these two are those she listens to most, and their relative calmness is useful in keeping her fiery moods contained. Her lover Tornos she keeps almost on a leash and the two rage against each other almost as much as they spend in each other’s arms, even during their months of rule. Fera’s passion means she tends toward chaos.
Fabrin is the most intellectual of the three spring deities, god of Craft, Inspiration and Obsession. He has the frame of a blacksmith, and the mind of an engineer, and his worshippers are among the most technologically advanced civilisations. He is particularly revered by the dwarves and humans. Fabrin pays a great deal of attention to a tiny fraction of his worshippers, granting those amazing insights into how to build new and wonderful objects. Unfortunately the obsession that comes with his insight means that few others can understand his ‘chosen’ and they rarely make any useful notes on their developments that can be stored for posterity. Also many of these ‘chosen’ are never recognised by the rest of the church…. because the church never finds out about them as the chosen spend all their time hidden in their workshops, toiling away. Fabrin has an odd relationship with his partner Derth – it’s almost as if they are together because there was no one left. They are more like close friends than anything else, but Derth is the only deity that can clear Fabrin’s mind of his obsessions, bringing calmness and clarity once more. Fabrin in response crafts wondrous jewellery and artefacts to entertain her. Fabrin’s obsession drives him toward the chaotic as he has little time for anything beyond his latest craze.