The Gods of Summer
The first of the summer deities, Kin is the goddess of Community, Justice and Tyranny. By far the most lawful of the deities, it is rare for her to venture toward chaos. Most often a strict and tidy woman, Kin forms something of a matron figure. However she can also be the more relaxed communal spirit that unites villages or brings old friends together. As the goddess of justice she carries the balance of law. She is rarely worshipped outside of cities, but justice can also be found outside of the courts of law, and whilst not worshipped often in wilder lands, aspects of her can be found there. Whilst still primarily lawful in thought, this is where she is at her most chaotic. In ‘civilised’ lands where she is worshipped strongly, the law become corrupted to tyranny, and martial states ensue. In these areas Kin’s worship can become more dominant even than that of the Lords or Ladies of Heaven, and the political power of her church is strong in all civilised lands. Kin forms part of the two “lesser” partnerships, those formed between two secondary deities. She and her twin brother Serabin rule as a strong partnership, though during their months one is definitely alpha to the other. The two are the most rational of the gods and rule through strict force of law. They also rule the most rigidly according to the letter rather than the spirit of the law.
The primary of the summer deities, Lymos is Lord of Light, War and Prejudice. Irrespective of what race he appears before, Lymos is a warrior – tall, well-built and attractive. He is also a natural leader and mortals are compelled to agree with him and obey his requests. Worshipped among all cultures to some degree, Lymos’ tendency is to be powerfully assertive, bordering on outright aggression, though he is usually articulate enough to make this appear reasonable. His church is very powerful in almost all countries. Lymos also seems somewhat of a multiple personality, as he is the god of prejudice against all races, which often means he will be worshipped by both sides of a battle. However it is rare for him to side with forces of ‘darkness’ i.e. subterranean or exclusively nocturnal creatures. This does nothing to stop him with siding with forces of evil, which can spend just as much time in the sunshine as the good. Lymos’s tendency is toward the lawful discipline of battle tactics, but he can also adopt the more chaotic tactics of tribal warfare. Lymos’ wife is Borea, goddess of dark and one of the three winter deities. During his reign she is definitely subordinate to him, but during hers their partnership is almost equal, and Borea is known to fear her husband.
Last of the summer deities is Beya, goddess of Beauty, Love and Vanity. Always the most beautiful of the goddesses by far, Beya revels in the fact and regularly rubs it in the faces of all around her, particularly Fera & Borea. Her appearance varies with every culture, but in the heavens she most often appears as an elven maiden, and the elves are certainly her most favoured race. Like Lymos, she is worshipped in all cultures, which gives her a broad power base, but her worshippers are often considered shallow, which translates that they aren’t always taken seriously. Generally neutral, Beya swings between the chaotic fickleness of beauty and the lasting power of true love. Her partner is Thanis, and the two are fickle lovers like Fera and Tornos, but without the stormy fire that characterises that partnership. Rather Beya and Thanis take snipes at each other when out of favour, and get back together in quiet moments of love and reflection. And somehow they are always together during their reigning months.