The Gods of Winter

Borea
Borea is second only to Beya in term of beauty, but the goddess of Dark, Cold and Jealousy has a cooler, more austere nature that puts a chill edge on her beauty. Worshipped across the planet, but particularly in the far north, Borea is also the mistress of caves and tunnels beneath the ground. This puts her in an interesting relationship with her husband, Lymos the Lord of Light. Borea is the closest thing there is to a deity for thieves. All the winter deities are rational creatures, but Borea is the least so, her jealousy giving her a passionate edge, which grows colder as winter deepens, and she come closer to Thanis’ reflective nature. Borea’s jealousy is primarily targeted at Beya, not only for her beauty but for the fact that Beya is a summer god along with Lymos (Borea’s husband). Also Beya’s lover Thanis is Borea’s primary. Altogether this leads Borea to feel Beya has sway over the two most important gods in her life, and uses them both to keep her down. Borea’s husband Lymos is one of the most powerful figures in the pantheon, and as such commands respect. Borea often gives in to his demands and certainly plays second fiddle in their relationship. Borea’s cold nature inclines her toward lawfulness.

Thanis
Lord of the Winter Deities, Thanis reigns in deepest winter, ruling over Death, Reflection and Revenge. Thanis is the most steadfastly neutral, though out of apathy for morality rather than the desire for balance that characterises Alfaris. While not widely worshipped in most places, Thanis is by far the most powerful of the gods in Saulendor. However even away from Saulendor where he is not worshipped he is regularly paid respect with every passing. The Convent of the Silent Sisters who gather the remains of those that have died and perform burial ceremonies across Kaladon ensure that while few actively seek out Thanis worship, all pay him their due during their lives. Thanis’s relationship with Beya is erratic to say the least. Thanis is truly in love with Beya, but she often drives him from her with her petty vanity, leaving him to long periods of quiet reflection. And it is then that his vengefulness comes out, with Beya most often the target. However he will also target other deities that cross him, often centuries after the fact, and he certainly has the longest memory of all the gods.

Derth
The last of the deities, Derth rules through the end of winter, often the harshest time of the year, as stocks of food dwindle to nothingness. Goddess of Charity, Peace and Deprivation, Derth is the calmest of the Gods. She is very widely worshipped, and has a very large organised church, priests of which are required to take vows of poverty, and many of whom also take vows of abstinence and silence. Like her Lord Thanis, she is often revered by monks as well as by Franciscan-like clergy colloquially known as the Bonemen. However her power is very much among the poor and her church though widespread lacks any real political power of any sort1. As Goddess of Peace Derth has the greatest dislike for Lymos and Tornos, and is very unlikely to consider either of them favourably. She considers herself morally superior to all the other deities, and can be quite sanctimonious at times. Derth’s rule over Deprivation however is not limited to simple poverty, and includes poor health, famine, disease and even moral deprivation. As such she is capable of the most heinous evil of all the deities. However for the most part Derth is characterised as neutral good and it is rare for her to veer towards law or chaos. Derth’s relationship with Fabrin is odd as he is in many ways the most materialistic of the Gods, and is compelled to craft things for her, but she always ends up giving everything away. Deep down she loves him dearly, but she is incapable of any real passion, either in good or in evil, so nothing ever comes of their relationship.

The Gods of Winter

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