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Last updated: 17 April 2024

Gods (& Spirits)

There are many gods and spirits in Tisal Thulu, going largely unseen by mortals, and usually disinterested in mortal affairs. The dominant god of the 23rd Turning is Hennubeth, though Gilmesh is also popular within certain circles. Below them are many others, which are their children of old, but are left to their own devices for the most part.

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Gilmesh

[gēl·mesh]

Despite acceptance that Gilmesh was cast down in the last Great Turning, his stalwart devotees take comfort and strength in the idea that this shadow-clad god is most at home in the underworld, beneath the earth and stone of the world, and stalking the realms under the cover of night.

Gilmesh is most often depicted as a bull-headed god with taloned feet. His skin is usually depicted as jet, and jet and ebony are the most common materials used in statuary depicting the deity. These are generally small - probably to enable quick hiding or transport if Hennuvic radicals threated them. There is one large one, however, still in existence, on the island south of Thulmeremuut, tangled among the vines and creepers of the jungle there. There are rumours of a healthy Gilmeshan cult in Thum Saren as well, though no details of it s size, artefacts, or practices are available to scholars of other lands.

Hennubeth, Hibideth, Harrubeth

[Hen·nū·beth], [Hih·bih·deth], [Han·rū·beth]

These are all names given to the same deity, the sun-eyed, four-armed goddess of the ancient Alturians, the original inhabitants of the southern Grullenbruk region - though the cult has spread throughout Tisal Thulu since the time of the last Great Turning. She is spoken of as a feminine essense, though she wields all of the battle-prowess and strength of the male-essence gods. Her form is slim and often includes breasts, in rare cases full nudity, and her skin colour ranges from pink to blue to white and even jet. She is often depicted as being encrusted with gems of multiple colours too, especially in festival effigies and statuary for private, wealthy individuals who wish to bring honour to her - and to themselves - through a show of wealth and religious devotion.

Most followers of Hennuvic beleifs are as peaceful (or not) as anyone else, but there is an extremist sect of devotees who believe that differeing devotions should be bent to conformity, or stamped out. Such cults are stronger in the west, where they meet the greatest resistance from those still clinging to allegience to Gilmesh, or to lesser god-cults.

Many inhabitants of all faiths use common Hennuvic curses and oaths, such as 'Hennu's Eye' (or other body part) or 'By Hennu' etc.

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Isultu

[ih·sūl·tū]

Isultu, God of Thieves, takes the form of a yellow-eyed black cat, or sometimes a black rat with red, shining eyes. Sexless and without temple or priests, this god asks only for each thief to hone their skills, challenge their daring, and give credit to Isultu for the gifts of luck and darkness.

Anugwosh

[ah·nū·gwsh]

Anugwosh is a god of sea and storm, mostly worshipped among the remote islanders of the Mulmuut. Anugwosh is depicted as a squat, pot-bellied god, often with an erect phallus, sometimes also with breasts, and it is custom among followers to never use pronouns in relation to the god, but always to speak the name in full. Consequently, no strong sense of gender is attached to Anugwosh in most areas.

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