Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tethys: Planetary Oracles

The clerics in service to the planetary essence of Tethys are a varied and passionate lot. Tethys herself is a temperamental world, full of the fervor of life without bounds, seeking to fill every niche with living things intent upon survival. The world itself seems intent upon endless explosions of competing life-forms.

As with all planetary essences, there is much debate as to whether or not this "life force" is independently conscious, or just an impersonal force. Oracles of Tethys almost always insist that there is some sort of intelligence at work, though slow to react and very very fierce.
Those oracles who claim to have had visions of Tethys claim that she is a beautiful and statuesque woman of immense proportions. She is often described as having mixed human, reptilian and piscian characteristics in her form such as a tail, scales and other features mixed with that of a human.
Domains: Animal, Healing, Plant, Water.
Favored Weapon: Dagger.
Portfolio: Sea, Jungles, plants, agriculture, childbirth.

Dogma
The Oracles of Tethys have many regional varieties, but there are certain doctrines that exist amongst all sects. The cycles of birth, marriage and death are of primary concern, and thus mothers, young and old are revered. Cycles of life, and their reverence are strongly promoted. Society is primarily matriarchal, with all women seen as manifestation and representation of Tethys herself.
Fertility rites and medicines are of utmost importance to the Oracles and followers of Tethys, as She herself is known to be very fertile. Herbalism, midwifery and extensive fertility rites (including orgy's) are very common.

Cult of Oceanus
The male aspect of Tethys is known as Oceanus, and is given reverence primarily in the long night, as this is a time of frequent battle as the nights predators emerge. Cultists dedicated to the male aspect are trained in battle and survival, prizing physical power and tests of strength as well as ones ability to sire offspring.

Oracles dedicated to Oceanus claim that he appears as a ferocious man with a wild beard and features of crustacean, reptile and fish, and that he stands well over 60ft in height.

Domains: Animal, Strength, War, Water.
Favored Weapon: Spear.
Portfolio: Sea, Sea Monsters, Shipwrech, Storms.



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Like a great ring of pure and endless light
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