The Heir to Disaster
Eladriel is the daughter of Gan, god of the sky and Unshib, goddess of the sea and the sister of Gnost. She takes the form of a ‘regal virgin’ wearing a mural crown, holding a staff topped with an eagle that has a pearl in its mouth. Alternatively, Eladriel’s other common form is of a flaming white rose, within a mandorla, rimmed with twelve wings. No other god is more concerned and compassionate about the well-being of mortals, but the task of caring for humanity is too big for one god. Thus Eladriel sought help from Atho, the creator. Upon witnessing her brother’s cruelty towards mankind, she convinced Melaqua to lure him into the underworld, where he became temporarily trapped in Vela’s web. With her brother incapacitated, Eladriel petitioned Atho to give her dominion over his angels, which she uses to protect and watch over humanity.
Compassion, Redemption, Forgiveness, Healing, Heaven.
Symbols and Omens
Eagles, pearls, white roses, and castle turrets are all used to refer to Eladriel. Trumpeter angels, and other angels, imply her presence and her deeds as well.
Eladriel sits on a high throne of marble (beneath her father’s Throne of Mist), which allows her to survery all of mankind, in the Cloudland of Alsitur (Heaven), the ‘horizon beyond death’, at the intersection of the sky and the ocean. Worshipers of Eladriel, the ‘Eladric’, consider it very inauspicious to be buried at sea, as the soul will sink abruptly to the underworld, leaving no time for Eladriel’s angels to rescue it from Vela’s realm.
Avatars and Manifestations
As a regal virgin, Eladriel-Virgo wears a mural crown with seven towers on it, symbolizing her protection over the Seven Tribes of Sephikal; these tribes taken together are the ancient method of referring to all of humankind. Eladriel’s staff, topped with an eagle holding a pearl in its mouth refers to her parents, deities of the sky and of the ocean, which symbolizes the scope of Eladriel’s involvement with mortal affairs since the sea and the sky together touch all places of Em.
Alternatively, Eladriel-Triumpus appears as a flaming white rose, within a golden mandorla, rimmed with twelve wings. This manifestation symbolizes her victory over her brother, Gnost, and her award of the Heavenly Host from Atho, the creator.
Other manifestations show Eladriel as a giant white eagle, usually perched atop a mountain or castle turret. Many stories and legends tell of her also disguised as a simple and unassuming beggar maiden, which draws a parallel to her brother, the Beggar-King.
Worship of Eladriel is exceedingly common, she is perhaps the most revered and openly praised deity in all of Lakmyr. In the vast expanses of the Myhtanian Empire, her church is one third of the Trivian Church’s extensive civic bureaucracy. As such, the Eladric branch fills the role of administering alms and charity, its clergy acting as public defenders and barristers in courts of law, as well as offering life insurance and hospital care. West and south of Myhtan, the Eladric Church is an autonomous institution headed by the Arch Throne in Lantia. The Eladric Church busies itself as a moralizing force that offers not only physical care to the ill or wounded and charity to the poor, but also spiritual guidance to the ‘wayward’ and ‘misguided’ souls that turned to sin. The surest measure of worship for adherents to the faith is charity; offering money, food, and other necessities is seen as the most vital way of communing with the Angelic Goddess.
The Eladric Doctrine establishes four Cardinal Virtues; Charity, Forgiveness, Temperance, Humility and four Cardinal Sins; Greed, Treachery, Wrath, and Vanity. The most important text of the faith are the Aquilan Verses, a collection of parables and aphorisms, many of which date back to ancient times in Sephikal during the Age of Nightmares.
Outside the Trivian Church in Myhtan, Eladric clergy use the following ranks. The ‘Arch’ designation refers to an Elected priestess or priest who is able to cast miracles. Roughly three fourths of Eladric clergy are women.
- Guardians. The common priest of a local community
- Arch-Guardians. Generally, Arch-Guardians move to larger towns and cities they can help the most people.
- Principals. These clergy are tasked with looking after and entire realm and organizing all the Guardians that live within it.
- Arch-Principals. These rare priests tend to be constantly on the move, living solitary lives trying to put a stop to wars, ease famines, and offer similar types of assistance to places of great need.
- Virtues. There are four virtues, each is tasked with upholding a particular Cardinal Virtue.
- Arch-Virtues. Arch-Virtues are Elected priests of great power (usually those able to cast 5th level and higher spells).
- Thrones. A college of high priests that work for the Arch-Throne.
- The Arch-Throne. Elected by the College of Thrones, often the most powerful Arch-Virtue is chosen for this role.
- Temple of Eladriel in Lantia (Myhtanian Empire).
- Mosque of the Mothers in Agrava (Uk-Hasha).
- Pearl Pillar in Lantia (Myhtanian Empire).
- The Citadel Rosette in Elansory (Rynas).
Eladric priestesses and priests wear simple white garments of cotton or linen, often worked with the symbols of the faith such as Eladriel’s Rosette Figure, eagles, castle turrets, and pearl adornments. High-ranking clergy wear gold embroidery and mural crowns. Apart from those crowns, Eladric faithful typically leave their heads uncovered, but a wide-brimmed hat while on pilgrimage is common.
Affiliated orders, sects, and other groups
- The Order of St. Volodina. This prestigious, all female order is comprised almost entirely of nobility and former nobility. Originally founded by Volodina Dragomov, the 14th Queen of Rynas after the death of her husband, the order seeks to foster virtue by funding and operating libraries and other learning institutions. The order seeks to harness the wealth of the nobility by way of charity, seeing knowledge as the path toward virtue.
- Ergalican Monasticism. This is an order of Nuns and Friars who have taken the monastic vows of [[St. Ergali]], they dress in severe, dark habits and live an ascetic lifestyle.
- Knights of the White Feather. These paladins are sworn protectors of the church and its faithful.