|Unknown, Possibly Korragh|
|Regions with significant populations|
|tir Lhaeraidd||102 million|
|Lyfr Bywyd - Korragh|
Lyfr Angau - Theoclesian
Lyfr Duwiau - Unknown
|Mân Lhaeraidh, Mawr Lhaeraidh, Aelbryaidh|
Derwyedd is the principle religion of tir Lhaeraidd. The term refers to a broad spectrum of theological beliefs and religious and practices among the Lhaeraidh people which have evolved from the Stone Age to the present day. Despite being largely surrounded geographically by expansionist organised religions throughout its history, and a four hundred year period of Fiorentine domination, the faith has proven remarkably resilient. Modern Derwyedd is remarkably broad and lacks the central organisation common in most modern Asuran faiths.
Today Derwyedd is most commonly practised in tir Lhaeraidd, where nearly 100% of the indigenous population list their religion on the census as such. Small religious enclaves also exist in the border regions of Arzoa, Oserland, and Gwenkeltia as well as in Vrnallia and to a lesser extent Midrasia. Because Derwyedd is more a set of philosophies and mantras connected by a mutual system of belief and mythology which require minimal individual input the faith has endured reasonably well and maintains its popularity within modern society where other religious groups suffer from decline. Perhaps the clearest evidence of the success of Derwyedd is the prevalence of roadside and wilderness shrines, the number of which that see regular use and maintenance has steadily increased year on year over the past decade. The nominal leadership of the faith consists of the Archthaumaturge of each deity within the Trinity, the Godspeaker, and the Teyrn of tir Lhaeraidd, who lead the Cyngor Hynaf, or Elder Council. The Council seldom meets and given that much of the faith's theology and philosophy are passed down through word of mouth rather than proscribed religious texts, there is little need for religious interpretation or statements such as those commonly issued by the leaders of other religions. Further, central control of the faith is viewed as being counter to the basic tenets of the religion.
Etymology and Terminology
The name Derwyedd comes from the ancient language of the Paithwaidh people of north western Asura and translates loosely as "Faith"; however the name itself means much more when translated literally: "The Faith of the Druids, of the People belong to the Land of the Elder Peoples." The literal translation is rarely considered important by scholars outside tir Lhaeraidd, given that the Lhaeraidh language is ancient with myriad arcane and archaic rules which result in what many linguists consider to be redundancies or repetition. In ancient Paithwaidh the term Druid was not a specific term, but referred to the practising clergy of any faith; only when the Paithwaidh encountered other religions with entirely alien beliefs was any differentiation required - therefore in truth the name does not refer to what we would consider Druidism at all, it can thus be simplified in translation to mean simply "The Faith of the Lhaeraidh". The term Derwyedd was used to describe all of the traditional religious practices of the Lhaeraidh, regardless of their nature or relation to one another; it was not until the 17th century that the name was applied specifically to a single religious mythology and system of belief. Thus all of the religious practices which were not regarded as being part of Derwyedd as it was known in the 17th Century were separated entirely and acquired varying names. The vast majority of the beliefs and practices which were not absorbed into Derwyedd died out over time as travel became quicker and the Lhaeraidh culture more standardised throughout tir Lhaeraidd.
Articles of Faith
Concept of Divinity
The Derwyedh (followers of Derwyedd) believe in the Divine Hierarchy, a loose structure which provides categories of divinity, with the Elder Gods at the top and the Lesser Spirits at the bottom. According to Derwyedd mythology all of Creation, including the lower ranking members in the Divine Hierarchy were created by the Elder Gods, who are more commonly known today as the Trinity. Though the varying denominations and variations of Derwyedd follow their own structure for the Divine Hierarchy, placing certain entities differently within it, in generally it can be broken down into six levels;
- The Elder Gods who form the Trinity; regardless of denomination all followers of Derwyedd recognise these three deities. They are Qor, Tye, and Syr.
- The Ilvennaidh; resting just below the Trinity the Ilvenni are the children of Qor who rebelled against him and brought an end to his Tyranny over Creation. They are led by Kaldis.
- The Dyroedh; occasionally ranked as equal to or above the Ilvennaidh, but more usually just below, the Dyroedh are the shattered fragments left over the by the Slaying of Qor.
- The Aeroedh; universally recognised as being greater than the Spirits, but lesser than the Dyroedh and Ilvennaidh, the Aeroedh are the children of Tye who were left broken by the First Murder.
- The Greater Spirits (Cwylaidh); are divine entities with dominion over groups of Hekwylaidh. They typically represent a fundamental element such as earth or water, or alternatively a collection of things such as trees or rivers.
- The Lesser Spirits (Hekwylaidh); are the servants of the Trinity, Ilvennaidh, Dyroedh, Aeroedh, and Cwylaidh and are the most numerous and varied of the Divine Hierarchy.
While all Derwyedh believe that the Trinity were the first beings to exist and that all of Creation came into being according to their will there is vast variation in the beliefs of how the built Creation. Some more conservative Derwyedh belief in a specific creation myth, while others hold a looser set of beliefs which deal with the fundamentals of creation without challenging scientific explanation.
According to Derwyedd teachings divinity is defined as ‘’”The ability to manipulate the nature of Creation and reality at a fundamental level.”’’ More recent theological texts and interpretations suggest that divinity can further be defined by adding to the above statement; this more modern interpretation allows compatibility with science. Therefore the more modernist movements within Derwyedd view divinity thus; ‘’”Divine beings are divine because they have control over the fundamentals of reality and possess powers outside of human understanding and comprehension.”’’ This has sparked a degree of theological argument among the clergy and followers of Derwyedd. The largest denominations, which also happen to be the more modernist and progressive ones, tend to take the view that everything within the physical realm of creation can be explained by science and that only the divine and their realms are beyond scientific explanation.
The followers of Derwyedd universally recognise three central texts as holy scripture; while other texts exist which are considered holy by certain denominations only three are recognised by all denominations. The three texts each represent one of the Trinity and are placed above lesser texts in terms of religious precedence and significance; however differing denominations order the three books differently, generally though they are given precedence based on when they were written.
The three central texts are; the Lyfr Bywyd written by Korragh at some point in the 520s CE, the Lyfr Angau written by a Fiorentine convert named Theoclesian in 602 CE, and the enigmatic Lyfr Duwiau the author of which is unknown though it is dated to 632 CE. The largest of the Derwyedh denominations place the three texts on an equal footing, and remarkably given the gap between each one’s creation and between the different authors, they do not contradict each other. The lack of continuity errors between the books and the stories contained therein has been one of Derwyedd’s greatest strengths throughout its history.
The Lyfr Bywyd was written by Korragh who claims that he was directly inspired by Qor the Eldergod (whom he also refers to as the Overgod). The majority of the text is an account of the birth of Creation from the point of view of Qor and his adherents, as a result the Lyfr Bywyd is the only one of the three central texts to take a moderated and even positive view of Qor prior to the Slaying. According to the text Qor was the first of the Trinity to begin the process of Creation and build an ordered world with clear rules, everything was uniform and structured along very specific lines; the basic concepts of the physical world were created, such as the four cardinal directions, gravity and most importantly, life. However according to the later chapters of the book Qor’s desire for order came into conflict with Tye, and a fierce enmity grew between them. It was Tye who gave humanity free will and who introduced chaos into Creation; the reasons why Tye did this are not stated definitively within the text but Korragh speculates in his Appendices that it was not out of malice, but a fundamental belief in freedom.
The Lyfr Angau was written by Theoclesian who was a convert from the failing Fiorentine culture who, like Korragh, claimed to have been divinely inspired; this time by Tye. Like the Lyfr Bywyd the Lyfr Angau focuses on the birth of Creation, but is from the perspective of Tye and his descendants. The text acknowledges that Qor began the process of Creation, but also states that he attempted to form a hegemony over it, controlling every minute detail; in response Tye granted humanity free will and introduced luck, chance, and chaos into all that Qor had created. By doing this Tye is said to have enraged Qor who murdered his brother. But according to the Lyfr Angau due to his divinity Tye did not perish but instead shattered into an unknown number of fragments which in time became known as the Aeroedh. Tye himself is now a much diminished deity and turned to more subtle means of challenging Qor’s hegemony; the later chapters of the Lyfr Angau detail how Tye convinced Qor’s children, the Ilvennaidh, to rebel against their tyrannical father thus beginning the War of the Gods.
The Lyfr Duwiau was written by an unknown author and completed at some point around 632 CE. The earliest copies still known to exist date from 645 CE but make no mention of who the original author was, despite giving a precise date for the writing of the original text. The Lyfr Duwiau picks up the divine story from the beginning of Creation and loos at events from the perspective of Syr; the Goddess of Balance. Perhaps unsurprisingly it takes a more balanced view of what occurred between Qor and Tye and recounts the events of the War of the Gods with a mournful tone. The Ilvennaidh, influenced by the fallen Tye, rose up against their father Qor, seeking an end to his hegemony over Creation. According to the Lyfr Duwiau Tye convinced the Ilvennaidh that he had acted out of a desire for freedom and this became the rallying cry of the Ilvennaidh; however Qor remained more powerful than his children combined and many were destroyed utterly. Eventually, in order to restore balance to Creation and end the slaughter Syr stepped in and killed her brother Qor in battle before retreating into the furthest reaches of her realm of divinity in sorrow. Qor subsequently fractured as Tye had, and these fragments became the 19 Dyroedh.
Between them the three texts also set out a consistent set of principles for living, as well as several key virtues and vices. According to the Lyfr Duwiau Syr left carved upon a runestone her Instructions so that humanity might flourish in the wake of the War of the Gods. These Instructions are;
- Fight not against the faithful, for wars of faith are for the gods.
- Fight not against the infidel, for they worship my kith and kin.
- Fight not against the world, for it gives all and can take all.
- Fight not against the balance of things, for the scale tips both ways.
- Fight not against the passing of time, for all things must begin and end.
- Give thanks for all that you have, pray not for what you do not, seek it instead.
There are a great number of texts which are considered as lesser scripture by the varying denominations of the Derwyedh. Some have gained widespread acceptance while many are unique to a specific denomination. The most significant of these texts are referred to collectively as the Apocrypha and while not all of the texts within the Apocrypha are recognised by all denominations there is a generally accepted list of texts.
The oldest book within the Apocrypha is called the Appendices of Korragh. This text takes the form of a guide to interpretation for the Lyfr Bywyd and also provides annotations and notes on the more confusing or vague aspects of that book. Most notably within the Appendices Korragh states that the content came to him in the form of meanings, impressions, and intentions rather than words – therefore it is not the literal word of Qor but instead a translation into human understanding of Qor’s message. Within the Appendices Korragh also sets out Qor’s equivalent to Syr’s Instructions as found in the Lyfr Duwiau which outline how the followers of Derwyedd should live and worship. While the work is universally accepted to have been written by Korragh it remains a point of contention as to whether it represents a work of divine scripture or simply the prophet’s later interpretation of the Lyfr Bywyd.
Perhaps the most widely accepted book within the Apocrypha is the Lyfr Ilvennaidh; written by Theoclesian in 651 CE it is considered to be a definitive text for worshipers of the Ilvennaidh and several denominations view it as a fourth book within the key scriptures. The Lyfr Ilvennaidh remains a part of the Apocrypha however due to the fact that it acceptance is not universal, with some theological scholars and historians questioning its authenticity and the claim that it was written by Theoclesian. The book itself focuses on the Ilvennaidh and provides a description of each God and what they represent; it also sets down a comprehensive framework of religious laws which have formed the basis of Lhaeraidh law right up to the present day. To the central Church within tir Lhaeraidd the Lyfr Ilvennaidh is recognised as second only to the three key texts and the Appendices of Korragh.
Around one hundred a fifty texts of varying length comprise the rest of the Apocrypha, some as short as one hundred or so pages while others are almost as long as the Lyfr Angau, the longest of the core scriptures. Notable examples of these books include the Lyfr Dyroedh, Lyfr Aeroadh, Thalmwys’ Divine Hierarchy, and the Aphorisms. None however have the same level of exposure or acceptance as the Appendices of Korragh and the Lyfr Ilvennaidh. The existence of these books however is one of the key contributing factors in Derwyedd’s endurance according to scholars and sociologists and the fact that they are widely available allows Derwyedh to choose their own path to spirituality rather than being restrained by the dictates of a single religious authority.
Gods and Goddesses
Derwyedd belief holds that there are three fundamental forces which permeate everything, both within the physical realm and the spiritual. These are Chaos, Order, and Balance. Each of these fundamental forces are governed by one of the Trinity; Tye representing Chaos, Qor Order, and Syr Balance. As a result the Trinity are viewed as the highest and most powerful of the Gods, though the scriptures explain that Qor and Tye are both significantly diminished as a result of their fight over the physical realm. Therefore for most Derwyedh the most powerful divine force is that of Balance, and the focus on many denominations is on equilibrium; further it is a fundamental belief that Balance is the baseline for all existence and that, left to its own devices Creation will always revert to a natural state of equilibrium.
Below the Trinity in the hierarchy are the Ilvennaidh and the Dyroedh; in general terms the Ilvennaidh represent ‘good’ and the Dyroedh ‘evil’ however the distinction between the two is highly complex due to the Derwyedd belief in Balance. Therefore the Dyroedh are not necessarily themselves evil, and the Ilvennaidh likewise are not necessarily good – it is simply the case that each group represents and promotes certain aspects of these concepts. For example the Dyroedh Nazariiad is the God of Insanity and is often described as being himself quite insane; while he inflicts madness and mental illness upon mankind he does so unintentionally and not out of malice. Meanwhile the Ilvennaidh Kaldis is the God of Law and Justice, however he is perceived as somewhat tyrannical in that he applies the letter of the law to everyone equally without compassion or consideration.
The Aeroedh occupy a varied position within the Derwyedd pantheon. None of the three key texts specifically state what the Aeroedh are; only that they are ‘broken children of Tye’; unlike the fragments of Qor who are clearly described the Aeroedh receive just this single description and as a result there are differences in interpretation of how they came into being. Some believe that they are the children of Tye in the same way that the Ilvennaidh are the children of Qor; others make the argument that they are fragments of Tye in the same way that the Dyroedh are fragments of Qor. There is much to be said for both arguments as the Lyfr Bywyd and Lyfr Angau both describe the Dyroedh as ‘broken children of Qor’ in addition to specifically identifying them later; the same is not true in the case of the Aeroedh. The fact that they are considered to be lesser beings in the Divine Hierarchy than either the Ilvennaidh or the Dyroedh causes even more theological debate. Regardless the Aeroedh are considered to be the lowest ranking Gods and Goddesses within the pantheon.
The Ilvennaidh are a group of powerful Gods and Goddesses created as the children of Qor. After Qor broke Tye they were convinced by Tye to rebel against Qor’s tyranny and after the Slaying of Qor by Syr they rose to take their place as the most prominent group of deities within the Derwyedd religion. The Ilvennaidh are considered by most to be as powerful as broken Tye and Qor, but less powerful than Syr; however unlike Syr they are believed to still have a direct hand in the affairs of the physical world.
The Ilvennaidh are:
- Kaldis – God of Law, Justice, and Government. King of the Ilvennaidh.
- Aventine - The Goddess of Justice, Freedom and Equality, wife of Kaldis. Queen of the Ilvennaidh.
- Talbrin - The God of Currency and Trade. Duke of the Ilvennaidh.
- Katrasi - The Goddess of Fertility and Childbirth, wife of Avalos. Duchess of the Ilvennaidh.
- Avalos - The God of Age, Wisdom, and Death, husband of Katrasi. Grand Sage of the Ilvennaidh.
- Maloth - The Goddess of Industry. Marchioness of the Ilvennaidh.
- Terruzhad - The God of the Earth, husband of Zatrush. Margrave of the Ilvennaidh.
- Zatrush - The Goddess of the Sea, wife of Terruzhad. Margravine of the Ilvennaidh.
- Vairygg - The God of Knowledge and Education. Earl of the Ilvennaidh.
- Paphorax - The Goddess of Time and Fate. Sage of the Ilvennaidh.
- Aphatha - The Goddess of Compassion and Nurturing. Sage of the Ilvennaidh.
- Methetr - The God of Transition, Journeys, and Ageing, Son of Katrasi and Avalos. Sage of the Ilvennaidh.
- Myrosh - The Goddess of Rebirth, daughter of Katrasi and Avalos. Sage of the Ilvennaidh.
- Tiro - The God of Politics and Plans, son of Kaldis and Aventine. Prince of the Ilvennaidh.
- Cassrani - The Hermaphroditic God(dess) of Love, Passion, and Romance, daughter of Kaldis and Aventine. Princeling of the Ilvennaidh.
- Savonakh - The God of Security, Protection, and Defence, son of Talbrin and an unknown Goddess, husband of Aphatha. Baron of the Ilvennaidh.
- Baphajad - The God of the Sky, Sun, and Weather, son of Terruzhad and Zatrush. Baron of the Ilvennaidh.
- Laeridhna - The Goddess of the Night, Moon, and Magic, daughter of Terruzhad and Zatrush. Wife of the Feyking, Magothas. Seeress of the Ilvennaidh.
The Ilvennaidh are the most widely revered of the Derwyedd Gods and Goddesses other than the Trinity. Most of the temples and shrines presently in use in tir Lhaeraidd are dedicated to one or more of the Ilvennaidh, with Katrasi, Avalos, and Savonakh being the three with the largest number of temples and clergy due to the prevalence of matters concerning them. Births were traditionally registered through the Temple of Katrasi, while the Temple of Avalos recorded deaths. Savonakh meanwhile is regularly prayed to for protection and courage in a variety of difficulties; traditionally he was prayed to in times of war by soldiers, but more recently he has come to be seen as a general protector deity.
Each of the Ilvennaidh has a title of royal, noble, or religious significance based upon their rank among the Ilvennaidh and the role they play. Typically these ranks determine how many Greater and Lesser Spirits each commands as servants and what role these spirits play; however some exceptions do exist. For example Savonakh is widely believed to command the Heavenly Legion, a force of one million warrior spirits, who far outnumber the servants of any other Ilvennaidh deity; while by contrast Tiro, Prince of the Ilvennaidh commands only twelve. Each of the Ilvennaidh commands their own domain within the Déitheflaise which takes on a general appearance and atmosphere of what they represent.
The Dyroed are a group of deities generally considered to be lesser in power and stature than the Ilvennaidh, though some notable Qorite and Dyroed denominations do place them on a par with their cousins. Like the Aeroedh they are the shattered fragments of one of the Elder Gods given form and identity, unlike the Aeroedh they have retained a greater degree of power and identity. According to the Lyfr Duwiau Qor attempted to reassemble himself as he was slain to prevent his fragmentation, however his efforts had the unintended effect of pouring a measure of his power and will into each of the fragments. Scripture tells us that this effort combined with Qor’s dying rage led to the Dyroedh being poisoned and fickle.
The Dyroedh are;
- Kalidhris – The God of Oppression, Subjugation, and Slavery. Overlord of the Dyroedh.
- Tyeghara - The Goddess of Anarchy, Freedom, and Discord. Matriarch of Havoc.
- Varumaziir the Corrupter - The God of Corruption, Destruction, and Ruin. Grandsire of Decay.
- Gathorchic - The God of Subterfuge, Theft, Murder and Conspiracy. Patriarch of Criminals.
- Nazariiad the Mad - The God of Probability and Insanity. Archduke of the Mad.
- Huux to Dominator – The Goddess of the Subjugated. The Lieutenant-Goddess, Legate of the armies of Kalidhris.
- Chellruk - The God of Hedonism, Decadence, and Excess. The Wastrel Prince.
- Mellori - The Goddess of Wanderers, the Homeless, and the Wayward. The Beggar Lady.
- Qayax – The Goddess of Darkness, Surgeons, and Vanity. The Great Shaper.
- Aarovh the Enforcer – The God of Judgement and Blind Justice. The Lord High Judge.
- Phylasdri – The Goddess of Storms and the Drowned. Twin Sister of Zherucken. The Sailor Queen.
- Zherucken – The Goddess of Ritual, Necromancy, and Immortality. Twin Sister of Phylasdri. The Hierophant.
- Schariff – The God of Secrets, Knowledge, and Lies. The Master of Eyes.
Despite their dubious and in some cases outright evil nature the Dyroedh remain a powerful force within Derwyedd religion and draw a considerable following. The most commonly revered Dyroedh are Aarovh, Huux, and Tyeghara, both of whom have sizeable priesthoods throughout tir Lhaeraidd. The open veneration of Zherucken, Gathorchic, Chellruk, and Varumaziir was for centuries banned until the Secular State Act of 1934; however the worship of these Dyroedh remains controversial and most of those who worship them prefer to do so in private due to the social stigma attached to them.
The Dyroedh each have a formal title which reflects their personality as well as the manner in which they rule over their domains within the Déitheflaise. With the exception of Phylasdri and Zherucken who share the rule over a single domain, each Dyroedh has their own domain. The titles given to the Dyroedh are highly esoteric and filled with ritual meaning; while some make some sort of sense in a literal context unlike their cousins the Ilvennaidh they do not convey a sense of rank or a hierarchy – with the exception of Kalidhris who is the nominal leader of the Dyroedh. Each of the Dyroedh commands innumerable minions and slaves from among the Greater and Lesser Spirits, which are collectively referred to as Dyroekaidh.
The Aeroedh are a group of lesser Gods and Goddesses who were formed from the First Murder and are the shattered remnants of Tye. According to the Lyfr Angau the circumstances of their creation meant that their power by comparison to the Dyroedh was much diminished; the Lyfr Duwiau states that this was because Tye was an unsuspecting victim and did not have time to try and prevent his death. Regardless of denomination the Aeroedh are considered as lesser Gods and Goddesses than the Ilvennaidh or Dyroedh, even those who principally revere the Aeroedh it is accepted that the Ilvennaidh and Dyroedh are individually greater in power and stature.
Unlike their cousins the Ilvennaidh and Dyroedh the Aeroedh are numberless; there is no decisive list of all of their names and the Lyfr Bywyd states that the precise number of Aeroedh created at the moment of the First Murder is unknown to all but Schariff of the Dyroedh and Syr of the Balance. The Lyfr Angau gives a vague reference to the number of Aeroedh in saying that Tye ”…shattered into a thousand thousand pieces…” however it is widely agreed by theologians that this is used rhetorically than as a precise counting, especially since the Lyfr Duwiau gives the number of Aeroedh who bear a name known to humans as ”…well over one million…” In his Stair an Chreidimh the 17th century historian and theologian Aidan O’Riordian recounted; ”Every town and village of size enough for a temple or shrine had its own Aeroedh, unique to it, which watched over the area and the people within it.”
The most significant named Aeroedh are;
- Mor-Aethene – The patron Aeroedh of Rí-Fórsaí Armtha, the military of tir Lhaeraidd.
- Mor-Tytoth – The patron Aeroedh of House Gwallteuraid.
- Mor-Jaharn – The patron Aeroedh of Neuaddduwiau.
- Mor-Kyten – The patron Aeroedh of Caer Dunn.
- Mor-Ockgum – The patron Aeroedh of Caer Hafan.
- Mor-Bandis – The patron Aeroedh of Aurharbwr.
- Mor-Pyrytese – The patron Aeroedh of Roads and Travellers.
- Mor-Ulganith – The patron Aeroedh of Saied.
- Mor-Shardaan – The patron Aeroedh of the Vrnallian population in tir Lhaeraidd.
- Mor-Lysyl – The patron Aeroedh of the Health Service (originally of the Royal Hospital in Neuaddduwiau).
- Magothas – The Feyking. Lord of the Hunt, patron Aeroedh of the wilderness.
- Orphyrae – The Feyqueen. Lady of the Woods, patron Aeroedh of plant life.
The Aeroedh are distinct from the other deities of the Derwyedh in that they do not control individual domains within the Déitheflaise. Instead, according to numerous passages within the Lyfr Angau and Lyfr Duwiau, they are said to dwell within the physical realm which humanity experiences and are typically said to protect a given area or object. As a result of their detachment from the Déitheflaise the Aeroedh do not all command Greater or Lesser Spirits, the exceptions being Magothas and his sister Orphyrae the Feyking and Feyqueen who rule over the Fey Court consisting of a group of Lesser Spirits collectively referred to as the Fey.
Magothas and Orphyrae are the only Aeroedh to have a clearly defined form and personality; both are briefly described in the Lyfr Duwiau with various texts within the Apocrypha elaborating on them. Some denominations view the Feyking and Feyqueen as deities on a par with the Ilvennaidh, making them separate from the Aeroedh however such sects are few. Originally the Fey were seen as separate from the Derwyedd spirits and deities and held a strong position within folklore and oral histories; over time however belief in the Fey has been legitimised and they are now widely accepted among the Aeroedh.
According to Apocryphal sources the Fey dwell within sub-realms of the Déitheflaise which can be accessed through the physical world allowing them access to both the divine and mortal realms. This realm is said to take the form of a vast wild forest in which Magothas leads the Endless Hunt, and Orphyrae spreads the seeds of nature. Magothas takes the form of a centaurlike being only half deer instead of half horse with enormous antlers; Orphyrae meanwhile appears to be a beautiful woman made entirely out of wood and tangling vines.
The Fey are believed by scholars to be the basis for modern fantasy staples including gnomes, elves, fairies, dwarves, and ents.