The Blue Shield of Common
The Common Pantheon
Bo: Worshiped as the god of trade and the oceans that facilitate them. Bo is personified as a short, tan, black-haired man with a long, curly beard. He wears a toga of canvas and is generally shown holding a harpoon and oar in the same hand. He is considered as moody as the oceans and capable of great kindness but also brutal rage. Bo is generally worshiped by seafarers and merchants. Offerings to Bo are often floated out to sea and are traditionally given to bring forth good weather and business. Loosing cargo at see is said to bring good fortune from Bo for one’s descendants.
Ca: The goddess of the earth, Ca is said to have spun the veil into the physical world. Ca rarely personified, and instead of statues temples dedicated to her have ponds and overgrown gardens. Symbols of Ca includes trees and wild animals and spinning wheels. Some say that Ca spins a new veil every second, while most simply believe her to have created the physical world and left it be. The colours blue and green are most often associated with Ca and she is seen as kind and ever giving. Offerings to Sa generally involve not disrupting nature: be that not cutting down a tree or allowing a field to return to wilderness if a great blessing is needed. Scholars debate if her relationship with Sa is friendly or not.
Ha: Worshiped as the god of the daytime and summer’s end. Ha is personified as a lanky young woman with poorly cut red hair and a matching complexion. She wears a long, white cloak and generally clutches a handful of hacked-off hair in one hand. Ha is an enigmatic figure and little can be agreed on in regard to her personality. Some say she is brash , others say she is calculating. Others still say she embodies both these traits. The afternoon sun that takes the chill off the day is often referred to as Ha’s Breath. Ha is often worshiped at festivals at summer’s end. The women of Gale often pray to Ha for help with love.
Je: God of salt and the sky. Je is often personified as a middle aged man in a long, flowing pale blue robe holding a daisy. Je is generally shown as conventionally attractive and missing his left ear. His devout followers are known for wearing pale blue and predicting the future with salt. Je is said to be in conflict with Bo after Bo took much of the salt from the earth to fill his oceans. Je is noted for not speaking and communicating only via telepathy. Followers of Je are noted for praying prior to eating.
Jo: Goddess of craft and sunrise, Jo is personified in two different ways across Common. Guilded craftspeople (architects, stonemasons and artists) personify Jo as a long-limbed woman with curly and wispy grey hair. This personification of Jo wears a long robe and a mason’s apron and has light shining from behind her head, like the sun coming over the horizon.
Lu: God of snow and music Lu is personified as a young boy with the head of a snake. Festivals honoring Lu generally occur during the first snow in a region. These festivals commonly involve ceremonial consumption of alcohol prepared with melted snow from the previous year. Priests of Lu traditionally go out and minister only during winter and return to large temples to meditate and fast for the rest of the year. Lu is primarily worshiped in areas that snow, which in Common is primarily the mountains. Lu is said to be a shy, kind god with no noted conflicts with others gods.
My: Goddess of magic and mind altering substances. My personified is thin, middle aged woman a painted face. Her eyes are always shown closed and she is normally shown holding a cauldron with both arms. My is considered to be mischievous but kind
Nu: God of youth and oaths, Nu is most often personified as a young man with long, black hair.
Qa: Worshiped as the god of poetry and war
Sa: Worshiped as the god of agriculture, Sa is personified most often as a middle aged woman with brown skin and no consistently agreed on hair colour. She is often represented in different clothing depending on the group worshiping her. For instance shines and temples set up by workers and peasants often present Sa as wearing clothes associated with these groups. She is often represented holding nothing, but surrounded by produce or even with wheat woven into her hair. Sa is often closely associated with My, although if they dislike or like each other is a matter of constant discussion. Sa’s personality is generally presented as kind, although somewhat aloof. Worship of Sa often involves the offering of produce to shrines and priests.
Ve: God of food and fire