The Ledge: Third Breach
|The Three Gods of Skill|
|The Dagda||Master||Magic, the Great Mechanism, comedy|
|Ogma||Major||Eloquence, music and poetry|
|Gods of Civilisation|
|Brigid||Major||Physical and Mental Perfection|
|Senuna||Major||Medicine, crafts, poetry and magic|
|Epona||Minor||Riders and Mounts|
|Gods of Agriculture|
|Sucellus||Master||Agriculture and brewing|
|Rosmerta||Major||Abundance of crops and livestock|
|Gods of the Wild|
|Gods of Water and Healing|
|Grannus||Master||Healing, spas and thermal and mineral springs|
|Aveta||Minor||Freshwater (potable) springs|
|Ritona||Minor||River fords, midwifery|
|Hooded Spirits||???||Birth and Death|
|The Matrons||Major||Fertility, Hearth and Wisdom|
|Camulus||Tainted||War and Violence|
|Sulis||Tainted||Punishment and curses|
Abellio – God of Apple trees
Abellio is a very minor god, perhaps actually a powerful fey spirit, who is worshipped in Meridia as the protector of apple trees.
Symbol: A golden apple, Holy Place: orchard shrines.
Arduinna is a minor hunting goddess, specifically associated with forest game. She is depected as a huntress riding a boar, carrying a bow and a dagger.
Artio – Goddess of Bears
Artio is a bear goddess, primarily worshipped in Hesperia to appease the ursine occupants of the Glossenwood.
Symbol: A bear facing a woman seated in a chair, with a basket of fruit in the woman’s lap, Holy Place: forest shrines.
Aveta – Goddess of Freshwater Springs
Aveta is a mother goddess, but also responsible for maintaining the purity of freshwater springs. She is worshipped wherever people depend on a well or spring for water.
Symbol: fresh flowers, Holy Place: wells and freshwater springs.
Custom: expecting mothers will tie a clootie to a well seeking Aveta’s favour.
Belenus – Major God of the Sun
Belenus was the god of the sun on the Prime World. On the Ledge, where the sun is artificial, his role as ‘light bringer’ is viewed metaphorically. He is said to shine light on the spirit, driving away evil and the creatures of the void. He is the enemy of criminals of all ilk. Belenus is invoked to protect cities and homes, sanctify marriages and guide the proponents of law and order. He is a favourite of inquisitors.
Symbol: A stylised sun with a man’s face, Holy Place: urban temples, rural shrines.
Brigid – Major Goddess of Physcial and Mental Perfection
Brigid is the goddess of excellence in the physical and intellectual. She represents wisdom, intelligence, craftsmanship (especially blacksmithing), healing ability and strategy in warfare. She is also the patron of artists (especially poets), academics, wizards and druids. There are also many monks, warriors and athletes who pray to her for insights into physical perfection, or training the mind as a weapon on war.
Symbol: an eternal flame, Holy Place: urban temples, university chapels, wayshrines tended by druids.
Custom: various folk will burn clooties, food or other valuables in temple flames (e.g. academics approaching a tricky problem or at a dead end in their research, people with writers block, people who need healing, athletes before a tourney).
Camulus – God of War (Tainted)
Camulus is a ram headed war god. Before the world was corrupted, Camulus was widely worshipped. However, on The Ledge his association with violence and strife has made him unpopular. These days, he is more a god of brutality and those who fight for coin. He also maintains a strong following among the wild dwarves of Septentria. In a more sinister vein, Camulus is also adopted by the expatriate Ludd tribes that roam the forests and mountains.
Cerrunos – The Wild God
Cerunnos is a nature god, often depicted as a powerful man with stag horns. His domain encompasses forests, hunting, tracking and wilderness survival, making him popular with woodsmen, rangers and druids. His cults are not always welcome in civilised regions, as some of his followers take a militant path towards protecting his territories. He is said to have led great Wild Hunts on the Prime World, but is unable to do so on The Ledge.
Symbol: A stag’s antler, Holy Places: standing stones in the forest and rare wayshrines.
Cissonius – Major God of Trade
Cissonius is the protector of trade and travellers, often represented as a man riding a ram and carrying a wine cup, measure of salt, spices or other valuable goods. He is particularly well liked by the Half Folk. His clergy are also responsible for running many of the roadside inns that tend to travellers around The Ledge. Cissonius is also said to enable all forms of magical communication, deciding which messages are transmitted successfully to the recipient.
Symbol: the rooster, Holy Place: Urban temples, roadside inns, wayshrines.
Custom: some of Cissonius’ wayshrines (especially those tended by Half Folk) are said to contain caches of food accessible to those who know the password.
Epona – Goddess of Riders
On the Prime World, Epona was the goddess of horses and horseriding, including mounted combat. However, her role on The Ledge has shifted, given the complete lack of horses. Instead, she is now associated with the various draught and riding birds. In particular, Epona is revered by trainers, riders, cart drivers and mounted soldiers.
Symbol: An upside-down U-shaped piece of iron (i.e. a horseshoe, strictly a historical symbol), Holy Place: small urban temples located at or near riding bird stable.
Custom: professional riders often wear a horseshoe strung around their neck on a string, despite the fact that this item has no relevance on The Ledge.
Grannus and Sirona
Hooded Spirits – Powerful Fey
The Hooded Spirits are an innumerable clan of Meridian fey, described as cloaked scurrying figures carrying eggs, symbolising rebirth. These folk are honoured on the same level as the gods and are believed to help the transition of a spirit into life, and ease it into death where it can prepare to be reborn. On The Ledge they are most often associated with Catherine’s Ghost, the Conduit responsible for guiding the death out of the demiplane and into their proper resting place.
The Matrones – Major Threefold Mother Goddess
The matrones are actually three goddesses, appearing young, middle-aged and old, respectively. The do not have individual names, but are instead associated with defined functions. The young mother is associate with fertility and midwifery, the middle-aged mother is associated with the hearth and home, and the old mother is associated with wisdom and prophecy. The mothers are widely worshipped across urban and rural areas and are also deeply revered by white witches.
Symbol: three women, depicted in varying level of detail, sitting or standing together, Holy Place: outdoor shrines in urban squares, isolated areas where witch covens meet.
Nodens – God of Healing, Waterways, Hunting and Dogs
Ogma – The Bard’s God
Ogma is the god of eloquence and powers of persuasion, said to bind other beings to his will simply by talking. He is a favourite of bards, politicians, war leaders and silver-tongued criminals. He is one of the “three gods of skill”, alongside Lugh and Dagda.
_Symbol: a silver chain, sometimes attached by piercing from the mouth to the ear, Holy Place: urban shrines in public places where musicians, poets, demagogues and politicians take turns to say their piece.
Ritona is the minor goddess of fords, said to keep them shallow enough for passage. Many folk claim that a devotee of Ritona can pray to make a ford passable even in times of flood.
Rosmerta – Goddess of Abundance
Rosmerta is also a fertility goddess, but strictly relating to crops and livestock. She oversees the productivity of farmland and fertility of livestock. She is distinguished from Sucellus, who is the god of agriculture in general.
Symbol: a cornucopia, Holy Place: urban temples, shrines in fields and farming communities.
Senuna is the virgin goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl, which symbolizes her ties to wisdom.
Sucellus – Major God of Agriculture and Brewing
Sucellus is portrayed as a bearded man carrying a long handled hammer, or a beer barrel suspended on a pole. He is viewed as a kind god, who taught people to cultivate crops and raise livestock. His greatest kindness, teaching man to brew beer and make wine, is also a lesson – that over-indulgence should not go unpunished.
Symbol: a beer barrel suspended from a pole, Holy Place: large urban temples, inn and tavern shrines, rural field and wayshrines.
Custom: a long handled hammer is often used to smash open a sacrificial beer or wine barrel at the beginning or spring.
Sulis is the goddess of punishment and curses. She is often invoked by judges before they consider the sentence passed down to a criminal. Sulis is also called upon to curse the enemies of thsoe who believe they have been failed by justice. Red Witches pray to Sulis to enhance the potency of their hexes. Due to her association with black magic, Sulis is commonly believed to by corrupted or at least sympathetic to the creatures of the void.