The Tirastranded Campaign
- Mir: Father of the Miri
Mir is most often symbolized by a ship, or a man holding up a sail or blowing a horn. Mir is associated with Law, Prosperity, Conquest, Strength, Health, Wind, Life and Death. The Miri are Mir’s children and he wants them to do well, but also expects them to be obedient to his will, or he will punish them. Miri culture is saturated with the will of Mir.
The first Miri set sails out of the heavens and landed on Lake Miri breaking the ice and bringing Spring. The first day of Spring is celebrated as Miri New Year, the holiest day of the year for the Miri, where they honor their Father, Mir. The rest of the year they honor Mir in some of the following ways.
Honor your superiors, because they are blessed by Mir and charged with the glory of his people. Insulting or disrespecting a superior is disrespecting Mir.
Honor your warriors, because they show the strength of Mir, and they honor him in conquest.
Honor the Miri man, for he carries more of Mir’s strength than the woman.
Honor the blood of Miri, for it is the sacred blood of Mir. It may not be mixed with the non-Miri. The breach of a blood oath brings the wrath of Mir. Those who draw Miri blood must ask forgiveness of Mir. Weapons that draw Miri blood must blessed first, or atoned or sacrificed to Mir afterward.
Playing horns and pipes pleases Mir, especially on sacred occasions such as funerals and warfare.
Send Mir your prayer by writing them on a small sail and let it be carried away by the wind, or throw your offering into the wind as you utter your prayer.
Disease is a sign of Mir’s displeasure with you, and you must display the symbol of the White Hand for all to see your shame until you are well again.
Send your dead home to Mir with the guiding light of the Black Lighthouse, Mir’s Great Torch, either through the underworld, across the sea, or carried on the wind.
- Marin: Lord of Marin Strait
Marin is usually symbolized by an octopus or sea serpent. Marin’s domain is that of Seafare, Marine Life, Weather, as well as Terror and Monsters. The only known way to appease Marin’s temper is to throw valuables into his waters and ask for his lenience. It is said to be much easier to set his anger on others, and his name is often spoken in curses. The Marin Strait is a body of water stretching north-west from Sanguine Bay where Lebsmouth lies. Though feared, Marin is not considered an evil god.
- Veeria “The Black Fey” Symbol: Black 4 fingered handprint
A Goddess of nature, plants, animals, herding and hunting. The respect and protection of natural habitat. Earth, underground, heat, darkness, mystery, revenge. Fight against civilization and big construction. Veeria is mainly worshiped in the western parts of the Leben Region where some Gani live as nomads and hunters. As the farmlands expand westward the Leben Miri get into conflict with Veeria.
- Nesciec “The Magic Eater” or “The Great Old One” Symbol: Sun merged with crescent moon
At the dawn of man Nesciec was the greatest of all gods, and he jealously guarded the secrets of magic that he held, and people had to struggle mostly for themselves with little help from the gods. But the other gods grew envious of Nesciec’s power, so they broke into his chest of magic and let it loose, and magic permeated the world.
Nesciec is jealous of magic powers that he has not blessed, especially magic items that persist beyond the lifespan of their makers. Nesciec’s worshipers sacrifice magic items to him and in return are lend magic powers. Nesciec is also a deity of curses and is greatly feared among magic users.
The cult of Nesciec is considered to be very small and extremely secretive, to the point where they do not hesitate to kill people who get close to knowing anything about them.
- Kolban “The White Dragon” Symbol: white dragon, clear ice crystal, or elaborate symmetry diamond.
Kolban is worshiped around the ice tundra of Kolban in the east. He governs the severity of winter and weather, hunting and fishing and war. Kolban dwarfs and giants are considered his children, though they fight each other. Sacrifice to Kolban is usually in the blood of prey or enemies, but on harsh times can be the blood of a kindred. Kolban is usually considered an enemy of the Miri and is not worshipped openly in Lebsmouth.
- Leben Symbol: Fish, boats, nets, water, scales (both kinds).
Leben is the God of the Leben River and Patron of trade, prosperity, fishing, community, fertility and taxes and tithing. He is known for great anger if not paid his dues or insulted. Leben is a favorite deity of the Lebites, but is also popular among the Miri people, and he does not seem to show any favoritism toward either as long as his dues are paid.
- Usbeth Symbol: Pearl in a seashell
Usbeth is a powerful devil believed to be trapped under the White Sea, but exerting her influence on the aquatic races of the area and seafarers. Most notably the aquatic Ulats are known to serve her, and some witches and sea hags are said to beg power from Usbeth to be used for vile acts.