The Destiny of Kord
"Actually a very astute choice my friend. I had quite forgotten this text, and though difficult (more than a little antique I'm afraid), the language is still evocative and most importantly seems accurate if what we now know is correct. I've taken the liberty of separating the text into modern syntax, rather than the screed of writing it formerly was. This style alone dates it to around 156-160 KR where texts were housed in the Tower, before the formation of the University."
The inhabitants of the Eastern Arnaden, and indeed their more northern contemporaries, were led by their religious urges toward the Elements and the natural world. Not surprisingly given that the region has been known for millennia as one of volcanic upheaval, large mineral wealth and forests of sweeping size and grandeur. In addition the harsher mountain climes still find themselves covered yearly in snow and ice, subjected to sweeping storms, whilst the rivers are broad and swift, all 'evidence' to the inhabitants of the approval or disapproval of their deities.
A preponderance of Volcanic activity and access to the reaches of the Upperdark saw the local Changeling and Human populations (in separate yet complimentary communities) begin to invoke the names of three principal 'deities', a more benign 'mother' goddess and add to their pantheon by acknowledging local harvest oriented spirits and legends. This duality between elemental worship and anthropomorphised pantheism became the basis for what we now refer to as Thalasian Animism. Obviously this title refers primarily to the genesis period of the religion, however scholars regularly apply the term to its pantheistic period as well.
The three deities venerated as Elemental Lords are thought to have been attracted to the Prime Material by means of existing worship from tribes of salamanders and other inhabitants of subterranean magma chambers throughout the mountains of Thalasia. They are:
Gargaash the Elder: Elemental Lord of Ash.
Temple Complex at height of Thalasian civilisation located at Mount Hyradraea in the Firesteap Mountains.
Revered by the Thalasians as a protector and extinguisher of opponents hopes and 'fires'. He came to represent judgements, political power and Changeling rulership over the lesser races (ie; any other). The wily and evasive planner of the three lords.
Raak-Som-Thazra: Elemental Lord of Magma.
Temple Complex at height of Thalasian civilisation located at Mount Thalandraea (Kord) in the Whisperwind Hills (then mountain range).
The warmer of the home hearth, and patron of Thalasian craftsmen and those involved in trade. His change from Animistic belief in the powers and force of lava evolved into a representation of craft perfection during the development of Thalasian Runic script and introduction of the (citation needed) Magma Forges beneath Thala (Kord) and Valdenasa (Valda).
Ullussuth: Elemental Lord of Fire.
Temple Complex at height of Thalasian civilisation located at Mount Rothoa (Valdenasa – now Valda) in the Nassan Range northwest of Kord.
The raging god of battles and warfare developed from the necessities and importance of fire to the peoples of the region. From early times premium smelted ores have come from the Eastern Arnaden and the Thalasian peoples, both human and changeling, made wide use of coke based forging techniques. Ullussuth was the eventual embodiment of the strength and vitality of Fire, leading his chosen people to battle.
In addition to the three 'male' personifications of the elements the Thalasians revered a Mother Goddess of the Mists, who covered and concealed her people, giving them advantages over all others. Her religion grew up strongly along the coastlines and forests of the Arnaden, even attracting some Duskwood Elves to Her following. She was however, primarily worshipped by the Changelings of Thalasia, and indeed, following their downfall as rulers of the region was the religion most vociferously eradicated by the remaining human population. It is thought that she is analogous or possibly even the same deity as Leira, the more northerly goddess of mists and illusion.
Finally the following deities and local spirits were also adopted into the later Pantheon, recognised for their initial connection to the land or the elements, and then incorporated as minor deities of daily life, mostly amongst the human and elven populations. Their modern incarnations are not illegal within Kordova, unlike the preceding faiths on this page.