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The Nine Gods of Vasael'In

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Today’s post is going to be short so I don’t keep you from NaNo for too long (I’m pretending that we’re all still excited and haven’t lost it just yet since it’s only been a week – if you have, indeed, gone mad, apply cookies and tea when necessary.)

When you create a whole world from scratch, you need to keep religion in mind. You may not be religious yourself, but some of your characters might be, and it plays a particularly big role in the life of one of my main characters.

Naavah Ora’s people are polytheistic, and worship a total of nine gods. Since Naavah Ora refers to her gods often, I really wanted to get this aspect ready in time for NaNo instead of introducing 39205 placeholders to my draft! Just imagine the nightmare of replacing them all later!

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So in today’s post I’m introducing you to Naavah Ora’s elven gods πŸ™‚ Because these are gods and not ordinary people I took my time naming them to make sure they sound the part (tempting as it was to have Larry, God of mischief and biscuits…). Don’t worry about pronouncing the names correctly – they’re made up, after all. Pronounce them however works for you! I very much want you to bring a part of yourself into my novels, and if you can’t do that in made-up names for elven deities, when can you?

Ellasan

As the first goddess and deity of life, she’s seen as the Mother of all elves as well as the other gods.

Meviris &Β Islirrin

The sisters of day and night, light and darkness. Meviris is commonly worshipped by elves who dedicate their lives to helping others. Islirrin isΒ often worshipped by thieves and assassins who rely on her shadows.

Llian’In

The god of the hunt, who leads hunters to their prey – be it for food, pelts or sport.

Lyrinaan

She’s the goddess of art and inspiration, which makes her the patron saint of writers πŸ˜‰

Alharys

He’s the god of love, compassion and empathy. Elves call on him to bless their love, their marriage, or to seek comfort.

Naverys

She’s the goddess of magic and the mind. She’s often worshipped by scholars, sorcerers and students.

Ithrean

She’s the goddess of death and spirits. Humans often mistake her for an evil deity, because she guides spirits into the afterlife where she resides.

Mist Walkers, like Naavah Ora, worship her as their protector since they enter her spirit realm.

Valynaan

He’s the god of warriors and loyalty. Valynaan is said to have led the elves out of their old home when the corruption that destroyed it firstΒ spread.

Do gods play an important role in your writing? How do you go about naming them, or do you prefer to be vague and keep it simple, like God or the Maker? Pour yourself a tea and let’s chat! πŸ™‚

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12 Comments

  1. I love the names you’ve chosen. They’re so elegant! In my current work, the gods play a huge role though more as ideas than actual players. In that work, religion very much shapes the focal culture. In other things I’ve written though, the idea of gods etc takes more of a back seat. It’s always an interesting a rich dimension to explore though πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! ^-^ They’re not main characters in mine, either, but since they’re so important to my MC Naavah Ora I wanted to spend some quality time naming them πŸ™‚ I agree, it’s definitely an interesting area to explore – and it adds depth!

  2. I’m a bit dorkishly excited that your love deity is a god rather than a goddess. Awesome job!

    • I am, too πŸ˜€ He didn’t strike me as female once I had the name, so male he is!

  3. OOH! Firstly, love the names! Secondly, I love what they represent. I can’t wait to discover how they feature in the story.
    In Pirate Eyes, there are two primary gods, but I have another series I’ve been working on where there’s a rather large pantheon heavily inspired by Greek Mythology. It was such fun to name them πŸ™‚ Pretty sure I spent a good afternoon just doing that πŸ˜‰ They aren’t the main characters in any way, but they influence the plot quite a bit.

    • Thank you <3 I'm really happy with how they've turned out, especially because I took so long over naming them!
      Your pantheon of gods sounds very intriguing, I'll look forward to learning more πŸ™‚ It's in the same in mine – they aren't main characters, but since they're so important to my girl I wanted them named and sorted properly!

  4. Interesting names. I enjoyed reading your post. It was interesting

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