The Rise of The Fallen
The Green Mother
The Green Mother, Mynora Elhonna
Goddess of Nature, Growth, Life, Spring, and Agriculture
Domains: Life, Earth, Wilderness
Symbol: Most Minorans represent their faith with a single stout tree. Sometimes the tree is surrounded by a stylized circle representing one of the four elements, which is usually a sign that the Minoran in question also worships one of Minora’s four daughters, The Four Sisters. Minorans generally favor weapons that represent agricultural pursuits, such as sickles, scythes, flails, and quarterstaffs. The scimitar is also a popular weapon among her holy warriors, as Minora is depicted as wielding one against the Seven Demon Lords.
Description: She is the Green. She is the soil beneath your feet, from which all crops spring, and from which all life owes existence. She is Grandmother Nature, keeper of the cycles of old. Those who work the land for their livelihood offer prayers to her, seeking her blessing for bountiful crops and good harvests. Those who live as one with nature venerate her even as seek to limit their impact on their environment. She is depicted as a matronly old woman, usually either human, dwarf, or elf in aspect, clad in robes made from bountiful soil and spring growth.
The Druids are those who worship the more primal aspects of nature and the wild. They see Mynora as their patron and intermediary between mortals and the primal spirits of nature. They are mostly concerned with keeping the fell influences of The Seven and The Primordial in check. They are charged with the following:
- Preserve the balance of life and death, birth and decay.
- Respect nature in all its savagery, and revere the world in all its natural beauty.
- Hunt and destroy aberrant monsters and other abominations of nature (such as undead)
The Sowers are a rural sect of Mynorans who promote agriculture and work the land for the bounty of all. They tend to be far less militant than their cousins the Druids, acting as raincallers and advocates for proper management of the land. Many work out of the local temple of The Great Church, though a few places (such as the Eastern Province of Coralton) have small dedicated lodges. They are charged to:
- Preserve the cycle of growth and the harvest.
- Live on and with the land.
- Be generous in sharing the land’s bounty.
In Ondaron and rural parts of Baradan and Calyeron (including Occupied Calyeron), the worship of The Green Mother includes reverence for The Four Sisters, Exarchs of Mynora that worked her will in the Middle World during The Age of Empires. The Four Sisters are depicted as wild and temperamental, prone to violent outbursts, but are regarded as fundamentally good beings nonetheless. Each one embodies one of the four elements (Corona for fire, Tornada for wind, Aquea for water, and Porcelina for earth) and each was given a trial that pitted them against some threat to the natural order. The Sisters are carefree wanderers, and many adventurers consider them patrons. Followers of The Four Sisters tend to have a favorite they choose as their personal patron, and each has slightly different set of precepts, but all of them hold this tenet sacred:
- Never lose hope or faith, for every force in the world ebbs and flows.