Rhaegar
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Name: Rhaegar (ray-gar)
Gender: Cisgender male
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Nationality: Danish

Magic: Appearance: Rhaegar's most distinctive features are his shoulder length golden-blonde hair, and his heavily-lidded purple eyes. He is tall, usually standing at around 6'4". His frame is naturally slim and long-limbed but he is strong and well-muscled. Rhaegar has a slim face with high cheekbones and a pointed chin. The overall effect can appear rather haughty. Having spent the last few centuries in the Viking Age Rhaegar does not wear modern clothing. Day-to-day he usually wears an open-necked tunic, trousers, leather arm guards, and well-worn boots. He is rarely found without his sword belt. In his war regalia he favours a masked helmet and a chainmail shirt. Over this he wears bronze-coloured plate armour across his shoulders and down his upper arms.

Looks favourably upon: Looks unfavourably upon: Personality: Rhaegar has a very short and ferocious temper and is easily angered. He is easily offended and demands respect from his followers. He can be both violent and cruel, taking joy in the suffering of others, and lives by a somewhat outdated code of ethics. He tends to use intimidation tactics to get what he wants. Frequently selfish, he can however also be incredibly protective and generous. He generally prefers to give gifts to people who haven’t asked for them. In this case he usually puts a lot of thought into the gifts. He also stands by to those who have shown him loyalty and sets a lot of store by oaths. Rhaegar despises writing (without magic he would be unable to read); he mistrusts written texts and anyone who produces or works with them.

Relationships with other deities: epithets
Native language: Old Norse
Native term: jarl, drottinn, yfir-mathr
Epithets: ma'i-ib ("lionheart"), mika-ib ("braveheart"), meketi-sen ("one who shall protect"), nebu-wa ("the golden one")

council role
Rhaegar is a member of the Council of Originals but has no specified role. He once took a leading role in the Alliance prior to a decline in his mental state.

monotheistic cult
The cult is scattered through Scandinavia, and whilst concentrated largely in Norway, Denmark and Sweden has a presence in Greenland, Iceland, and a very small outpost in Canada. The Principal Rhaegaran temple is located just outside of Odense in Denmark. It is visible only to faeries and only they may enter.

The organisation is run by a council of twelve elders (Allmikitolf) who are elected from amongst the ranks of the priesthood (presti). The Sword Brothers (Mękibróšer) are guaranteed two council members at all times. They dedicate their lives to maintaining the temples and pleasing their God.

Allmikitolf (the very great 12): Helena Akselsen (Gothapresti: Chosen on October 21st, 1986.), Klaus Eklund, Frederick Ibsen, Casper Jensson, Nikolaj Omdahl, Mari Kron, Mathias Riber, Henrik Bentsen, Leander Sinason, Maja Landvik, Elias Vinter and Lucas Eld

They are also believe themselves to be their God's advanced guard and are therefore trained thoroughly in combat. Their elite are known as the Company of the Wolf (Fylgirvitnir ) and are based at the Odense temple.

The Council elect from amongst themselves their chief priest (Gothapresti). There is a strong oral tradition and whilst the sacred words (Helgarspioll) have been recorded in writing over the years, the majority of the cult have memorised them and know them by heart. The officials of the cult all wear a shackle around one wrist, and a chain around the other, they all carry swords at all times.

The cult believes that Rhaegar has a key role to play in the ending of the current world, but that he will keep the faithful safe and give them a reborn world in which to prosper. The nature of his exact role is under constant dispute, and there are numerous groups of thought. Their God's change in personality is noted, though there is some division over its meaning that had split the council. Some believe that it is a sign that he is displeased with them, others that the end of days has begun, and the remainder argue that it is not their place to attempt to explain the whims of their god and that he will reveal his purpose to them in time.

There are a number of ceremonies and traditions observed by the Rhaegaran cult. These are divided into two groups; communal ceremonies which take place on a large scale in public, and day-to day traditions which are observed within the home.

Members of the cult often (but by no means always) live in settlements which are exclusively Rhaegaran as they tend to be quite insular. Each of these settlements usually has its own small temple with a shrine. A flame is always kept burning within the shrine. It is made of stone and usually depicts Rhaegar as both man and wolf. The shrine is solid, save for holes where the character's eyes would be. When the flame is lit it can be seen through the eye holes. Temples often contain large wooden carvings of Rhaegar and of related imagery; oak, ash, alder and birch are the most common woods used. Some Rhaegarans choose to wear smaller versions of these carvings on necklaces.

There are 9 Great Temples in total. Each Great temple also has a sacred grove (also known as a lund) which is believed to have a special connection to Rhaegar. It is a site of sacrifice, prayer and contemplation. The head temple is located in Odense. Iceland has a great temple, Canada does not, and the remainder are scattered throughout Scandinavia.

Every 9 years Rhaegarans gather at the temple in Odense for The Great Sacrifice. 9 males of 9 different species are sacrificed to the God. Some of the meat is burned as an offering, but the rest is either cooked and distributed amongst attendees, or given to the needy. Once the sacrifice has been made, torches are lit, food is eaten and people tend to party. There is usually a lot of drunkenness. Sacred fires are used to send sacrifices to Rhaegar. It is believed that the ritual mutilation of objects allows them to cross worlds and find the God wherever he might be.

Many Rhaegaran priest read the runes. There are a variety of methods for throwing runes ranging from the more traditional sticks and stones to the more modern dice. They are believed to be a way to divine Rhaegar's purpose. He has been known to send messages through these runes. There is also a tradition of using trances to receive messages from their God. Sacred potions and herbs are used to produce an hallucinogenic state and are believed to open the mind and bring understanding.

Rhaegarans believe that there is great honour in being a warrior and many modern followers join the armed forces.

The cult has a great oral story-telling tradition and storytellers are highly respected. They are the keepers of tradition. The written word has no place in Rhaegaran ceremonies. Stories, songs and poems of Rhaegar's are often performed at public events and are frequently depicted in art. Rhaegaran art is very nordic in design and features a lot of knotwork.

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reputation on shaman
Rhaegar has generally remained aloof from the ordinary faeries of Shaman and has only had very limited contact with them. He tends to keep himself to himself. However, when Macabre Marsh was in existence he was frequently seen hunting and killing monsters. He is generally viewed as a somewhat intimidating figure. His lover, Thyri, is known in Shaman and people are slowly becoming aware of the existence of their son, Jorg.

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