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Selyra


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Theme: Goddes of Harmony and Love.

Symbol: large sapphire, spiral
Holy Plant: yellow flower
Colours: blue
Temples: Port D'Ore, Lonar, Primordia

The Story of Selyra

Long long ago, in the days before recorded memory, AO created the gods. And he set among them the duties of populating the world. Dualdin chose to create a race of purity and beauty, and cast them after the image of his beloved daughter Selyra. And so the elven people were born. They were a beautiful race, endowed with magic. Because he so loved his playful offspring, he gave each elf a voice which sang like the sweetest silver bells, each gesture and movement transformed into a dance, and an innate grace and beauty suited for the arts.

But soon the children of Dualdin began to quarrel among themselves. Violence and hatred spread. In his anger at his children, Dualdin cast off the rebels. Bitterness and mistrust grew from the split, and both the high and dark elven people began to forget their peaceful ways of song, dance, and art in the neverending quest for power and superiority.

And Selyra wept for the change, for the pain which the elven people caused one another. No longer did they bring beauty and joy into the world, but also hatred and conflict with each other, and even the other races.

Selyra beseeched her father to end the conflict and lift the elven curse which split his people. But many centuries had hardened Dualdin's heart, and he no longer taught his people the ways of peace, but rewarded his faithful with magic and weapons instead.

And so Selyra set out on her own to restore beauty and love to the damaged peoples. For if there is but one common bond which the people had forgotten, it was the ability to love, and to spread joy and tolerance rather than hatred and mistrust. She gathered this thread from both the highelves and darkelves, and began to draw it out. Some did not hear the call, but others felt Selyra's touch, and joined her, reaching out to others and adding their strength to her call. And it grew larger and larger, catching and drawing in the peoples of other races and beliefs, for love is something which everyone can know.

To this day, the thread of Selyra's followers continues to spiral endlessly for those who hear her call: to love others, to heal our quarrels and wars, to pursue the arts, and to find understanding within each other.

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OOC - OUT OF CHARACTER - KNOWLEDGE

A daughter of Tharandil and Dualdin was Selyra, also known under the name of Widarlon, the giver of gifts and bringer of that which is desired and that which is not, Lady of Harmony, and of Love. She is often depicted as a beautiful maiden, dancing, all trailed about with vines that entwine her figure and holding a cup in one hand, surrounded by musicians.

Not created by AO, Selyra is considered a Minor Goddess, who seeks to bring beauty and harmony to the world, yet she does not openly send her followers to fight against those who seek to destroy the world. Her ways are peaceful, and thus she does not partake in the larger struggles.

Within the world people see Selyra as a goddess who will bring no harm to others, and thus she is often counted to the "good" side. Yet she will not take part of the struggle between "good" and "evil".

Among the Pantheon Selyra is regarded as neutral.


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