Miradelle – Religion

Ranuk

Spirit of the Water – Mother of Humankind

A young and impulsive goddess, Ranuk often acts without thinking and leaves destruction in her wake. She erodes the shores with her tantrums and washes away farmlands with her tears. Her control of water makes her siblings weary of angering her, as she could interfere with the survival of the Ishtu and Marls.
Her greatest creation is, of course, the humans. Ranuk made the humans of pieces of her siblings – the sands of history and knowledge of Nabi and the sturdy resilience of the earth from Jotur – and her own sense of adaptability. The humans do not seem to understand the word “no” in regards to their potential or expansion, and Ranuk is uninterested in teaching them.
While Ranuk initially viewed the humans as dolls or playthings to watch, she has been more actively controlling their circumstances. Rivers lead them to where she wants them to go, and the humans’ need of water keeps them dependant on her.

Nabi

Spirit of the Sky – Protector of the Ishtu

The oldest of the Miradellian spirits and the wisest. While she typically seeks to avoid conflict, it has been observed that the dust storms that surround the H’ndall Plains have become more destructive with the encroachment of the humans.
Nabi can be seen as the most level-headed of the spirits. She is not only concerned with the survival of those she is guardian of, but also the overall wellbeing of her siblings and their creations. It is because of this that she attempts to act as a mediator of the elements.
Out of all of the inhabitants of Miradelle, the Ishtu are the most religious. Nabi is seen as a holy defender and provider, and her generosity is always met with reverence. The Ishtu honor Nabi with storytelling and art. Ishtu adults often paint their bodies in intricate designs with a white paint mixture made of sand – meant to signify the air inside and around them. The Listeners, who are able to communicate with Nabi directly, are also considered the leaders of the people.

Jotur

Spirit of the Earth – Creator of the Marls

The caring and attendant god of the land, Jotur keeps a careful eye on the Marls and steers them down the right path. He initially intended to imitate the relationship between Nabi and the Ishtu but found that remaining hidden afforded him more freedom. Since the Marls merely believe they have great luck, they do not often pray. That allows Jotur to address needs as opposed to the wants of his beloved creations.

Jotur has, however, left the Marls some semblance of his true self. Perfectly round stones are often prized as good luck charms, and finding your first charm is a rite-of-passage of sorts. The Marls, being born of stone themselves, say that holding their charms help them feel at ease and connected to each other.

Before the Marls, Nabi thought of her brother as completely passive in the creation of their land. When he did contribute, it was in the form of delicate mountain formations or rolling hills. However, the Ishtu have voiced concern about Jotur to Nabi – they believe that he is merely biding his time.

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