The New Divine Order
Goddess of Plenty, Goddess of Growth
“I don’t remember being born. Do You?”
A great hindrance in any scholastic study the Goddess of Plenty has always been both her cults lack of organization, and their (nearly religious) disdain for written records. So any studious attempt to learn about the history of Lilac must look to the records of other deities. Thanks to the countless thousands of Bagheeran scribes and the painstaking work in deciphering centuries of records, it can be without doubt stated that Lilac predates Ragnarok, in contradiction to the prevailing theories of her being a child of the Long Night. However of particular note in the early tales of Lilac is the contrast between the Lilac of Ragnarok and the Goddess of Growth who walks the world today. Some great metamorphosis overtook the war minded deity, turning her into the lady of plenty. Others scholars argue that they must be entirely different deities with the same name.
Regardless of the Lilac of old, it was our Lilac, the somewhat foolish goddess of plenty, who emerged during the Long Night on the continent of mists and along the southern continent. While her time in the far south is largely unknown in the records of men, her activities during the Teotl war have resounded through the ages. Although stories disagree on who exactly gave her the idea (the common culprits are Filth, Coyote, and Greenbeard, though some accounts name even Bagheera) at the end of the Long Night, just before the start of the Teotl War, Lilac birthed an army, thousands of thousands of demi-humans, monsters, and bizarre creatures. (Exactly which races were created is a matter of some debate. Sepentfolk are a near certainty. Others are more conjecture; the Roquet, Khazkul, and Laroi are often subjects of debate. Others argue that the first Dragon was created during this time by Lilac… although there is no such beast listed in the Codex: Draconica)
It is known that Tezcatlipoca, in his rage at the upset caused by her horde, did strangle her to death and cut off her head to wear on his belt, causing his aide Bagheera to turn against him. Though she died early in the Teotl War, such was her legacy that when she was reborn from a flower at wars end, she was awarded one of the five Deptartments of Heaven, The Dept of Nature.
“Being in a room with Lilac is something like being in a room with a dozen puppies, who have all decided they need to be doing something, anything, right now. She wandered to and fro about my abode, examining everything, poking her head into cupboards, walking upside down on my cieling. She has an air of innocence, a certain charming naivety, which made it seem like she found everything about me interesting. The great difficulty is dealing with her form and movements. At a distance she could easily be mistaken for a human woman. Yet as you get closer the deviations in her form become apparent. She does not have the ears of a man or elf, but atop her head are the strange triangular ears of a Canid, the family of animals including foxes, jackals, dogs, and wolves. She has long furry tails about her at all times, though she seemed to subconsciously change the number from between as few as three to as many as a dozen. An extra pair of breasts appear quite prominently just below her normal pair, and her tongue was notably elongated. Beyond her form her movements are somewhat jarring to observe. She does not walk, sit, or climb like a human would. She can move as a man. And I have seen her perform each of these acts, but there is a look of concentration about her face, that she truly must focus herself to copy the movements that come most naturally to humans. She jumps like rabbit, sniffs the air like a dog, her ears flicker like a fox, she scurries up a wall or tree like a spider, her eyes are drawn like a birds to any sign of movement nearby… and she clearly has to suppress a powerful desire to chase anything moving away from her. She has no concept of personal space, and often comes uncomfortably close to poke, rub, smell, lick, or even just stare at something she isn’t sure of.”- Lester Matteson
From his tome and unpublished notes we know that the great sage Lester Matteson spent over fifty years compiling his great work. Of all the scores of lesser and greater gods he documented, interviewed, and met, Lilac seemed to be his most frequent guest. According to his notes she would occasionally spend days or weeks flitting about his home and the surrounding area. Regardless he was vastly more casual in his notes about her than any other deity… and perhaps more biased. All of his descriptions and observations about Lilac are disturbingly, almost sickeningly positive, and never fall in line with other accounts of her. The more modern writer Ralph Gin recorded an account with her where “her orange eyes were wild and hungry, and she attacked my summon like a possessed beast. Ripping it to pieces with her hands and tearing at its insides like she’d never eaten before.”
Other accounts have her seducing men, their livestock, even a peculiar account of a tree (that I read only as a matter of diligence to scholastic study!) or abandoning her babes to the care of others… or even the wild.
Lilac and the New Order
“Fighting’s one of those things. Like sex or climbing a tree. When you know what you’re doing its fun. But sometimes it’s a pain in the butt. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do right?”
Lilac is the Director of the Bureau of Nature, and nominally one of the 5 most powerful gods in heaven. In practice the bureau is considered one of the weakest in Heaven, and possibly the weakest. Lacking the prestige of the Bureau of Heaven, the destructive potential of the Bureau of Seasons or the popularity and wealth of the Bureau of Humanity.
The Bureau of Nature is divided into two departments, the Department of Land, and the Department of Water. The Department of Water (discussed in more detail elsewhere) is by far the richer of the two offices although internal discord has made it vastly weaker than the Department of Land. The Department of land further breaks into three separate sub departments. The Dept of Fur and Talon, which holds the office of every type of animal, beast, and creature that lives or has ever lived on 2nd Earth. The Department of Nut and Acorn, which contains all variety of plant life, and hosts the offices of the Forest, Swamp, Moor, and Jungle Kings. The third is the Dept of Mountain and Valley, which contains the offices of all the gods of land, based terrain features like deserts, mountains, tundra, badlands, canyons, valleys, hills…
Lilac is not a very hands on director, and the bureaus offices are largely left to their own devices. If there is a constant in the bureau, especially the Department of Land, it is their feud with the bureau of Humanity. A feud Lilac is equally embroiled in.
Lilac and the Races of Second Earth: Lilac has a complicated relationship with Second Earth as most see her as solely a nature goddess, and thus, antithetical to civilized society – though Lilac, as a general rule, doesn’t seem to mind their attitudes towards her. Dwarves and serpentfolk, so sequestered in their great cities and generally opposed to travel, rarely spare her a second thought and her worship in goblin encampments is spotty as best as they tend to reserve their nature worship for The Nine, which are much more important in their daily lives. Most orcs see nature as thing to be conquered and so Lilac receives only minimal prayers there too, although more wild or primal orc clans exist which worship Lilac extensively. Humans are varied as they are, occasionally worship Lilac, normally during pregnancy, but tend to focus their familial devotion towards Anzo.
However, Lilac picks up some devotion from the elves – their sole great city, Calinore, is perched directly in the middle of the Ancient Glade, traditionally a Lilaci sacred place. Elves tend to see nature, especially long-lived nature like trees, as kindred spirits and animals as natural partners in the world, so some of Lilac’s dogma, like respect for all life and boundless curiosity, have leaked into elven ways of life, though the majority of their culture is derived from the teachings of Bethany. Most importantly, the worship of Lilac is a key aspect of free halfling culture, which is predominantly based around agriculture and animal domestication, both of which are part of Lilac’s portfolio. Most halfling towns are built around a gazebo – known as the Birthing Stone – in which the women of the town give birth and an image of Lilac extending her hand to the new life is carved into the structure’s ceiling.
Lilac at War
“Fight yah? Nope. I love fighting, brawling, and wrasslin. You? We ain’t gonna scrap, I’m just gonna pop your head like a melon.”
Lilac is not a wargod in the traditional sense. But she is a god of fighting and a savage one at that. She is a patron of brawlers, wrestlers, unarmed fighters. While she can be dangerous, she is more often worshipped as a goddess of play fighting, or exercise fighting… a goddess worshipped by fighters rather than a goddess favored by soldiers or warriors. Though some druids, barbarians, and rangers best embody the wilder, savage style of combat that Lilac favors.
Lilac Goddess of Plenty
“Come, eat the fruit of my tree.”
While Filth is a god of disease, decay, despair, and desperation. Lilac is a goddess of Health, Fitness, and fertility. She isn’t a supporter of a mad alchemist trying to discover a new formulae to beat a cold… Lilac is the goddess of being robust enough to not get sick in the first place. Farmers pray to her for healthy crops, women to carry a child to term, men to sire strong babes. She is sometimes worshipped as a goddess of casual sex, compared to Bethany who is a goddess of love, or Aquila who believes sex is simply a tool.
She is a popular god among all races, though she rarely has lifelong adherents.
Artifacts of Legend
• Sobek’s Pocket Watch– “My father was crocodile who carried a ticking clock wherever he went. He also wore a purple suit. He may have been a pimp. Actually I think he sold me once for a bag of fish and a pocket watch. I wonder what happened to the fish?” Lilac as transcribed by Lester Matteson.
Divine Rank: 19
Strength 10XXXXXXXXXX, Dexterity 10XXXXXXXXXX, Stamina 9XXXXXXXXX
Charisma 5XXXXX, Manipulation 3XXX, Appearance 6XXXXXX
Perception 8XXX, Intelligence 1, Wits 8XXXXXXXX
Skills: Academics, Animal Ken 5, Art (Architecture, Culinary, Engineering, Metalsmithing, Modern, Performance Art, Stonework, Textiles, Visual Art, Woodwork), Athletics 10, Awareness 2, Brawl 5, Command 1, Control, Empathy 1, Fortitude 3, Integrity 3, Investigation 1, Larceny 1, Marksmanship, Medicine 2, Melee 1, Occult, Politics 1, Presence 2, Stealth 2, Survival 5, Thrown 1
Boons: Animal Avatar, Fertility 10X, Health 5X, Mystery 5X
Strength: Crushing Grip, Divine Wrath, Disfiguring Attack, One Inch Punch, Flip, Stalwart Cling, Hang On, Holy Bound, Divine Bound, Uplifting Might
Dexterity: And the Crowd Goes Wild, Roll With It, Cats Grace, Divine Balance, Untouchable Opponent, Omnidexterity, Perfect Partner, Monkey Climber, Spider Climber, Anti-Gravity Climber
Stamina: Inner Furnace, Devourer, Internal Refinery, Bezoar, Self-Healing, Regeneration, Skin shedding, Under Pressure, Whale’s Breath
Charisma: Benefit of the Doubt, Unimpeachable reference, Borrowed credibility, Widespread appeal, Charmer, Boys will be boys
Manipulation: Seductive Mein, Opening Act, Not the face
Appearance: My eyes are up here, Detail Variation, Undeniable Resemblance, Unusual Alteration, Doin Fine, Star Power
Perception: Perfect Pitch, Hear Prayers, Sense Invocation
Wits: Rabbit Reflexes, Evasive Action, Monkey in the Middle, Opening Gambit, Between the ticks, Instant Assessment, Instant Investigator, Eternal Vigilance