The figures in the night sky have lessons, should we be willing to listen.
Loraedor has 36 constellations, each placed in the night sky by a particular member of the Celestial Pantheon for reasons of their own. Each has an accompanying tale, and these I’ll post as they are complete. The tales describe why a deity took notice of a particular circumstance, and should add considerable clarity as to what kind of influence being born under such a star might have upon a person.
Eventually, I’d like to write up 5e-type backgrounds for each constellation as well.
Here’s a list of all the constellations and their associated deities.
|Buffoon||The buffoon is both he who spills the soup and he upon whom the soup is spilled.||Mephas|
|Candle||A sign of tentative hope, the Candle seems to fail as often as not, but when hope prevails the candle proves truly mighty.||Alinec|
|Cask||The cask, though it holds valued contents, is often secreted away, and terribly dark within.||Toreg|
|Castellan||The castellan, from the steadfastness of his stronghold, guards over the county, protecting it from harm.||Daerde|
|Chalice||From the chalice flows healing waters full of life and blessing.||Alinec|
|Crook||The shepherd’s crook makes safe the flock, protecting from wolves and rescuing from rocky places.||Xantea|
|Fordan’s Bridle||Lokor cast the bridle he had made for Fordan aside when he refused to pay the agreed upon price.||Feicred|
|Gate||The gate implacably protects everything behind it, for good or ill.||Deskir|
|Hook||The hook is the sign of the fisherman and the temptress.||Rema|
|Hrodoc’s Beard||Hrodoc was a great and deeply learned teacher, and his beard grew so long he wore it as a sash as he instructed his pupils in the ways of wisdom.||Rema|
|Kiss||The kiss is treacherous, more oft than not hiding true intent behind sweet lips.||Feicred|
|Knot||The knot holds fast valuables, save when it slips, but is vulnerable to the blade.||Feicred|
|Loom||The loom represents aspects of both home and creativity as well as the concept of good-natured scheming, especially matchmaking.||Rema|
|Lute||The lute is the mark of the minstrel, both teller and hero of the tales that pour from his sly tongue.||Levyse|
|Mallet||What the mallet lacks in creativity, it gains in repetitiveness.||Daerde|
|Mastiff||Guardian and teacher, the mastiff is dogged in loyalty and tenacious in pursuit.||Xantea|
|Millstone||The millstone is heavy, unstoppable, and irresistible, grinding on, turning all things into dust.||Mephas|
|Nag||The nag is loyal and, although slow, capable of impressive feats of protection.||Alinec|
|Needle||The needle, although useful in stitching, brings pain, oft pricking the fingers that wield it.||Toreg|
|Peeking Prophet||Stealing glimpses of forbidden augury, the prophet is rarely heeded, and often causes more harm than good.||Mephas|
|Pennant||The pennant can be a claim, but it is more precisely a signal waving in the wind, a clear communication to all who can see.||Deskir|
|Pepper Pot||The pepper pot is generally portly, inclined toward the culinary, and capable of inducing extreme irritation.||Levyse|
|Rack||The rack is pain—slow, enduring, and excruciating.||Toreg|
|Rat||The rat is a cunning thief and spy, sneaking between the spaces others walk.||Levyse|
|Ring Giver||The ring giver provides guidance as well as a strong sword arm.||Rema|
|River||The current of the river relentlessly brings new life through the rebirth of nature’s seasons.||Alinec|
|Rook||The rook symbolizes insight and intelligence, but also dark endings.||Xantea|
|Sage||The seer is wise, knowledgeable, and aloof, disdaining society and its foibles.||Losidor|
|Shackle||The shackle imprisons its wearer, restricting movement and inhibiting freedom.||Losidor|
|Tablet||The tablet holds wisdom, but is brittle and prone to break.||Mephas|
|Tankard||The tankard can be bane of even mighty warriors, making good ones better and bad ones worse.||Losidor|
|Throne||The throne, rather than representing royalty, invokes instead tyranny and subjugation.||Deskir|
|Tower||Solitary and defensive, the tower also provides a useful vantage point.||Daerde|
|Verylg||Verylg is the great tree, the celestial highway of worlds. The exceptional few born under this sign are often destined for greatness and wide renown.||Verylg*|
|Wheel||The wheel turns all things, standing them end up before righting them again.||Losidor|
|Windfall||The windfall is associated with great luck, but often at too great a cost.||Levyse|
*Verylg is a special case, and will require several posts all to itself.
I’ll keep this table updated with links to constellations and deity posts as they’re available.