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The Cult of the Loa (Voodan) - Roleplay Resources
« on: December 29, 2018, 01:07:47 PM »
The Cult of the Loa (Voodan)

Not all faiths honor the gods directly. In many cultures, spirits of the natural world and messengers of the gods are far more heavily involved in mortal affairs than are the gods themselves. Why pray to a deity who does not hear, when you can direct your petition to the entity that god placed as lord over luck, or death, or rain or wealth? If you seek succor in the depths of a swamp, should not the swamp itself be the recipient of your pleas?

This, then, is the source of the religion of the voodan. A cleric who worships neither gods nor nature itself, but rather spiritual entities who fall somewhere in between, he does not deny the existence of greater powers such as deities; he simply chooses to focus his veneration on beings nearer to him.

The loa of Souragne number in the thousands, representing all manner of natural forces, animals, locations and concepts. Many communities worship their deceased ancestors as loa. As such, it would be impossible to present anything resembling a comprehensive list. For voodan, clerics and other characters from Souragne, however, we present here a selection of the greatest loas of the Souragnian faith.
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2018, 01:09:23 PM »
The Maiden of the Swamp

Seen as somewhat flighty and unpredictable yet ultimately benign, the Maiden of the Swamp is one of the two most widely worshipped loa in all Souragne. She holds dominion over healing, those lost in the wild and growing things. Some view her as a servant of the Lord of the Dead, one who handles those tasks to which he is ill-suited; others consider her the only being of Souragne who can thwart his will. The Maiden is portrayed as a beautiful yet hauntingly sad woman of fey mien, clad in the simple attire of the lowest-born peasant.

Alignment: Chaotic good.
Domains: Animal, Healing, Plant

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2018, 01:10:18 PM »
The Lord of the Dead

The other of Souragne’s greatest loa, the lord of the dead is the single most dominant power of the entire faith. All those who die in Souragne are left unburied for four days, so that the Lord of the Dead may claim them as his own, should he choose. Many ceremonies serve no purpose other than to appease him. The Lord of the Dead is portrayed as a walking corpse in old-fashioned but well-kept finery.

Alignment: Lawful evil.
Domains: Death, Knowledge, Repose

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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2018, 01:16:07 PM »
Brahmbei, the Oracle

The shaper of fate and the seer of all things to come, Brahmbei was once the most powerful of the loa. He has grown old, however, and his powers have waned before those of the Lord of the Dead and the Maiden of the Swamp. Brahmbei is still a potent figure, however, and the people of Souragne pray to him for luck and knowledge. Due to his age, Brahmbei does not see as clearly as he once did and is prone to occasional fits of absent-mindedness. Further, he has been known to deceive those seeking knowledge, if he doing so serves to direct them toward their eventual destiny. He is portrayed as a kindly old man, occasionally doddering but still possessed of a powerful presence and piercing gaze.

Alignment: Lawful neutral.
Domains: Knowledge, Law, Luck

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 01:17:04 PM »
Kurkva, the Wailing One

Kurkva is the rain, the clouds and the open sky. Once wed to the earth itself, or so legend has it, he lost his beloved when she splintered into many smaller loa (including the Maiden of the Swamp and numerous lesser loa of specific places and animals). Thus does Kurkva always grieve; the winds are his cries, the rains his tears, the thunder his shouts of anguish. Despite his grief, however, Kurkva continues to do his duty to the world, directing his rains and winds where the natural order requires they fall. Followers pray to him for all matters relating to rain and weather. He is portrayed as a middle-aged man clad all in white.

Alignment: Neutral.
Domains: Air, Travel, Water

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2018, 01:17:47 PM »
Lethede, the Lady of Roads

The wanderer and patron of travelers, Lethede is not an especially powerful loa, but she is very widely revered. Those far from home, those lost, and those whose loved ones are absent pray to Lethede. She is also patron of those who must undertake a spiritual journey, or face an upcoming life change. Lethede is portrayed as a darkskinnedyoung woman, her garb somewhat beaten and worn from travel, but her features tireless and determined.

Alignment: Lawful neutral.
Domains: Protection, Strength, Travel

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2018, 01:17:58 PM »
Madris Orundi, the Dancer

Easily one of the most popular of loa, if not the most popular, the Dancer is the patron of artists and lovers. She is muse, inspiration and matchmaker. Her most frequent prayers come from young people requesting that she ensure that the object of their affections return those feelings, but she listens equally to old married couples and artists seeking a creative spark. She is portrayed as a woman in early middle-age, still possessed of the beauty of her younger years, but with the grace, poise and wisdom of one who has had some time to live in the world.

Alignment: Neutral good.
Domains: Good, Luck, Protection

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2018, 01:18:10 PM »
Ohuwaghnn, the Serpent King

Reviled as few other loa are, Ohuwaghnn represents the dangerous beasts of the swamp and, by extension, the hazards of the wild in general. While he has a few devout followers, most who pray to him seek to propitiate him, to turn his wrath aside, rather than to ask any true boons of him. Ohuwaghnn despises most of humanity and seeks a return to primal days when people dwelt only in scattered communities (if they lived at all), and the beasts of the wild dominated the land. He is normally portrayed as a great serpent, though he also appears in a few images as a gaunt man with reptilian eyes.

Alignment: Chaotic evil.
Domains: Animal, Destruction, Trickery

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2018, 01:18:21 PM »
Ovun Borundir, the Warrior

Evoked by those who are going into battle, professional soldiers and brawlers alike, Ovun Borundir is the patron of all who live and die — and kill — by violence. He is not evil per se, but neither does he favor those who fight for righteous causes. In his eyes, it is not the reason for battle, but the battle itself, that is worthy. He is portrayed as a large man clad in armor, carrying a great mace and pierced by various swords and spears that seem to bother him not at all.

Alignment: Chaotic neutral.
Domains: Protection, Strength, War

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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2018, 01:18:35 PM »
Sehkelo, the Queen in Gold

Mother of the rebellious and violent Tonthomba, Sehkelo is revered as the sun, the disperser of darkness, the queen of the sky. (She is also mother of the loa of the moon, but he is not considered a primary loa and is not included here.) Although she brings the oppressive heat of the long Souragnian summer, this is considered a necessary evil to her presence and her efforts to banish the darkness. She is the patron of those who seek to thwart evil and who seek knowledge for the betterment of all. She is portrayed as a blonde warrior woman clad in golden raiment, carrying a spear.

Alignment: Lawful good.
Domains: Fire, Sun, War

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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2018, 01:18:45 PM »
Tonthomba, the Burning Man

One of the wildest of the loa, Tonthomba is as capricious as the flame he represents. He is vital to civilization, providing light in the dark and heat in winter, but he is also one of the world’s greatest destroyers, easily angered, difficult to control. He is revered by all who use fire, which means nearly all civilized men and women pray to him at some point. He is particularly worshipped by pyromaniacs and devotees of chaos and destruction. He is usually portrayed simply as a great being of flame; when he appears as human, it is as a muscular young man with deep red hair and flaming eyes.

Alignment: Chaotic evil.
Domains: Chaos, Destruction, Fire

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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2018, 01:18:53 PM »
Ulwaddithri, the Consuming One

The Lord of Death may be the most feared of the dark loa of Souragne, but Ulwaddithri is the most reviled. The Consuming One represents the poisonous air of the deep swamp, the wasting touch of sickness, the hollow suffering of famine. She is plague and want and all things unwholesome. Many Souragnians pray to her, not to invoke her, but in hopes of assuaging her and directing her attentions elsewhere. Very few who are not hopelessly mad worship her as their primary loa. Ulwaddithri is portrayed as a beautiful, seductive woman, save for her left arm and leg, which are wasting away to disease and rot.

Alignment: Neutral evil.
Domains: Death, Evil, Trickery

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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2018, 01:20:50 PM »
Minor Loa

These Loa are described briefly in different source books but no actual statistics are provided for them.
  • Loa of the Moon (Dark Tales and Disturbing Legends)
  • Longears (Dance of the Dead)
  • Bouki (Dance of the Dead)
  • Bushtail (Dance of the Dead)