After the Storm
Gods of the Asur
The Asur do not worship in the same fashion humans worship, but they do have gods. They do not see their gods in the same way humans do, having a much more mystical, less anthropomorphic view of them.
An elf does not pray to a god and “ask them for things”, nor in a manner expecting the god to hear them, rather an elf seeks the god’s blessing by “taking on that god’s way of being”.
Elves talk of “being with Kurnous” when hunting, with Hoeth with working magic, with Khaine when killing in battle. To a human they are impious for they never appear to pray or hold religious ceremonies, to elves humans put fences around their gods and limit their role in life to prayers and services rather than feeling their presence continually.
They divide their gods into two groups, the Cadai who are venerated openly and the Cytharai who most shun worshipping but respect and sometimes propitiate.
Asuryan, Father of the Gods and Creator of the Elves, Leadership and Courage, it is believed he personally approves all ascendants who become Phoenix King
Isha, Goddess of Fertility and Motherhood, Harvest and Growth
Kurnous the Hunter, God of Nature, Hunting, Fatherhood
Hoeth, God of Knowledge, Learning, and Wisdom, he is patron of wizards because they must embody these traits.
Vaul, Smith of the Gods, Patron of Construction and Building
Lileath the Maiden, Goddess of Dreams and Fortune
Loec, God of Trickery, Music and Revelry (patron of wardancers)
Of these, Asuryan, Isha and Hoeth are the greatest.
For example, Asuryan’s bright unflinching purity is the god to embody when the weight of leadership must be carried or the cost of bravery born. Hoeth’s contemplative wisdom is the state of being to seek when struggling with great mysteries of magic and lore.
The Cytharai are not esteemed in the same way as the Cadai but no Asur denies their validity. The Cadai embody aspects of existence that are often not sought or hoped for but which cannot be denied and must even be accepted at times. Khaine and Morai-Heg are two most often invoked.
Sometimes an Asur takes on the gifts of the Cytharai. A sailor accepts the fickle sea and does what must be done to weather the storm, a warrior hardens his heart and strikes to slay foes not thinking of their families or loved ones, an elf about to accomplish their destiny sees that imperative more than any cost.
Atharti, Goddess of Desire and Lust
Ereth Khial, supreme goddess of the Underworld
Khaine, God of War and Murder
Hekarti, goddess of conjurations and Dark Magic
Mathlann, God of Travel and Exploration
Morai-heg the Crone, Goddess of Fate
Of these, Khaine is the most commonly invoked.
Mathlann is seen as fickle and cruel but nonetheless often invoked by elven mariners.
Khaine and Atharti are particularly favoured by the Druchii. Some whisper Atharti is only a guise of the Dark Power Slaanesh and Khaine of the Blood God Khorne though elves see great differences between these figures (see below for this recurring issue).
Morai-heg is invoked when an elf believes they are closest to their destiny.
There are other Cytharai but few speak of them.
Some scholards see connections between the Asur gods and gods of the Old World. Kurnous and Isha and Taal and Ryha, Hoeth and Verena, Loec and Ranald, Mathlann and Manann the Khaine of the Asur and the Khaine murder-cult of the Old World, Hekarti of the Cadai and the goddess Ecaté propitiated by some witches. The followers of these gods usually do not agree and see great differences between them.