“Everything in life is either predator or prey. You are either hunting or running.” -Unknown
Nenteth is the god of the wild, beasts, hunting, kithrix, humor, archery, tracking, and survival.
Titles: Father of All Beasts, First Hunter, Alpha Supreme, Lord of Laughter, Keen-Eye, He Who Will Survive, Kithrix-Father
Holy Animal: Chimera, as the Chimera is what all other beasts came from. It was the first beast to ever roam the world, and the first chimera is Nenteth’s eternal hunting companion.
Nenteth is the unruly child and protector of Dania. Although aligned with his mother, the two often disagree. While not exactly evil, Nenteth can be quite ruthless. His followers believe that one should hunt to live, and like a deer in its prime, all problems should be observed,
stalked, and swiftly dealt with. Nenteth is not without mercy or compassion however. Only what is needed will be taken. Kithrix are his favorite creatures that roam the earth, as he directly made them.
Kithrix, Hunters, Ogres, most people who call the Wild Plains home, and comedians are of Nenteth’s faithful. When you hunt, you are praying to Neteth with your actions. The kill is the sacrifice, and the cleaning of the kill is the ritual. Followers of Nenteth aren’t particularly organized, instead they will band together for grand hunts throughout the year. Dania’s followers often work in close relation with Nenteth’s followers, as they are intertwined in Nature.
Approbation and Displeasure:
Actions/ideas that please Nenteth :
- A swift, clean, merciful kill to all prey
- Respect shown to the prey by the predator
- Solidarity with one’s Pride, Pack or Herd
- The underling defers to the Alpha
- Telling of good jokes
Actions/ideas that displease Nenteth (and may result in loss of magical abilities):
- Killing for pleasure
- Necromancy, death is the natural order
- Not taking time for a good laugh.
Holy Places and Holy Days
Being the child of Dania and known as the Father of all Beasts, Nenteth’s “temples” are wild places; thickets, rock outcroppings and mountain crags. Especially sacred are the resting places of great predators; dragon boneyards, bear caves, and snake pits to name but a few.
Nenteth has no specific Holy day, but it is the custom of many farmers to place the “Mark of Three Claws” on the gate to chicken coops and animal pens on the first day of spring. This is a intended as a show of respect in hopes predators will leave the livestock alone.
Different Prides of Kithrix have set aside different days as holy. These are often celebrated with a Ritual Hunt. The Pride’s nedahi is often known to anoint a new born with the “Mark of Three Claws” precisely at midnight.
Worship of Nenteth began with the creation of the Kithrix, around 2800 years ago, but was later adopted by human bands of nomadic hunters. Faith spread to other cultures after that, with a notable population among the wood elves. At present time in Azkon, Nenteth is mostly worshiped on the wild plains.
Correct Worship and Rites/Rituals/Requirements
Followers of Nenteth typically engage in:
- The first portion of each hunt is offered to the one who dealt the killing strike
- The first portion of a ritual hunt is offered directly to Nenteth, typically through incineration
- All attempts will be make to live in the environment, not changing the environment to suit your purpose.
- When resources are harvested from nature, efforts is taken to only harvest what the local environment can afford.
- Kill what is needed, eat what is killed. (This seems to be an axiom against wastefulness, but has led to the practice among some followers to eat fallen enemies. This is most notable among the Ogres but is common enough with the Kithrix as well. It is unclear if this is considered a “sanctified” practice by Nenteth, but there are no stories among his faithful of being punished for it.)