“Everything in life is either predator or prey. You are either hunting or running.” -Unknown
Nenteth is the unruly child of Dania. He is the creator of the Kithrix, the Ogre, the Troll. He is “The Father of All Beasts”. The First Hunter. Alpha Supreme. 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 it’s 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.
Nenteth is the god of the wild, beasts, hunting, Kithrix, humor, archery, tracking, and survival.
It’s well known that the Kithrix are the most numerous and devout worshipers of Nenteth. Both of the ‘kin races have numerous followers of Nenteth, as well as the wood elves and human tribes that live on the plains. In truth all of of the races have followers of the Lord of the Wild. Most commonly these are hunters and furriers, with most druidic followers of Dania at least paying homage during specific holidays and rituals.
Approbation and Displeasure:
Actions/ideas that please Nenteth :
- A swift, clean, merciful kill to all prey
- Respect shown to the prey by the predator
- The prey displaying fear before the predator
- Taking time to appreciate nature
- Solidarity with one’s Pride, Pack or Herd
- Reinforcement of the natural order of things
- Living harmoniously with the environment
- The underling defers to the Alpha
Actions/ideas that displease Nenteth (and may result in loss of magical abilities):
- Killing for pleasure
- Necromancy, death is the natural order
- Excessive indulgence of anything
- Wanton destruction of natural resources
- “Progressive” alteration of nature, damming a river, clear cutting farmland, cobbled roads
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 bone yards, 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, intended as a show of respect in hopes predators will leave the livestock alone. Different prides of Kithrix hold different holy days, often celebrated with a ritual hunt. The pride’s nedahi (leader) 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 and 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 worshipped 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 given directly to Nenteth, typically as a burnt offering.
- All attempts will be make to live within the environment, not changing the environment to suit your purpose.
- Nentethites will always strive to preserve the wild places of the world and are often involved in “counter productive” movements
- When resources must be harvested from nature, efforts is taken to do so in a sustainable manner, never taking more than necessary.
- 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. While most notable among the Ogre-Kin, this practice is common enough with the Kithrix and Goblin-Kin as well and is not unheard of among Nenteth’s other followers. It is unclear if this is considered a “sanctified” practice by Nenteth, there are no stories among his faithful of being punished for it.