Teel is the god of bards, singing, music, seas, storm, freedom, diviners, and love.
Teel is the son of Aravel, and brother to Vanaria. Stories about the birth of the Twain vary. Some say that it was a birth similar to mortals, others say that Aravel, her heart filled with joy, started singing and dancing. From her voice came Teel, and from her footfalls came Vanaria. The Twain have always been a rebellious pair, with Teel often leading the two. Where Teel leads the way, Vanaria often is the one cleaning up the mess he leaves in his wake.
The sea often represents an untapped resource, an escape, or a living in many tales and even in reality. Teel is said to have shed tears when he first saw the ground, and from his tears came the sea. He weeped over the beauty of this world, and when he stopped weeping and saw what his tears had done, he smiled and wept some more. He had just added to the beauty of this world he so cherished. He had tried to walk in the newly formed ocean, and to his surprise he could not. This did not stop him, for he was resolved to find a way to traverse and explore this new thing. He tried making many things, but he finally found a stick, and threw it in the water. To his surprise, it didn’t sink. So he gathered many sticks, and created a raft. He then grabbed some more sticks, bundled them up, and used them to propel the raft forwards. He kept paddling until he was exhausted. As he was about to pass out, he saw a great storm brew. Teel, seeing the new challenge, was invigorated, and set forth to challenge it. The waves crashed against him, and he would find that his raft was inadequate to stand up the storm. Undaunted, he found himself on an island. There, he reached into the sky, and pulled the storm to him. He tore out his eye, and placed it in the center of the storm. From then on, he knew that there would always be a safe spot in the storm for travelers, and he would also be able to watch those who were caught in a storm.
Teel would later go on to visit Dania’s forest, and find them filled with beauty. He loved every second of travelling the world. He thought the forest could be improved with song. He asked the wind to whistle through the leaves, and the leaves to rustle as they fell. He asked the sticks to crunch when walked upon, and the birds to tweet songs to all they see. He found himself lost in the beauty of the forest, and started to weep. From his tears, a river welled forth. The rushing water lead him through the lands, and he added music wherever one would think to look. In the skies, he set his drums, and would play them during his mighty storms. He would set his lute with the wind, strumming it whenever a tornado blew through. He would always comes back, and play them when storms were brewing. He continued to ride the river, until he came back to the ocean, and continued on his merry way.
Teel one day was walking among mortal men, and sat down by the fire to spin a few tales with them. As he was telling tales of the past, the present, and the future, a young man looked at him and said “How can you know the future.” Teel, taken aback, simply said “I have Seen it.” The young man looked confused, and Teel then realized mortals lacked the ability to See. He sat down the the men and women in this circle, and taught them how to See the world as it was, as it is, and as it will. Teel, happy to have taught, wandered off with a jump in his step, and left these words of wisdom to those around the fire. “Just because you see the future, doesn’t mean it will happen. Many futures await, not all happen.”
Teel appears to mortals often out of sheer boredom. While other gods have agendas, Teel just goes where the path leads, and makes up a plan along the way, if at all. If you cross paths with Teel, an adventure will often be had, for better or worse. Teel loves keeping company with all sorts, and welcomes all aboard his ship, so long as they are able to keep up with him.
Teel often attracts a variety of different types of followers. Sailors of all sorts, be they military or pirate, smugglers or traders, will pray to Teel for safe travels. Bards who tell stories or sing songs will sing praises of Teel and his exploits. Young men and women venerate Teel, hoping that they will get their heart’s desire, be it the young maiden or gentlemen they are eyeing, or simply a fresh pie from the local baker. Farmers will oft invoke Teel to keep the worse storms away, while still blessing their crops with enough rain to keep them healthy, but not drowned.
Teel has a group of devout followers called “Oracles of the Eye”. While Teel is usually described as a happy go lucky god, the Oracles of the Eye paint him in a very somber, humourless role. They have tasked themselves with keeping an eye upon the world, until the great storm bringer brings the storm to end all, where they will alone be found worthy of his favour. Every member of the Oracles of the Eye will perform a ritual and cut out their left eye, to symbolise that Teel will watch out for them with his left eye, and they will be his right eye, seeing where he does not.
Approbation and Displeasure:
Actions/ideas that please Teel:
- Singing praises and songs to lift the spirits of your friends
- Turning an enemy into an ally
- Chasing that which your heart desires
- Taking in the majesty of a stormy day
- Telling people their fate, no matter the outcome
Actions/ideas that displease Teel(and may result in loss of magical abilities):
- Stifling yours or another’s passions
- Not taking time to appreciate the majesty of the world around you
- Repressing the songs in your heart
- Disrespecting a storm and trying to minimize its damage.
Holy Places and Holy Days
Teel’s followers don’t have specific holy days or holy places. Each moment of every day is to be cherished, and each place is sacred in it’s own way. There is a song to be made out of everything, one just needs to listen closely to hear it. The land, the sky, the sea, the forests, and the animals all sing a song, and they will share it, if one is inclined to listen.
Worship of Teel was very uncommon until about 976, when Hazon fell. Since then, worship has started to spring forth in all corners of the continent, from the Knights of the Peak, to Kran, to Dranir. Hazon will rarely admit to openly worshipping Teel, for it is considered distasteful and dishonors the history of Hazon.
Correct Worship and Rites/Rituals/Requirements
Followers of Teel typically engage in:
- Writing a song to praise Teel’s deeds, be they true or not.
- Repairing a town after a storm
- Lamenting and writing songs for the fallen, so their memory may live on
- Preparing ornate and showy rituals, when appropriate. Followers of Teel will often go all out when they are allowed to, but will show restraint if they must.
- Telling the future, and not lying to protect someone.