Twiggle (or Twiggel, or Twiggell–all spellings are equally correct and incorrect) is one of the Four Powers. He is the God of Chaos, Mischief, Trickery, Philosophy, Air, and Life.
Titles: Many Named, The Lonely God, The True Lord of Life, The Last Laugher, He Who Sees Beyond, The Everchanging
Holy Animal: Coyotes, as they will often “laugh” throughout the night, their sinister laughter causing unease amongst those who hear it.
Twiggle almost always appears as a man when he visits mortals. He likes to thumb his nose at Enoth and Aranayan and “balance” Belendor, who prefers to appear as a woman. He tends to be good-looking, and rather unassuming. Only Twigel could tell you why he does what he does.
Twiggel embodies chaos, mischief, and trickery in every form they can take. He enjoys funny pranks, cruel jokes, clever mischief, and capriciousness. To him, pushing someone in a lake is great. But pushing someone who can’t swim is even better because they are more entertaining and a dozen others will jump in to save them. He delights in every moment of his pranks and mischief, whether a babe in arms dies, a marriage is destroyed, a kingdom is toppled, or a queen is driven mad.
Twiggell does things because he can and is utterly unpredictable. He will whisper into a merchant’s ear, causing him to spend his entire fortune on useless trinkets. He will lame a knight’s horse mid charge to hear the satisfying crunch of bones breaking as it falls. He will turn bless an ugly maiden with beauty, just to see her smile. But, Twiggle’s actions tend to bring far more harm than good.
Twiggle has strained relationships for a variety of reasons with every god and power except for Tidron, Feydor, and Vanaria. He shares a strong mutual friendship with Tidron and Twiggle enjoys tormenting the man he considers to be like a brother. It is said that after Vanaria and Teel were born, Twigell asked Tidron to raise them, in a moment of rare and unblemished concern and kindness. Twiggle is wary of Vanaria’s affection and love for him, but letting her align with Chaos was easier than trying to keep her away. And Twiggle is happy that Feydor chose him over Enoth.
Enoth is also the God of Air and Life, and the authority over life has long been a point of violence between them. When Twiggle was imprisoned, Enoth and the other Powers stripped him of his mastery over life and air and gave it to Enoth. Twiggle has never given up trying to regain control of it, and Enoth continues to pay a price for that decision.
Twiggle is also the God of Philosophy, some of his followers have claimed that he is the God of Free will and rescued them from enslavement to The Powers. The other Powers, and their followers, dispute this bitterly.
Until recent times, few knew or recognized Twiggle as one of The Powers. He was often viewed as an outsider or a lesser god aligned under Belendor or, hilariously, Enoth. Perhaps the Powers had wished his true nature to be unrecognized. Truly, standing against Twiggle is one of the few areas in which all of the Three Powers seem to agree–although they all have times at which they approve (Belendor finds chaos makes it easy to sow destruction, Aranayan can build after Twiggle creates chaos and a need for new creations, Enoth–although he will rarely admit it, does enjoy putting things in order).
He is not their enemy, but he is the destruction of all order, and very few beings, gods included, appreciate that. However, Fate put him in place for a reason, and that understanding has stayed the hands of The Powers from trying to destroy him. Twiggle would say that all he’s doing is giving his associates something to do.
Over the millennia, Twiggle has had many followers; all have died in service to him. Anyone who follows Twiggle will know a life that is rich in experiences, equal to ten lives in enjoyment and moments that others can only dream of, but one that is tragically cut short. Service to him makes true the old saying “the flames that burn the brightest burn the shortest.”
The average amount of time a follower of Twiggle survives is one year. Some make it longer, some only serve a day, but eventually Twiggle calls on them to do something so risky–with the rewards of surviving to tell the tale too great to ignore the impossible odds–that they die in the attempt.
The only being to live any significant measure of time in his service is Hijamos, who is partially insane from repeated interactions with Twiggle and near-death experiences. Some say he is eternal and Twigle pushes this theory to it’s limit.
Twiggle dislikes losing his followers and often plagues anyone who stops worshipping him with misfortune, danger, and a series of terrifying nightmares.
Twiggle expects those who follow him to truly follow him. Lighthearted merriment and harmless mischief are Vanaria’s domain. True chaos and disruption are not always cheery or fun. They can be terrifying, harrowing, and cruel. Poisoning a kithrix to see if its fur falls out or setting fire to a temple of Enoth during worship to see if the followers scream in orderly unison are delightful ways to sow chaos. Most sane people balk at the terrible ideas that Twigell whispers to them. Only a few are drawn to him enough to call him their patron.
Approbation and Displeasure
Actions/ideas that please Twiggle:
- Anything that increases your enjoyment or the enjoyment of others–no matter how reckless
- Knowing when to take a situation seriously, and when to crack a joke–not every moment is one for chaos and laughter, some are the setup for later chaos and laughter. Sometimes the funniest thing to Twiggle is to act just like a Paladin of Aravel.
- Undermining authority.
- Playing harmless tricks, like throwing magnetic dust at an ally’s shield, or gluing a paladin’s sword into her scabbard
- Things that also displease him sometimes please him.
- Unpredictability. If anyone relies upon a follower of Twigel then they are fools.
- Capriciousness and cruel pranks. Sundering an ally’s weapon, poisoning a barrel of ale, and disrupting negotiations and causing them to fail are good ways to show capriciousness.
Actions/ideas that displease Twiggle (and may result in the loss of magical abilities):
- Doing something stupid that people are laughing at you, instead of with you
- Anything that displeases Twiggle in the moment; including things he strongly approved of a second ago
- Aiding followers of Order, particularly Enoth, unless it is part of a grand and convoluted scheme to bring more Chaos.
High Places and Holy Days
Twiggle has no specific location or time that it is best to worship him, he’d rather his followers take over the places and days of other gods. When followers of Twiggle celebrate, it is supposed to be a last minute thing, planned not at all. Twiggle requires nothing in his celebration, but also requires everything. At the end of celebrations to Twiggle, he will appear in some way, often as a watermelon, and tell his followers to do some impossible task that will make for a wonderful story. Twiggle keeps one day close to his heart, but it varies from year to year, and he doesn’t tell his followers until he feels like it.
Twiggle was directly involved in the Gods’ War when the Fae rose against The Powers. Whether he started it or simply joined as it progressed, few truly know: and The Powers all tell the story of those times differently. However, ultimately Twiggle was blamed for the events and imprisoned until the year 1,016 (although he was let out every once in awhile for short periods of time), when he was released by the people who founded the town of Bryden’s Ferry.
Twiggle once fell in love with Aravel after Tidron died. In his own way, he truly loved her and did not wish to betray his dearest and only friend. He is the father of the Twain, though he asked Tidron to raise them. Twiggell rarely plagues Aravel with his mischief and seems to avoid her. Vanaria’s choice to align with “Papa Twiggle” under Chaos has widened the rift between him and Aravel.
Worship of Twiggle is rarely organized or accurately recorded, so little is known of any history or formal actions by his followers. Perhaps he prefers it that way.
Correct Worship and Rites/Rituals/Requirements
Followers of Twiggle typically engage in:
- Finding creative ways to harass followers of Enoth above all others. Messing with Warden Shields is specifically his favourite thing.
- A constant one upmanship with each other that ultimately ends in the death of one or all of those involved
- Corrupting artifacts of other gods. Twiggle’s axe once belonged to another god.
- Being unpredictable, for good or for malicious reasons.
- Befriending followers of Tidron. Uptight paladins and priests need a little bit of Twiggell in their lives AND they tend to bail their Twigellian “friends” out of trouble.
- Leading worship services. Or not. Twiggel doesn’t care.