Twiggle (or Twiggel, or Twiggell–all spellings are equally correct, and not correct in the least bit) is one of the Four Powers and 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
Holy Animal: Coyotes, as they will often “laugh” throughout the night, often making sinister laughs and causing unease amongst those who hear it.
Twiggle (or Twiggel, or Twiggell–all spellings are equally correct, and not correct in the least bit) is one of the Four Powers and is the God of Chaos, Mischief, Trickery, Philosophy, Air, and Life. 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 mastery over life and air and placed it on Enoth; Twiggle has never given up trying to regain control over 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 Freewill 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 easy to sew 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’s 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.
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 displeases him
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
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 recently from Silver Hill.
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.