Now, it’s quite pedestrian indeed to assign only one of several roles to Her, for the Name finds itself burning on the tongue of those near and far, dear and foul. The Ardor inspires all the great deeds that have ever triumphed or failed. The Ardor indeed, and not so many words, is the driving force behind the next breath you take, and all the breaths before and after, until the last is given to Father Hearbreak.
Even then naturally, it’s imbecilic to assume for one moment that we, mere mortals, unabashed and unbasked, could dare to put a word to Her Beauty. Bards and Barbarians alike have struggled to shoehorn their mouths into a pleasing enough shape to truly ascribe and describe Her Presence. And yet, is it not something that we have all seen, at one Turn of the Glass or another?
So as we struggled to ply Her Loveliness with adoration and veneration, we chiseled our pedestal with style, for Adalantle is but a common word on the Elven tongue. A root word, older by far than anything most of us mere mortals could hope to immortalize.
Type: henotheism (very matriarchal)
Focus: converting others, spreading beautiful things
Divine Interaction: in response to some prayers
Worship: joyous individual prayer (through action mostly) in public temples
Holidays Celebrate: finding love, finished masterpieces
Major Holiday(s): include many other ceremonies (marriages, ordinations, unveiling, art shows, etc)
Clergy: predominantly female, although The Scorn is open to both sexes
Function: matchmaking, spiritual protectors (often via magic), art critics, architectural overseers, courtesans
Lifestyle: extravagant opulence
Family: encouraged, and often large as a by product of celebrations
Chosen: based on personal merits and beauty
Distinguished By: meticulous hygine and attention to personal appearance
Symbol: a cup of wine, a pair of lips, a mountain
Holy Color: all shades of red, some pinks
Passed Down: via holy books and works of art (murals, paintings, etc), such as the The Palmsized Palimpsest
Creation Myth Type: jealousy, the Ur-Murder as a crime of passion
Mortals’ Origin: dalliance
Major Myth/Symbolism: Took the form of Palthos in order to seduce Dimera.
Deadly Sins: ugliness, brutality, celibacy, iconoclasm, undeath
High Virtues: beauty, creativity, tenderness, hedonism
Associated Artform: all Art that is beautiful, particularly sculpture.
Coming of Age: 18 years old (females only)
Coming of Age Rite: is better left to the imagination
Marriage: is based on love, and often quite temporary
Marriage Rites: are somewhat informal but very celebratory
Death Rites: involve embalming (to preserve beauty), or more frequently cremation (to hasten reincarnation and prevent undeath from tainting the deceased)
Major Taboo: certain unflattering clothing, feet
Prevalence: acknowledgment through “lip” service by anyone who is in love, wishes to fall in love, or praises something beautiful
Outsiders: are warmly welcomed