HAR'WYN, AEOLIRAN GOD OF HEALTH

NAMES - APPEARANCE - MYTHOLOGY - LORE - IMPORTANCE - SYMBOLS
 CELEBRATIONS - TEMPLE DESIGN - TEMPLE LOCATIONS
- PRAYERS

The Aeloiran God Har’wyn has dominion over one of the four lesser elements – his is the Body. He is responsible for the health of people, his priests train to do his work, taking in sick within their temples and healing to the best of their ability. He is a symbol of the joys of marriage, his wife is the Goddess of Spirit, Jenévere, although he was almost stolen from her by the wily charms of Kashmina, Goddess of Love. The God of Health is a popular God, often chosen to be the personal protector of a family.

Names. Har'wyn's official title is the God of Health, however, other names by which Har’wyn is called is the God of Fertility, the God of Healing, the Physician of the Heavens and the God of Marriage.
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Appearance. Har’wyn has always been represented as a fatherly figure, and so is depicted with physically older features than the other Gods, a good comparison would be with those of a human who has walked upon Caelereth for forty or fifty years.

His hair is chestnut and short, although flecked with grey. A few wrinkles line his kindly face, and his deep green eyes add to the strange allure Har’wyn has. His skin colour is not the pale, milky colour that is so often attributed to the Gods, but tanned a dark brown – in the image of his followers, the Aeoliran, the majority of whom inhabit Aeruillin and consequently have dark tans due to the fierce sun. He wears a robe which is commonly brown in colour, although this is often complimented by shades of yellow interwoven.

He is often drawn together with his wife, Jenevére, loving arms wrapped around each other, showing the happiness they have found in their marriage. If pictured on his own, he is often in a relaxed pose, with his hand on the back of his symbolic animal, the iaigrá.
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Mythology. Har’wyn was not the easiest to convince of the rebellion against the Void, he did not want loss of life that he saw could happen, but was convinced eventually by Nakashi, who explained that by doing so, they would become protectors of life themselves.

Har’wyn is liked by his counterparts, save Kashmina (there is a rift between them that not even immortality can heal) and also Pariya (who dislikes all men anyhow, after Arkon and Har’wyn would not join with her to take leadership from Nakashi) as he is not confrontational or extreme. During the creation of the world, Har’wyn looked upon the land and created the monocké (Tharian for "dwarves"), beings that would truly enjoy life, just as he did.
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Lore. Har’wyn is the central figure in a popular myth, “The Choice Between Heart and Soul”, that tells of his involvement with Jenevére and Kashmina, and how it was the Goddess of Spirit, and not Love who eventually became his wife, and why he now chooses not to speak with Kashmina.

Har’wyn is also engaged in fierce rivalry with Arkon, the High God of Creation. Their concepts clash, whilst the God of Health promotes marriage, the God of Creation could be said to encourage promiscuity. Whilst it is said that they do not hate each other, they would not choose to spend time together.


It is said that Har’wyn will come forth from the Void as a wizened old man with great healing powers, in times of desperate need – should there be a terrible plague, or war – and restore health and happiness to the land.
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Importance. Har’wyn is extremely important to all. His element of the Body is something that everyone is affected in many times in their life, and he is very often turned to in times of need. He reminds his people that it is necessary to treat the Body with great care and respect, for it is the vessel for your Xán, and harming yourself through excess and abuse will taint it, harming your chances of a good ardulá (rebirth/reincarnation).

The God of Marriage is a constant reminder to stay true to one partner. Often you will see him drawn together with his wife Jenévere, and his priests are forever preaching of the eternal joy and happiness you can attain by pledging yourself to one person through the act of marriage.

To his Priests, Har’wyn is their lord and inspiration, new treatments for the sick are attributed to him, and miraculous recoveries are often said to be because the God of Healing himself has reached out and purged all illness from the Body.
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Symbols. Har’wyn’s colour is brown of various shades, representing the different skin tones that are present throughout mankind. Also, dwarves are associated with him, being that they are his creations. His symbolic animal, created for him by Arkon is the iaigrá, a cat-like animal whose blood is said to heal the worst illness or wound. This has caused desperate loved ones to hunt for them at the edge of the Void, endlessly searching for the animal of Har’wyn – it is said that he will send one forth should he feel the person worthy.

Also associated with the God of Marriage are ropes – as when two people are joined in marriage, they are tied wrist to wrist by one.
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Celebrations. The Festival of Cleansing is dedicated to Har’wyn. It is a time when the people reflect upon their Body, and spend much time in worship.

The day starts upon waking – the time is not set. The family travel to the nearest body of water, whether it be a sea, lake or oasis, and fully immerse themselves within the water, washing thoroughly, in a symbolic gesture that represents the removal of all the dirt from the past year – the time that has elapsed since the last festival. Then the people travel to the nearest temple of Har’wyn, upon arrival prayers are offered up to Har’wyn for the sick people within, and offerings given. This does not happen at the same time as all others participating in the festival, procedures are done on one's own speed.

Then, it is homeward bound, where the rest of the day is spent indulging in treatments that are good for the body, such as herbal drinks, special mud is smeared upon skin, more baths are taken, these are all examples of what may happen. These treatments are supposed to refresh and cleanse the body, ready for the following year.

The day often ends with solemn prayer for those close to the family who are sick and ill, and for the priests who work endlessly to heal.
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Temple Design. Har’wyn is a popular choice of a personal family God. The benefits are obvious – choosing the God of Well-Being, one who heals and protects the Body, can stand you in great stead should you fall ill. Also, he is a popular choice amongst couples who have recently married, so that he may bless them with good health throughout their time together. A shrine to the Physician of the Heavens is lined with brown cloth, and a pictorial representation of the God is placed within – married couples who choose him as their protector often have one of Har’wyn and Jenevére together. Also, couples tend to place the rope that bounds them during their wedding ceremony within their shrine. It is not uncommon for people to change their shrine in honour of Har’wyn when someone dear to them is ill or perhaps has just recovered from a severe sickness.

Temples for Har’wyn are not simple affairs. They are quite large in size, and often rectangular. There are decorative pillars that adorn the sides – no-one knows who was the first to do this, but it has become a widespread practice, and allows easy identification. The outside is generally not painted. Inside, the temples of the God of Healing are divided into two sections, by a large wall. The front section is for worship, offerings and marriage ceremonies. Reliefs line the wall of the kindly God healing the sick, his holy hand reaching out and touching the people’s pain, and removing it. The second area, through a single door within the wall, is an area for the sick exclusively. The priests of Har’wyn are forever busy, tending to these people, using their knowledge and powers of healing – whether it be through herbs, potions, or faith.

Anyone may enter the service of the God of Health, children as young as eight are welcomed, as long as they can prove their devotion to the care and healing of others. Their lives are totally given over to the service, it can be not only stressful and hard-work, but also threatening to their own lives, being around the sick and ill constantly. However, marriage, as can be expected, is greatly encouraged, so that the difficult times can be shared with one you truly love. The priests are also expected to travel the nearest towns and villages, travelling for days to isolated areas where there is no resident healer, in order to offer their services. Visits to the elderly who cannot make it to the temple are also on their agenda as well and the sick who are in prisons. They may not refuse anyone the services of their God, so high society through to the tramps on the street are equal in this respect. They are permitted to leave following five years of service should they desire, and some do, becoming wandering healers, using the skills they have learnt for the good of all.


Another extremely important duty the priests of Har'wyn have are to perform marriage ceremonies. They are truly joyous affairs, celebrations can last for days, although the solemn, binding part of the marriage is undertaken within the temple. Family and friends enter the temple and sit, waiting, before the ceremony begins. Then, they rise as the bride and groom walk down towards the Priest, accompanied by their parents just behind (that is, if the match is favoured by them!). They often do so to the sound of a bard singing sweet melodies, for this purpose temples of Har’wyn will take in apprentices who wish to have such a career and train them, although only a lucky few each year. Upon arrival at the Priest the gathering sits. Silence now descends as for the following few minutes, no words are spoken. The parents both file off from the procession, and also sit. The couple hold out their hands, wrists gently touching. The priest produces a piece of rope and silently blesses it, before tying together the proffered limbs, using a figure of eight motion to do so. Following this, the couple kneel and a minute is spent in prayer, broken by the words –

“You come two people, to become as one. You hold a sacred love that you have found. In it you will find true happiness, as the great Har'wyn has found with the great Jenevére. Do you wish this to be so?”

The reply from the couple is,“Yes, we do wish it to be so.”

The priest continues, “Do you both agree to hold true this pact made today, witnessed by the Ten, and bound by this rope?”

Upon which the couple reply, “We do so swear, that we shall, let us be stricken down should we break it.”

Then, the priest calls out to the gathering – “Do any of you challenge this? Dare any of you defy such a sacred oath?”

Rarely someone answers this, so the ceremony continues,

“And so, you are joined forever, in every emotion tied, in every turmoil supported.”

The bard strikes up another song and the new husband and wife leave, followed by their gathering, to no doubt start upon the endless celebrations that follow.

The priests of the God of Health look disfavourably upon those of Arkon, as the latter encourage enjoying life to the full, and often have numerous sexual partners, whilst the former teach the benefits of staying true to one, and one only, and showing total commitment through marriage.
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Temple Locations. No information proided yet. Return to the top

Prayers. A very common prayer to Har'wyn, the Aeoliran God of Health, is the following:

FOREVER AS ONE
by Tael Aen

"
Har’wyn, thou dost gift me with vitality,
Thou art most loving, thou dost protect me,
Thou dost care for me through all illness,
Forever bound in thy rope unending,
Cover me now with thy strength and healing,
Lean close , and hear this tiny voice
That calls to thee in prayer:
From the darkest depths I cry out to thee;
My body is troubled, and sickness fills my life.
Put my soul onto thy path of well-being.
Give me strength through this.
May thy heart and my health
Be forever as one."
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