R'LIA, R'UNORIAN GODDESS OF LOVE

One of the nine Gods worshipped at the independent Kingdom of R'unor. R'lia is the Goddess of Romantic Love, Beauty, Happiness and Lightening. She is often portrayed in epic poems, mythology, and religious artwork as both male and female, containing not only female but male reproductive organs, representing the perfect example of both male and female beauty and desire. She is also the Goddess of Happiness and joy, and all acts of love and pleasure are said to be acts of worship to her. Finally R'lia is also attributed to lightening, which many R'unorian poets interpret as "the sky making love to the ground".

Mythology. When the universe divided itself, the sky seperated from the ground and the sea. One of the first Gods who formed from the sky was R'lia. She looked down upon the world as the other Gods were forming and smiled as life came into being. But although the creatures and plants were content, they seemed unhappy to R'lia.

As R'lia watched the life the Gods gathered for they were all young and like the universe that spawned they desired to understand themselves. They discussed many things for many days, often arguing about the form the world would take. After much time they decided to grant each creature and plant and fish a pice of their essence.

And so R'lia gave the beats joy and happyness. She gave the creatures, the fish and the birds the gift of the ability to find pleasure in mating. Some even say that she'll gave it to the plants as well, but no-one except the plants knows for sure.

Art/Temple design. R'lia is one of the most common deities to be represented on pottery, mosaics, paintings, etc. She is almost always portrayed as having both male and female reproductive organs. Whenever she is pictured she is portrayed as being extremely beautiful, the perfect example of both masculin and feminin features. Concerning temple design the R'lia temples are usually large open structures, sometimes with a large glass dome over the top. In the north of the building structure usually a statue is erected representing the Goddess. A large bowl for offerings is placed nearby. (Animal or human sacrifices are forbidden, except for the sacrifice of oneself and this is mindnumbingly uncommon.)

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