the goddess and her people
Ebelle is the type of person who does her best to always be involved in the lives of her people. She is personally involved in as much as she can, and constantly strives to make her temple better. She cares deeply for others, and feels that it is her duty to help her followers with their problems.
Though she does stay in the temple often, she will try and sneak away from time to time for an adventure or two. It's hard to keep a goddess like Ebelle chained. The people that follow her are still wary of her, as she is a fairly new goddess and much different from the last one.
Veshka, Ebelle's other personality is fairly distant among her followers. Mostly because her personality rarely surfaces, and it's hard for her to sneak away from the temple when she is possessing Ebelle. She will often communicate with her followers by sending them thoughts or appearing to them in the form of fire. Her followers do not know she is a goddess, but thinks she is a very powerful rogue mage. Some think she might be from a different country. Veshka cloaks herself in an illusion when she takes over, so that it is impossible for one to tell that she and Ebelle are the same person.the servants of fire
Ebelle's priests are few in number. Their duties include keeping the temple in order and seeing to visitors when Ebelle is gone or otherwise disposed. They are required to refrain from sexual relationships outside of marriage, as Ebelle want them to be good examples.
Veshka has no priests or any other followers besides her mages.the mages of fire
Ebelle's mages are greater in number and frequency than most deitys. Ever one to believe in the good in people, she has little qualms about giving people some kind of power. However, only her most trusted mages can become her Chosen. She gives her Chosen more power than any other diety gives their mages. However, he tests are often grueling and random.
Her regular mages will receive a very specific power, such as making illusions, creating short bursts of flame, teleporting a certain distance, etc. They will also be able to create a feu'miroir
of her or any other mages at will. This feu'miroir
creates a flame-made image of the given person. This image can talk and move, but is the size of one's hand and can only float above the hand, which must be extended. This a way for each of her mages to communicate with her or other mages instantly.
Her Chosen mages must first start out as a regular mage. Once they ascend to the Chosen status, they keep their specific power, but also get the power to wield Ebelle's Sapphire Flame, a blue fire that is extremely hot. Only Ebelle's Silver Fire is hotter. They also get the ability to summon a Phoenix Horse twice a week for up to a day. These horses are creations of Ebelle that only her followers have access to. They never tire, and need no sustenance. They are much faster than normal horses in the day, but will slow down to the pace of a normal horse at night. They look like black stallions, but have fire for their manes, tails, and fire streams from their hooves and can be seen withing their eyes. Phoenix Horses can also breathe fire. Her Chosen can also teleport to the last place they used their Blue Flame once a week.
Veshka's mages usually are much like Ebelle's Chosen. They have one specific power and the ability to wield the Onyx Flame, a dark grey fire that is a slightly less powerful version of Veshka's Ebonflame. The Onyx Flame feels extremely cold on touch, but burns as fast as Sapphire Flame. Veshka's Chosen don't have any other of the Chosen's benefits, but they are instantly elevated to Chosen status.
Here are some power options. If you have other ideas, PM me about it. Basically, you can choose 1 major power or 3 minor powers.Major Powers
-- Illusion. Allows you to make others see things that aren't there.
-- Gate of Flame. Allows you to teleport from one place to another. Less powerful than Ebelle's teleportation powers.
-- Explosion. Allows you to create explosions with a thought.Minor Powers
-- Speed of Flame. Makes you much quicker than normal humans.
-- Mask of Flame. Allows you to project an exact copy of yourself elsewhere. A lesser form of Illusion.
-- Swirling Sword. Allows you to form fire into weildable weapons. These can be held or levitated. (Like dancing weapons)
-- Flamekin. Will protect you from any non-magical flames.
-- Eyes of Azuke. Allows you to see by sensing heat instead of light. Like infrared, or infravision.
-- Sunskin. Your body has the ability to transform into pure fire.
-- Greyskin. Your body has the ability to transform into a cloud of smoke.
It should be noted that these 'powers' are akin to abilities. The user call call upon them nearly immediately, and the power usually doesn't require activation via spell or component. Using the ability will still drain some of the mage's available energy, though. However, a fire mage is also able to cast fire-based spells. These spells are often more taxing than powers to a mage, and often required a spoken spell and some sort of a component.gifts from the goddess
Ebelle is known to be much more giving than other deitys. While she gives a variety of different gifts, some frequent ones are:
- A miniature statue of a Phoenix Horse. It can grow to become a normal sized horse, and the frequency of which it does so is based on what Ebelle decides for that individual. See the mages section for more info on this horse.
- A ring or some other trinket that allows the person to make a feu'miroir
of Ebelle, or a specific one of her mages depending on what Ebelle decides. See the mages section for more info on a feu'miroir
- A stone that allows a traveler to start a campfire even in a storm.
- A cloak that will protect it's wearer from normal fire, though is not resistant to magical fire.
Veshka doesn't give gifts, but will occasionally give one of her mages a temporary gift for carrying out a mission.temple activity
Ebelle's temple is Sylus' old one, as a new one has yet to be constructed. It is a somewhat spooky temple, witch veins of dark orange fire creeping up the walls (see pic). It makes first time visitors think that Ebelle might be more intimidating than she really is.
Temple activity is fairly strict, as Ebelle always wants to give a good impression. Her palace is more relaxed, and that is where most of her mages and more familiar guests tend to meat her.
Veshka has no temple, as explained in the first section.