An Epic Tale of the Fall of Man
Resources and Additional Data
Each god in The Korvaid holds three traits that represent his or her likeness and affinity. These traits are broken down into three categories: intangible affinities, elemental attachments, and animal likenesses. Intangible affinities of the gods are tied to human emotions or human constructs such as love, law, or ethics. Likewise, elemental attachments and animal likenesses bear a strong similarity to each god’s personal affinities. The gods are often portrayed as emotionally-charged, lacking sensibility and reason, and often bicker amongst each other with petty disputes. The gods’ affinities are typically the foundation for many of their disagreements; however, Klemnos, God of Law, and Sarsus, God of Order, tend to demonstrate a limited immunity, free from personal engagements. Given the nature of Klemnos’ and Sarsus’ personal affinities, such detachment should not be surprising.
The gods of The Korvaid are somewhat loosely representative of the natural opposition of universal forces. As with matter and anti-matter, yin and yang, each god has his or her antipode. It is not unexpected then that such an existence is naturally the basis for dissent. However, while every intent is to create a series of diametric opposites throughout The Korvaid, I did not complete the cycle–if you could call it thus–when I first conceived the notion of this epic poem. Thus, many gods currently exist without their universal equal, and I suppose it could be argued that the gods are therefore out of balance. Many of these immortal beings are simply minor characters throughout the plot, so such an oversight does not yet create a contradiction within the realm of the gods.
The following chart diagrams gods that have currently been spoken of, referenced, or planned to be included within The Korvaid. I have offered an explanation below of each, and why I chose the particular affinities, attachments, or likenesses selected to represent individual gods:
|Intangible Affinity||Elemental Attachment||Animal Likeness||Name|
|Order||Sun||Lion (the Hunter)||Sarsus|
|Chaos||Stars||Jackal (the Scavenger)||Sarvus|
|Love||Fire (Light or the Day)||Doe||Nova|
|Hate||Darkness (the Night)||Serpent||Thaemnius|
|Ethics||the Storm||Thundering Herds||Tyraneus|
Mythology and Mythological Creatures
- Klemnos, god of Law, is sometimes refered to as “the vengeful,” mostly in reference to his place as lawful punishment.
- Termidus, sacred mountain of uncertain location. Believed to house the lesser diety, Trimus, ruler of snow.
- The Scythmenides (Sith-men-ih-dees; sometimes spelled Cythmenides or Sythmenides; Judges Equiv. Furies)
- The Clypmeons, fearsome beasts with long tails, tipped with a series of spikes not all that dissimilar to a spiked mace. They are adorned with the head of a bull and six horns, three per side. They stand atop six muscular legs, each tipped with the claws of a tiger. Sometimes seen mounted by one of the Scythmenides.
- Novaeid, creature purportedly created when Nova (Love) became angry with her husband Thaemnius (Hate). Most closely resemble a floating flame but drips blood.
- Lytheon, winged creature. Similar to a dragon with golden and greenish flesh, two heads, four wings instead of two, and arms of a man. Often seen carrying blades.