Water, Grief, Harvest, Plenty
One of the Eight Primal Powers of Gællæffa.
Embrace grief when necessary and do not run from emotion for it will drown you. Be dispassionate and methodical in your tending of the land, for the seasons are a cycle and there is no time to tarry lest Locd turn the rain to snow. Protect water from being despoiled for it is the essence of life, and life magic. Always look to the seas, and mind the coasts, for the shallows are the waters of the mortal races, as they were gifted by Nira. Act with care when Nira causes the waters to swell with her pride, for in her pride she will drown the unwary. Treat all illness first with clean water, emotional, or physical.
Inevitability: The rains will come, they will wash away the sins of the past, and each rain must be presented as an opportunity to further your community, to make good on the washing of the land.
Preparedness: Embrace the seasons and their changes, prepare a plan for the harvest and see that the community follows through with it, lest you starve through the cold seasons.
Harmony: Much like Nira follows the gods of wrath and fear, so too must the mortal races learn to work with the worst and best of their kin. All have equal access to the rain, and the sky. All worship her, that is why she is a primal god. Therefore do not shirk those who worship Nira by another name, instead, embrace them in harmony.
Nira is the daughter of Tilg'ningh, and Thredün, and often follows in their footsteps to soothe the fear that their arguments cause. They are seen as allies and often their worshipers work together to protect the cities, Nira's followers with the more holistic practices, the others in martial circumstances. The clergy of Reycrict, being the most closely tied with the mortal beings often work hand-in-hand with those worshipers of Nira to provide soup kitchens and other food sources.
Nira is known to shy away when Locd is near, for he embraces that which changes her form to one much more deadly to the mortal races, and this is seen as counter to her purpose within the primal eight, as such the worshipers of Nira tend to bristle around the death clerics of Locd.
Nira's tennants are also in direct opposition to the god Reif, who teaches that one should stoke powerful emotion and let it consume action and thought instead of allowing it to flow and pass. While they do share in embracing emotion, often their methods are in direct opposition to one another, and this puts Nira's followers at odds with the “live and let die” approach of the followers of Reif.
The gods of Gællæffa do not typically have divine spirits that serve them directly, although they may find themselves allied with varying celestial or divine beings such as the Angels or major Dragons. There are saints who are remembered within the history of each clergy, but they are rarely direct servitors to their gods until after their death. Nira has none in known history. Nira does often find herself closely allied with Matariel, and often her actions serve the goals of Sandolphon. She also works closely with the angel Eistibus, who acts as a conduit of communication for her Planners.
The Planners - The Planners serve the highest role within the clergy of Nira. They work to design the architectural feats to provide clean running water to villages and cities, they design great lighthouses to protect ships from the boats crashing to shore, and they mind the changing of the seasons to create almanacs and societal rules and laws for the storage and rationing of food during the cold seasons. It is said that they are guided directly by the angels allied with Nira, and often they stare into the great pools located within the temple to divine their inspiration for the next work of the mortal races. They may not hold magical casting abilities but are often great diviners or prophets, able to best instruct their partner castes.
The Grievers - The Grievers follow in the wake of the death clerics of Locd, they help families to cope with the loss of their loved ones, and draw and channel emotion from the congregation in times of need. They are a focal point for the community, they serve as healers, and in times of threat and danger they have been known to call mist and blind the lighthouses to make coastal assault of cities a dangerous proposition. These are generally magic users, some of considerable power. They work in magic to manipulate emotions and the weather, and often stand in places of great trust within their communities.
Drops - Most other affiliates of the clergy of Nira are known as Drops. They serve a myriad of purposes within the clergy, from helping to run soup kitchens, directing labor on The Planners projects, laboring themselves, acting as midwives for those who would otherwise not have access to one. They have no inherent magical capabilities, and are rarely granted powers by Nira or her angels.
The temples of Nira are often utilitarian in purpose, big stone cathedrals will almost always be facing the sea or some other major body of water, with lighthouses or stone ductwork to transfer the rain or shallow water in a sanitary fashion. They will also often operate the granaries further away from the water sources, to see that food is preserved as necessary for the cold seasons.
Nira is typically represented by various shades of blues, greens, and tans. Her stonework is often representative of flowing channels or otherwise “fluid” design with smoothed edges. The symbol of Nira is that of a golden or blue tear drop, often surrounded by a circle or other shape with an odd number of sides.
Within the Calendar of Gællæffa all holidays of Nira occur on her namesake day. There are three major holy days and festivals that are celebrated or observed by all temples, although most temples have their own local days based on their varying bodies of water.
First Nira of Godspout (the 6th of Godspout): Celebration of the Sky Tide A celebration of the turning of the tide of Nira, as the rainy season is in full run, this celebrates the thawing of the winter, and the flowers that are to come.
Third Nira of Quailhunt (the 19th of Quailhunt): The Ceremony of Growth This is an event held by the clergy of Nira to celebrate the seasons of growth and plenty. Typically it is a 1-2 hour ceremony, followed by a small two day festival, somewhat akin to Thanksgiving in the US.
Last Nira of Allshore (the 26th of Allshore): Mourning This is a holy day of reflection whereupon the mortal races look back on their seasons of plenty, and look forward into the cold of the winter, knowing that soon Nira will be embraced by Locd, and will no longer be able to look after her flock.
There are those who celebrate Nira as the Goddess of the Flood, and hope to sway her to their cause of wiping the earth clean of the unkempt mortal masses. Typically these are individuals who would be otherwise protected or insulated from this particular wrath. This sect or Cult of Nira are known as The Undertide or the worshippers of the riptide, and see Nira as a vengeful goddess who only acts on occasion, they do not recognize her regular contributions of rain, but instead only focus on storms of destructive potential.
There is a tale that Nira is perpetually on the run from the god Locd, who will dress her in white and attempt to force her to wed and create a forever-winter. This is why the mortal races believe that the rains turn to snow when Locd turns his attentions on the world.