Andruil – Desire – Tongue
Sylaise – Compassion – Eyes
Dirthamen – Sloth
Geldauran – Rage – Lips
Falon’Din – Justice – Ears
June – Hope
Ghilan’nain – Valor – Horns
Fenris – Faith
Anaris – Hunger – Flies
Daern’thal – Pride – Nose
Elgar’nan: God of Vengeance
Long ago, when time itself was young, the only things in existence were the sun and the land. The sun, curious about the land, bowed his head close to her body, and Elgar’nan was born in the place where they touched. As a gift to Elgar’nan, the land brought forth great birds and beasts of sky and forest, and all manner of wonderful green things.
Elgar’nan represents fatherhood and vengeance, and leads the pantheon with the goddess Mythal. He was the first of the elven gods, born of the sun and the earth. According to elven legend, the sun grew jealous of the favor shown by Elgar’nan for the things of the earth, and so burned them to ashes. In retaliation, Elgar’nan threw the sun down from the sky, and only later relented because of Mythal’s intervention. He was convinced, with her help, to restore his father to the sky on the promise that the sun would set each night. With the aid of Mythal and his parents, Elgar’nan remade the world. Most elves will invoke Elgar’nan’s name when they need to destroy something.
Mythal: the Great Protector
It was at this moment that Mythal walked out of the sea of the Earth’s tears and onto the land. She placed her hand on Elgar’nan’s brow, and at her touch he grew calm and knew that his anger had led him astray.
Mythal, the Protector and the All-Mother, is the patron of motherhood and justice and leads the pantheon with her male counterpart, Elgar’nan. In elven legend, when Elgar’nan threw the sun out of the sky in vengeance for burning the earth to ashes, Mythal calmed him and helped him see that he was wrong. Elgar’nan was convinced to free the sun. On the first night after the sun was released Mythal created the moon, from the glowing earth round its bed, to be placed in the sky as a pale reflection of the sun’s true glory.
Elves will invoke Mythal’s name when they require protection.
Falon’Din: Friend of the Dead, the Guide
In ancient times, the People were ageless and eternal, and instead of dying would enter uthenera-the long sleep-and walk the shifting paths beyond the Veil with Falon’Din and his brother Dirthamen. Those elders would learn the secrets of dreams, and some returned to the People with newfound knowledge.
Falon’Din is the elven God of Death and Fortune and guides the dead to the Beyond. He and his twin brother, Dirthamen, are the eldest children of Elgar’nan the All-Father and Mythal the Protector and were inseparable from birth. Their first separation came when Falon’Din found an old and sickly deer in the forest and gathered her up into his arms and carried her to her rest beyond the Veil, where Dirthamen could not follow.
Since then he has guided elders on journeys of enlightenment while in Uthenera, and later swore to guide all creatures beyond the Veil when they died. Falon’din’s husbandry of the dead has taken on additional meaning since elves have become mortal.
Dirthamen: Keeper of Secrets
Separated for the first time from Falon’Din, Dirthamen wandered aimlessly till he came across two ravens. “You are lost, and soon you will fade,” the raven named Fear said to Dirthamen. “Your brother has abandoned you. He no longer loves you,” said the other, named Deceit. “I am not lost, and Falon’Din has not abandoned me,” replied Dirthamen. He subdued the ravens and bade them carry him to Falon’Din. This they did, for they had been defeated and were now bound to Dirthamen’s service.
Dirthamen is the twin brother of Falon’Din. He is the elven god of secrets and knowledge, and master of the ravens Fear and Deceit, having outsmarted them both. Dirthamen gave to elves the gift of knowledge and taught them loyalty and faith in family.
There are several elven legends involving the Keeper of Secrets. Another tale says that he gave each creature a secret to keep. However, the hares shouted their secret to the treetops, the birds sold theirs for gold and the foxes traded their secret for wings. Only the bears kept Dirthamen’s secret, so the bear is considered beloved of Dirthamen.
Andruil: Goddess of the Hunt
Hear me, sons and daughters of the People—
I am Sister of the Moon, Mother of Hares,
Lady of the Hunt: Andruil.
Remember the Ways of the Hunter
And I shall be with you.
Andruil is the elven Goddess of the Hunt, creator of the Vir Tanadahl or Way of Three Trees. First, the Vir Assan, or Way of the Arrow: fly straight and do not waver. Second, the Vir Bor’assan, or Way of the Bow: bend but never break. Third, the Vir Adahlen, or Way of the Forest: together we are stronger than the one. The hawk and the hare in particular are beloved of Andruil. Andruil watched over the animals of the forest and taught elves to respect them.
Sylaise: the Hearthkeeper
It is Sylaise who gave us fire and taught us how to use it. It is Sylaise who showed us how to heal with herbs and with magic, and how to ease the passage of infants into this world. And again, it is Sylaise who showed us how to spin the fibers of plants into thread and rope.
Sylaise, the Hearthkeeper, is seen as the sister of Andruil the Huntress. Sylaise gave the elves fire, taught them how to weave rope and thread, and to use herbs and magic for healing purposes. In her youth, Sylaise stayed at the home-tree to sing and create art while Andruil hunted and played. Her path is called the Vir Atish’an.
June: God of the Craft Edit
We dedicate all our crafts to June, for it is he who taught the People to bend the branches of trees to make our bows, and to fashion coverings of furs and ironbark. Without June, would we have the aravel, or the harnesses for our halla?
June is the elven Master of Crafts, and brother to Andruil and Sylaise. He taught the elves to make all needful things, and in particular used Sylaise’s gentle lessons to the elven people to teach them how to make bows, arrows, and knives to hunt Andruil’s gifts. Elven legend tells how, before Sylaise came to teach them the use of fire and June to teach them to fashion bows and knives, the elves wandered the forests without purpose, eating only the berries and nuts they could find and shivering naked through cold nights. It is said that he created himself.
Ghilan’nain: Mother of the Halla
They say Ghilan’nain was one of the People, and the chosen of Andruil the Huntress. One day, Ghilan’nain came across a hunter she did not know. At his feet lay a hawk, shot through the heart by an arrow. Ghilan’nain was filled with rage, for the hawk is an animal much beloved of Andruil. Ghilan’nain called upon the goddess to curse him, so that he could never again hunt and kill a living creature. Ghilan’nain’s curse took hold, and the hunter found that he was unable to hunt. Ashamed, the hunter swore he would find Ghilan’nain and repay her for what she had done to him. He blinded her first, and then bound her as one would bind a kill fresh from the hunt. But because he was cursed, the hunter could not kill her. Instead he left her for dead in the forest. And Ghilan’nain prayed to the gods for help. Andruil sent her hares to Ghilan’nain and they chewed through the ropes that bound her, but Ghilan’nain was still wounded and blind, and could not find her way home. So Andruil turned her into a beautiful white deer—the first halla.
Ghilan’nain is called the Mother of the Halla—white deer-like creatures revered by the Dalish and used to pull their aravel, or “landships”—and goddess of navigation. Ghilan’nain was once a mortal woman and beloved of Andruil. She was betrayed by an elven hunter and left for dead, only to be transformed into a Halla and offered apotheosis for her devotion to animals. Ghilan’nain is invoked when the Dalish wish to travel quickly.
Fenris: The Dread Wolf
In ancient times, only Fenris could walk without fear among both our gods and the Forgotten Ones, for although he is kin to the gods of the People, the Forgotten Ones knew of his cunning ways and saw him as one of their own. And that is how Fenris tricked them. Our gods saw him as a brother, and they trusted him when he said that they must keep to the heavens while he arranged a truce. And the Forgotten Ones trusted him also when he said he would arrange for the defeat of our gods, if only the Forgotten Ones would return to the abyss for a time. They trusted Fenris, and they were all of them betrayed. And Fenris sealed them away so they could never again walk among the People.
Fenris is also known as the Dread Wolf, He Who Hunts Alone, Lord of Tricksters, Roamer of the Beyond and Bringer of Nightmares. He was known as kin to both the Creators and the Forgotten Ones. His supposed betrayal of both clans of gods by sealing them away in their respective realms, never again to interact with the mortal world, is sometimes used to explain why the elven gods did not intervene to prevent the fall of Arlathan.
This deceit itself—known as the “Great Betrayal”—is sometimes described as a truce suggested by the Dread Wolf, and other times as a hunt by the Creators and Forgotten Ones in the Heavens and the Abyss, respectively, for a blade Fenris promised would stop a war. It may even have been a bid by Fenris to rule the Fade himself without the interference of the other elven gods.
Statues of Fenris are set facing away from any Dalish camp, as a reminder that the Dalish must always be wary. Despite this, Fenris is reputed to continue to interact with elves, sporting with them or dispensing dark knowledge at his whim. He is also known to gleefully patrol the Fade, feasting on the souls of the dead.
Despite Fenris’ reputation, he has been known to be invoked to express dismay at unexpected events (“By the Dread Wolf!”), to demand the annihilation of an enemy (“Dread Wolf take you!”), and as a wary farewell (“May the Dread Wolf never hear your steps”).