The Lay of Angor

Spirituality in the Lay

In common with many other fantasies, Lay of Angor deals with the classic conflict of good versus evil - but its monsters are all too real, drawn from some of the worst episodes in our own world's history: medieval witch-trials, the Spanish Inquisition and all the horrible persecutions visited on people of one faith by those of another.

The gods (and goddesses) of Angor and Gondarlan are also very real. The Angorians worship Naume, also called Fusion: the universal entity comprising male and female, life and death, dark and light, growth and decay, symbolised by the Yin-Yang. But they also worship a whole pantheon of deities created by Naume to maintain a divine balance in all things - for example Gaia, the personification of Mother Urth; Her sister Kali, the goddess of death and destruction; and their respective spouses Sol the Sun, god of daylight, and Siva, the god of night.

The Gondarans had a pantheon too, loosely based on the ancient Norse gods, and presided over by a much-loved and respected Druid priesthood - at least, until Archbishop Sigismund Wolfsbane came along! An arch-misanthrope, Sigismund's New Theology perverted the Old Faith and imposed a brutal cult based on the worship of one god, Fafnir the Wolf - giving him a perfect excuse to indulge in his favourite pastime of making people suffer...

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