World Building Wednesday 21 - Anosmia and Carwen

From today's Gnomevember prompt - Spiritual.


I've spoken about both Anosmia (Gnomish goddess of destruction and protection) and Carwen (Gnomish goddess of creation and Love) before, separately, but - as you might have gathered from some previous drawings - they are connected to each other in Gnome mythology.


(Featured above, a priest of Anosmia and a priest of Carwen.)

None of the Gnome gods exist within a bubble, they are all part of the same pantheon and as such, pop up in each other's lore often. 

The oldest mythology that contains Anosmia and Carwen together focuses on them actually working together to maintain a balance - destruction and creation being opposites, yes, but both vital to each others' existence. Priests and priestesses, like those featured here, are very aware of this basis of their relationship, and actively try to live that in their own practices.

Newer mythology (that which has evolved since the technological revolution) has shifted, however, to more stories that show them at odds - destruction vs. creation, one at the expense of the other. Though the priesthoods know this is not the case, popular worship has been slowly leaning in this direction since before Tock's time.


Also, some fun facts about the drawing itself:

- That's not actually magic. It's energy from prayer, which is the start of any spiritual magic in my real life experience. We can see it here because.....well, pretty, but the Gnomes themselves wouldn't be able to, and even though they're faithful they'd probably only barely feel it, and definitely not consider it something magical at all.
(And I'm not saying it IS magic. Things are complicated.)

ALSO, I'd detailed more about the priesthood of Carwen before, but the priest of Anosmia required a brand new design! Fun facts about him:

~~ Most of Anosmia's priests that can grow beards shave them off.

~~ Both priests and priestesses wear many layers - including shawls, usually, and gloves, always. Any skin other than the face is rarely exposed. 

~ Though barely visible here, all priests and priestesses carry a sword at all times, and are well trained in swordsmanship. 

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