Ohlm

 

Patron of the Tyreans

Ohlm is the deity of motion. Within each stroke, each step, each glimmer is his presence felt. The ever-ebbing seas and oceans are his primary domain. Onto dry land, his influence is carried over by those who travel, so that he is also the deity of journeyers and vagrants, explorers and messengers. His motion also translates into the motion of chance and life itself, so that he is the deity of Luck. His will blesses with good or ill fate. The movements of the skies are also within his grasp, so that he is the lord of all rain and storms.

He is the motion within Change.

It is worth noting that a vast number of makeshift shrines to Ohlm are scattered across the lands by roads and paths. It is so that wanderers pay him homage and strive for good luck in their roadside stops. Such shrines often do not entail much more than a handful of twigs bound up in a simple anchor shape, or seashells or fish bones adorned by cakes of dirt. The clergy and temples dedicated to Ohlm are often sought out for blessings before indivduals or parties are bound for long journeys, be it by sea or by land. It is customary then to bless horses or other steeds, or to bring a bottle of Tyrean mead to bless, which is then smashed upon a ship's mast to ensure its safe journey. Many priests and devotees to Ohlm carry such blessed mead with them at most times. It is more often than not also used to "bless" the insides of the priests' bellies.

It is also sometimes that (although not nearly as frequently as the numerous journey blessings) farmers will come seek out the clergy to call for rain upon their crops. Prophetry is also a common practice, although less than the days of old, as Ohlm still oversees fate and luck, much can be gained from trying to glimpse into his plans. Casting runes or reading animal entrails, preferably fish, are the customary methods for this, originating from ancient Tyrean traditions. Yet, outcomes of readings are more often hazy than not, generally just vague mentions of possible outcomes, cryptic messages that sometimes seem more like poetry than prophecy, such as "on the day when the Fox shall leave its Den, the three Sisters shall sing a mournful song". Suffice to say that either much or nothing is usually made out of these messages. A few clergy particularly devoted to Ohlm nonetheless still spend much time deciphering the signs.

Clergy primarily devoted to Ohlm tend to have brash personalities, sometimes irate or abrasive, but always ultimately willing to help a soul in need. They are often wandering, vagrants, going around and offering Ohlm's help.