The Norscgudan (Norscan Gods) is the name given to the religious tradition of the Norscans, which is to say those Children of Ur who chose to settle in the land of Norsca. It is a direct continuation of the Hyperborean religion, but it has some elements which make it unique. For example, while the twelve gods of classical Hyperborean tradition are still highly worshipped, their religion displays a lot of animistic reverence for spirits and forces of nature, as well as ancestor worship, and a few more minor gods and mythological figures and spirits which were not known to the Hyperboreans of old. For example, when the six tribes, after arriving in Norsca, split to settle different parts of the region, each one of them chose a different avatar of the Sun as a patron, which is called into battle in times of war and to settle disputes and bring good luck in times of peace. The names of the six avatars, also known as Perwhgel (invoked-gods), are:

  • Kjörn, also known as Khorgar, the Sun as the Bull, spirit of wrath and war, lord of battle, and patron of the Bulalings;
  • Tchar, the Sun as the Raven, spirit of the winds, secrets, covenants and magic, patron of the Hrablings;
  • Nierg, also called Onogal, the Sun as the Frog, spirit of agriculture, cattle, disease and healing, patron of the Frewlings;
  • Loesh, also called Frøyja and Shornaal, the Sun as the Serpent, spirit of love, pleasure, riddles, and deceit, patron of the Sneklings;
  • Olric, the Sun as the Wolf, spirit of snow, winter, justice and war, king of the spirits of nature, protector of rulers, and patron of the Warglings;
  • Órsen, the Sun as the Bear, spirit of hunts, savage animals, and bravery, father of all bears, and patron of the Berlings.

None of these symbols were present in Hyperborean religion, and none knows where they came from. The Norscans also highly revere ancestors, in honor of which runestones of all sizes are erected both inside and outside settlements; these runestones also become place where one may communicate with his ancestors as well as the gods, and so many offerings are left there. According to the Norscans, the dead live in the abodes of the gods, bur often travel the world of mortals, giving help and advice to their still living descendants and seeking to avenge wrongs inflicted to them in life.

The Norscan religion is not very codified, and so rites and celebrations tend to vary a lot among different tribes: common elements are feasts and toasts in honor of the gods and the spirits, and also the festivities descended from Hyperborean tradition, such as the celebration of Midwinter and the equinox.



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