Greyhawk: Return to the Classic
The members of the Seldarine are:
- Aerdrie Faenya, primary deity of the avariel.
- Corellon Larethian, “First of the Seldarine,” leader of the pantheon and primary deity of the elves.
- Deep Sashelas, primary deity of the aquatic elves.
- Erevan Ilesere, trickster god.
- Fenmarel Mestarine, primary deity of feral elves and the grugach.
- Gadhelyn, hero-god of independence, outlawry, feasting, and hunting.
- Hanali Celanil, love goddess.
- Labelas Enoreth, philosopher god.
- Rillifane Rallathil, god of nature.
- Sehanine Moonbow, death goddess and moon goddess and patron goddess of moon elves.
- Solonor Thelandira, god of hunting.
- Ye’Cind, demigod of music and magical songs.
Corellon is considered to be foremost among the Seldarine. His consort is Sehanine Moonbow. Some myths claim that Corellon fathered all of the elven people with Sehanine Moonbow. He raised Ye’Cind to the status of demigod by infusing him with a spark of his own power.
Gruumsh One-Eye, god of the orcs, is his greatest enemy, because Corellon took his eye in an ancient battle. The entire orc pantheon hates Corellon intensely. Corellon also opposes the deities of the goblinoids.
Corellon was also the one to banish the drow goddess Lolth to the Abyss, at the time named Araushnee. For this, he can count all evil drow gods as enemies though he weights for them to see the error of their ways.
Because of his keen friendship with the Seelie Court, Corellon often finds himself at odds with the Queen of Air and Darkness. Corellon’s truest friends are the rulers of the other demihuman pantheons: Moradin, Yondalla, and Garl Glittergold. Together, they work to ensure that the gods of the human and monstrous pantheons don’t grow strong too quickly.
Corellon is also on good terms with Vanathor, Bahamut’s gold dragon advisor and bard.
Corellon lives in the realm of Arvandor on the plane of Arborea. Also called Arvanaith in its role as the elven afterlife, Arvandor is said to have been defended from the gods of the giants after a lengthy war. Ruins of giant citadels still dot the land there. The realm is a place of deep forests and fey beauty.
Corellon dwells in a magnificent tower of marble in the center of the realm. In Elven, it is called Gwyllachaightaeryll, the Many-Splendored. The art that decorates the tower’s many rooms is constantly changing. Only the central throne room is a constant.
Corellon desires to protect and preserve the elven race, return to his people their lost tranquility, and to thwart the schemes of the drow and the orcs to destroy their peaceful nature. This also means guarding against the corruption within that resulted in the creation of the drow. Corellon advises his faithful to guard against stagnation as well, continually seeking out new experiences but to be mindful of want or lust. They seek to bring out beauty through art, craft, and magic.
Elves beleive that they all have a Corellon-nature, the universal nature of inherent wisdom and virtue, and emphasizes that Corellon-nature is nothing other than the nature of the mind itself. The aim of the elven religion and practices is to discover this Corellon-nature within each elf, through meditation and mindfulness of daily experiences. Practitioners believe that this provides new perspectives and insights on existence, which ultimately lead to enlightenment.
Elves hold that these things lead the practitioner to seek external answers, rather than searching within themselves for the direct intuitive apperception of Corellon-nature. This search within goes under various terms such as “introspection,” “a backward step,” “turning-about,” or “turning the eye inward.”
Elves hold that the tools nessesary to achieve Corellons dream where given to them at their creation and that they merely need to look in side themselves to find their way to his truth. that while expressing Corellon’s greatness through art, gradening, and magic are good when used as introspective tools they are only that. To look outside ones self, let alone outside the elven race, for answers to exsistance is not only fruitless but dangerous. They emphasize that the awakening taught by the Corellon came through his meditation practice, not from any words that he read or discovered, and so it is primarily through meditation that others too may awaken to the same insights as the Corellon.
The core of Elven practice is seated meditation, and recalls both the posture in which the Corellon is said to have thought up the elven people under the Bodhi tree in Gwyllachaightaeryll, and the elements of mindfulness and concentration which are part of the Eightfold Path as taught by the Corellon. All of the Corellon’s fundamental teachings—among them the Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths, the idea of dependent origination, the five precepts, the five aggregates, and the three marks of existence—make up important elements of the perspective that Elves take for their day to day worship.
Elven training emphasizes daily practice, along with intensive periods of meditation. Practicing with others is considered an important part of their practice.
Elves and half-elves (as well as many bards) worship Corellon. He blesses those who aid others. He is upset at those who defile the dead, or flee from their foes.
Corellon’s clerics wear silver circlets and gossamer robes of the brightest azure. They often wear blue cloaks. His favored weapon is the longsword.
Fellowship of the Forgotten Flower
The Fellowship of the Forgotten Flower is a loosely structured organization made of elven knights dedicated to the recovery of lost elven relics from long-abandoned elven realms. Members must be elven warriors or elven paladins.
Seekers of the Misty Isle
The Seekers of the Misty Isle are an elite order of elves dedicated to finding the Misty Isle which was whisked away by the deities Gruumsh and Kurtulmak.
In large elven cities such as Enstad, temples to Corellon Larethian may be alabaster wonders with soaring spires. In smaller communities, they may be built among the branches of a large tree such as an ipp. Most temples are happy to lend aid to traveling elves and any other race that seeks peaceful interaction.
Most of Corellon’s holy days are tied to celestial events and occur only once every few years or decades.
Once per month, when Luna is at its quarter phase, followers of Corellon gather in moonlit glades for a ceremony known as Lateu’quor, the Forest Communion of the Crescent Moon. There, they praise their Creator through song and dance and offerings of beautiful art. The art is not destroyed; sometimes it is physically transferred to the Upper Planes for elves to enjoy in the afterlife, while other times it is used to decorate Corellon’s temples. Sometimes the very landscape of the glade is reshaped into a work of art.
Once per year, on the fourth of Richfest, the holiday of Agelong is celebrated. Elves hunt for orcs to slay in memory of Corellon’s battle against the god of the orcs, Gruumsh.
Corellon Larethian is worshipped at natural geological formations. His rituals are integrated with the major events of elven life, such as births, coming of age rites, weddings, and funerals.
Prayers to Corellon, which are always in Elvish, begin “Hei-Corellon shar-shelevu,” which means, “Corellon, by your grace grant…” Before battle, worshippers of Corellon recite a prayer called the Litany of Arrows.
The Dark Seldarine is the name given to the fallen, evil deities of the subterranean drow there true elven name is forbidden from ever being spoken. They are not truly a pantheon in the same way the Seldarine are, though, as they do not co-operate. The Dark Seldarine are led by Lolth, whose power sometimes forces the others into obeying her. Their planes are various layers of the Abyss and the Demonweb Pits the cosmology.
The Dark Seldarine consists of:
- Kiaransalee, patron deity of undead drow.
- Lolth, formerly Araushnee of the Seldarine, primary deity of the drow.
- Vhaeraun, Lolth’s son and patron deity of disaffected male drow.
- Zinzerena, a demipower of assassins.