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Yorolaeth, Whisperer of the Damned
During the Age of Gods the gods gave the world form. As a group they exhibited a degree of whimsy and capriciousness caused by their disregard of the value of mortal life. If a mortal, or even a mortal nation, stood in the path of a god’s plan, the mortal or nation was likely doomed. And yet mortals worshipped gods, after a fashion, mostly to demonstrate their utility and to propitiate the nearest gods. Sufficiently-demonstrative mortals might find that their doom was put into abeyance, suspended because the god found the mortals interesting, useful, or entertaining. It was generally hazardous to draw the attention of a god, but most held no particular interest in the well-being or ill-being of mortals.
Mortality had some champions of a sort. Orospeal thought mortals could be trained and made useful, much as we might it useful to encourage beavers to live in a certain stream to block the current. He would encourage mortals to learn, and to build. If he found it necessary he would try to move or change them, before he would agree to their destruction. Mortals might seek out Orospeal for guidance and support; if he found their requests and goals worthy he would provide both to achieve their goals.
Contrariwise, there were those who would destroy mortality as a whole; Kavasa thought of mortals as little more than vermin to be eradicated. She could not be propitiated, but the very breadth of her power limited her ability to target mortals — wide-reaching actions would affect too many of the other gods’ plans, and thus was her power was thwarted. She was one of the first to work through mortal agents, in the guise of providing service to them. Even with her disdain for mortality, mortals would still seek her out for the rewards she offered.
Ultimately, even the destroyer gods had one they despised, even more than mortals.
Hrundal was the trickster god, master of deceit and and deception. He was a plague upon mortals since his inception. His was the hand that slew Orospeal, god of knowledge and craft. His was the voice that swayed Jesoph Novinderai into genocidal acts upon the followers of Chieftess Shaeleth. His was the face of betrayal, of friendliness masking enmity. When the full story if his actions came to light, only Kavasa would associate with him, reluctantly, and when the other gods finally turned against her he fled to his temple.
Thus was born Yorolaeth, Whisperer of the Damned.