Manann

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Manann
Manann.jpg
Titles Lord of the Seas
King of Storms <Lord of the Oceans> [7a]
Status Active
Type Old World God
Domains Seas
Aspects Mathlann
Stormfels
Manas
Manalt
Mathann
Relatives Taal (father) [4a]
Rhya (mother)
Ulric (uncle)
Triton (son) [4a]
Affiliation Bretonnia
Empire
Estalia
Tilea[4a]
Followers Cult of Manann
Symbols Five-pointed gree crown
Albatross
Family


For the Elven God of the Sea and Storms, see Mathlann.

Manann is the Old World god of the Seas. [7a] He is the son of Taal, god of of Nature and Wild Places, and of Rhya, goddess of Nature, Fertility, and Family.

Symbols

He is portrayed as a huge, powerfully built bare-chested merman, wearing a spiked five-pointed crown of black iron. He may take the form of a whirlpool, a waterspout, or a huge sea monster, usually that of a Triton. Symbols of Manann include a green five-pointed crown, the trident, and the albatross. [4a]

Beliefs

Manann controls the tides and currents, and is as unpredictable and changeable as the sea itself. A failure to worship the god may incur his wrath and a ship may fall victim to a storm, floundering on rocks, or destroyed upon reefs.

One must never kill albatrosses nor dolphins as they are messengers of Manann and usually help those in need at sea. Whenever you can you shall help those who are in need of help at sea, such as such as those shipwrecked or marooned. Never start a voyage on the thirteenth of each month nor during Geheimnistag. Doing so will bring bad luck to the vessel and the crew.

Holy days of Manann include the Spring tide and neap tide, and the full nights of Mannslieb.

Children

He has many children, all the spirits of the sea and rivers, the Mermaids, whales and even the deep sea monsters. His most favoured child is his son, Triton. [4a]

Cult of Manann

He is worshipped widely throughout the Old World by sailors, fishermen, and coastal folk who rely on the sea, as well as in the large river ports in which sea-going ships can put in.

His largest Old World temple is located in Marienburg, and the home of the Order of the Albatross, an organization of priest-navigators. All other temples to Manann pay homage to it. However the cult structure of Manann's worshippers is not hierarchical, and each temple is semi-independent. Other temples exist in Altdorf and Sartosa. Most other temples are situated on the coasts and on rivers, where fishermen, sailors, and pirates gather to pray for safe and bountiful transit across the seas. Sartosan pirates worship Manann's ferocious and warlike side.

His cult is on friendly terms with those of his father Taal, Rhya and his father's brother Ulric. Manann's greatest enemy is Stromfels, the god of Storms, Sharks, and Pirates, who delights in sinking ships to the bottom of the ocean. Some sages regard Stromfels as just an aspect of Manann, instead of a deity in his own right. This is regarded as heretical by followers of both deities however, and those who voice such thoughts in the presence of either are quickly and painfully taught the errors of their ways.

Sub Cults

Manann as well as his various aspects are worshipped under different names from place to place. He is revered by the Elves as Mathlann and was known as Mathann in Tilea. [3a]

  • Stromfels, associated with reefs and currents, and the patron god of the wreckers and pirates along the Empire's northern coast, is regarded by some as merely a single aspect of Manann. Manann is also known by various other names by boatmen and others living on tidal rivers.[1]
  • Manalt: Patron of Fishermen, an aspect of Manann. [1a]
  • Manas: Lord of Tides, an aspect of Manann. [1a]

History

When the world was young, it was covered in ice and when it thawed, it seemed like the oceans would cover the world leading Manann to declare himself even greater than Taal and Ulric. Hearing this, the Mother raised up the hills and mountains forcing her son to repent his youthful arrogance. [4a]

Discovering that Nurgle was turning whales into wretched, rotting monsters Manann challenged him to battle but although neither could triumph over the other, their battle shattered the coastline of Norsca. [4a]

Magical Arefacts

  • Braid of Bordeleaux: Entwinned with sea shells and kelp, constantly dripping salt water it is said to be cut from the head of the god and given to the first Duke of Bordeleaux. Invoking Manann can fill the caller with divine energy for a time and allow them to easily cross any water feature. [2a]

Mannslieb

Manann fell in love with a woman by the name of Lileath who floated high in the sky, oblivious to his love and his rage at it being unrequited. [4a]

Gallery

Sources

  1. The Enemy Within campaign volume 1, 1986, p. 21
The gods & goddesses of the Warhammer World
Chaos Powers Great Khorne - Nurgle - Slaanesh - Tzeentch
Lesser Hashut - Horned Rat - Khakkekk - Kka - Kweethul Gristlegut - Malal - Mermedus - Necoho - Screaming God-Child - Zuvassin
Old World pantheon Major Khaine - Lady of the Lake - Lucan & Luccina - Manann - Morr - Myrmidia - Ranald - Rhya - Shallya - Sigmar - Stromfels - Taal - Ulric - Verena
Old Faith Cailledh - Goederan - Ishernos - Medhe - Naiedhe - The God of Death
Halfling Esmeralda - Gaffey - Groplotta - Hyacinth - Josias - Phineas - Quinsberry
Kislev Dazh - Kalita - Salyak - Tor - Ursun
Minor Aach - Ahalt - Ahltler - Albaulea - Altaver - Arvala - Artho - Azure Man - Beoforn - Borchbach - Bögenauer - Bylorak - Clio - Dark Helgis - Dehagli - Dyrath - Eldal - Father Raven - Forsagh - Gadd - Gargali - Gid - Gnistre - Gorol - Gunndred - Guvaur - Haendryk - Handrich - Haleth - Halétha - Hyssron - Ishnernos - Jack O' the Sea - Kakarol - Karnos - Karog - Katya - Kavarich - Khirreth - Koppalt - Ktharta - Loerk - Lupos - Manhavok - Margileo - Mercopio - Millavog - Mittlmund - Narlog - Narvorga - O Prospero - Oboroch - Olovald - Reik - Renbaeth - Rudric - Scripsisti - Seppel - Shaback - Hagh - Shadreth - Sheirrich - Shrowl - Skalor - Snow King - Solden - Stovarok - Styriss - Talos - Toar - Tahrveg - Ursash - Urvijak - Uutann - Vallich - Vylmar - Wendred - Wulfor
Elf Pantheon Adamnan-Na-Brionha - Amex - Kourdanrin - Liadriel - Mannanin - Meneloth - Morai-Heg - Sarriel - Torothal
Cadai Asuryan - Hoeth - Isha - Kurnous - Lileath - Loec - Vaul
Cytharai Anath Raema - Atharti - Eldrazor - Ellinilli (Addaioth - Drakira - Ellinill - Estreuth - Hukon - Mathlann) - Ereth Khial - God of the Salthites - Hekarti - Khaine - Khirkith - Nethu
Ancestor Gods Gazul - Grungni - Grimnir - Morgrim - Skavor - Smednir - Thungni - Valaya
Nehekharan pantheon Asaph - Basth - Djaf - Geheb - Khsar - Neru - Pha'a - Phakth - Ptra - Qu'aph - Sakhmet - Shapesh - Sokth - Tahoth - Ualatp - Usekph - Usirian
Old One Axlberyn - Caxuatn - Chotec - Conalxa - Huanchi - Inhamex - Itzl - Potec - Quatl - Quetli - Quetzl - Rigg - Sotek - Tepok - Tlanxla - Tlazcotl - Tzcalli - Tzcatli - Tzunki - Uxmac - Xapati - Xapiti - Xholanka - Xhotl - Xokha - Xoloc - Yuxa
Gods of Law Alluminas - Astasis - Daora - Solkan - Unnamed Craft Deity of Law
Other Amazon (Kalith - Shaekal) - Araby (Mordig) - Gnome (Evawn - Ringil - Mabyn) - Greenskin (Gork - Mork - Feaster from Beyond) - Ind (Brahmir - Gilgadresh - She'ar Khawn) - Nippon (Orange Simca) - Ogre (Great Maw - Fire Mouth) - Pygmy (Beesbok - Brobat)