Rhya

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Rhya
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Titles The Maker
Mother-goddess
Status Active
Type Old World God
Domains Family
Fertility
Love
Nature
Aspects Ishea[2b]
Haleth[1a]
Relatives Taal (husband)
Manann (son)
Ulric (brother-in-law)
Affiliation Empire


Rhya, the Mother-goddess, is the goddess of the fertility of the earth and love.

She is the wife of Taal. Rhya is the personification of the Mother-goddess of the Old Faith, but her husband Taal has taken over most of the aspects of Rhya as a deity of the earth and the natural world.

Personification

Rhya is depicted as the personification of mother earth - a lovely, motherly woman, her hair a tangle of flowers and branches. She is also depicted as a doe.[1]

Another Aspect of the goddess is Haleth, Goddess of Hunting. [1a]

Beliefs

Rhya is the Earth Mother, the goddess of all that grows and lives, midwife of animals, and the goddess of gentle winds, springtime rain, crop plants, and the gentler aspects of nature. She represents the fertility and bounty of the earth and mothers everywhere. In more urban areas some of these aspects are credited to Shallya, the goddess of Healing and Mercy.

It is Rhya to whom the people of the Old World pray to for fair winds, moderate rains, healthy plants and animals. Wife of Taal, god of Nature and Wild Places, Rhya is seen as the more merciful and gentle of the pair, and is often asked to intercede with her husband to calm his rages.

Cult

The ancient stone tablets recovered in the Kölsa hills in Talabecland and later translated by Teclis confirmed that the tribes who sought refuge in the reik basin worshipped the Mother, a fertility goddess of creation. [2a]

In modern times, Rhya does not have her own cult or temples, at least in her Old World aspect. Much of her worship has been incorporated with the Cult of Taal. Some temples worship the married couple.

Feast Days

Rhya shares most of Taal's main festive days: the summer and winter solstices and the autumn equinox.[2]

Locations

There is a temple to Haleth and Taal in Flachsfrau Wood near Salzenmund. [1a]

Tilea

There she was originally known as Ishea. [2b]

Notes & sources

  1. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd edition, p. 179
  2. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd edition, p. 174
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, 1986, 1989, 1995, p. 205
  • The Enemy Within, 1986, 1995, p. 21
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Lesser Powers Hashut - Horned Rat - Khakkekk - Kweethul Gristlegut - Malal - Mermedus - Necoho - Screaming God-Child - Zuvassin
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Cadai Asuryan - Hoeth - Isha - Kurnous - Lileath - Loec - Vaul
Cytharai Anath Raema - Atharti - Eldrazor - Ellinilli (Addaioth - Drakira - Ellinill - Estreuth - Hukon - Mathlann) - Ereth Khial - 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
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