Taal has different symbols according to his aspects. As Lord of the Beasts, his symbol is a stag skull, or a stylized human head with antlers. As the god of weather, it is a stone axe, with which he is said to cause thunder, lightning and avalanches by striking the mountaintops.
Older than Ulric and more powerful than even Sigmar, Taal is normally portrayed as a powerfully built man with long, wild hair, dressed in animal skins and wearing the skull of a great stag as a helmet. It's also claimed that he can take the form of a great bison or bear.
Taal's foremost holy day is the spring equinox, which marks the reawakening of nature after its winter slumber. The holy days of his brother Ulric are also kept by Taal's followers as minor festivals.
Taal is the god of nature. He is behind all the forces of nature which are beyond human control - the wind, rain, waterfalls, rapids, avalanches and landslides. He is the master of beasts, forests and mountains. His domain is the wild places of the world, and any that venture into them are expected to show him proper respect or risk his wrath.
Often considered a dual cult with that of his wife. [1a]
Taal is worshipped throughout the wilds of the Old World and most of his followers are rangers, foresters, farmers, hunters and trappers - people who depend on and live off the land and live in accord with the natural world. His worship is strongest in the north and the east of the Old World, and is centred on Talabecland, where the river Talabec is held sacred to Taal.
- 1: Sigmar's Heirs
- 1a: Chapter V: Cults of the Empire, pg. 39-40
- 2: Warhammer: The End Times Collection
- Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, 1986, pp. 201-202
|The gods & goddesses of the Old World|
|Old Faith - Rhya - Taal - Ulric - Manann - Morr - Verena - Myrmidia - Shallya - Ranald - Handrich - Stromfels - Khaine - Sigmar - Lady of the Lake - Lucan & Luccina - Ursun - Dazh - Tor - Esmeralda|