A Dark Moon Rising
Elven God of Strength and Survival
The oldest legends of the Anhar, Valthar, and Felshar tell of a great city, called Tandaris, built upon the slopes of a great mountain so high that it seemed to float in the sky. Indeed, some versions of the tale say that it truly did fly, and the city was actually in the mountain’s great shadow. It is said that one day, Keldar, their god, grew displeased with them – the stories differ on the reason why – and caused the mountain to destroy the city. In some versions, the flying mountain plummeted to earth, in others, it exploded in fire and destruction. The survivors fled the site of their god’s anger and began new lives. Most of them became the nomadic Valthar and the cavern-dwelling Felshar in later times, while the rest fled to a large island and became the Anhar.
In the eyes of the Valthar and Felshar, Keldar is a god who prizes strength, and a will to survive. He is not merciful, or kind, and rewards or gifts from him are almost unknown in their mythology. He expects his people to make their own way, not to coddle them. Indeed, their legends are rife with tales of Keldar visiting hardships and trials on his chosen people, to test their mettle.
The Anhar see Keldar somewhat differently. In their view, Keldar’s chief concern for his people is that they live moral lives. In their tales, Keldar’s trials are punishments for sinful behavior, or tests of their moral fiber, though rewards from him remain unusual.
There are no churches left to Keldar. The only ones built since Tandaris fell are on Vanwadin, and since the scattering of the Anhar, they are abandoned. The Valthar do not build, and the Felshar go no further than the creation of shrines. Neither people believes Keldar is overly concerned with worship, in any case. Priests devoted to him are few among both peoples, and Keldar has not been adopted by many outside of their lands.