For my fifteenth entry in the A-Z Challenge, I would like to introduce the ninth of the thirteen core gods of my consolidated pantheon, the god of oceans. O is for Oceanus, the Sea Warden:
Oceanus, the Sea Warden
Oceanus is the god of water, rivers and the sea. His followers include sailors, traders, fishermen, explorers and those who travel upon or within great bodies of water. Given his strong ties to the oceans, most temples to the Sea Warden are constructed on islands and in coastal regions, but shrines can be found near any significant body of water. Oceanus favors the daring and the hard-working, and his priests observe the ebb and flow of the tides. His dogma includes the following lessons:
Oceanus’s favored weapon is the trident, and his symbol is a blue wave’s crest.
- The sea can be harsh, and it can be fierce; this makes one strong through many trials and tribulations, and purifies the soul with its waters. The devout must greet each storm with determination, and be baptized in the waters of the world at least once a season.
- Life without risk is empty; live life to the fullest and damn the consequences. Wanderlust is a sacred responsibility, and every journey is a pilgrimage.
- Protect creatures of the oceans and other bodies of water, both upon their surfaces and in their depths.