Gazetteer – 04a020303 – Gods of Sagany
Gods of Sagany
The gods of Sagany were once called the dragonborn. They were called dragonborn because of the dragon rune that flowed through their veins. The term dragonborn applies to any Grable born with a dragon rune foltute. This rune blood was extremely rare even among the Grables.
The dragonborn were led by a Grable with the dragon and fate runes. The other dragonborn called him Father One-Eye . The dragon rune made the dragon born very asocial and resistant to the will of the Immortal Council. Father One-Eye led the dragonborn north to escape the long arm of the Empire. In the north, they encountered a race of people enslaved by the First Dragon.
At great cost, the dragonborn drove Lohicarmix further into the north freeing the snowy peoples. Brash distinguished himself as the greatest warrior among the dragonborn during this conflict. Once freed, the snowy people looked to the dragonborn for guidance.
Dragons like elves were designed by Cora and thus made with soul and body as one. A byproduct of this design is immortality. Dragonborn can master immortality if they master their dragon rune. The dragonborn lived on as generations of their followers lived and died. With time, the great hall of dragonborn in Saxgard was revered as a divine place and the dragonborn were believed to be gods. The worship of the dragonborn never took on enough ceremony or ritual to generate divine power, instead, the history of the dragonborn was remembered by the skalds who would tell great sagas that honored and glorified them. This telling of sagas from generation to generation earned the people the name of Saganites and their land the name Sagany. The skalds also discovered the secret of bardic magic and used it to aid their people like priests of other religions.
The dragonborn possessed many of the personality traits of dragons. They were vain, greedy, reclusive, and possessive. They demanded their people to pay large tributes to them which compelled the Saganites to raid the mainland of Oklos for gold and magic. They crafted dragon swords that would soak up the blood of the slain and transfer the essence to their patron dragonborn. A myth arose from the use of these swords that any warrior who dies with a dragon sword in his hand gains access to immortality in the Halls of Saxgard.
In the Age of Chaos 982, an exiled Saganite named Johann Verdruggon returned to Saxgard with a powerful sword called Godfighter and slew all the dragonborn. The sword was created by the legendary weaponsmith Echan Deathless. He created the weapon in retaliation against the dragonborn who sought to loot his treasure vault for their own hordes.
The death of the dragonborn is known simply as “The End” by Saganites. The only surviving god of the Saganites is Higgel. Higgel is actually Harmony Eater from the Age of Titans. He never grew larger than a normal man and has concealed his origins for the most part. When the Saganites were enslaved by Lohicarmix, Higgel was their hero and protector. When the dragonborn freed the dragon barbarians, the worship of Higgel fell out of favor. Higgel resented that inwardly, but outwardly always thanked and praised the dragonborn for rescuing his people.
After Verdruggon slew the dragonborn in the Hall of Saxgard, Higgel called him out in front of a mob of people out front of the great hall. Verdruggon accepted the challenge thinking he was about to battle another dragonborn. He was sorely mistaken. Higgel pummeled Verdruggon into jelly and took Godfighter from him and hid it. Higgel then sat himself upon the throne in the Hall of Saxgard.
But Higgel is not much of a leader and prefers a world of disorder. He set the seeds of civil war throughout the realm and then promptly disappeared.
Leaderless and godless are what the Saganites are now and those two things create a very volatile climate in the realms of Sagany.