Relationships with other cults and races
This section of the write-up has been largely culled from Jane Williams’ Vinga write-up. She takes credit for
what is good herein; any mistakes/inaccuracies are likely to be mine.
It should be noted that geographical location and cultural attitudes play an important role in shaping the relationships
between cults. What is written below is at best a general guideline. Each clan and tribe will interpret these links slightly
differently, depending upon their understanding of the goddess and their own needs. For example, in regions where few Uz are
found or they are not perceived as a threat, there are likely to be anti-Uz Vingans than elsewhere (not a great example I
grant you, but an example all the same).
Like Orlanth, Vinga hates all Chaos, and has a similar rivalry with Yelm and his pantheon, although her relationship with solar
cults is linked more with cult dogma than Orlanth’s. The rivalry is expressed professionally and personally, but that
does not mean that the cults hate each other enough to fight at every occasion. The rivalry is generally stronger against
male members of the religion than female.
Vinga’s relationship with most deities of the Ernaldan pantheon is very good, to many of these cults she is
known as the Hearth Protector. She is especially close to her mother Ernalda. Many temporary Vingans remain followers of Ernalda
through The Red Vows. Her sisters Babeester Gor and Voria are also close allies.
Vinga is one of the War Women, the female fighting deities of the Orlanthi pantheon. The others include Babeester
Gor, Bevara, Enferalda, Maran Devor (see Storm Tribe and Thunder Rebels).
While Vinga was not a Lightbringer herself, she is on friendly terms with
all the Lightbringers. In particular she is on good terms with Chalana Arroy, and Vingans are often preferred as bodyguards
by healers. Her relationships with Eurmal and Issaries are almost as good (this is often mirrored on the mortal plane).
Lunars for much the same reasons as other Orlanthi. However, there are times when an individual Vingan's desire to protect
women from men may override her hatred/dislike of Lunars, a group of Orlanthi men attacking a Lunar healer might well find
themselves facing Vingan defenders (although they would almost certainly attempt to use persuasion or coercion to defend her
and would probably fight only reluctantly). For the most part, though, Vingans are vigorously anti-Lunar.
Vinga had comparatively little interaction with the beast-riders and this is reflected in the relationship between
Praxians and Vingans. Mythically they are neutral to each other, but daily life typically modifies this attitude.
Vingans from clans frequently raided by Praxians
will tend to be hostile to them, others will not necessarily so. The Praxians tend to look down upon non-Praxians, but Vingans
are not necessarily treated as enemies unless they belong to a group known to be hostile to the Praxians (such as the Pol
Joni, followers of Hereot and Ulanin etc).
Praxians cannot truly understand why any woman
would wish to be a warrior, but accept that some do. They normally regard cults such as Humakt and Storm Bull to be the appropriate
gods for such women, and cannot understand the need for a specialist goddess of women warriors such as Vinga. The Orlanthi
of Sartar are seen as ‘soft’ by the Praxians, many are not surprised that the women look to their own defense.
Many regard Vingans as an object of amusement, although this is generally among those with little experience of Vingans.
Of all the Praxians, the priestesses of Eiritha
understand the cult of Vinga the best, respecting them for their links to Earth cults and their stern defense of their own
The cult is moderately hostile towards most solar cults due to their treatment
of women as second-class citizens. This feeling is, of course, mutual. The main exception is the cult of Yelorna: the two
cults often find themselves on the same side in arguments and will generally come to each others' defense if needed. Contact
between them is slight, however, other than in the city of Pavis.
The Issaries publications Storm Tribe and Thunder Rebels provide in-depth details on Vinga’s relationships with
other members of the Storm Tribe. These relationships are generally very good, although many verge on rivalry at points (especially
with Elmal and the other Thunder Brothers).
The precise nature of Vinga’s interactions
with other members of the Storm Tribe varies considerably in the mythology of different Orlanthi clans. Her links to Elmal
are a good case in point.
In some clans, Vinga and Elmal are seen as
once-rivals, then lovers, and finally friends. The two cults interact closely, co-operating particularly well in defense of
the clan, and many Elmali have Vingan lovers or wives (although the Vingans would say that many Vingans have Elmali lovers
or husbands). Some clans have minor variations on this but the net effect is the same.
In other clans her relationship with the Sunthane
is far more strained. Vingans and Elmali compete in a far more intense way, a rivalry that is only tempered by both cults
devotion to the defense of the clan. In the myths of such clans, Elmal and Vinga are always in competition, although never
in such a way that the clan is endangered.
reputation as an Uzfighter, the cult attitude towards trolls varies widely from place to place; Vinga’s Uzfighter role
only truly emerges when Uz threaten her clan/tribe/friends/innocents. Vinga has several positive mythical connections with
Darkness deities and her Uzfighter role is more a manifestation of her desire to defend the Storm Tribe than an expression
of dislike/hatred of trolls.
This is reflected within the cult as a whole. In areas where trolls have been a noted past
foe, or where they raid the local Orlanthi on a regular basis, the Uzfighter cult will be strong and attitudes towards Uz
often harden (the Heortling tribes near to the Kitori Wilds, the Amad and Bacchad, etc). In areas/clans where trolls are not
a threat, or have traditionally aided the Orlanthi, relationships will be better, and often verge on alliances, or lead to
trading links (Esrolia, the Torkani tribe etc).
Vinga’s most notable Uz foe was Zorak Zoran, and she fought many times with him. He is not hated,
but many Vingans do make a point of standing up to those they encounter, and will often challenge his followers to duels.
both helped, and was helped by, Vinga. Their cults interact in a broadly similar way, but there is nothing approaching associated
cults status. The relationship is a fairly neutral one, and incorporates an understanding that, on occasion, their interests
will coincide and co-operation can be a path to success.
cult of Xiola Umbar is respected by most Vingans who know of it; comparatively few have any dealings with them. There is little
in the way of formal interaction between the cults however, except in Esrolia (ancient ties) and at Pavis (recent alliances).
do however dislike Vingans, for the reasons why go here.
In some cities (Notchet and Pavis are the most famous),
an alliance exists between the temples of Uleria and Vinga: the Ulerian initiates get protection from their "clients", and
the Vingans get the occasional use of the Community spell on their training area.
In Pavis, the cult has built strong links with the
Pavis cult. Female members of the cult can learn spirit magic and be trained by the Vingans. In return, the Vingans receive
assistance in a variety of forms from the Pavis cult. In recently this has included money, healing, accommodation, spirit
magic and equipment.
The following section provides brief outlines of Vinga’s relationships with a selection of specific deities.
Interested readers should refer to Storm Tribe and Thunder Rebels, as well as the myths listed on the Myths page, for a more
in-depth look at the subject. Bear in mind that these mythological connections are not necessarily equally strong with each
subcult of the Goddess (i.e. Starkval had little to do with Vinga the Adventurer, thus members of that subcult cannot sacrifice
for his spells).
· Babeester Gor. The Earth Avenger. Sister of the Goddess.
The two get on well, a relationship mirrored by that between her cults. Many links with the cult of Vinga, especially the
Barntar. The Farmer god. Vinga’s much-loved brother. The two get on well, but Barntar struggles
to understand why Vinga wishes to adventure and fight alongside the Thunder Brothers. The two cults get on well; Vingans can
get training and some spells at Barntar temples.
· Chalana Arroy. Vinga
and Chalana Arroy get on exceptionally well, a relationship mirrored by that between her cults. Vingans are often the preferred
choice of guards for healers. Temples of the healer goddess will provide training in First Aid and the Heal spell,
to Vingans in good standing at that temple.
· Elmal. Vinga’s
relationship with Elmal is the source of some uncertainty. Most clans know that initially they were rivals (see Thunder Rebels),
but reached a rapprochement of sorts, that has allowed the two to co-exist relatively peacefully. This is believed to have
been when she aided him when he was lost and wounded in the Stone Forest. Afterwards they became lovers for a while, although
most Elmali deny that Elmal ever slept with Vinga (Serenity agrees, at no point did they sleep). He began to admit her right
to help defend the clan, further convinced by her great deeds in the Darkness. The two cults are friendly rivals, but have
many mythological connections. Vingans are able to learn several of Elmal spells. Storm Tribe and Thunder Rebels provide a
more in-depth description of this relationship.
· Ernalda. Vinga’s mother. The two have a complex and close relationship, see Storm Tribe
and Thunder Rebels for an in-depth analysis of their relationship. Most Vingans have undergone Ernaldan initiation, and many
return to that faith if they leave the Vingan cult. Ernaldans may join the Avenger subcult on a temporary basis. Vingans can
get training in a variety of skills, and learn many spells from Ernalda and her subcults. See subcult write-ups for further
· Eurmal. Vinga
and the Trickster had many adventures together. She is one of the few deities who can stand his presence. The two cults share
a similar relationship. Vingans can sacrifice for the Charisma spell at some Eurmal shrines.
· Heler. Vinga
and Heler get on well, some myths say that they have been lovers. The two cults mirror this relationship. Heler and his subcults
provide several spells to the cult of Vinga, and Heler priests have a ritual obligation to provide Vingan priestesses with
accommodation if they request it (they in turn must perform a service for the priest if he so requires it, and it is reasonable).
· Humakt. The
nature of Vinga’s mythological association is uncertain but the two deities get on well (insofar as Humakt gets on with
anyone). Some legends say that Humakt lent Death to Vinga so that she could defend him against a foe he had sworn not to fight,
and lends it to her when she needs it (the source of her Truesword spell). A myth from Ralios claims that the Goddess
copied Death before returning it, which is why she still wields it, another holds that she slept with him to get a copy of
the sword. Vingans may learn combat skills and some spells at Humakt temples;
the reverse is true for female Humakti.
· Orlanth. This
relationship is explained in detail in Storm Tribe and Thunder Rebels. Vingans may join Orlanth subcults and have many associate
spells available to them due to the strong mythological connections between them. Men may not join Vingan subcults however.
· Redalda. Vinga’s
friend grants her the Speak with Horses spell. Several Esrolian myths refer to them as occasional lovers.
· Rigsdal. Vinga
and Rigsdal defended the stead against the Uz on many occasions during the Darkness. Rigsdal grants his ally use of some of
· Thunder Brothers. Vinga has strong mythological connections to her fellow Thunder Brothers. Many spells
are available to Vingans through these links.
· Urox. Urox grants Vingans use of the Face Chaos spell, which they can sacrifice for at
Bull Flood temple, in return for Vinga’s aid against Chaos at Bull Flood.
· Voria. Voria
is Vinga’s much-loved little sister. She provides her adventurous sister and her worshippers use of the Invigorate
Voriof. Vinga aided Voriof several times during the Darkness. He provides her and her followers
with the Stay Awake spell
· Yinkin. Yinkin
and Vinga went on many adventures together. They remain good friends. This is mirrored in the relationship between their cults.
Many Vingan priestesses are accompanied by alynxes, and many Vingan allied spirits are embodied in an alynx (especially true
of the Adventurer subcult).