Alina the Earnest
Alina the Earnest was
a Defender Storm priestess of the Jerelling clan of the Locaem. Little about her life is known other than that she was learned
in ancient lore, a powerful spell caster, and was with the Jerelling when the Locaem re-entered Dragon Pass.
The most ancient foes of her clan, Valind and his minions, continually threatened them.
Alina is known to have searched strenuously for a way to defeat him. She discovered that ThreePine Hill in the Charandar Hills
was where Vinga had summoned the Summer Wind to drive-off Shattering Wind, Valind’s son, who attacked her as she travelled
Alina used this knowledge to summon the power of Vinga’s Summer Wind, and led the
clan warband to several victories over the hollri. She taught the priestesses of the clan how to summon the Summer Wind and
A shrine to Vinga was built at ThreePine Hill, where Vingans from many clans learnt how
to summon the Summer Wind, exchanged lore, and developed relationships and alliances with other clans. The shrine was strongly
supported by the Jerelling and other local clans, who took to the rites introduced by Alina with enthusiasm.
Most Jerelling steads still maintain a household shrine to the Summer Wind, generally consisting
of leaves and cones from the pine trees that give ThreePine Hill its name. Many offered sacrifices to Alina after her death
and a shrine to her was erected at ThreePine. The Jerelling still venerate her as the saviour of the clan, and many of their
Vingans join her cult.
The Doburdun-loving King of the Locaem tried to close ThreePine down, but the sprits there
drove his warriors off.
He has since contented himself with patrolling the area to prevent access to worshippers;
unknown to him, the weaponthane he has assigned to keep the area secure (Garald Blackmane) is a cousin to one of the cults
senior members, and has colluded with her to allow use of the shrine to continue, albeit in a very low-key way.
The hero cult has survived the recent troubles largely unscathed, mainly by keeping a low
profile, and taking great care to keep their ceremonies secret. There is rarely anyone in attendance at the shrine, but ThreePine
is guarded by powerful spirits and is always watched over by the locals who will summon the warband to deal with any trespassers.
Most cult members are from the Jerelling clan, but at least 30% are from allied clans.
The cult also has more than a few Esrolian members, and recently has been joined by refugees from the north. Senior cult members are reported to be forming an exclusively
Vingan warband to defend the Jerellings and their neighbours, they know that conflict with the king is inevitable and want
to be prepared when it comes.