This write-up is brief and does not include many details about the cult itself. This is
mainly because no one outside of the Estrel cult knows anything about it because members do not discuss the cult with outsiders,
and there is almost no mention of Estrel in Vingan lore (except in some DarkStorm stories and secret myths of the Estrel cult).
This hero cult is intended mainly for non-player characters and is not directly involved in the
campaign (well, not as far as any of the players know), which is the main reason that this write-up is not slightly more detailed
(it also helps to give it an air of mystery, giving the GM more freedom to decided what this highly-secretive cult is really
Estrel was a strange foreign goddess who lurked in the shadows, used black knives and wore a cloak that could hide
her from anyone. Described as short and beautiful, but with ice-cold eyes, Vinga rescued her from Zorak Zoran’s cooking
pot, and she agreed to serve the Goddess in gratitude. Over time and many adventures they became almost inseparable (and it
is rumoured, lovers).
She was Vinga DarkStorm’s swordthane for a while during the Darkness, saving her on three occasions, but died
fighting the Dark Maw of Vork Gar, which Vinga only just defeated. Some of her power remained in her cloak and knives, which
hero cult is based in Esrolia. Almost no one knows of its existence outside of that area, and even in Esrolia, comparatively
few Vingans know about the cult (even fewer outsiders know of it). It is known that they serve the Six EarthShadow Sisters
and that the hero cult is small in size, but virtually nothing is known of the internal organisation, ritual practices, and
aims of the cult. It is said that an initiate of the cult is called a Knife of Estrel, and that a priestess bears the title
Blade of Estrel Some rumours claim that Estrel’s followers are assassins working for the cult of Ernalda.
Vingans who learn the secrets of the cult can duplicate Estrel’s feats. Only members of the Six EarthShadow
Sisters can join this hero cult.Estrel is known to grant several spells to her followers. Of these, only Estrel’s
Mask and Sense Assassin are known about outside of the cult (they were observed in action by an Adventurer priestess
who recorded some details of the incident in the temple records in Pavis).