of the Vestantes
Tenostere of the Vestantes is a Vingan hero mentioned in The Saga of House Vinga
(see Storm Tribe/118). She was a battle companion of King Rastagar and died gloriously in battle at the Last Royal Betrayal.
Many clans once paid homage to her but her hero cult all but died out in the years after
Sartar was established. It was revived following the Lunar invasion of Tarsh, but never regained its former importance. Only
a few Sartarite clans kept the cult alive, many in the Dundealos tribe.
The rebellion of the Dundaelos in 1618 resulted in a vicious Lunar response, most of the
tribe were killed or enslaved, and much ancient knowledge lost. Places of power were destroyed or abandoned, and most of the
accumulated mythical knowledge of the tribe has been lost.
This version of the hero cult is that found by Serenity Twoswords described on a piece
of parchment (from some incomplete Grey Alynx records) that she found in the temple at Pavis. Very little was written on the
parchment, but it did mention two spells that Tenostere can grant to her followers,
and partly described one of her rituals. The temple library did not include any information about the location of any shrines
to Tenostere, and despite lengthy enquiries Kallyr has been unable to locate any and thus possibly re-establish the hero cult.
Membership in this hero cult, were it possible once more, would require the sacrifice of
1 POW to Tenostere. Would be members must succeed at Battle Lore, Dodge, Javelin Attack, Plant Lore, Ride, Scan, and Vinga
Lore skill tests before they are accepted. This testing is carried out on the heroplane as would-be members are expected to
complete the small but occasionally perilous heroquest of....... (It was here that the document ended). The cult takes up
only 5% of a member’s time (attendance at a few rituals other than the standard Vingan rituals is the only commitment
of time required). Would-be members must take two geases.
· Never flee from, or surrender to, Light/Solar cultists.
· Challenge all male Light/Sun worshippers to a duel (need not be to the death)
unless they acknowledge you to be the better warrior.
The cult considered Hate Sun Cultists to be a virtue. Worship of Tenostere grants two spells to members of her
subcult, the divine magic spell Fight Light/Sun, and the spirit magic spell Speargouge.