Dieties of winter, embodying the withering of all life in the season of desiccation, freely roam the open plain in behemoth aspect.
Colloquially known as nut-cracker, a god of devouring stalks the land, consuming and destroying crops of the fall harvest.
Accompanying this terrible being is the “man of snow” a rotund figure whose jovial nature hides the fact that his form conceals a bleached human skeleton. Originally a ritual practice of obscure sub-arctic cannibal tribes, the “man of snow” somehow detached from its original semiotic context and descended to dwell in the warmth of Christian holiday.
Somehow the red-clad Norwegian shaman, in a state of holy hallucination induced by Psilocybin laced reindeer urine, managed to mask himself by taking on the image of a minor Christian saint. The shaman retains all aspects of its original semiotic context, including the sacred nocturnal flight through the stars, surrounded by the holy herd. The shaman must remain in their presence for the duration of the ritual, so that he can continuously drink their urine when the Psilocybin concentration begins to wear off. In modern saintly guise, this practice has transformed into leaving milk or hot chocolate on the hearth for the visitor, who descends down the chimney. This is another reference to the atavistic shaman beneath the minor saint, who was said to begin his flight by staring into the fire until his consciousness merged with the flames.
Nearby we find a towering representation of a cupboard spirit, a domestic god. The soul of a home, the fortune of the family depended on the contentment of the household elf. Bankruptcy and illness befell those that ignored the rituals, while long life and happiness were the lot of those who knew the enchantments and made the proper sacrifices. Cupboard spirits are incredibly capricious and cruel, and dwellers in the home must work frantically to assuage them. They are, however, circumscribed by their premises, so it is surprising to see one walking in the field. They are also known as diminutive creatures, to see an aspect of this magnitude demonstrates some sort of magical untethering.
Finally a new Chthonic entity emerges, a gleaner following after more established entities. As all primitive gods must, it still exhibits its original, animal form, with barely any anthropomorphic traits. Only the bow-tie indicates the spark of its transition. What are its sigils? What does it represent? What is its name? Hopefully another freetrader will discover more of the history of this dark entity.
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