Luvas

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Luvas, the Moigthe god of wealth, intrigue, and necromancy, is depicted in Moigthe legend and art as a handsome, middle-aged man with dark hair just starting to grey. He is consort to Uki, the goddess of prophecy who holds court in a sea cave on the southern shore of Pytharnia. The name Luvas derives from the ancient Moigthe name 'Lubhas'.

Ifferadindala

Luvas as the god of wealth, paid the Kemerite giants to build him a great, high-timbered hall, he called Ifferadindala (Iffer 'house' + dindala 'steep roof'). The hall can shift between the world of mortals and the other world. Mortals have sometimes dined as guests therein unaware that they were in the residence of a god. The household of Luvas consists of many sons and daughters, supernatural servants, enchanted beasts, and sometimes mortal guests. The goddesses of the Durrhaunvian Triad have occasion to guest in their father’s hall when they are not serving their mother. The god Rhion on special occasions guests at Ifferadindala with much wine and festivity. The bull of the sun is thought sometimes to sleep at night at Ifferadindala and live among the gods during the day.

Uki rarely visits the hall, however, as she lives in a cave by the sea where she holds her court. She is sometimes envious of her husband’s hall as she does not own it. In Moigthe custom, the house is owned by the wife, not the husband. Her three daughters by Luvas, Dawan, Devahlia, and Dasironessa, usually dwell with her. Once Dáunau tried to have Luvas swindled of his great hall. This scheme nearly succeeded, but Luvas desperately outmatched her. The two came to an understanding afterwards.

Roles

Luvas is ostensibly the god of wealth and intrigue. He is the possessor of knowledge, often critical knowledge. His knowledge is ascribed to his wife, Uki, the goddess of prophecy. He receives the prayers of those who manage and acquire wealth as well as those who steal it. Farra (Parkia) and Mesealdonagh (Orclanx) are the parents of Luvas. Luvas is compared to Threy and Orkybanth in other pantheons of the Gwenyan People. Luvas by Uki is the father of the Durrhaunvian Triad. Luvas has arbitrated disputes between his half-brothers, the gods Túvach and Landruth.

Self-Enrichment

Luvas has several schemes to enrich himself. If his wife and daughters are not present, he sets up Ifferadindala as a brothel and visits mortal realms to take in customers. In ancient times, the Moigthe had occasion to call a brothel ‘the house of Luvas.’ Luvas other times hires out members of his household to mortal kings to serve as advisors or mercenaries.

Animal Forms and Pets

Luvas can take the form of a black raven. He has a giant, dark grey goat called Iugo (or Yugue) the size of a pony that pulls his chariot. But sometimes the goat is unavailable as he is off copulating with other she-goats in the local countryside where Ifferadindala finds itself and Luvas must take another mode of transportation.

Fatherhood

Luvas is the father of many children, by his wife Uki, and by other female creatures, both human and otherwise. He is the father of the divinity, Isfalath, by the mortal woman, Kessa.

Magic Practice

Luvas is a powerful wizard and necromancer. He does not discuss these powers openly, especially his power of necromancy, as he does not wish to remind the other gods who despise necromancy.

Household

Other members of Luvas’ household include:

Dhigdhil (from dhaig ‘bear’ + dhiel ‘face’), half-giant warrior son by the giantess, Liliatha
Gwell (blessed), a chieftain’s son who found refuge in the high hall for manslaughter
Oggwask, a mute youth with the ability to craft armor from sea shells—he was thought to be a son or grandson of Mamuhan.
Sralgea (from srala, ‘golden’), a bastard, half-elf daughter by an elf mother
Sweyautir (from Wine-sword), the warrior-bard and bastard son of Luvas by the giantess, Liliatha

Luvasirgwer

The ancient bard Luvasirgwer is named after this god, his name meaning 'horn of Luvas.' The bard was thought to be an honorary member of the household of Luvas. A legend arose after the life of the bard that explains that Luvasirgwer was a grandson of the god Luvas.

Solstitial Visit of the God of Death

Luvas's father, Mesealdongabh, visits his son's house once a year on the evening before Winter Solstice. At this time, Luvas may ask his father to restore the life of one mortal, typically who has died in the past fifteen months (year). In the ancient world of the Moigthe, there was an associated sacrifice and observances on this day.

Demi-Mortal Offspring

Luvas for some time loved two Moigthe sisters whose children became the legendary tribe known as the Gwaibhneagrin.

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