- Name: the Darren
- Main Epithet: Curiosity
- Domain: Peace
- Placement: Seventh, Third of Latter Four
- Color: Ash
- Symbol: Deer
- Element: Plasma
- Sacred Weapon: None
- House: Hart
- Court: Ash
- Order: Impasse
the Darren is the seventh god of the Other People and the third god of the latter Four Gods (Laethelia, Ophelene, Darren, and Liathane). He is the god of questions, peace, and mediation. He shares dominion over doubt with the Ophelene.
He is a fusion of the Clarene and Dierne. He tends to himself, striking out to explore the many worlds.
He appears as a stout, smoldering figure with glowing eyes. He is slow-moving. He can also appear as a deer. His energy is vague, often feeling like eyes watching and waiting.
His colors are primarily black and grey. His Order, Impasse, emphasizes meticulousness, patience, and introspection. They are known as the ‘observant Order’.
For the People, the Darren represents doubt.
the Darren is best understood as a Protector, his giant form offering a shield and his questioning nature rooting out the truth. He also encourages us to question our assumptions, making him similar to many Challengers. He relates to the spirits as a teacher.
He has dominion over mountains and volcanoes. He is connected to tectonic plates. He is time on a planetary scale. The People turn to him for patience and forethought.
the Darren is our guide in meditation and calm. He is connected to the forests and caves, both places we can find respite.
He is good to call on during rituals of reconciliation. His presence during ritual and prayer is quiet and hesitant. He can bring a general sense of peacefulness to our lives.
the Darren’s Order is Impasse. Impasse cultivate mediation and curiosity as part of their devotion. They are known for their odd observations and incessant questions.
Courts are those spirits that serve the god more directly than the Order. the Darren’s Court is Ash Court. Their location and leader is not currently known. They are most active during spring and fall as well as twilight (dusk and dawn). As the Darren can be petitioned for calm and peace, so can his Court.
Not all spirits which join a god’s Order go on to join their Court. This can be understood as a spirit having ‘gone through’ Courtly education but not pursuing a Courtly ‘job’.
The spirits of the Darren’s House are not currently known. His House is called House Hart, taking after his deer symbolism.
A spirit may be from one order or Court, like the Darren’s, yet be part of another god’s House. Orders/Courts are not equal to Houses.
The simplest prayer you can make is, ‘Darren, to you I pray.’ You may begin any prayer to the gods by calling their name. You may also insert the god’s name into prayer you already use. Plain speaking, as if to another person, is also an acceptable prayer. Specifying which god you wish to speak with is recommended. If you desire to speak to all of the Other People’s gods, you may begin your prayers with, ‘Four Gods, to you I pray’.
Praying to the gods – whether a short prayer or plain spoken prayers – is most effective when done consistently. Aim for once a week.
You may also give offerings to the gods. These offerings may be placed on an altar or shrine or whatever space you have available. Tea, water, and incense are good basic offerings for all the gods.
Black and woody teas make good offerings for the Darren.
Rather than giving the entirety of a drink or meal, you can set aside a small portion of food/drink and consume the rest. Liquid offerings may be poured down the drain; solid or food offerings may be discarded in the trash.
It tends to feel most ‘natural’ to set out offerings on a plate, bowl, or cup and say a prayer to the god(s) you are giving the objects to. Once you have finished your prayer you can discard the objects or, if you have the space, leave non-food objects where they are.
Good offerings for the Darren include deer-shaped objects, antlers, charcoal, and tree bark and leaves.
Offerings are not required for basic Otherfaith worship. Prayer may be said aloud or silently. Factor in your housing situation and own ability when deciding how to pray and what to offer.