- Name: the Dierne, Pallis
- Main Epithet: Queen of Heaven
- Domain: Consent
- Placement: Fourth, Conclusion of the Firsts
- Color: White/Black
- Symbol: Tiara
- Element: Celestial
- Sacred Weapon: Noir, the Black Spear
- House: Hope
- Court: White
- Order: Delicacy
the Dierne Pallis is the fourth god of the Other People, the final of the first Four Gods (Clarene, Ophelia, Laetha, and Dierne). They are known as both the Dierne and the Dierne Pallis; the names may be used interchangeably. They are the god of pleasure, consent, and celestial forces. They share dominion over sexuality and pleasure with the Clarene. With the Laetha, they form the fiery paired Gods of Love.
They are the child of the Ophelia. Their lovers are the Laethas Arabella and Asier. They often compete with the Clarene for devotees and lovers.
They appear as a beautiful gender-shifting figure, scantily clad in star-themed garb. They may also appear as a black wolf or white peacock. Their energy is often overwhelming and ecstatic in feel.
Their colors are predominantly black and white, and many of their spirits appear in these colors. They are also tied to glitter and silver. Their Order, Delicacy, emphasizes beauty, luxury, and pleasure. They are the ‘indulgent Order’.
For the People, the Dierne represents devotion.
the Dierne is best understood as a Challenger, encouraging the People to become better in our pursuits and actions. They also act as a Tempter, being tied to pleasure. They relate to the spirits as a beloved leader and revolutionary.
They have dominion over sexuality and consent. The People turn to them for aid in navigating our sexuality and gender as well as embracing our bodies. They can help us process trauma regarding these issues.
the Dierne is our guide to piety and devotion, tempered by joy and humor. They balance playfulness and piety. They are tied to big cities (New York City, Seattle) and night skies. They are also connected to spas and luxurious spaces.
Holding dominion over consent, they are good to call on during rituals concerning boundaries. Their presence during ritual or prayer is bright and filling, a full-body experience. They can bring blessings of love and improved relationships to our lives. We can petition them for aid in such areas.
the Dierne’s Order is Delicacy. Joining a god’s order is done by spirits and humans as a way to devote themselves more fully to a god. Delicacy cultivates vanity and grace as part of their devotion. They are known for their pride and sociability.
Courts are those spirits that serve the god more directly than the Order. the Dierne’s Court is White Court. They reside in the Star Forest. Their leader is the spirit Lilibell. They are most active during winter and nighttime. As the Dierne can be petitioned for love and boundaries, so can their 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’.
House Hope is the Dierne’s family. Gods ‘adopt’ spirits into their House, providing protection and stability. House Hope is populated by free-spirited, boisterous sorts and run by the Dierne themselves.
A spirit may be from one order or Court, like the Dierne’s, yet be part of another god’s House. Orders/Courts are not equal to Houses.
The simplest prayer you can make is, ‘Dierne, 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.
Earl Gray and Lady Earl Gray are good tea choices for the Dierne.
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 Dierne include cigarettes (broken in half and put in an offering area or smoked), star-shaped objects, vodka and wine coolers, energy drinks, and fast food.
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.