- Name: the Liathane
- Main Epithet: The Eighth God
- Domain: Chaos
- Placement: Eighth, Last of Latter Four
- Color: Achromatic (Colorless)
- Symbol: Serpent
- Element: Venom
- Sacred Weapon: Sanctus, the White Spear
- House: Havoc
- Court: Achroma
- Order: Bedlam or Egress
the Liathane is the eighth god of the Other People and the final of the latter Four Gods (Laethelia, Ophelene, Darren, and Liathane). They are sometimes simply called ‘Eight’ or ‘the Eighth God’. They are the god of horror, violence, and turmoil. They share dominion over destruction with the Laetha, and dominion over fear with the Dierne. With the Laethelia, they represent the devious energies in the Otherfaith. the Liathane represents cruel and vicious energy compared to the Laethelia.
They are a fusion between the Laetha and Dierne. They are the youngest of the gods and the most headstrong. Their relationship with the Clarene is especially poor, as the Clarene represents order.
They appear as a pale-faced entity, usually utilizing an Other Person’s greatest fear as basis for their appearance. They can also appear as a giant white snake or centipede. Their energy is unsettling and can give the impression of being watched.
Their colors are primarily white and red. This color scheme is present in most of their spirits. Their Order, Bedlam/Egress, emphasizes destruction, candor, and disobedience. They are known as the ‘outer Order’.
For the People, the Liathane represents chaos.
the Liathane is best understood as a Challenger. They are a god appearing as our fears and forcing confrontation with ourselves and others. They relate to the spirits as an outsider and savior.
They have dominion over revenge and mutiny. They encourage contempt and mockery. The People turn to them for aid in revolt and revolution.
the Liathane is our guide in rebelling against authority. They show us how to fight back, regardless of morals or ethics. They are connected to urban areas, especially downtown centers, and anywhere protesters gather.
They are good to call on for hexes and curses. They may also aid us in overcoming our own fears. Their presence during ritual and prayer is big and loud. It can be similar in feel to after watching a horror movie. Like the Laetha, they can bring change into our lives.
the Liathane’s Order is Bedlam/Egress. Bedlam cultivate rioting and upheaval as part of their devotion. They are known for their hedonistic attitude and mean streaks.
Courts are those spirits that serve the god more directly than the Order. Orders can be understood as training grounds for Court duties. the Liathane’s Court is Achroma Court, essentially ‘Colorless Court’. Their residence is unknown. It is not known if they have a leader. They are most active during nighttime, any season.
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 Liathane’s House are not currently known. Their House is called House Havoc.
A spirit may be from one order or Court, like the Liathane’s, yet be part of another god’s House. Orders/Courts are not equal to Houses.
Whether one wishes to pray and offer to the Liathane is up to individual choice. They are an important part of the eight gods the Other People worship, but they are a turbulent force that some may not wish to encounter. Prayers for the Liathane to avoid oneself may be used, such as, ‘Blessings to the Liathane, who slithers trough their realm far from us!’
The simplest prayer you can make, if desired, is, ‘Liathane, 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.
Alcohol is a good offering for the Liathane.
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.
Other offerings for the Liathane may include any star-shaped items, fire (such as candles), insect corpses, and shed snake skins.