- Name: the Ophelene
- Main Epithet: Sword & Shield
- Domain: Retribution
- Placement: Sixth, Second of Latter Four
- Color: Purple
- Symbol: Sword & Shield
- Element: Steel
- Sacred Weapon: Greyvein, Her Shield
- House: Unknown
- Court: Grey
- Order: Sortie
the Ophelene is the sixth god of the Other People and the second of the latter Four Gods (Laethelia, Ophelene, Darren, and Liathane). She is the god of justice, combat, and doubt. She shares dominion over order with the Clarene. Along with the Dierne, she is connected to stars, specifically as a space-explorer.
She is a fusion between the Clarene and Ophelia. She acts as a balance to the Laetha and Liathane’s chaotic forces.
She appears as a broad, armor-clad figure. Her imagery includes all weaponry except firearms. Animals connected to her are dragons and serpents, specifically black serpents. Her energy is firm and energizing.
Her colors are primarily grey and purple. Many of her spirits appear in these colors. Her Order, Sortie, emphasizes combat, restraint, and teamwork. They are known as the ‘methodical Order’.
For the People, the Ophelene represents righteousness.
the Ophelene is best understood as a Protector, using her giant shield to defend us from harm. She is a god of retribution, however, which can make her frightening to behold. She relates to the spirits as both savior and executioner.
She has dominion over the law and violence. She is tied to military and martial qualities. The People turn to her for aid in exercise and combat arts.
the Ophelene is our guide in discipline and habit. She exemplifies tight schedules and training. She is connected to barracks and similar buildings. She is also connected to training camps and ranches.
She is good to call on during strenuous activity. Her role as a god of justice makes her good to call on during binding rituals. Her presence during ritual and prayer is heavy and inquisitive. She can bring aid to us in the form of improved habits and commitment.
the Ophelene’s Order is Sortie. Sortie cultivate physical ability and selflessness as part of their devotion. They are known for their trustworthiness and sound judgement.
Courts are those spirits that serve the god more directly than the Order. the Ophelene’s Court is Grey Court. They reside in the Purple Mansion, also known as the Border Barracks. Their leaders are the spirits Leon and Mireya. They are most active during summer and fall, as well as early morning and daytime. As the Ophelene can be petitioned for discipline, so can her 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 and name of the Ophelene’s House are not currently known.
The simplest prayer you can make is, ‘Ophelene, 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. Water, and incense are good basic offerings for all the gods.
Coffee is preferred to tea for the Ophelene. Jasmine tea is also acceptable.
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 Ophelene include breads, meats, draconic and serpentine objects, and physical action (hiking, exercise, martial arts).
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.