Characters of Panthea - 4/6
It is a time of gods and legends; a world where every ancient pantheon, hero, and monster can be found. It is perhaps a little time after the world settled from its violent creation into its stable form, but still long before all the sagas and prophecies have wound their way towards their inevitable end. A time when even the gods are new in their divinity. Our story begins with six of these gods, drawn down from their high heavens or up out of their underworlds by some urgent call—a call to adventure, or redemption, or perhaps simply diversion from the divine mundane. As if by chance— but can it be mere chance, with a god of luck in the mix?— these six legends are brought together, six separate causes all joined in a single band.
Oya is a Yoruba goddess of many aspects, symbolized by the changing masks she wears. Under one mask, she is the auspicious orisha of the marketplace, a cheerful soul who revels in material pleasures and indulgence. Beneath another, she is a ferocious warrior, hacking away at her foes with a bronze machete, or an orisha of wind who brings great storms and lightning in her wake. Most dreadful of all her aspects is the one that stands at the boundaries between life and death, guiding the living into the underworld and putting down the dead which have risen from their rightful graves. She has recently wandered far from her native land, wearing the mask of the marketplace-goddess—perhaps she seeks some great treasure to return to the coffers of her mortal worshippers? Or perhaps that is only a happy guise put up in place a far more doleful mask, and a far more doleful duty which accompanies it?