The Leaflord, the Wild One, the Great Oak, the Many-Branched, the Many-Limbed
Intermediate Elven Deity
information from a number of different sources follows herein:
Symbol: Oak tree Home Plane: Arvandor Alignment: Chaotic good Portfolio: Woodlands, nature, wild elves, druids Worshipers: Druids, rangers, wild elves Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG Domains: Chaos, Elf, Good, Plant, Protection Favored Weapon: "The Oakstaff" (quarterstaff)
Rillifane Rallathil (Rill-ih-fane rall-uh-thihl) is quiet, reflective, and enduring over eons unchanged. He is the least flighty of all the Seldarine, the least likely to act on a whim, and often grave and self-absorbed. The Leaflord is protector of the woodlands and guardian of the harmony of nature. He is often likened by his clerics to a giant oak tree, so huge that its roots mingle with the roots of every other plant in the world, that stands at the heart of Arvandor. The great tree draws into itself all the ebb and flow of seasons and lives within the woodlands of the green elves. At the same time, it defends and sustains those lands against disease, predation, and assaults of all kinds. The Leaflord is the patron of wood elves (and to a much lesser extent wild elves).
The church of the Leaflord generally keeps to itself, extending itself only to help fellow elves and other sylvan beings." The church hierarchy is organized regionally and divided into branches, as each type of cleric serves a specific role. The druids who compose the bulk of Rillifane's clergy tend to the health of the forests and those who dwell within, fiercely contesting any attempt to further reduce those forests that remain. Many clerics serve as ambassadors of the faith, working outside the communities of wood elves to educate other races and even other elven subraces how to better dwell in harmony with nature. In times of war, however, the leaders of each region unite the branches of the faith and wood elf warriors into a single force. Rillifane's clerics are deadly enemies of those who hunt for sport or those who harm trees maliciously or unnecessarily. In particular, all clerics of Rillifane have a great hatred for the clerics of Malar, since the followers of the Beastlord often make elves the object of their hunts and their ethos is anathema to those who serve the Leaflord. Rillifane's clergy is charged with rooting out and destroying sentient plants whose nature has been twisted by external forces into a warped perversion of nature.
Clerics and druids of Rillifane pray for their spells at dawn, when the first rays of the life-giving sun spring over the horizon. Rillifane's faithful gather twice yearly at the equinoxes to hold fey dances in large groves of oak trees deep in the heart of great forests. The Budding is a joyful celebration of new life celebrated through dance and song and preceded by an extended period of fasting. A ritual hunt of an ancient and noble hart is undertaken on this day, from which the venison serves to break the fast of the Leaflord's faithful. This ritual honors Rillifane's bounty and reminds his followers of the natural cycle of life that plays out beneath the Leaflord's boughs. The Transformation marks the arrival of autumn and the vibrant hues that bedeck the canopies of the Leaflord around this time. Wood elves and elves of other subraces who seek a form of spiritual rebirth or a major change in their lives gather to celebrate Rillifane's eternal promise that the trees will bloom again and that life is a process of continual renewal. Many clerics and druids multiclass as rangers.
History/Relationships: Rillifane is a very old deity and is said by some to be older than even Labelas Enoreth, for the great tree would continue its life endlessly without the need for an eventual death. He is on good terms with all the Seldarine, as well as most sylvan and faerie deities. His foes include Malar, Talos, and the evil drow gods.
Dogma: The Great Oak draws energy from all the living creatures of the world and nourishes, sustains, and protects them from outside threats. Live in harmony with the natural world, allowing each living being the opportunity to serve out its natural purpose in life. As the Leaflord's countless branches, his faithful are to serve as his mortal agents in the natural world. Defend the great forests from those who would ravage their riches, leaving only destruction in their path. Contest both the quick and the slow death of Rillifane's bounty and hold strong like the great oaks in the face of those who can see only their own immediate needs.
Rillifane Rallathil:( Intermediate God, chaotic good)
God of Forests and the Environment. "The Leaflord". He is worshipped by most Elven Druids and Wood Elves. He is depicted as a giant oak tree whose roots mingle with every other plant in the world. This being is concerned that all creatures have the opportunity to act out their roles in nature without abusing them.
Rillifane's clerics are deadly enemies of those who would hunt for sport or harm trees maliciously or unnecessarily.
His symbol is an oak tree.
In many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Rillifane Rallathil is the elf patron deity of wood elves. James M. Ward created the deity for the Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia (1980).
In many campaign settings, the elven pantheon of gods (also known as the Seldarine) consists of the leader Corellon Larethian, as well as Aerdrie Faenya, Deep Sashelas, Erevan Ilesere, Fenmarel Mestarine, Hanali Celanil, Labelas Enoreth, Rillifane Rallathil, Sehanine Moonbow, and Solonor Thelandira. Other elven gods may be present in different campaign settings.
Rillifane is also known as "The Leaflord." He appears as a green-skinned elf clad in bark armor and carrying a magic bow that slays any target hit by one of its arrows. Wood elves that do not worship Rillifane often worship Skerrit the Forester; as the two dieties are good friends, there is no conflict between their worshippers.
Rillifane's clerics wear dark green vestments, tree bark armor, and a laurel wreath on their head. His sacred animals are forest birds. His holy day is the equinox and he is worshipped on tree platforms. Carved items are sacrificed to him semiannually.
Rillifane Rallathil is the Chaotic Good elven god of woodlands and nature. He is also known as the Leaflord, the Wild One, and the Great Oak. He is appears as a huge oak tree. His followers believe that everyone should be free to spend their lives doing what nature has meant them to, and they protect the forests from those who would abuse them. Their preferred weapon is the quarterstaff. Rillifane Rallathil's symbol is an oak tree.
The Leaflord, the Wild One, the great Oak, the Many-Branched, the Many-Limbed, Old Man of the Yuirwood
Quoted from Demihuman Detities:
DD pron.: RILL-ih-fane RALL-uh-thihl Semberholme pron.: REEL-lee-FAHN-eh RAHL-lah-theel
Rillifane Rallathil is protector of the woodlands and guardian of the harmony of nature. He is often likened by his priests to a giant etherreal oak tree, so huge that its roots mingle with the roots of every other plant in the Realms, that stands at the heart of Arvandor, the High Forest of Olympus. The great tree draws into itself all the ebb and flow of seasons and lives within the woodlands of the green elves. At the same time, it defends and sustains those lands against disease, predation, and assaults of all kinds. The Leaflord is the patron of the Sy-Tel'Quessir and revered by many voadkyn. When the Sy-Tel'Quessir settled the Yuirwood, the Seldarine merged with the ancient gods of the Yuir, transforming them into aspects of the various powers of the elven pantheon. Both Magnar the Bear and Relkath of the Infinite Branches, also known as the Many-Limbed, Many-Branched, and the Old Man of the Yuirwood, became aspects of the Leaflord. relkath easily merged with and slowly reinvigorated a primative facet of the Leaflord's nature that had been slowly overshadowed over the ages by the increasingly tamed way of life of the Fair Folk, even among the Sy-Tel'Quessir. As a result of this subtle change of heart, in the centuries since absorbing Relkath, Rillifane's primordial spirit has returned to the fore to great effect. Concurrently, the Sy-Tel'Quessir and Cha-Tel'Quessir (half-elves of the Yuirwood) have rediscovered the ways of their most primative ancestors and reforged their tribal cultures, eschewing the formation of successors to the great green elven civilisations such as Illefarn, Thearnytaar, Eillûr, and Syòrpiir. In contrast to the obvious impact of the absorption of Relkath by the Leaflord, Magnar the Bear was almost totally subsumed after being absorbed, and this aspect of Rillifane is little remembered even among Cha-Tel'Quessir. The half-elves of the Yuirwood speak only of Magnar's Great Sleep, a centuries-long hibernation from which the Bear has yet to emerge. Much like Ubtao, Ulutia, and Uthgar, Rillifane is served by a host of great spirits including the primeval Bear (comingled with Magnar the Bear by the Cha-Tel'Quessir), Eagle, Raven, and Wolf, among others. These aspects of the Leaflord are recognised only by the Sy-Tel'Quessir and a few Cha-Tel'Quessir and not by the other elven or half-elven subraces. Unlike those other powers' worshipers, however, Rillifane's followers do not venerate any one great spirit exclusively, although they may have done so in the distant past. Instead, the Leaflord's faithful call upon one or more spirits assosiated with their god as appropriate for the situation at hand.
Rillifane is on good terms with all the Seldarine, as well as most sylvan and faerie powers. The Leaflord's primary concern is that all creatures have the oppertunity to act out their roles in nature without abusing them, a concern Rilifane shares with Corellon Larethian, the great creator and protector of the Fair Folk. Solonor Thelandira and Rillifane work together closely to preserve and protect the natural world, but they do differ fundamentally on the issue of hunting. In the spirit of the alliance that binds the Great Archer and the Leaflord, Solonor does not permit his priests and followers to hunt within the woods where Rillifane's brooding, forbidding presence cautions against this, unless their need is great. While Rillifane permits hunting for food by hungry folk, he detests hunting for hunting for sport. Rilifane is closely allied wth Emmantiensien the Treant-King and Silvanus the Oak Father. The trio's conversations are many and seemingly endless to others, as none of the three is given to hasty thought or expression. Rillifane is always a respected guest at the Seelie Court, and aside from Emmantiensien, he is friendliest with Skerrit the Forester and often romantically linked with Verenestra the Oak Princess. Rillifane is quiet, reflective, and enduring over eons unchanged. He is the least flighty of all the Seldarine, the least likely to act on a whim, and often grave and self-absorbed. The Leaflord rarely sends an avatar to the Prime, disliking direct action and preferring that his priests carry out his wishes. Rillifane's avatar appears only when major destruction of a Tel'Quessir (usually Sy-Tel'Quessir) habitat is threatened. The appearance of such an avatar is heralded by sudden gusts of wind shaking leaves from the trees, a sign unmistakable to his priests.
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