Religion - Daghyld

Name................ Daghyld
Association......... Goddess of Honor and Valor
Realms/Patronage.... Virtue, Chivalry, Valor, Wisdom in Battle
Symbols and Signs... Spear behind a shield (in Ishikawa, a peony)
Animal or Avatar.... Gold Dragon (in Ishikawa, a crane)
Ethos............... Lawful
Alignment........... Good

Daghyld is known to the world as the Virgin Goddess of Honour and Valor. She is the first child of Digna, who came into the world pregnant, and soon thereafter felt the pangs of labor. Taking a knife to her belly she split herself open, and from her sprang a fully adult Daghyld, dressed head to toe in a silvery armor and bearing her namesake weapon, a spear.

Daghyld is worshipped in most places devoted to goodness and weal. Her following includes many highmen, humans, and elves, and others devoted to the way of Light. She is the inspiration for many a knight, and is regarded the patron goddess of one of Ayreon's most famous clans, Camethal.

Many of the goddess's followers are adept in the skills of war; even her priests ride and joust as knights can. Daghyld's followers are more likely to be templars than priests, however, and are found more often in large settlements than in wild areas. This is due to their wish to 'civilize' the world, to bring to it law and order, and is due also to their realization that such order many times cannot be brought along peacably. Nonetheless her followers are dedicated as well to honor and valour, and not infrequently have the forces of Light stopped just short of annihilating their opponents because Daghyld's knights would rather grant mercy than death.