The God of Dreams
Domains: Change, Madness, Moon
Symbology: Orbs, ripples, blurry lines.
Rhiannon takes many forms, but she most often appears as a little girl of indeterminate age with hair black as night, sometimes with butterfly wings of shifting colors; as a swarm of butterflies that shift colors; or as a sparkling will o’ wisp.
As the goddess of dreams, Rhiannon revels in that which is indistinct and often expresses discomfort or disdain at the notion of linear time, despite being bound by it. She enjoys mysteries and uncertainty, and tends to answer general prayers made by the lost or confused. Rhiannon is often associated with hallucinogenic drugs, delusions brought on by fever, memory and forgetfulness, and long periods of soul-searching. Despite her erratic nature, Rhiannon is also known for using confusion to aid her followers in finding stability and identity, and because of this odd dichotomy, priests of Rhiannon can be both eccentric and utterly reliable at the same time. Oneiromancy is a large part of their worship, though dreams are used less for divination and more as windows into the soul or wellsprings of power and enlightenment.
Lycanthropes often claim Rhiannon as their patron goddess, though she has never shown them particular favor.
When the gods began to seed the universe with new worlds, Rhiannon suggested a plane on which the world of reality would coexist with a second world of dreams. Once it was created, she gave the two worlds distinct names but the plane itself remains nameless. No one quite understands what she’d planned when she had it created or what precisely she wanted it for, but she does pay it a lot of attention.
Change: Rhiannon’s change is the slow, meandering change of clouds and ripples in the water, and the gradual unfolding of self-discovery. It is found in the constant shifting of mists, and the transitory state of that which is between. Her followers have faith that nothing lasts forever, and that there is nothing to fear in uncertainty or transformation.
Rhiannon’s faithful take up the responsibility of opposing stagnation and drudgery, and encourage others to reinvent themselves and find truth in metamorphosis.
Madness: The madness of the goddess of dreams is not raving lunacy, nor violent psychosis. It is the gentle insanity of the uncanny valley, of logic that is not quite logic. It is the madness of infinite possibility and infinite potential, distilled into the imbalance of the mortal mind that attempts to embrace or expect the unknown and unknowable. Rhiannon’s followers are known to accept strange truths and redefine plausibility. The extremes of gullibility and paranoia—sometimes both at once—are commonly found among her faithful.
Priests of Rhiannon seek wisdom and inspiration in that which lies beyond the usual limits of reason and sensory input. They are known for trances and visions. Inducing nightmares in themselves and others in order to explore, combat or evoke fear is a frequent endeavor (and not always done with permission).
Moon: Rhiannon’s association with the moon stems from her power over transformation, transience and nightmares. That the celestial body looms large in the collective mortal imagination pleases her, as it tends to provoke subconscious or even literally unconscious prayer in the face of nighttime mysteries and terrors. The moon is both a light in the darkness of night and a lure for the unwary, and in the same way, Rhiannon is both a comfort and a danger. She is capricious and whimsical. Her followers’ powers are constant regardless of the moon’s phase, as they are not tied directly to it, but many of their rites and holy days are predicated on its movements.
Rhiannon’s faithful hold the moon’s transitory nature as a symbol of their goddess’ own nature, and have created and spread countless myths regarding the two and their interactions with mortals. Whether any of these myths are true is unknown and often considered irrelevant.