Monday, November 14, 2011

[November 14th] Chuck Wendig's Blackbloom, A Hermaphrodite Deity

The Hermaphrodite-Angel of Peladan by Czanara

I've been exponentially unavailable to sit down and update my blog, even though I consider to have quite a few opinions as of late. But let's not wind up early on a Monday. I'm starting the week with a worldbuilding project hosted by Chuck Wendig. Wendig has become my go-to guru, when it comes to reading writing advice, mainly because he's telling things that ring true and mainly because he presents concepts, which I have already read in a flambe of tasteful profanity. 

His latest project is creating the world of Blackbloom, where his loyal readers pitch in ideas under 100 words for every aspect of the world. Last challenge, the emphasis was on the Blackbloom pantheon and my goddess-god Tallyr has been picked. The reason why I'm happy for this is that Tallyr is the sole representative of alternative gender. Tallyr is a hermaphrodite:

Tallyr is the god-goddess of the Blackbloom flowers, which grant un-death. Tallyr was once called the Lightless Garden as he/she grew the Blackbloom flowers during the third season, when Blackbloom enters into an eclipse, when her power over shadows and their secrets ripens. It is said that his/her body is the soil and the seeds from which the Blackbloom flowers grow. Now, Tallyr walks as a frail figure with eye lids grown shut and the way he/she hears is through the vibrations in the ground. 

I'm thrilled to have a hermaphrodite in the pantheon, because who knows what kind of myths may go around based on the fact that Tallyr represents both genders, which is apt because everyone dies, no matter if they are male and female, so un-death is available to all. In this vein of thought, the deity of un-death should represent both genders. 

The next challenge is about geography. Come join us. 

As a side question: Are you tired with a normal male/female pantheons that sprout in most fantasy novels? Also, can you recommend a book where an other than male/female gender is used for a deity?