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Blood of the World
TitleThe Blood Catcher
DomainBlood, Heritage, Connection
Divine rank3

An often misunderstood god, Viratas presides over blood in both literal and figurative terms.



Blood is the elixir a life, a connection between living creatures. It is the intrinsic bond of families and peoples, a messenger of what traits and history binds them. Viratas governs over the sanctity of such connections with an emphasis on loyalty to those within one's community of blood.

Some of his principles are set out in the Viratassa.


Viratas often appears as a man of late middle years with burgundy eyes and crimson hair. His body is broad shouldered and scarred like a warrior's. There is a depth to his expression that softens its stony lines, as if he was familiar with the grief of all who have been betrayed.


A worshipper of Viratas would say they worship the god of the essence, life and connection. Blood sustains life, binds peoples and serves as the ultimate sacrifice. Any crime against life and community is a crime against their god.

Viratas calls for devotion to god, the Viratassa and sentient life. The prime virtues he espouses are sacrifice, loyalty and respect for all people that bear blood. However, followers have defined "people" in contradicting terms, or place higher value on their own blood than others. Especial fealty to one's family and kind is not contrary to Viratas's principles. Loyalty is an encouraged trait.

Followers diverge greatly within Viratas's sphere, presenting a seemingly dualistic faith. He honors both those who shed blood to preserve life and those who keep blood from being shed for meaningless things. A worshiper may be honored for keeping his community peaceful and bountiful, where another will be rewarded for spilling blood to ensure his community is not destroyed.

Viratas is worshipped largely by the Symenestra.


One of the original rituals of worship included the letting of blood from an animal and commonly the penitent. Animals used in this ceremony would have been raised as pets by the worshiper, so their sacrifice would emphasize the gravity of the penitent's wrongdoing. This gesture was not intended for every temple visit, but to mark any significant transgressions in the worshipper's life. If the worshipper kept no animals, a blood oath could be taken in which the worshipper would swear to make recompense to the community or person wronged. Failure to uphold the oath could result in a divine reckoning.

The shed blood is gathered in sacred glass bowls and offered up to Viratas as a covering for the trespasses against the life that blood represented. Blood from the worshipper is only given in small doses, and usually in a show of thanks as opposed to a sacrifice for wrongs. These personal sacrifices of blood are placed on a piece of parchment or fabric and then burned.

If sentient blood is spilt by a worshipper, Viratas requires a blessing over it. A common version of this blessing is said over meals: "May this blood give greater life." In Symenos: "Moz seh krevas dav'ene (give me/us) obris zhevat."

In present times, some fringe worshipers have become more violent. They see the nature of Viratas as connected to sustenance and violence instead of life and community. Their rituals reflect this shift in perspective and tend to be literal bloodbaths followed by feasting on sacrifices


Viratas's gnosis is Silakrov, the ability to absorb another's memories and eventually skills through the drinking of their blood. Blood will also have healing properties for the drinker. In its negative form it results in physical disorders of blood.



Related threads: Viratas
heightMorals of the Sinful CompassViratas appears to Voreasos and the human he spared.