Luciphage

An oneiros, who achieved apotheosis through honour, loyalty, and dedication to duty.

The original Luciphage was a lictor, combining the roles of bodyguard, bailiff, and executioner for a judge. His particular judge was treacherously assassinated by the ruling party that had employed him. Luciphage avenged this crime, eventually sacrificing his life in the process. Other legends of Luciphage and his avatars involve the punishment of renegades, oathbreakers, and traitors. As a literary or dramatic vehicle, they are used to discuss justice and mercy. A recurrent theme is the reciprocal nature of duty, the obligations of a leader to his loyal followers.

In art and iconography, Luciphage is depicted as a tall figure shrouded in a vast black mantle, armed with a headsman’s axe, and sometimes accompanied by a raven. Usually his face is invisible in shadows, but in some works an innocent has flung back the folds of his mantle to reveal a perfect handsome leshy face. Luciphage is symbolised by a raven, a black pebble or go stone, and the black orchid.

Luciphage is worshipped by executioners, by heralds, and by dedicated retainers, such as some senior servants and agema. His avatars are usually members of the previous categories or else driven by the urge to avenge some treachery. Dreams of Luciphage haunt the sleep of those who break or betray loyalties, or who perpetrate treachery.

Luciphage’s major realms are duty, loyalty, oaths, retribution, and death. His minor realms are night, travel, heralds & ambassadors, self-discipline, and the mystic disciplines.


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