The World of Kyrnd
The Raven Queen
The name of the god of death is long forgotten, but she is called the Raven Queen. She is the spinner of fate and the patron of winter. She marks the end of each mortal life, and mourners call upon her during funeral rites, in the hope that she will guard the departed from the curse of undeath.
She expects her followers to abide by these commandments:
✦ Hold no pity for those who suffer and die, for death is the natural end of life.
✦ Bring down the proud who try to cast off the chains of fate. As the instrument of the Raven Queen, you must punish hubris where you find it.
She dwells outside the mortal plane, presiding over the entrance to the Halls of the Dead. She holds dominion and judges the souls of the departed, weighing the sins of their heart on her golden scale and granting a simple copper coin, a Charon’s Obol, to a worthy petitioner. A few times in the history of the world, those who have led exemplary lives are granted more than one coin, allowing them to pay for passage of those who cannot. The Obol is no material coin, and can only be given by the Raven Queen – it matters not how much wealth the petitioner had in life.
With each coin given, a mortal soul is bought, they may rest in her realm and gain peace finally, but they belong to the Raven Queen now. There are ancient legends of souls being won back from the Raven Queen, and allowed to return to life, and the Raven Queen’s Riddle but very few people have managed it in recorded history, and very few recall the details of their resurrection.
Bards sing songs of great heroes that have managed to journey to the underworld, and bargain with the Raven Queen to grant life to one of those that now belong to her. One thing the legends all hold in common, the Raven Queen enforces the chains of fate, and never gives up a soul easily. Even common folk have glimpsed her realm and returned to tell the tale though, usually through brief near death experiences, or by being revived after technically being dead, such as through drowning.