Worship of Aurvandil
Aurvandil is nearly unknown in the south. Among the hidden cities older texts speak of a female deity called Rocana, whose symbol was a blazing sun over a reaching tree; this suggests that the religion itself if not the name had its origins with elven missionaries. Some still remain, but the cosmopolitanism of the cities extends to Za’arel and the worship of Rocana has never really taken hold.
Aramasu, a deity of the sun, moon and stars traditionally depicted as a hunting woman, is known to the Haara nomads as a mythological figure, but not worshipped in the present day.
In Old Agryos Aurvandil was a female deity known under the name Ausos Asteri, though she was not widely worshipped. Most of her worshipers at that time were wandering preachers or hermits in remote areas.
In modern times Ausos Asteri is more widely known by their elven name, though most Agryan theologians still refer to the deity as female. Worship is even less widespread than before, as those inclined towards the worship of Aurvandil tend towards Peredor as a nation.
The people of Peredor have adopted some of the elven-style worship of Aurvandil, to the extent that it is the second largest religion in the province. However, Aurvandil is often relegated to a supporting role along with Brynn sja Brenna and Vengrim – known in Peredor by their elven name, Manaran.
Empire of Steel and Stone
Aurvandil is not widely worshipped by the Imperial Dwarves. A few small sects exist, but most of the functions that a church of Aurvandil would fulfil have already been claimed by Vengrim, Rhundr and Brenna.
The elves of Calandor make up the vast majority of the followers of Aurvandil. Worship of him is central to Calandor society, with his churches being large and ostentatious and settlements tending to be built around them, than the other way around. Aurvandil is seen is the epitome of good, illumination and protection from evil in most elven lands.
As the Lost Lands are largely comprised of former elven kingdoms, many of the eldest settlements there have a church to Aurvandil in them. However, worship of him is not widespread outside of the more staunchly religious elvish villages or farms.
While the orcs of the Iron Hills and Whispering Woods respect the religion of their elven neighbours as a rule, they do not participate in that worship. One point of contention that has caused strife in the past is the elven notion that Bǽlri, the orcish goddess of fire, is either a facet of, or a stepping stone to, the worship of Aurvandil. The iron orcs tolerate this in the name of their long-standing alliance, but tensions can occur between frustrated elven missionaries and Hearthsingers who do not appreciate being patronised.
Aurvandil is not widely worshiped among the Valmar. There are no churches in any major settlements, and any worshippers are likely to either be recent immigrants, or reclusive mystics.