Gebrick

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Also known as the Brother of the Scythe, the Humble God, the God of Mud and Paupers

God of Agriculture, Trade, Crafting and Community.

  • Colours: Chestnut and Forest Green
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  • Favoured Weapon: Any peasant weapon

Respect the resources of your people and land, so they are not depleted for future years. Never cheat another when buying or selling. All that you craft must be suitable for the task it is required for. Regard must be given to all who are part of the community, and its hierarchy must be respected. You must aid your neighbours in times of need. The community is more important than one person, or even one person’s ideals. Selfishness cannot be tolerated.

Overview

Gebrick is the god of the everyman, most often paid tribute to by the common folk amongst humanity. He is humble and inimposing, and often prayed to regarding matters of everyday life such as trade and agriculture and what’s productive for a community rather than matters of mercantile or of warfare. As a god of fairly basic values, worship of Gebrick is almost entirely amongst the peasantry. He has little to offer nobles, soldiers or politicians, and does not grant his blessings for anything other than the fostering of a communal atmosphere and the steady progress of life in general.

That said, a merchant announcing himself as a follower of Gebrick is usually a sign that he can be trusted to bring a fair and resonable price. Followers of Gebrick are many things: farmers, masons, blacksmiths, carpenters, thatchers, fletchers, cobblers - but what they aren’t are cheats. Followers of Gebrick are believers in fair trade and producing the best quality out of what they work it, be it land, ore, wood, stone or anything else. Devout followers of Gebrick tend to be selfless and accommodating people.


History

The origins of worship of Gebrick stem right back to ancient Calavria. The farmers that would till the land to feed Antinori worshiped the Brother of the Scythe so he might see them good harvest and fair weather. A site atop of the hill outside of Antinori was home of one of Ereda’s oldest known churches, a small and humble chapel of Gebrick most befitting the god himself. Whilst that church has collapsed several times over the centuries that followed, the site remained so strongly affiliated to Gebrick that, rather than salvaging the stone of the chapel to build walls or homes, the peasantry rebuilt the church time and time again. That small church was still standing come the Fall, but the fate of it is unknown for now.

As goods were traded and produce moved, so too spread the word of Gebrick. Priests of Gebrick were usually ordained in humble ceremonies by village elders and quite often would travel the nations of the world spreading the world of the Humble God. Quite often these wandering priests would attach themselves to merchants, vouching for the quality of the produce and ensuring that it saw a fair price. It was little surprise that not only did the word of Gebrick take hold quite so quickly in other nations, but that it became popular to have at least a local priest of Gebrick overseeing and organising many of the market squares amongst the working classes.

What made the word of Gebrick survive was a simple affair of word-of-mouth and the fact that Gebrick’s teachings were mostly done in anecdotal tales and fables. Fairness, moderation, trust and pride in hard labour were easily communicated through these tales and were quite often adapted to be accessible to children. Gebrician values were values that caused a community to thrive, and as such worship of Gebrick remained integral to most communities.

As Gebrick’s word spread, however, there was some concern amongst other churches about a god so widely worshiped that had no real texts. Priests of Gebrick for a long while had no formalised establishment for worship, nor and accepted texts of Gebrick to teach from. For the followers of Gebrick, however, a formalised text was worth little to men and women that could not read it.

A monastery was built in Lancereaux to try and tackle this issue. Jeffrey de Cassel commissioned a Halls of Scripture and Learning for local priests of Gebrick to learn basic letters and numeracy. De Cassel himself visited several of the larger Gebrician communities to meet with priests of Gebrick and collect as much knowledge as he could to create a formalised Book of Gebrick. Over the years this volume has been re-written, revised, and even challenged as to its authenticity both within and outside of the church of Gebrick. But it was de Cassel’s text that, come the formation of the United Church, was given a final revision and included in the Libris Unitas.

There was an incident within Andermark which is often cited as to the popularity of worship of Gebrick, and is often included in sermons to Gebrick today. A lord, the identity of which has been oft debated but overall lost to the ages, rallied his men-at-arms and the peasantry of his lands and marched to war against Lancereaux. The lord and his master of arms, a knight, would each morning lead a prayer to Aethon to guide them true as they travelled and bid them blessings in the coming war. The lord, however, noticed that in prayer the peasantry all knelt together and did not follow the sermon that the knight was giving. Their lips moved silently and they would stop a good minute before the Aethonite men-at-arms finished. The lord then went the peasants and asked them: ‘What prayers do you speak, if not to Aethon, to guide us in this war?’

‘We pray to Gebrick, my lord,’ said one of the peasants.

‘What good is Gebrick as we march to engage an enemy? What good is a pauper-god of grain and crops? Surely you should be asking Aethon for his blessing, to make good our blades and hold true our pikes.’

‘You pray for the battle because there is glory in it for you, my Lord,’ the peasant replied. ‘However, should you die, your estate and your lands will remain secure. Should we die we stand to lose much more, and as such we pray not for victory today, but in hopes that your lands remain fertile and yields us everything we need for our livelihoods, so that our families may live happily without us and so you have populated lands to return to.’

If anything, worship of Gebrick has increased since the Fall. Community has become an important ideal to be preserved in the wake of such disastrous times, and an ideal that the teachings of Gebrick can aid in restoring. As well as this, with the land being cramped and limited, it is more important than ever to pray to Gebrick for good harvest.

Gebrick appeared at the Last Battle of Starkholm as a plain man with fair features, dark hair, and dressed in the garb of peasant infantry. His garb was remarkable in how clean it was, but other than that seemed little more that well-made cotton with suitable enough decoration to look impressive without being garish or overdone . He carried with him a pike and notably did not stray far from Tyaus’s side during the battle itself.


Worship

Worship of Gebrick is, like the god himself, usually humble and unfrivolous. Communities usually observe a sermon every seventhday, but these sermons are usually held along with announcements of local affairs from the village’s priest, mayor, elder or even their local sheriff. Followers usually on these seventhday sermons will share several prayers together and listen to the tales chosen to be told by the priest leading the sermon, usually connected to local affairs or recent events. If a village had recently seen a tragedy, for instance, the sermon would be utilised to restore faith in the villagers. If a harvest proved particularly fruitful, the sermon would be conducted to celebrate the bounteous harvest and, depending on how truly plentiful the harvest was, might well see fresh bread distributed amongst the villagers.

Other than that, worship of Gebrick is usually private and much varied. A farmer in birthing season would likely stay up with his sons and his farmhands to see that the births go without complications. That farmer, illuminated undoubtedly by lanterns or a firepit to keep out the chill, would also light a solitary candle for Gebrick and pray in order to thank the god for each living calf. Those that work the land would often cast some grain loose into the air in tribute to Gebrick. In Andermark and Damryn, men that headed into the forests to collect timber would find themselves praying much more frequently in an attempt to ward off the beastkin and the demons that dwelled within, but these prayers would often be swiftly-murmured please to any god that might be listening, and particularly after the formation of the United Church these prayers were quite often readdressed to Tyaus or Aethon.

Autumn and spring are very important days for the average Gebrician. Even those whose trade is more in crafting and building are taught often of how a community thrives on all levels, and what common sense could not tell of a how important a good season is to anyone of a village or town, the teachings of Gebrick can more than make up for with its several tales of rival farmers and shepherds, the impatient and the lazy always being thwarted by particularly bad turns of weather.

The Harvest Festival is a tradition that stems from Gebrician values. Such occasions are an opportunity to show thanks to the Brother of the Scythe for keeping his followers in good faith through the harvest seasons by allowing them an opportunity to celebrate as a community the fruits of the lands and their labours.


International Variation

Damryn

Worship of Gebrick in Damryn almost strictly adhered to what has been mentioned above. Most towns and villages were crowded wattle-and-daub communities that saw most men and women spending their entire lives in them, learning the trade of their parents and passing it on to their children. As such, Gebrick was worshiped widely within these communities.

Lancereaux

The opinion of Gebrick within Lancereaux was a poor one. The negative nickname of the ‘God of Mud and Paupers’ stems from the Lancesians, who viewed the deity to be a rung below Aethon and Tyaus. There were cases of Gebrician worship being frowned upon as it detracted from working the land, and as such it was further oppressed by the lord that condemned it. To them, they were enacting the will of Tyaus.

Andermark

Within Andermark, Gebrick was a respected god amongst the lower classes and gentry alike. Gebrick was seen as the protector of the common folk and the god that worked in favor with the needs for the peasantry. Most anyone that wished to eat well come the winter payed some tribute to Gebrick, and popularity for the Humble God only increased with the formation of the United Church, but he again was never revered as much as Aethon and Tyaus.

Calavria

Gebrick was better regarded in Calavria than elsewhere, though his Calavrian interpretation placed much more emphasis on his role in commerce and trade than labour, particularly within the mercantile classes.. He was seen as the quintessential businessman by the Calavrians, and his teachings about community and binding were often all but overlooked. That said, Calavria had the widest worship of Gebrick amongst classes that weren’t peasantry than any other of the Realm.

Ibarran

Worship of Gebrick was very popular within Ibarran. There was a higher proportion of villages built with a Gebrician monastery there than there was anywhere else. The communities of Ibarran thrived from the teachings of Gebrick.

Norlundar

The Norls have never worshiped Gebrick in any organised fashion. As such, any Gebrician followers in Norlundar were exceptions, and would likely have conducted their worship in the manner of their conversion.