Legendae de Unitas Deos
The Legendae de Unitas Deos, or Legends of the Gods United, is a book that was first written by Gernandus Esterl in 440 PF, three years after the formation of the United Church. Gernandus was a priest of Tyaus in Andermark, and wrote the tome as a symbol of this new unity. This first edition was a dry theological text, full of notes on the worship of the four gods that Gernandus had taken whilst talking with the priests of the other three gods. The resulting book was donated to the Church of Tyaus in Fordheim.
In 373 PF his grandson Gebhard Esterl went back to re-read his grandfather’s work and, finding it in his view incomplete and rather dry, undertook a trek around the Realm to gather more stories about the four gods of the Church. This journey would take him nearly twenty years to complete, with stories and notes that would eventually fill three tomes sent back at intervals to Gebhard’s estates in Fordheim. Gebhard would return at the end of the twenty year period and spend the rest of his life compiling, editing and organising the stories he had collected, re-donating the end result to the United Church. The Church would publish several copies, which were mostly sold to the nobility of Andermark.
Nearly three hundred years would pass before the book was edited again, this time by a Calavrian named Benito Vallore, a follower of Gebrick. With permission from the United Church he went on a similar journey to Gebhard, travelling the Realm to collect stories for the work. This time the focus would be more on “folklore” and unofficial stories that the Esterl’s had overlooked beforehand, dismissing them as frivolous, as well as stories that had emerged in the three hundred years since the book was first written. In the end Benito’s travels would take eleven years of constant journies back and forth across the Realm, with the third edition of the Legendae being published in 75 PF in Calavria, Vallore taking care to finance the creation of several hundred copies that were sold across the Realm to nobility and rich merchant families.
The end result of this is the Legendae de Unitas Deos which exists today, a collection of songs, stories, folklore and mythologies of the four gods of the United Church. Whilst not part of any official theology these tales are part of the popular consciousness of the worshippers of the Four, whether local or spread out across the Realm. Some are part of other written works in separate kingdoms, whilst others are so local that without the Legendae they would not be known to the world outside a particular district or village at all. Most of the tales are accompanied by notes explaining to those unfamiliar with them their background and place of origin, a conceit put in place by Benito due to the relative obscurity of the tales he in particular collected.