Olcan

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Also known as the High Bard, the Rhymester, the Jester

God of Art, Innovation, Creativity and Inspiration.

  • Associated Colours: Green, gold
  • Symbol: A harp

Art does not merely come from the creator, but rather it stems from the study and understanding of the works of others in your field. If we cannot support each other in art, what hope does anything remotely civilised have? Art is the bridge between cultures, races and nations, a language spoken by all that can stir emotions beyond any diplomatic treaties, the weapon that can change the world as much as any sword. Inspiration is key, and one must endeavour to capture whatever inspires you through your art or your craft. Bland flattery and unnecessary cruelty towards the works of others do not aid in the development of that art or in the honouring of Olcan. Do not allow your vision to be stifled by those around you, be they the critics or the established order, for the expression of the artist must be free. There are no short paths to the capturing of inspiration or the development of innovation, and one must be prepared to work their hardest to achieve it. No plagiarism can be tolerated from the follower of Olcan.

Overview

Olcan is most often viewed as a god of art, and indeed a lot of his focus is upon creativity. He is, however, not just focused upon matters such as literature or painting, but is also turned to by craftsmen and students who view their work as something requiring inspiration and innovation, from sculpture to masonry. He is a god that takes a direct interest in the creative works of people of all verities and encourages expression and inspiration equally. Churches of Olcan tended to be well-decorated buildings that acted more like trade-rooms and forums than they did a church, often a symbol of Olcan engraved on a table or woven into a tapestry being the only indication that the building wasn't a social centre. The idea of these buildings was to encourage a display or preformance of one's works and provoke mutual discussion, but events held there would be structured with community news and readings from the book of Olcan (an epic, quite literary, following the presumably fictitious figure of Wandering Tom who travelled the Realms and revelled in the creativity of other cultures) as well as any new pieces of writing made by attending Olcanites. In some cases these were real meetings of the minds, some of societies biggest leaps in ingenuity such as the astronomical clock and the ley-vault starting as sparks of ideas discussed under the roof of Olcan.