The Divine Court/The Vanished
One creation myth for the elves describes divine birth as a result of spiritual harmonies between somnolent powers embodying the sun, Caen, and the moons. These gave rise to the gods of the Veld, carving their domain from a hostile spiritual realm (now conceded to be Urcaen), before giving birth to the elven race. The link between the elven gods and the celestial bodies ties them to great cycles of time and an intricate divine calendar. This is related to an elven system of astrological divination.
The name "Lyoss" is sometimes used to refer to the palace of the gods, at other times to the entire territory controlled by them in the Veld, and was later adopted by the elven empire in Eastern Immoren before it collapsed. The Veld is now understood to be the region of Urcaen encompassing and proximate to the domain of the elven gods; no one knows its current condition. There were a number of puissant divine servitors created by Lacyr whom the elves hope are defending and maintaining the afterlife. Certain constellations are named after these servitors.
Some domains below have been lost, and are not likely to ever be detailed, given none of these gods are granting clerical powers any longer (except Nyssor, among his people). GMs wanting to use these for their own purposes can get creative.
"Narcissar of Ages, and Potentate of the Living"
"Incissar of Hours, Sovereign of Conflict, General of Lyoss"
"Nis-Arsyr of Night, Suzerain of the Fallen, Watcher of the Gates of Lyoss"
"Arsyr of Day, Senechal of Lyoss Palace, Lorekeeper"
"Issyr of Summer, Armsmaster of Lyoss and Chief of Scouts"
"Nis-Scyir of Autumn, Court Assassin and Mistress of Poisons"
Nyssor(included as the Iosans count him as Vanished; this is the Iosan depiction of Nyssor)
"Scyir of Winter, Grand Crafter and also known as the Frozen Sage"
The Doomed Gods of the Elves
The elves, once the world's dominant race, builders of the first civilisation, are now concealing a terrible secret. Deep within the elven homeland of Ios, six great jewelled cities lie in ruins and decay. Only two of their great original cities remain: Iryss and the ancient capital, Shyrr. Cloistered away under the capital, below their most holy Fane, rests the weary form of the goddess of Spring... and she is dying. Scyrah, who helped give birth to elvenkind, beloved and last of the elven patrons, has no more than a century to live. Elven holy men know this with certainty, and believe nothing can prevent this fate. All of their other gods, around whom they built their magnificent cities, have vanished and never returned.
The cause of the gods' disappearance millennia ago is mysterious, but the effects have been profound. The formerly proud and powerful race has withdrawn into itself. The lands of Ios, once legendary for their beauty, now are shadowed and dying. The elves have become a race of orphans, adrift in fear and self-doubt. Their numbers are dwindling, and when the last goddess Scyrah finally passes on, no more Elf-children will be born at all. It is twilight for the elves, and there is no relief in sight.
Scyrah's clerics have a gut-churning dilemma before them. Each time they channel their patron's power, they take a bit of her strength and hasten her demise – and the demise of their entire race. At the same time, it is their duty as holy men to help those in need, and they know that elven society must be strong and faithful if Scyrah is to have any chance of survival. They agonise over each spell cast, trying to evaluate where the greater good lies. The priesthood has become fragmented in the last two centuries into three distinct sects, a reflection of the desperation of the elven people. The traditional Fane of Scyrah attends to the goddess in her last days, and encourages the elves to stay isolated and secretive. The radical and militant Retribution of Scyrah believes the vanishing of the gods and Scyrah's illness are a result of an attack upon them and wish to strike back against perceived enemies. Most hopeful is the somewhat naive Seekers sect, who think all is not yet lost and a solution to their doom awaits them if they look hard enough for it, perhaps with help from the other races.
Domains for Scyrah's Clerics
Scyrah is a chaotic good deity. Each of the major sects portrays Scyrah slightly differently, and picks from different domains.