Who's Who The Centaur Gods
The Gods --
Coran the Golden
Coran is the Patriarch of the Centaur people. Well known as a once mortal hero in the late age of Heroes, from before the Undying Wars. For his deeds in mortal life, he became a god in his middle years.
Coran is all knowing and all being, his mood is reflected in the weather. He has sworn to protect the centaur people as long as their own foolishness is not the cause of harm. He is the defender of the centaur way of life, protector of the family and patron of fathers and husbands. He is a smith and holds favor with that profession, but honors all honest work. Above all he holds the word of honor sacred, and will strike down those that break oaths made in his name.
Coran appears as an 8' male centaur of the color pattern known as "golden", cream colored body with hair, beard, mane, and tail of real gold. The color is extremely rare, and some hold that those showing it are descended from, or marked by the god. Coran himself has withheld comment. His skin is a dark brown, somewhat weathered, he wears his beard and mane long and wild. He is not known for manifesting any other form.
Suszan is the first wife of Coran, and the head of his household of women. She began as a human woman, it is said from another world. She fell in love with Coran, changed her species and married him. Suszan is well known for the "unique" approach to things. She has a rapport with the local wildlife, and they bring her news and warnings about the happenings about her estate in Scottsdale. She is the patron of centaur females, especially wives and mothers. She is aware of all that is happening to centaurs, and has been known to take personal action when the need is great. It has been noted that weapons shot at her hit the user, not the target.
Suszan appears as a 7'4" centaur with a golden chestnut body with four white stockings with lightning marks and red-gold hair. Her eyes are amber, and she is of a fair complexion. She has been known to manifest as a human woman occasionally when space or circumstance would not accommodate her normal appearance.
Emmela is the patron of childbirth, and the junior wife. She has the power to grant wishes, and none can argue or become aggressive in her presence. She can ease a difficult childbirth or assure a easy one. It is for this most She is a 7' 4" tall red chestnut with four white stockings and red gold hair. She has green eyes, and an olive complexion. Most images show her with a child at side, or pregnant.
Cora is the patron of Centaur arts. She is the oldest of Coran's wives. She has a voice that charm birds from the trees. She can perform any artistic skill with ease, and grant talent in a skill to mortals.
Cora is 7'10" with a raven black body, and raven black hair. She has dark chocolate eyes, and a milk chocolate complexion.
Centauran tradesman will usually have an image of her in their shop, using the tools of their trade.
Montgomery is the son of Coran and Suszan. He is the patron if youth, the unmarried and children. He has the power of creation, and has been know to manifest in many places at once.. He is prayed to in matters of romance and love.
Montgomery has a copper red body and gold hair in the manner of his father. His eyes are amber and his complexion is fair. He remains clean shaven. A trait unusual in golden centaurs.
Images of this demigod are not common. Youth seeking his favor have begun wearing a medallion depicting a wild rose
Tanor is the son of Coran. He is the parton of arms and centaur paladins. Mortals are awestruck in his presence. On the field of battle he voice carries over everything, and is disheartening to the enemy.
Tanor is a classic golden centaur. A cream colored body with golden hair. He has grey eyes and deeply tanned complexion. He is clean shaven.
His symbol is usually the bared sword.
Other Notables --
Shanee -- Personal Servant to Coran
Female Centaur. Shanee is the First Priestess and Headwife of Coran's Lakelands household. She manages his religious woman and such matters has he leaves in her hands.
Darilban -- Personal Servant to Suszan
Male Ane. Darilban is Suszan's first Personal Servant. Daril, as he is commonly called, is Suszan's constant sidekick. He handles small matters for her and runs interferance with busybodies.
Salamartis -- Immortal
Female Human. Sal is Suszan's body servant and first maid. She sees to the ladies needs in the household. Sal was given immortal status for her years of faithful serves. She also handles small matters of religion for the goddess in keeping with her new abilities.
No Man -- Demigod
Good Question. No Man is Coran's Herald. This mysterious being carries the word of the god where ever he wills it. No Man never takes offensive action, and no one offends him twice. This strange formless being has never accepted worship nor sought it. His presence generally is taken as an omen, usually not a good one.
Friends and Enemies
The Vala --
The Centaurs are on good terms with this council. The Elves and the Centaurs are both considered first children. While some would consider the Centaurs a cadet of the Vala, such is not the case. Mutual respect for cousins is more the reality of the matter.
The Avians --
Respect is given these protector deities. In some cases personal friendship. Tesral was Coran's Last mortal lord, and he still performs some functions within Tesral's government as well as living on Eyrian soil. Abba Eecreeana is a respected friend and Ivan a member of the Eyriean Imperial family. The other Avians in this informal council are not considered close.
Abba Book --
Abba Book is the God responsible for Suszan McDonald being on Greyhawke in the first place. He brought her over from one of his trips to other worlds. Abba Book is a frequent visitor to the Scottsdale house, and the Father of Anna's given child Jason.
Nathaniel was one of the people that helped Suszan become comfortable in her new world. He remains a fast friend.
Some would consider this an unlikely friend. However, Mephistopheles and Suszan where thrown into unusual circumstances together. The result was Suszan acquired the McDonald clan, and a fast friendship with the Lord of Hell.
Kirt seems to be everyone's friend. He is a frequent visitor to the Scottsdale house and an old friend of Coran's.
This grudge is believed, and confirmed, to have started when Diana crashed a party held by Coran and his friends. The goddess lost her all important modesty, and Coran would not allow the mortals present to be punished for circumstances they did not cause. In the ensuing "discussion" Diana got kicked through a closed door. She ended up sitting naked in a public street, the remnants of a door on and around her, and her diefic dignity in shreds.
Coran has expressed some regret at the last action, and admits he should have opened the door first. As to her lasting enmity, "that is her problem, and I'll kick her ass every time she tries to get even."
Toshira Nagara --
Coran's best statement on Toshira Nagara is "He is an honorable man". Suszan will not say as much. This is a case of a lasting disagreement on basic philosophy. Coran, and Suszan have little use for someone that hurts people for fun. There is no enmity, but each side agrees it is best to not bother the other.
Zeus tried to force Coran into the Olympic pantheon in his early days as a god. Zeus quickly learned he had bitten off more than he could chew. Zeus has since done Coran ever dirty turn he could, and Coran has made him eat every one of them. No love lost on either side.
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The Above is a work of fiction. All persons and creatures are fictional, any resemblance to persons living or dead is coincidental.
Copyright Garry Stahl: Jan 1996. All rights reserved, re-print only with permission.