I have been told by sailors from the northern continent of Kriosborea that the precious tin they sell to us, they trade for from a group of islands with peculiar inhabitants who have witches walking amongst them. They call these occultist women Völva and they are a valued part of their society. These seers will travel the islands and commune with spirits and drive out foul things on the behalf of the islanders. They keep their part of the world peaceful and the sailors tell me that the Völva have made pacts with chthonian entities called the Hniflugr, which have allowed them to mine for the tin in their underground realm. These pacts have brought the islands great prosperity. A woman who seeks to become a Völva needs to undertake a ritual. They need to go out deep into the woods at the winter solstice. For the few hours when the sun is still up they need to find the matron eidolon that they call the Völvmodir. A figure which during this ritual takes on a body made out of the flesh of the dead and rotting bark that forms a shell for her shadow. From this inner shadow sprouts twisted branches made out of bones. She will stand on one leg to make herself taller and to disguise herself as a tree in the forest. If the sun sets before finding Völvmodir the seeker is in great mortal peril and most seekers never find her. The ritual is successful if the woman can find Völvmodir and break off one of her bone branches. This marks a covenant between them and the branch becomes the spiritual fetish that binds them together for life and lets the Völva work magic through it. For most Völva the bone branch they acquire is typically not much larger than a cane, but there are tales of some Völva who have broken off parts which are so long that they become staffs that they can sit on for magical flight. One such woman was Kirki the Völva of the Sky. It’s said that she had lost her sight during the ritual, but Völvmodir would through her enchanted bone grant Kirki a vision of the world. She spent many years swiftly delivering medicine and aid between the islands during perilous times and is to this day a popular hero in songs and tales for the children of the islands. — Excerpt of Muiron's Collected Tales of Oizys * * * My first post on Minds. I appreciate how much text that I'm allowed to post compared to twitter and instagram.
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