Vaku is the patron god of Humans.
According to mythology, Vaku is the husband of Hyla, and the creator and patron god of Humans. Vaku is powerful and strong, often regarded as a warrior, but he is also revered as being clever and canny. Vaku and Hyla are strangely unconnected to the other patron gods.
Vaku is worshiped exclusively by Humans, and is believed to ignore all other species.
Depictions of Vaku show him as a handsome human man, sometimes as a warrior, other times dressed richly like a king. His hair color and complexion varies wildly.
Stories about Vaku
The Victory of Princess Nadezhda
Long ago, during the Dark Years, there was a kingdom called Cu’thean. Cu’thean was a rich land, a place of wheat and timber, and the people were strong and of a hearty nature. However, such fine land draws the greed of other peoples, and as the king grew old, the barbarians began to press against the boundaries of the kingdom, raiding and pillaging.
The king charged the defense of the land to his general, for he had no sons, and but a single daughter, the Princess Nadezhda. The princess had grown up training to be a queen; and though she possessed some knowledge of weaponry, it was not the place of a young woman to lead armies. And so the general lead the army away from the city, thinking to destroy the barbarians. But though they were savages, they were not new to the art of warfare, and many of them flanked the army, and made for the undefended capital.
With her father too weak and sick to lead what few guardsmen they had into battle, many in the city believed it would fall, and some chose to flee. But Princess Nadezhda went among the people, saying to them, “Do not fear, but pray to the gods for aid.” She herself went to the great temple of Vaku and Hyla, and sat on her knees in prayer. She remained into the night, refusing food or water, and over and over she whispered, “Lord of Battle, Lady of Power, guide my people in this time of trial, guide my hand and give me the strength to preserve my kingdom, and lay obstacles before our enemies.” In the dead of night, the temple was suddenly brilliant with light, and before her stood Vaku in the guise of an armored warrior. His armor was like fire, his sword a ray of sunlight, and his cloak was as smoke on the wind. The princess cowered before him as he spoke; “You have the heart of a warrior and a queen, and I have come to answer your prayer. Your kingdom requires a powerful warrior, and so that is what you will become; I shall guide your sword in battle, and if your people remain faithful, you shall prevail over your foes.” With that, he touched her forehead, and vanished.
Princess Nadezhda rushed from the temple, praising the gods and singing, “The gods are with us! Have hope, the gods are at our side!” She returned to the castle and took up her father’s weapons, his broadsword and an artifact called the rotator. She could not wear his armor, so instead she donned his old tunic, and strode out beyond the walls to face the approaching horde. As the sun rose, the barbarian army reached the city, and finding just one girl armed with weapons much too large for her, they laughed and jeered. The princess called for her guards on the walls to ready their arrows, and called a single warning to the opposing army: “Turn back, or be destroyed!” When they did not depart, she charged towards them, screaming the names of the gods.
After the battle, people would argue about what they saw; some saw only the princess, fighting foe after foe, somehow managing to lift the sword and rotator again and again. Others saw her glowing with power; sparks shooting off her blade as she parried and fire trailing where she trod. Others yet would swear they saw a man beside her in the fray, guarding her back and striking down any who dared come near. In the end, the barbarians were killed to a man, and the princess, victorious, returned to the city unharmed.
In the days to follow, Princess Nadezhda would give praise to Vaku for saving the city, and for the rest of her days she would frequent the temples, thanking the gods for their aid and blessings. She became a great queen, and led the kingdom of Cu’thean for many years, unchallenged by neighboring lands.