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Lord of Thieves and the Night
God of Stealth and Secrecy, Lord of the Thieves, and Master of the Night, are but three of the names offered to this dark majesty. Little is known with any certainty of this god, who is worshipped by thieves and assassins and adventurers alike.
Rhasa is no friend of the Darkness, yet he moves not with the Light either. He is held in esteem amongst the temples because it is believed that he is no supported of the Darkness; yet his ways are of the night, cloaked in mystery. If indeed he is no supporter of Darkness, neither does he work openly for Light. Thus, though they respect him, few of the temples trust him fully. But he is known to have great liking and respect for the Goddess Athara.
He thinks none too highly of Morlock, and indeed seems to avoid him whenever possible. But then, he seems to avoid all the other gods as well except for his mistress and competitor Althâriy (and possibly Athara), so the matter is unclear.
Rhasa is a master of disguise and intrigues, and has a decided sense of humour. He has been known to bestow favours of various kinds upon adventurers and thieves showing great skill and daring in their exploits. He is also known to have helped knights and persons of the light, yet for these his help is often unreliable and his advice may lead to paths unforeseen.
He has only rarely formed friendships with mortal beings, and there is but a single legend of the Dark Majesty falling in love with a mortal maiden (and it is rather disputed whether there be any truth therein).
The aspects of Rhasa are darkness, stealth, thievery, and cunning.
Rhasa has worn many signs, and each area may see a different aspect of the God. In the Southern Empire the sign of the God may be a black cat or a shadowy man standing in darkness with light slanting down upon him substantiating him in grey tones. Amongst the centaurs of the Middle Eldars the God is known by the name Ma’Argaroralannori mar, and his sign is a true ying-yang symbol (including an eye of opposite colour in each cloud). There the God is known as the Bringer of Truth within Balance, the One Who Sees Beyond.
Another aspect of Rhasa is The Great Trickster.
His worship is done at night, alone or amongst secret gatherings.
There are dark rumours concerning the nature of his being and the worship done in his name. Rumours, that he turns his dead followers to ghouls and that mages have learned the secret of lichdom from his teachings. And it is whis-pered, that often a rat or some other animal is sacrificed to his honour, and that sometimes darker deeds are done as well.
He has no open following in the southern Eldars, except in the city of Blackburn, but several smaller conclaves are thought to exist, their members being thieves and assassins and other people of the dark (or the dusk, as the matter be). There is a secret Rhasa Temple in Daventry. The Temple is concealed beneath the disreputable home of an old fortune teller, and entrance is through a door to a chamber wherein one may open a larger door to the Temple itself. The High Priest tending the Temple is 50-60 years old; a kindly man who takes his Service to the God very seriously. The Temple sees Rhasa in his aspect as a Master of Darkness, the One who Walks the Shadows; Rhasa is seen as be-ing the one who brings some measure of justice and honour to those who are not of the light and not of the darkness. The yin-yang symbol is sometimes used as a sign of worship and recognition between followers of Rhasa. It is then often disguised as an integral part of a greater pattern, discernible only (mostly) when you know what to look for.
Sometimes security officers make solemn and private sacrifices to this god, in his capacity as God of Stealth of Secrecy.
1. ref. Diary of the Companions, 252-09-03: the cleric there is 50-60 years old, greying hair, stern yet smiling. He refers to Rhasa as the One who Walks in Shadows. There is a statuette of a cloaked figure, made of black, fog-like material turned grey with the golden rays of the sun. And a yin-yang symbol as well.
Amongst the temples it is known that the worship of Rhasa has often been misused by the worshippers of Darkness, for Rhasa may be worshipped where their true masters may not. Thus has come to be the rumours concerning the na-ture of his being and the worship done in his name.
Though undoubtedly there are aberrant cults doing dark deeds in his name, the truth is that these have not the favour of the god but are served by other dark entities. Rhasa has himself sometimes guided his followers to destroy particu-lar loathsome caricatures of the true worship due to him.
Rhasa has much lore, some of it of the Light, some of it of the Darkness, and some which is his own. He has some-times given of this lore to others, and it would not be contrary to this god to help a mage transform himself to a lich. Yet the transformation of his worshippers to ghouls would be an abomination to him.
Rhasa often aids thieves and assassins, as well as others of daring and courage and need of skills of stealth and dis-guise. Possibly also the intuitive “feeling” for this is the right thing to do or this is the right approach.