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Vaiopatis est un dieu gardien, associé au fleuve qui est encore adoré dans certains villages sylvestres, mais son heure de gloire est bel et bien révolue.

Vaiopatis dans The Witcher[]

Dans The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings[]

Vaiopatis, un dieu oublié de la vallée du Pontar, est encore adoré dans certains villages sylvestres, mais son heure de gloire est bel et bien révolue. Quelques prêtresses et magiciennes lui font des offrandes, mais personne ne souhaite se joindre à leurs cérémonies. À l'époque de la colonisation, Vaiopatis était un dieu gardien, associé au fleuve. Il protégeait le peuple des dangers de la forêt. La frontière entre les zones sauvages et les zones paisibles était délimitée par des repères bénis. Grâce à Vaiopatis, les poissons abondaient, la navigation était clémente et les bêtes dangereuses restaient à l'écart. Néanmoins, cette divinité était irascible et agressive. Aujourd'hui, ceux qui croisent dans la forêt des représentations en pierre de ce dieu, gueule grande ouverte, ont plutôt tendance à le confondre avec un monstre féroce.

Dans The Witcher, le jeu de rôle officiel[]

Veyopatis is an ancient, protective deity whose worshipers relied upon him to keep them safe throughout what is now the Pontar Valley. The cult of Veyopatis has lessened as newer gods took over and people spread more widely, but he is still revered by a few of those who live alongside the great Pontar river. He stands as the embodiment of the river valley, capable of calm protection and capricious cruelty, as the moods of a river may change along its length.
As human populations arrived and migrated across the lands, they stayed close to the rivers. The land was fertile and the visibility good, so they could see danger coming, unlike the woods which housed all manner of monster. As settlements expanded along the valley and into the wild forests, carvings of Veyopatis were used to mark the boundaries beyond which danger lurked. Camps became villages and then towns; stable and better defended. Worn poles with Veyopatis’ face carved into them may be seen in the undergrowth where the forest reclaimed the land outside their walls. The appearance of Veyopatis is a scowling man’s face with an open mouth, as if shouting or blowing, his fearsome image being held to have defensive properties. Coming across such a carving is disturbing, stumbling into one of his larger shrines in the middle of the forest, with wild eyes and gaping maw is an experience.
Veyopatis has no official priesthood but a few village elders around the Pontar Valley still perform his rituals for community protection and good health at his shrines. Veyopatis has taken the position of a protective household spirit in the Pontar Valley, even where the people worship other gods. During rituals, wise men and women sometimes wear wide belts of cured, woven river-grasses, and medallions bearing his face. These are carved from river pebbles, and the less carving they need, the more powerful they are believed to be.

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