Kreve

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Kreve
Thunder God by Aaron Nakahara.jpg
Thunder God art by Aaron Nakahara
Details
Archetype
Thunder god / sky father
Worshiped by
Nordlings and some assimilated nonhumans
Symbol
crossed thunderbolts
Patronage
Decisive action, energy, power, spontaneity, resourcefulness, expansion (in any meaning) and defense of ownership
Popular among
Soldiers, knights, monarchs, merchants and risk-takers
Cult center
Various temples and chapels in Northern Kingdoms

Kreve is one of a number of gods worshipped in the Northern Kingdoms. There is a temple devoted to Kreve in Rinde.

Members[edit | edit source]

In Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni[edit | edit source]

Kreve is a kind of sky father or the thunder god of the Nordling pantheon. An expansive god, associated with such attributes as decisive action, energy, power, spontaneity, resourcefulness, expansion (in any meaning) and defense of ownership. His symbol is the thunderbolt. Most popular among soldiers, knights, monarchs, merchants and risk-takers.

The basic commandment of Kreve's followers is the fight against evil, understood both internally, as challenging oneself to fight against one's own weaknesses, and outwardly, when "evil" means anything that threatens the people's life, health, soul and property. This is the reason why Kreve's clergy are talented exorcists, but also opponents of mages and exotic, pagan or sectarian cults like Coram Agh Tera or Lilith. They also are often prejudiced in relation to unassimilated non-humans. Kreve's military arm, Order of the White Rose founded by Hugues de Napeys, actively contributed to the extermination of Vrans and the suppression of Aelirenn's rebellion.

The Cult of Kreve is strongly associated with the cult of the Eternal Fire. Priests of Kreve often argue and carry out disputes with priestesses of Melitele but they can cooperate on important issues. Kreve's clerics are the most vehement opponents of the worshippers of Lionhead Spider.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The word "kreve" in Norwegian means "require", "demand", "claim", "charge".
  • Kreve as presented in Gra Wyobraźni has references to several sky gods worshipped in mythologies, like the Greek Zeus or the Slavic Perun, but also some similarities to Archangel Michael or the monotheistic Abrahamic God Yahweh, Allah and God the Father.
  • It is unclear if the title of the "Forefather" mentioned in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings belongs to Kreve or another god.