Beneath the clear blue sky, a wide world full of possibilities awaits anyone daring enough to seek their place in it. So say the followers of Ivelis, the Wanderer in the Wind and patron of travelers, explorers, and seafarers. When Ivelis chooses to appear, he often chooses the form of a weather-worn human with a heavy cloak and walking stick.
History / Relationships
Surprisingly few people realize that Ivelis is one of the four Ageless dragons, specifically the Eldest Wyvern. This is undoubtedly due to his peculiar behavior. Whereas Thrinik, Maledreck, and Syflare tend to be overt in power and aloof in manner, Ivelis rarely appears in the full majesty of his draconic form, preferring to pass unnoticed in the guise of a humble traveler when he shares the company of mortals, which is frequent.
Like the other Ageless dragons, however, Ivelis constantly wars with his brothers, particularly Syflare. The two share special interest in the reverence of sailors, with pirates and smugglers tending to side with Syflare while merchants and explorers tend to side with Ivelis. Some say their battles are what stir the great storms and rough seas that can make ocean voyages so treacherous.
Life is a grand journey, and it beckons you ever onward. Blaze that noble path. Follow the winds of fate, wherever they may carry you. Comfort and guide your fellow pilgrims whenever they may cross your path. Through clear skies or savage storms, do not be daunted. Look ever toward the horizon as your home, for your destiny awaits at the journey's end.
Followers and Temples
Followers of Ivelis are known as mistrals. They dress in cloaks of sky blue and white that often feature cloud designs. As their dogma suggests, most are frequent travelers. Some serve as guides, navigators aboard ships, or cartographers, while others are content to wander aimlessly. When encountered on the trail, mistrals will often share fire, food, and tales with other travelers, exchanging stories of far-off places with them and warning them of the dangers that may lie ahead. Rarely, a mistral will take it upon him or herself to ward off such dangers or rescue travelers, but the organization as a whole is peaceful rather than militaristic.
Most temples to Ivelis are shrines erected next to roads and trails that offer shelter to travelers. These are small but sturdy structures decorated with wind chimes, weather vanes, and words of welcome. Inside, travelers will generally find comfort from the elements, a place to sleep, maps of the nearby area, and some small provisions, such as preserved foodstuffs, basins of clean water, and fire wood left there by the followers of Ivelis. Customarily, visitors take only what they need, and may leave small offerings to show their gratitude to the mistrals who tend the shrines. More recently, mistrals have attempted to build such shrines near spans, but the hollow wind makes maintaining them impractical at best.
More formal temples to Ivelis also exist at crossroads, ports, and similar heavily-trafficked areas. Captains of ships and leaders of caravans will seek the favor of the mistrals here before setting out on long or uncertain journeys, and local officials will do the same before constructing roads, bridges, and harbors. Otherwise, these temples serve a purpose similar to their smaller cousins, offering shelter and guidance to wayward travelers.