The sea is vast and deep. Unnamable horrors lurk beneath the waves, lying in wait to prey upon those foolish enough to pass through their master’s domain with impunity. It is for this reason that seagoing folk pay homage to Syflare, the Serpent of the Deep. When he deigns to appear before the eyes of lesser beings, Syflare takes the form of an impossibly colossal sea serpent.
Little is known of the Serpent of the Deep. Scholars surmise that he is an ascendant sea monster, which explains why there is no record of his mortal life. Merfolk, paranmin, and other sea-dwellers have similar legends of a dark terror that swam the seas during the Ascendant Age, lending credence to this hypothesis.
It is said that Syflare’s size is surpassed only by his pride. As such, he has few allies among the other immortals. Maledreck and he are said to have some respect for one another as like-minded monsters. Most significant, however, is Syflare’s hatred for Ivelis, against whom he constantly vies for domination over seafarers.
The sea is the dominion of Syflare and Syflare alone. Preach his sovereignty to those who live upon his waters, that they may pay him proper tribute. Punish those who pass through his domain with irreverence to appease his wrath. Suffer none who would claim authority within his realm, for upon the sea there is no law save the will of Syflare.
Followers and Temples
Those who devote themselves to Syflare are known as Deepcallers. Accorded no small degree of fear and respect in any seafaring community, they are the stewards of their master’s will to those who travel his waters. They accept donations and perform tributes on behalf of others in order to appease him and allow for safe passage. They are likewise known to call up Syflare’s fury against those who fail to pay him the proper respect.
Temples devoted to Syflare are usually built on the coast or near ship docks, although a few rare and mystical temples exist beneath the surface of the sea itself. A portion of the floor in the main worshipping area is always left open to the sea below.