Fortunes

The Fortunes are those spirits who are less than Gods, who still have some measure of influence over mortal life. Under the governance of the Divine Court, they are charged with aiding mankind, and though greater or lesser in power, each is willing to grant their blessing when offered the proper devotion.

The Seven Major Fortunes

Before the Dawn of the Empire, from the from the place where the last leaf of the first bush fell from the Heavenly God's fingers, seven spirits emerged. In aiding humanity, these spirits became the Seven Major Fortunes.

Ebisu, Fortune of Fertility

When men sought to feed their hunger with the fruits and beasts of the land, Ebisu saw their struggle and decided to help them prosper, blessing animal and plant alike to spread in riotous profusion. He became the patron of those who would live off the land.

Daikoku, Fortune of Wealth

When men sought to make clothes and weapons and tools to keep out the cold and support their efforts, and to bargain amongst themselves for the things they could not make, Daikoku saw their cleverness and decided to help them prosper, blessing the paths between their camps and the tongues of the ones who bargained. He became the patron of those who would build and trade to acquire the things they need.

Bishamon, Fortune of Battle

When men took up crude arms to defend themselves against those that would take by force they things they had made, Bishamon saw their bravery and decided to help them prosper, blessing their weapons to strike true and their armor to turn aside blows. He became the patron of those who would chance their lives to protect their interests.

Jurojin, Fortune of Longevity

When men grew frail through no sin of their own, laid low by sickness and age, Jurojin saw their despair and decided to help them prosper, blessing their bodies with strength and good health. He became the patron of those with days yet ahead of them.

Benten, Fortune of Beauty

When men grew tired and afraid, and made music and poetry to lift their spirits and endear themselves to each other, Benten saw their creativity and decided to help them prosper, blessing their hearts with the understanding of emotions, and with warm desire for one another. She became the patron of those who would wrest passion from their fellows.

Fukurokuju, Fortune of Knowledge

When at last, fed and warm, healthy and content, men began to wonder at the world around them and to recognise the myriad of things they knew not, Fukurokuju saw their curiosity and decided to help them prosper, blessing their minds to perceive and understand the world around them. He became the patron of those who sought to relieve their ignorance.

Hotei, Fortune of Luck

Finally, when men suffered despite the help of the other Fortunes and carried on regardless, Hotei saw their perseverance and chose to help them prosper, blessing their lives with the auspicious turnings of momentary chance. He became the patron of those who must trust in good fortune.

Minor Fortunes

Countless other spirits hold sway over other, lesser aspects of life. Many of these are tied to the area where they emerged, their influence limited to those who worship them directly.

Minor Fortunes may have a variety of origins; some are benevolent spirits from the World Beyond the World, while others are mortals who have been defied after their deaths by Imperial decree, or who obtained Enlightenment and who chose to remain in the World as bodhisattvas to watch over mankind.


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