And when the world rang with the clanging of swords and did fire fall from the skies, Dwayna, goddess of life and air, heard the wailings and pleas of the weak.
And when the rumblings of war did not cease, came Her charge, Doric, who did prostrate himself at Her feet.
And cast She now a glance upon the war-torn lands and wasted flesh of the fallen, and with tears upon Her cheek did lay Her gentle hands upon the prostrate man. Then saith She unto to him and all Her charges, "Lay down thy weapons, and as I have done unto ye, so ye must do for your brethren. Offer protection to the weak. Give solace and shelter to those who need it. Be ye a salve to the wounded.
"For I am your goddess, and I will give blessings to all who follow these teachings."
— Scriptures of Dwayna, 115 BE
Dwayna is the Goddess of Life and Air. She is the patron Goddess of Wind Prayers Dervishes, Air Elementalists, Healing Prayers Monks, and Leadership and Motivation Paragons, and is linked to the Season of the Zephyr in the Elonian calendar.
Dwayna was the first of the Gods to step forth from the Mists, as well as the one who brought humanity to the world. She sought to make the world a paradise and led her people to peace for a time. Her teachings are celebrated during Wintersday, where her followers compete with Grenth to decide which god will dominate the coming year.
Dwayna is usually depicted as young, tall and slender, rising above the ground on feathered wings. Canthans depict her as floating above the souls of their ancestors, whereas Elonians often depict her rising above drought-ravaged lands. Most statues of Dwayna lie in ruins, but when the world gains the Favor of the Gods, a lightning bolt strikes the broken pieces and they rearrange themselves into the form of the Goddess, supported by a ray of holy light.
Concept art by Kekai Kotaki.
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|Religions of Tyria (edit)|
|The Six Human Gods||Balthazar (statue) • Dwayna (statue) • Grenth (statue) • Lyssa (statue) • Melandru (statue) • Kormir (statue)|
|Former and other deities||Abaddon (statue) • Dhuum • Elder Dragons • Great Dwarf • Menzies • Old Gods • Spirits of the Wild • Three Queens|
|Entities of religion||Avatar • Celestial • Charr gods (Titans | Destroyers) • Druid • Envoy • Facet • Glint • Unseen Ones|
|Non-theistic religions||Eternal Alchemy • Eternal Paradise • Great Forge • Sky Above the Sky|