Agartha Version 1
Name: Pekko (Peck-Co)
Father Laughter, The Dreamwalking Drunk, The Herald of Fortune
Portfolio: God of celebrations, feasts, gluttony, food, pleasure, drunkenness, intoxication, victory, good fortune, charisma, distillation, brewing, alcohol, drugs, harvest, fall, sleep, dreams, superstitions, and sloth.
Description: Pekko is often depicted as a bald and fat man with thick lips and a squat nose. A notorious consumer of alcohol, he is always drunk and normally is naked and has to be supported by a donkey. Pekko’s favorite weapon is a large unbreakable drinking jug, while he rarely goes into battle he is known to hit others with it during his drunken stupors. His favored messengers are typically donkeys but he most frequently communicates to mortals more directly through their dreams or their drunkenness. His symbol is a tightly bound wreath made of grape vines, hops vines, stalks of barley, or other vegetation associated with brewing.
Dogma: Pekko teaches his followers to avoid predictability and routine, to delight in alcohol, to seek out happiness, joy, entertainment, and the company of others. Pekko loves merriment and festivities. Hedonistic, he seldom delays any opportunity for self-gratification. He also teaches that misery, temperance, and seriousness are the greatest poisons to the soul. The only things that Pekko expects his worshipers to take very seriously are their dreams (the dreams of others) and superstitious.
Worshipers: Pekko is worshiped by bards, beggars, inn keepers, those who produce alcohol, cooks, the superstitious, farmers, the lazy, and all lovers of life.
Clergy: He has a small amount of proper priests but Pekko’s few clerics often have a second occupation, such as vintners, entertainers, inn owners, messengers, cooks, and jacks-of-all-trades. They wear comfortable clothes, preferring browns, yellows, and oranges. Some wear an actual wreath around their neck or waist as their holy symbol, while others merely wear a signet or amulet inscribed with a drawing of a wreath.
Temples: Small shrines to Pekko are more common than actual temples; these can be found anywhere, in pubs, in breweries, in fields, and in the form of piles of stones at roadsides, carved with his symbol. Most faithful drop a small token of their esteem by the shrine: a few coins, a bit of tasty food, or a cup of wine. Many of Pekko’s temples are converted inns or taverns, while some breweries, or vineyards. Services typically involve alcohol production, feasts, and a much drinking
Rituals: Pekko ‘s rites look like great feasts, rich with food and drink. Pekko ’s prayers are often chanted or sung. Many have simple rhyme schemes and frequent, repetitive choruses. In other words, they’re drinking songs.
Significant Holy Days:
- Taste of a Hundred Years: Held on New Year’s Eve, this annual wine-tasting event is where a cask is opened that was aged exactly a century before. The wines from these casks are believed to give magical powers along with their intoxicating effects.
- The Day of Great Rest: This annual holiday is celebrated in late fall after the harvest is complete. Partakers eat and drink from sun up till midday, and then they return to their beds to sleep for the rest of the day.
- Bottling Day: Most alcohol producers celebrate this holiday; it is celebrated every day that alcohol is bottled or put into kegs. Celebration consists of a feast that begins after the bottling is done and involves sampling alcohols from many different vintages.
- Pekko’s Drinking Jug: Pekko’s gluttonous nature causes him to often waste things that are still useful. This means that on occasion he throws out his unbreakable drinking jug and crafts a new one. These jugs are coveted items because whenever someone puts their lips to the brim the jug fills with Pekko’s favorite drink: potent blackberry mead.