Lord and Lady of the Vanir
Freyr Divine Domains:
Freyja Divine Domains: Tempest, War
Favored Weapon: Sickle (Freyr), bastard sword (Freyja)
Freyr and Freyja are twins, children of the Vanir who
now dwell among the Aesir. Technically hostages
exchanged after the Vanir War, they’re now considered
part of the family and sit in the highest councils of
Asgard. They taught the gods witchcraft and were the
divine sponsors of Njord the Sea Master.
Freyr and Freyja are gods of the old elven
religion that has adapted better than most
to the new ways. Freyr bestows peace and
pleasure on mortals, a protector of farmers
and a foe to fire giants and flames that
destroy farmsteads and fields. Freyja is a
skilled witch, so beautiful she cries golden
tears. She wears the necklace of the
Brisings, an unmatched piece of jewelry
she purchased at great cost. Freyja is
also the patron of shield maidens.
Both adventurous deities have seen
their share of battles.
Like Wotan, they gather fallen
warriors to form an army with which
the Vanir will fight beside the Aesir at
Elves, the elfmarked, farmers, and hunters are all followers of Freyr and Freyja. The twin gods are wildly popular in the Northlands, the Grand Duchy of Dornig, and in the Arbonesse.
Symbols and Books
The sacred books of Freyr and Freyja are all written in Elvish or the Northern Tongue. One is called the Coming of the Green Gods, the other is Wisdom of the Vanir.
Shrines and Priests
The North supports hundreds of shrines to the twin gods, deep in forest clearings or in shallow caverns, especially those containing springs or rivers. The largest stone temple of the faith is in the town of Bjeornheim, the Temple of the Hive and Flower. This sweet-smelling temple’s priests include a few bearfolk as well as humans.
Freyr and Freyja are widely held to be masks of Yarila and Porevit, or vice versa. Yarila and Porevit are considered the elven faces of the gods, and Freyr and Freyja the more human ones. In the South, they are called Nun and Naunet, and among the centaurs they are the Twins of Wine.
Freyr and Freyja fiercely oppose Boreas, the White Goddess, and Loki, and ally with the Goat of the Woods, Nethus, and Ninkash. They are rivals of Sarastra, though the two faiths are competitive rather than hostile.
What Freyr and Freyja Demand
The twin gods are worshipped together but both demand equal due from their followers. Worshippers must revere the old ways, respecting the power of nature and the fey and elementals bound to it—new things are distrusted or destroyed. Their chosen offerings include the bounty of nature as well as drunken debaucheries. Freyr and Freyja demand their worshippers punish those who scorn the old ways with curses.
Source: Midgard Worldbook by Kobold Press