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Testa - God of Science
Testa is the God of science. He is the God who defines the rules that govern how things work. His is the spirit that animates mechanical things and causes machines to operate.
Testa's symbol is the gear wheel, representing one of the heart pieces of mechanical animation. This symbol is considered the perfect shape amongst the believers of Testa, who also believe this shape to be a source of the inspiration. Testa's followers oftenly have a small gear wheel in a secret place somewhere in their studies and workshops.
Being the God of science, Testa works hand in hand with Forens, the Goddess of philosophy and wisdom. However, while Forens is focusing on the aspect of "the word", Testa is responsible for technical and mechanical knowledge. From the simplest laws of physics, to complex machinery, Testa is the spirit and the force behind it. Testa always follows a clear path of cause and effect. All events are triggered by other events and can be backtracked. That's the decisive difference from the rather elusive and obscured answers to the questions of philosophy. The theological descent teaches us that shortly after the creation of the world, Testa himself built a huge machine, which is now known as "the great machine", and animated it. Then, he created artificial beings to maintain and protect the machine. His creations look like a dog head made of steel on a mechanical apparatus in the shape of a human body. They are the guardians of the machine, who are in fact partly machines themselves.
Testa is commonly displayed as a half elven, half mechanical being in humanoid shape. Every part of his body is out of living flesh and bones on the one side, on the other made of metal and machinery. He holds the pyramid of knowledge in this one hand, while he fires the spark of engeneering geniality with the other.
Opponents and Supporters
Testa is closely related to Forens, the Goddess of Philosophy and wisdom. Otherwise he takes a neutral position in the Ancarian pantheon, especially in regards to Ker and Lumen's battle.
Since every culture has at least some form of Science, Testa can claim temples and followers in virtually all regions of Ancaria. However, it is obvious that his influence is stronger in the more industrialized regions of the world. Reflecting his focus, the science, many of the followers of Testa are intellectuals, or at least educated people. Many people consider Testa as both, a God, but also an inspiration. They are not just worshipping him, they are trying to emulate his spirit and let themselves be guided by his ideas. Since Testa stands for Knowlegde and Forens stands for Wisdom, some of the followers of Forens take their books and notes with them to Testa's shrines to share.
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