Wildness

The first children of Night were the Sacred Twins, polar opposites twining around the same essential being. The Dark Twin is the Power of wildness, wilderness, desolation, ferity, madness, chaos, and everything that is ambivalent or hostile to humanity. At the same time, he is also the Power of witchcraft, initiation, ecstasy and wild, uninhibited sex.

The Wild Father* is often clothed in the skins and forms of animals, and is one of the least anthropomorphic of the Powers, more animal than human – and yet he is, in a sense, the First Ancestor of humanity. He and his realm are what birthed us, and though we now fall under the influence of his twin, he is always calling us back to him. He is the White Stag leading us into Reality.

The following are some culture-specific versions and echoes of this Power.

Continental Celto-Germanic

Cernunnos

English/Saxon

Herne the Hunter

Woden

Norse

Odin

Welsh

Gwydion

Magyar/Hungarian

Csodaszarvas

Sámi/Finnish

Lieaibolmmai

Slavic

Czernobog

*This Power was previously addressed as Shaman-Father. In recognition of the plights of indigenous populations in which the term originated, Waincraft has decided to change the appellation to Wild Father.