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11.2.5 HAERN, THE HUNTER

The Rhythm is the ever-changing, never static, flow of Nature. The Way  
of the Hunter is as complex as the Rhythm itself, but is known by three 
names - The Way of Defiance, The Way of Destruction, and The Way of     
Severity. This rhythmic balance is the realm of Haern, as He is the     
force that keeps the Rhythm in motion. The hunt is about sacrifice -    
clean and merciful, a conscious and deliberate choice of a greater good 
over a lesser good. Good, to the Hunter, is this application of force in
the appropriate time, space and proportion. Evil is the misapplication  
of such force, or the unwillingness to act at all. It is a virtue to    
know one's place in the natural order of Aetolia. To allow another to   
dictate this to you is a vice.                                          

Haern finds virtuous these traits of strong will, severity and          
destruction, and seeks a balance of rhythm, rather than of stability. It
takes courage to not fear dissolution and to know that all spiritual    
principles are indestructible. His realm encompasses all animals, and He
harbors a respect for the prey as well as for the skilled hunter. He is 
intolerant of transgressions and is known to bring swift action against 
any creature that oversteps its bounds, or any abomination that has no  
place in Nature. His followers include a mixture of those who strive for
a strict balance in Nature, those who value strife as an agent of       
growth, diversity and harmony, and those who see themselves as          
passionate advocates of the wilderness and the wild.                    

As fresh blood on the cold, pure snow, the colours of Haern are crimson 
and ivory. His symbols are a red bone claw on a field of white, and the 
open triad, a three-branched knot reminding of the Ways. The bear, the  
serpent, and the raven are held sacred by those who follow Him.