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On dedicating yourself to the Goddesses of Hyrule

Dedication to a deity is a very personal and serious rite. Oaths are taken very seriously in pretty much all paths, and it’s specific to the relationship between the deity and the devotee-to-be. Such vows should be carefully worded and thought over, as they can easily become a burden rather than a joy with too many loopholes.

Vows in Hyrule seem to be taken pretty seriously as well. Link often comes across wayward spirits and cursed people on his travels, trapped because they took an oath that they have yet to fulfill, or they broke one. Based on this, death does not seem to release you from a vow in Hyrule, at least not immediately. So be careful in the wording of any vow you make.

At first, I was going to try and write out individual vows for each Goddess, but after doing a little research and asking Hylia for guidance, I realized that, at best, I can give people a jumping off point. But I can’t really write it for you, because it’s going to be different for everyone. So, below, you’ll find the jumping off pieces I wrote. These are meant to be modified, changed and expanded to fit you, your needs, and your relationship to Hyrule’s goddesses. I hope you guys like them.

Din: “I come before you, Din, Goddess of Power, to dedicate myself to you. When you lift me from my own darkness with your red arms, I will know it is you. When you guard my peace I will know it is you, and when you upheave it to expand my comfort zone I will know it is you. I pledge myself to honor and serve you, and to uphold your virtue within my capabilities.”

Nayru: “Nayru, Goddess of Wisdom, I have chosen this day to dedicate myself to you. Your wisdom knows no bounds and it is you who guides me. When there are truths to behold you reveal them, gently when they are difficult and sternly when I may ignore them. I vow to honor and serve you within my abilities and uphold your virtue.”

Farore: “Dearest Farore, Goddess of Courage, I come before you to dedicate myself to you. You give me courage and hope when I feel lost. You encourage me to step outside my comfort and to improve myself, but also remind me not to be reckless. I vow to serve you and honor you to the best of my abilities, and to uphold your virtue.”

Hylia: “Hylia, her Grace, goddess charged with guarding the Triforce, this day I come to you in dedication. You defended the Surface from Demise and his horde, and guided the Hero. So do you guide and defend me. As you helped the Hero grow and guided him to balance in the virtues of the Golden Goddesses, so you guide me as well. I vow to serve you and honor you within my capabilities, and uphold the virtues of the goddesses.”

On Virtual Pilgrimages

Maybe two of the neatest features Breath of the Wild brought to the table was the function of Goddess Statues and the prevalence of the three Dragon Attendants. Take a witchy looking glass to this, and you’ll find an equally neat worship idea: a virtual pilgrimage.

Canonically, seeking out the elusive dragons and their respective shrines is used as a “prove yourself worthy to enter this Shrine, Get the Spirit Orb, Don’t Come Back” mechanic. But if you want to lend a spiritual aspect to it, it’s totally plausible to use the scales/claws/what-have-you as offerings to the Golden Goddesses at their respective shrines. And not only that, but there’s tons of in-game materials that would work just as well.

For Farore, any kind of herb/fruit; ranged and/or wooden weapons.

For Nayru, any kind of cooked food (it takes some skills to whip up a good dish); any fish; opals, sapphires, luminous stones.

For Din, any cooked meat; most all kinds of mined ore; weapons and parts pulled from slain monsters (dedicate the slaying of a Lynel to her, and if you survive she just may be impressed).

I’ve also taken to leaving Silent Princess flowers at all shrines, including a bouquet at the Temple of Time’s Goddess Statue. There’s probably a lot more options, but these were the primaries I could come up with on the fly.

In Defense of Pop Culture Paganism

Many people seem to view PC Paganism as flaky, or are unable to take it seriously. I can understand that; when I first heard about it, I was a bit confused, as well. However, I have since read up on it, and actually started incorporating elements of it into my own practice, so I can say with conviction that PC Paganism is a perfectly valid path. 


One of the biggest problems people have with PC Paganism seems to be the fact that many practicers of it worship figures from fictional works. Many other Pagans are appalled at this. After all, these are fictional characters; surely PC Pagans don’t actually believe in such things, right?


Well, it depends. Some PC Pagans do. One of the most common theories (and a theory I subscribe to myself) for how these fictional characters can actually exist is the theory that humans create deities, not the other way around. This theory states that by believing strongly in a being, we can make them exist. This type of entity is commonly referred to as a thoughtform, though different types have different names. An example of this could be a PC Pagan (we’ll call them Leslie) who believes in Pikachu. Leslie could set up an altar to Pikachu, and imagine what Pikachu looks like, and give offerings to Pikachu, and eventually could create a being who is actually Pikachu. Sure, it may sound silly to some people, but thoughtforms are a part of multiple cultures and belief systems. 


Another reason some PC Pagans may choose to worship characters comes from a soft-polytheistic approach. Leslie may believe in a mother-goddess type of figure, but has trouble connecting to that archetype. They may choose a mother from a work of fiction to represent this type of deity and make the goddess more relatable. 


Of course, some PC Pagans don’t worship characters at all. They may use celebrities in some way, often in the soft-polytheistic way mentioned above. People often use things from pop culture to base spells on. 


For example, someone may have a replica of an object from a TV show or movie (let’s use Death Note as an example). Someone may have a copy of Light’s book already. This person could charm it so anyone’s name written in the book would be cursed in some way. It could be easier for the person to cast this spell because they already have the association of that object with negative things happening to the people whose names are written. 


Now, it should be noted that though I do incorporate many PC Pagan types of things into my path, I wouldn’t consider myself a complete PC Pagan, so if anyone who considers this their path would like to amend something or correct anything within the post, please feel free to do so.

Din, Golden Goddess of Power

“Din… With her strong flaming arms, she cultivated the land and created the red earth.”

Din is foremost the Goddess of Power. Along with the other Golden Goddesses, Nayru and Farore, Din came from a distant nebula to create the land of Hyrule. She is also associated with fire, knowledge as power, and the mountains and sands. She is associated with the Triforce of Power, which was usurped by Ganondorf. 

Farore, Golden Goddess of Courage

“Farore… with her rich soul, produced all life forms who would uphold the law.”

Farore is foremost the Goddess of Courage. Along with the other Golden Goddesses, Din and Nayru, Farore came from a distant nebula to create the land of Hyrule. She is also associated with wind, the forests, life and fertility. She is associated with the Triforce of Courage, whose champion is Link.

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As reported earlier, the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation has first details on Cyber Dimension Neptune, which will carry the full title of Four Goddesses Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune,

As I expected, the game will not be the fifth main series game. It will be another spin-off.

The game will be an action RPG set in a video game world of Four Goddesses Online - The often mentioned game that Vert is addicted to. However, Vert will not be the lead, which is somewhat disappointing. 

As you can see in the newly unveiled art, the Neptunia CPUs have new fantasy-like costumes, as designed by series character designer Tsunako.

Neptune is a Holy Knight.
Noire is a Black Knight.
Blanc is a Priest.
Vert is an Enchanter.

The third piece of art shows a sketch of Blanc looking more like ROM. Odd they would include a sketch of Blanc and only Blanc. No idea what’s up with that. 

Here are some interview tidbits from executive producer Norihisa Kochiwa, character designer Tsunako, and producer Naoko Mizuno:

  • This time we’re trying to represent the characters differently to make a fantasy version of Neptunia.
  • The title has the word “Online,” but it is not an online game. The setting sees Neptune and company playing in an online game world.
  • It is the game that Vert is playing in the main Neptunia titles, but Vert is not the protagonist. The four goddesses are. Vert might have a bit of a greater importance though.
  • The four goddesses will little by little become allies, but they’ll all become allies early on, similar to the progression of previous Neptunia games.
  • Look forward to a followup report regarding additional characters set to appear. There’s no doubt that Iffy and Compa will show up as well as the CPU Candidates. Fingers crossed for Plutia and Peashy. 
  • The story begins when Neptune and company, while normally playing Four Goddesses Online, notice the presence of new characters, and then go on to fight those that are enemies.
  • Development is in the very early stages - only around 20-30 percent complete. The release window might be winter, just as I suspected.

The Dengeki article did not include an announced platform, but I would be surprised if it isn’t going to be Vita, with possibly a PC port down the road.