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"Manann is our blessing, our patron, the one that brings food to our table. He’s also the one that drags our sons to the bottom of his watery home, the bringer of storms, and the crushing waves. He is the Sea and he is eternal."
Ingrid Höelstaff, Wife of Captain Höelstaff of the Redoubt[3a]

Manann is said to call the spring tide by clenching the moons in his fist.

Manann (occasionally spelled "Manaan") is the Old World Pantheon god of the seas and the tides.

Chief god of the wayward Imperial province of The Wasteland, he also holds sway over the Empire’s northern coasts and its rivers as far as the tide can be felt. The Cult of Manann administrates his worship.[1a]

In divine myth, he is the son of Taal.[4b]

Epithets

Manann is known by such epithets as "Lord of the Seas,"[1a] "King of the Sea," "Summoner of Storms,"[4a] "King of Storms,"[1a] and "Master of the Maelstroms."[4a]

Omens of Manann

The albatross is the iconic sign of Manann's presence in the mortal world. It can be a portent of good or ill equally and is therefore difficult to interpret. It is usually seen flying high in the sky above a ship far from land.[2a]

It is one of the most famous divine omens in the Old World. Because of its importance, the bird is considered sacred by all Manannites. A dead albatross is always a bad omen.[2a]

Example visions that a priest of Manann might receive include a stormy sea, signifying change and conflict, or a ship, usually telling of good fortune, riches, or an impending visitor. Other images in visions from Manann might be fish, sea monsters, sunken wrecks, and perilous rocks. [2a]

One vision always interpreted by priests of Manann as a dire warning and a need to change one’s ways is the drowning man, especially if the priest imagines it is himself that is drowning.[2a]

Trivia

  • The Tileans use a different name for Manann, they call him "Mathann, similar to the Elven God Mathlann, probably due to their translations of the ancient scrolls left by the High Elves in their colonies in the modern land of Tilea.
  • Manann may take his name from "Manannán mac Lir" (or simply Manann), the Irish god of the sea and guardian of the Underworld.
  • Manann is design-wise quite similar to Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Both gods also wield a trident.

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition - Sigmar's Heirs (RPG)
    • 1a: pg. 35
  • 2: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition - Signs of Faith (RPG)
    • 2a: pg. 33
  • 3: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition - Tome of Salvation (RPG)
    • 3a: pg. 30
  • 4: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th Edition - Core Rulebook (RPG)
    • 4a: pg. 206
    • 4b: pg. 212