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Morana

Perun's daughter Morana is a wise and serious witch who never had much sympathy for tudums, the non-magic folk. She believed magic to be a gift granted only to the worthy and considered herself one of those who deserved that gift the most. She often visited the dreams of tudums, scaring them for her own amusement. That's where the Croatian term ''noćna mora'' (eng. nightmare) comes from. The tudums named her the goddess of death and winter, worshiped her and were mortally afraid of her. She found this very flattering, of course.

When in a good mood, she would turn into a lynx and make rounds on her ''subjects'', as she called them, observing what they were doing and how they were going about their non-magical lives. She would often use the gathered information for the construction of very creative nightmares.

During one of her outings, she met an attractive young wizard who had been roaming the woods aimlessly, thus capturing her attention. The young man's name was Jarovit. He explained to her that he had been imprisoned in the Underworld his entire life and had only recently managed to escape.

Morana decided that he now belonged to her. Jarovit could hardly object, seening a woman for the very first time in his life. Their honeymoon lasted for a couple of months, after which Jarovit's desire for different experiences began to grow.

Morana considered her lover's numerous affairs a passing whim. She didn't necessarily like the fact that it was happening, but believed he would always come back to her. Until one day, when he told her he was in love with another witch - beautiful and kind Lada.

Furious and humiliated, Morana longed for revenge. Determined in her belief that Jarovit belonged to none other than her, she called his former kidnapper Veles and helped him imprison Jarovit yet again.

But imprisoning Jarovit wasn't enough for her. Wanting everyone to suffer as she had, she unleashed her wrath on nearby tudums. She tortured them with cold winds and snow storms, destroyed their crops and chased away animals, which is why the tudums named her the goddess of winter and death. She considered the colorful variety of nature a personal insult, seeing as how that was Lada's doing. Morana covered nature with a snowy blanket, so as not to be reminded of her lover's betrayal.

After several months of sadness and anger, Morana calmed down. The snow melted, the Sun warmed the earth, plants began to grow and animals started coming out of their dens.

When her and Lada's paths finally crossed, she covered Lada with her cloak, wanting to know the true nature of her soul.  Realizing that her rival is a good and honest person, full of love for all living beings, Morana ceased to seek revenge. She reasoned that if Jarovit could fall for someone so corny, he couldn't be all that interesting after all. Morana's contempt for such people could only be compared to the boredom she felt whilst in their presence.

Out of sheer love for her father who missed his imprisoned son, Morana made a pact with Veles. Since Veles didn't quite agree to set Jarovit entirely free, they made a deal that the young man would annually spend a couple of months in the underworld and would be free for the remainder of the year.

During his imprisonment, Morana would be obliged to strip away nature's beating heart and serve as Veles' representative on Earth. The tudums invented the term 'the four seasons' due to the ever-changing weather conditions that depended on Jarovit's current whereabouts.

 

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The House of Morana

Following the founding of the School of Magic, Morana's house admitted students who were ambitious, wise, calculated and proud. They are often two-faced and react unpredictably.

Even though they are neither good nor evil, most of them couldn't be bothered with 'the greater good'. They are not particularly interested in the well-being of the community, as long as they themselves are happy.

These students are conscientious and fair, although their definition of fair slightly differs from the definition of others.