I would remind everyone that carving images and idols is a time-honored
tradition, and that dedicated artists will naturally imbue the stone, wood
or water with a touch of the entity being honored. "Carving" here means any
form or creation, for chisel and mallet is one way, but statues have been
drawn from stone or even the air by people singing, dancing, fighting or
Other statues are beings "frozen" into that state, perhaps by being conquered (temple guardians) or by the sheer magnificence of their magic (Sedenya left a moonstone image of herself, double life size, after her Great Blessing in Raibanth, just before her ascent as the Red Moon. She walked away, but left that part of herself behind.) Some statues make themselves, like the monstrous Lodril and Oria that are worshipped in Dakortas.
Some, like the Great Raiba in Raibanth, are the living entity itself!
-- Greg Stafford Game Designer [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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