Sitaan is an old pre-Cirsovan death god, whose worship was actively stamped out by the early Cirsovan emperors. Tradition holds that Sitaan was not simply a god of death, but of agony and suffering associated with slow death. Worship of Sitaan often involved human sacrifice performed in brutal fashion, including the removal of eyes, tongue and gradual evisceration of the victim.
Most scholars agree that Sitaan came to the southern pre-Cirsovans from the Kingdom of Sabrio, whose religion often involved human sacrifice. The alarming connections between the rituals performed in the cities of Sabrio observed by imperial armies and the practices of certain Cirsovan states that were quashed by Ga Akana is often cited as the reason for the complete obliteration of the Sabrio culture.
It should be noted that while there are artifacts and signs of Sitaan’s cult in Cirsova’s antiquity, it appears that the proto-Athdaeldan cultures of central Karkuras astutely avoided the influences of their barbaric neighbors.
One of the many old Cirsovan deities who is still worshiped in the riverlands is Auna. Auna is an often good-natured trickster goddess, sometimes sower of discord and oft-times patroness of thieves. She is also the goddess of love, as it is said that hearts are one of the many things she steals.
Though not all thieves worship Auna, and not all worshipers of Auna are thieves, many women who have mastered the art of getting what they want by less than honest means may often be heard whispering a prayer of thanks to Auna.
Auna is more publicly beloved, despite her reputation among thieves, than her husband, Karras, and many cities have a statue of her in some public square. Under the shade of these statues, women who propose courtship to their beloved receive the blessings of Auna.
In the heartlands, though she is still worshiped, her cult is in decline. Oftentimes, whether they are involved in organized crime or not, Auna’s priestesses have been held by authorities in some suspicion, as deceit is one of the goddess’s sacraments. Outside of Cirsova, there is no organized worship of Auna, however there are rumors of a group of thieves in Gatlia, led by a young beauty named Ellyra, who steal in her name. The bandits, however, have not claimed responsibility, nor been proven culpable, for the recent uptick in violent raids against caravans travelling through the baronies of central Gatlia.