Vinushka

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Vinushka
Book vinushka.png
Aliases The God of Nature
Ninush
Relatives Gro-goroth (father)
Sylvian (mother)
Iki Turso (possible creation)
Physical description
Gender Unspecified
Species Old God

Vinushka, the Old God of nature, is an Old God in the universe of Fear & Hunger. The offspring of Sylvian and Gro-goroth, this deity was first introduced in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina.

Lore

"The older god that came to be from the Union of Sylvian and Gro-Goroth. Vinushka is synonymous with the nature. The god appears in different forms in different regions of the world. This is only natural as the nature itself appears in different forms around the world as well."
- The New Gods when asked about Vinushka.

Vinushka is a product of the union between Gro-goroth and Sylvian, mirroring the cycle of destruction and creation that manifests in nature. Like humanity, the temperament of Vinushka can shift from a fiery volcano to a tranquil meadow, where a gentle breeze can lull one to slumber. These similarities between nature and humanity are fitting, as both were nourished by the many bosoms of Sylvian and born of the same lineage. Vinushka and the embodiment of humanity, Alll-mer, are regarded as equals, neither standing above the other. What belongs to Vinushka is for humanity to harvest, just as nature reclaims the old and tired remnants of humanity.

Enki Ankarian's unedited version of Vinushka's Skin Bible reveals further details about the Old God. According to the text, the deity was originally named Ninush by Sylvian, and ancient human tribes coexisted with nature in a state of symbiosis. However, as civilization developed, humans became increasingly rapacious and hostile towards the natural world, causing Vinushka to become similarly aggressive. This eventually led to a violent conflict between humans and the Old God, culminating in Vinushka's death and the subsequent death of nature itself. The name Vinushka means "guilt," signifying humanity's culpability for the god's demise and the destruction of nature. Despite the passage of time, echoes of Vinushka remain in the form of totems and deities, which may serve as a reminder of humanity's responsibility and the grief that will come with understanding the past. Enki's Skin Bible also presents alternate iconography for the god of nature, depicting Vinushka as a humanoid pinecone-like figure.

Although information about Vinushka's contemporary religious significance is scarce, it is acknowledged that this ancient deity is studied by botany students who are interested in the folklore aspects of the field at a university in Bremen. This might suggest that in modern times, Vinushka may be more commonly associated with folk tales rather than being worshipped as in ancient times.

Vinushka's symbol is a swirling maelstrom, signifying an ever-changing state within nature itself.

Trivia

  • The existing information about Vinushka does not specify the gender of the Old God. Although there may be a discernible gender for this deity, it remains undisclosed in the current lore.
  • Game creator Miro Haverinen has stated that Vinushka in the game drew partial inspiration from the song "Vinushka" by the Japanese heavy metal band Dir En Grey.
  • Vinushka's name bears a resemblance to the real-life Hindu God called Vishnu. Vishnu is part of the Hindu triad, the trimurti, which consists of himself, Brahma the Creator, and Shiva, the Destroyer. Vishnu is called the Preserver and is notable for adopting various incarnations (avatars such as Rama and Krishna) to preserve and protect dharmic principles whenever the world is threatened with evil, chaos, and destructive forces.
  • In that sense, Vinushka could be seen in a Triad of Gods between the god of nature, the father Gro-goroth, and the mother Sylvian, though Vinushka seems to maintain the neutral and nature-like aspects of Gro-goroth's destruction and chaos, and Sylvian's fertility and love.
  • The Old God seems to have some relationship with Iki Turso, a giant tree creature in the forest who claims to be waiting for Vinushka. It is unknown what their relationship is, but Iki Turso might be Vinushka's creation.
  • It is possible that the Owl cultists encountered in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina are a sect of Vinushka followers, given that they live in nature with attire that mimics natural camouflage, as well as harnessing the spirits of animals.
    • As with Pocketcat, another animal-masked person who is a close follower of an Old God, examining an Owl Cultist's body post-mortem tells that their animal masks have melded into their face.
  • For reasons unexplained, Logic's form seen in Ending A in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina has an artifact attached to her chest that greatly resembles the Cube of the Depths, but with Vinushka's runic symbol (crossed out) engraved on it instead.

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