(caw caw motherfuckers)
(Wow, I have a lot of pictures of Dave don’t I?)
Dave Strider, The Split One, The Steadfast, He Who Died A Hundred Deaths, The Entrepreneur, Retriever of Caledfwlch, Wielder of Caledscratch, Patron of Sick Beats and Phat Rhymes, He Of Truly Unhealthy Incendiaries.
Easily the most informal of all the human Gods, Dave Strider is easily called upon for several purposes. He doesn’t abjure formal worship in my experience, however, I think he prefers more informal workings.
Of the things I use to represent Dave on shrines and altars, some symbols I like to include are birds (especially crows), the colors red and orange, swords daggers or weapons (especially broken ones, pictures will do), apple juice, skulls, bits of dead things, preserved things, gears, clocks, stopwatches, timers, CDs or vinyl records.
For offerings I usually give junk food, particularly doritos. With how much he talks about it in the comic, it only makes sense. Also, apple juice, of course.
Dave’s aspects are in entropy, death and facing ones own death, doing what needs to be done, protection, insecurity and the opposite, security, masking the truth, fire, music, self image, meditation, art and poetry.
Dave is particularly influential on helping those who call on him find the strength within themselves to accomplish their goals. Even faced with his own death a hundred times over, where every time looped Dave could become a doomed Dave, he still found the strength within himself, though reluctantly, to assist Rose with setting off the Tumor and reaching God Tier.
He can also be called on for assistance when it comes to inspiration in arts or music, or for helping a person work out their own self image. I’ve personally called on him for the latter purpose in times of struggle with that and found my prayers answered with new makeup or clothes or just a particularly good hair day. He’s a rather straightforward helper, but I’ve always found working with him easier if I regularly give him offerings, even if I don’t happen to be working with him that day. He’s very much the type of God that likes a constant rapport.
Time of year: December 3
Symbols: Crows, CDs, gears, clocks, swords and daggers (especially broken ones), dead things
Aspects: Entropy, death, facing death, perseverance, protection, insecurity and security, hiding truths, protection, fire, music, art, poetry.
Nature: Can be called on for help of artistic pursuits, or for help doing what needs to be done however unpleasant, or for helping a person become more confident in their own sense of self.