Religion

Religion

The Minor Gods:
In a common way of thinking, these are not gods exactly, but they are more of powerful spirits. These beings can be found in various places in nature such as groves, rivers, and rock formations, and even some ruins or buildings. Some cities and constructs have been found to have minor gods/spirits in them, including old castles, city walls, or even some objects. Particular objects that have attracted/born spirits inside them. The Wolf’s Throne, The Grand Vault of Paloma, and Obelisk of Sungate are among a few examples.

The Lesser Gods:
Many people do not worship one of the common deities, but worship a local god instead. Some examples of these include the Great Tree (a massive tree spirit that governs some of the greatest forests of the world in Kumel), the Standing Stone (a large sandstone butte, in the Burj Wastes with a face that has formed on it, often wind blows through parts of it that is often said to be a voice), and the Deep God of the God’s Well (a volcanic deity that is said to dwell at the bottom of the God’s Well lake). While they are lesser, that does not mean that they are not extremely powerful. Lesser gods tend to be more elemental entities, which can cause hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

The High Pantheon

Deity Gender Portfolio Description
Zor (Zor {rhymes with door}) Male Sky The High Sky Father, who rules the eagles and lightening. One of the more powerful deities in the pantheon.
Kharm (Karm {sounds like charm} Male Battle The Red God, his black chariot pulls fire-breathing dogs as he drives men to be brave in battle.
Halan (Ha- Laan) Female Fertility The Golden Mother, she is the strong and nurturing mother whom can endure the greatest pain, and capable of the greatest vengeance. Her aspect has two sides that correlate to the moon. One is the wild young girl, passionate and ravenous (full). The other is material, nurturing and protective (new)
Inella (In-Nel-La) Female Wisdom/Cleverness The Wise Maiden, who sparks creativity in the minds of mortals. She is a fearless and cunning warrior.
Coos (Koos {sounds like loose}) Female Harvest The Young Maiden, who holds a bushel of wheat and the Sickle. She is worshiped often by farmers and grocers. While she is often associated with benevolence, she is known to curse fields and crops of some enemies.
Talephacous (Tal- Le-Fa-Koos) Male Craft/Stone The Smith as he is commonly known is worshiped by all manner of craftsmen, tradesmen, and even shipwrights. Often, he is viewed as a teacher or mentor as well as a breaker and builder. Stone walls and castles will often have stamps or sigils on them.
Volum (Vol-Lum) Female Sea The Deep Goddess is a powerful, harsh deity. She is often depicted as an old woman with seaweed hair, but other times she is viewed as a younger woman. The seaweed hair is the common shared feature.
Cerephus (Ser-eh-fus) Female Underworld/Dead The Grey Huntress is sister of Ale’pos. Both are hunter deities. But she is known to ride a grey mount and wields a great bow and a chain. Often she is known to have two aspects; one is the beautiful mistress behind the moon. The second is a darker aspect, shrouded and cloaked with an eclipsed moon behind her.
Ale’pos (Al-eh-foss) Male Hunting The Green Hunter is brother of Cerephus. Both are hunter deities. But he is known to ride a brown mare and wields a (great bow in earlier times) crossbow and a lasso. Often he is known to have two aspects; one is a handsome gentleman hunter in front of a golden sun. The second is a darker aspect, masked and cloaked with an eclipsed sun behind him.
Dhoi (Doi {Rhymes with boy})/td>
Male Words The Sage is often viewed as an old sage with a long beard. Images and idols have two common images including a bust with an open mouth with outspread hands. The other is hand holding a quill pen. Every library has at least one sanctuary/ chapel to him. His tenants are almost clinically scientific, and bare of morals as possible; however ethics are strongly voiced.

The Dark Gods/ The Great Ones

Deity Gender Portfolio Description
Krav (Cur –Ah – V) Male Greed – indulgence/ gluttony The Ravenous One often appears as an immensely obese, multi armed man, sometimes with a bears head. However other images clearly show a more slender and sensual aspect, but this is rare. His multiple hands often hold hunks of meat, wine bowels, a massive fork, a barrel, among other similar objects.
Seleana (Say-lay-na) - Desire – Temptation/ Covetous The Glorious One is one of the few members of this pantheon that interacts with the mortals not only often, but on their own volition. Both male and female, (but commonly referred to as she due to the common appearance) she is a granter of wishes, and listener to unspoken desires. Make no mistake; she is not a benevolent one. Often appearing as a sensuous woman, often with both genitalia plainly visible.
Foxus (Fox- sus) Male Brutality – Savagery/ Rage The Savage One always appears as a blending of animal and human features. Most frequently, he has more gorilla-like features including jaw, arms, and feet. Fur covers his arms and back in most images. Communing with him has been very difficult, preferring to communicate in emotions, visions, or even possession, over direct communication.
Furus (Fure –us) Female Creativity – Madness/ Insanity The Demiurgic One is known to be one of the first deities. Her followers claim that she is the original creator of the universe, but there is little support for this claim that is coherent or intelligible. She will often appear as a mad crone with a shriveled face, but has been known to appear as a young maiden with unkempt hair. One key feature common to all images is her uneven eyes (one with a green triangular iris, and the other with a purple empty square iris).
Corvos (Cor-vos) Male Lies – Illusion/ Trickery The Forbidden One or the Raven God, often appears as a shadowed man covered with black feathers, and on occasion appears with a raven head. Few other features are known or common to all images. His sister Feist, are both night gods that can only be communed with at night. Common understandings of his teachings are difficult because virtually everything is written as a falsehood.
Feist (Fi – Est {sounds like mice}) Female Deceit –_Shadows/ Thievery_ The Obscure One is the sister deity to Corvos. Her images often appear as a shadowed woman, often holding a dagger in one hand. Unlike her brother though, she has no prohibition on the truth. Her teachings would suggest that outright lying is not the best way, but rather manipulation is better.
Alune (Al – Lune) Female Sensation – Music/ Awe The Inspiring One is arguably the one deity in this pantheon that is openly welcome in most communities. She is often seen as an inspiration for musicians and most bards pay passive respect, if not outright admiration for her favor. Her gifts are not without price as followers can become lost within their own creations and become victims of complacency, hypnotized by images of unspeakable majesty or narcotic like sensation.
Hemora (He – More – Ah) Male War – Death/ Murder The Bloody One is lord of death, murder, and blood. He frequently appears as a fully armored warrior, bits of gore and blood dripping off his numerous spikes and massive axe Blood letter. He loves to fight and kill, and passes this passion down to his followers.
Noctorna (Nock – tur – nah) Female Darkness – Night/ Fear The Mother of Night is the parent of both Corvos and Fiest. She appears as a gaunt and shrouded figure. Her face always has different features, from a serine woman to a horrifying snarl with nigh animalistic features. Followers always treat the New Moon as the most auspicious time.
Pan (like the cookware) - Chaos – Change/ hope The Lord of Bedlam is commonly referred to in male terms however Pan’s gender is known to be fluid, changing depending on the observer. One feature that is common to all images of Pan are goat-like features including legs, and horns, but may or may not include the whole head. Pan has no consistent tenants or even followers. Pan prefers followers come and go as they please, with few permanent clergy or even shrines. They can appear and be dismantled within a few weeks.

Religion Outside of the Greenlands
Religion is the Vast Empire: The Vast Empire (of which Yatheria is a part) is a nigh theocracy where religious orders, dictums, edicts are ordered and given by a divine sovereign. Crusades and religious marches are the norm here. Despite vast amounts of land and extreme power, Yatheria is far from the central power. These two facts together make the Czar and Archbishop the two most powerful people in the whole of Yatheria. The Czar’s authority is given to him via holy mandate from the Emperor, who speaks through the bishops and priests. A modern comparison is the Russian Orthodox Church.

Itchala: Unlike other realms, Itchala has a God-King, whom wields incredible power. He is worshipped and treaded like a god. Foreign visitors, even those religiously minded, are not sure as to the Itchalan’s claim of the God King’s divinity. The Elves of Uthanari have tried for centuries to kill the God-King and have claimed to have wounded him from time to time, but after centuries of war, the God-King remains. As part of the tribute for the God-King’s power, regular blood sacrifices are made, and frequently human. This religion is similar to that practiced by the Aztecs before the time of Cortez.

Kingdom of Zhu: Power spirits and other divine beings dwell within the mysterious kingdom of Zhu, however the level of respect that they are given is significantly less compared to the Greenlands. For reasons that scholars are yet to understand, the Greater Gods near Zhu have significantly more restrictions. The Celestial Order dictates rules and obligations for each creature according to their station. As such the priest class and oracles are less numerous in this region. This does not mean that the gods don’t have powers, or influence the mortal realm, but they do so far less often and to a lesser degree than in other realms.

Do: With a diminished role of the gods and other divine beings, religion and philosophy took a different focus. Do is the culmination of that way of thinking. This belief system is then less of a religion and more of a social system with a goal of personal enlightenment. Meditation, physical conditioning, and clearing the mind for clarity of thought are all personal goals. The various social edicts of the order, structure the society in such a way as not to leave any doubt or chaos. Underpinning this religion is a belief in the “universal energy” or ki force. This energy is thought to be a universal constant that both works with and against itself. This becomes the foundation to the two distinct halves of the philosophy, The Open Palm and The Closed Fist. Both of these sub-philosophies acknowledge the core concepts, although how they choose to approach them may be radically different. An example would be social roles. Most followers in Do, strongly believe that people have a position that is designated for them by The Mandate of Heaven, however a follower in The Open Palm will not go against this concept, or even cultivate it. A follower in The Closed Fist, will fight against their position and even ridicule those that accept a power station.

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