- Aubaud — The Lord of Summer who ruled the world for a time as king during a golden age of plenty was said to be nearly as strong as his grandparents, Ahter and Akhys, gods of Earth and Sky. Nevertheless, a momentary lapse in vigilance caused him to be usurped by his former lover, Essasae, Goddess of the Sea. The Thunder King rallied divine armies around him and began the first of heaven’s wars, the Primus Mactre, to bring her to justice, but he was injured gravely in a battle to defend his castle in the Sun. Relinquishing command of the holy multitudes to his brother, Stroff, Aubaud withdrew into his stronghold and died centuries later.
- Hullar — The God of Mercy, husband of Beldonalia and father of Saerin. The Kind Prince was once a mortal man who took a vow to heal any and all that crossed his path. So faithful was he to this promise that the masters of the heavens granted him grace and he ascended to be among them where he continued his great and selfless work. Drawn to the pain of others, he found the lonely Goddess of Beauty and was entranced by her. He lived as her husband for a time, but was slain by other jealous lovers when he refused to fight back, forgiving each as they struck him and casting forth his power to try to heal their wounded hearts.
- Stroff — The Lord of Winter who fell slaying Essasae’s Elemental Behemoth, Obol, at the end of the Primus Mactre. His crystal blade, Shard, has resurfaced throughout history, seemingly at critical moments when Essasae’s monstrous servants threaten to destroy civilization. Lord Stroff’s body was found much later by the then-demigod Zaxxaddin, who used it to assemble a new Nature divinity, Vorn.
- Vester — The Lady of Autumn, poisoned by her sister, Welefey, after Essasae’s spies tricked them both into believing that they had betrayed one another. Vester was strong enough to survive the poison for many centuries, but her doom was sealed. Discovering the deception only moments before she slew The Lady of Spring, Vester took revenge on The Sea Goddess by teaching mortals the arts of shipbuilding and navigation, much to Essasae’s dismay.
- Welefey — The Lady of Spring who was said to be the most beautiful of all the Old Gods. Peaceful and happy in her youth, she grew full of wrath after being duped by The Sea Goddess into poisoning her sister, Vester. Taking up one of her brother’s Thunder Spears, she cloaked herself in armor made from blackest storm and charged headlong into Essasae’s undersea stronghold, slaying many but ultimately falling to the elder deity’s power.
- Origin — The first of all gods; the divine spirit of creation itself. He tore Himself apart to begin the world and (presumably) transformed into his children, Ahter, Akhys, and Essasae.
- Ahter — The Son of Origin and God of the Earth. A great creator, Ahter is given credit for authoring most of the physical world with his will and for fathering all the Old Gods and the mortal races of Dwarves, Gnomes, Halflings, and Humans. When he grew very old, he let himself fall into a deep sleep, saying that he would waken again only when his sister, Akhys, struck him mightily in the last days of creation.
- Akhys — The Daughter of Origin and Goddess of the Sky. Responsible for the formation of the realm of spirit and dream, Akhys is said to still manifest there from time to time, though she had no fixed form of her own. Many of her creations, both physical and intangible, still wander the universe trying to thwart the wicked plans of her sister goddess, Essasae.
- Beldonalia — The Goddess of Beauty, wife of Hullar, and mother of Saerin. It is said that even gods who caught sight of her were struck fools with unquenchable lust and unbearable love. She was careful to stay cloaked at all times in robes of white and to try her best to care for those unfortunates who glimpsed an uncovered hand or a bare bit of skin. Guilt plagued her for what she unknowingly did to others and loneliness was her only companion. It was this heartache that drew Hullar, God of Mercy, to her side. They married, loved, and made Saerin, but the jealousy of the many hundreds of lovestruck souls in Beldonalia’s keeping was without succor. They slew Hullar who would not fight back, and his divine wife put them into an endless sleep with her power. In grief, she lay down with them and entombed herself where none could ever find them, even her daughter.
The Gods of Latter Days
- Abythis — The Bone God, High Priest of Blood, and King of the Windless Realms. This ancient creature was born when Death was new. His body is naught but bone and sinew, his breath a cloud of ash, and his eyes are those stolen from the freshly fallen. Bound by primeval concord, Abythis must protect the sleeping souls of the dead who dwell in the Windless Realms and may never directly touch the living world save when the dying moment arrives. Those who serve him, on the other hand, may carry out his foul plan to make his kingdom greater than that of the earthly dimension by way of spreading death to every corner and country. (L/E)
- Alafaxadiun — The stern, Elven God-king. King Alafax, He-of-the-Sword, is also Master of the Hunt, and holds sway over the ideas of Tradition, Honesty, and Artistry, as well as Swordplay and the practice of Dueling. He keeps The Book of Oaths, wherein is recorded all promises and the tally of their keeping. (L/N)
- Essasae — The primordial, formless, and wicked Sea Goddess, who is the Blood-Daughter of Origin Himself, made at the dawn of time. Called The Great Enemy of the mortal domain, Essasae is universally hated as the source of all strife. Mother of Pain, Queen of Lies, and Lady of Endless Shadow are some of her better known monikers, and she is, without doubt, the first among devils. Those who follow her are given vast power, but are cursed forever and enslaved to darkness. Her name is not spoken, her symbols never drawn, lest ye be culled. (C/E)
- Fyros — The Dragon God of Rage and Power is beyond all concept of size and ferocity. Worshiped by those who seek a measure of his vast strength, The Reaper of the Weak gained his throne by slaying twelve serpentine rivals in a contest to see which among them was the greatest. Using his talents to draw abilities and powers from those he consumes, Fyros quickly acquired enough potency to ascend to godhood and threaten his divine peers. They keep him in check only by outsmarting him, allying against him, and incensing his anger when it serves him not. It is said that few among the gods could survive a fight with Fyros on equal footing. The Sovereign Dragon carries in him the hatred of all those who fell to his wrath, breathing pain as others breathe air. It drives him mad, even as it gives him might. (C/N)
- Lucren — The Human God of Wealth and Greed. Born a pauper, Lucren Lureluck used his cunning and his looks to worm his way ever upward in the great game of trade. A merchant-prince before his twentieth year, the mortal Lucren purchased a book of forbidden rites bound in human skin at great expense. From it, he summoned Alagrad, Chief among the Archdevils, to grant him a boon. Lucren offered his soul in trade for vast wealth, but only if Alagrad could sate his greed. The devil thought this a fine pact, and summoned up gold and treasure. But each time his wealth grew, Lucren craved more and more, until at last, Alagrad realized that human avarice was endless. Defeated and bound to the agreement, the Archdevil gifted Lucren his power and fashioned him into a god, serving ever after as his wicked bursar. (N/E)
- Odditicus — The exceedingly clever Gnomish God of Wit and Craftsmanship is described as being so small that he could stand in the palm of a hand with room to spare. Master of Riddles, he is said to be the smartest of all gods, save Origin Himself. The Thinker tricked his way into grace by wagering The Fire God, Krex, that he could make heat-less fire that could last a century or more. He did this feat by causing rust to form, and the angry deity was compelled to grant him a measure of his own power by way of a technicality. Odditicus’s magical creations still circulate among collectors of such exotic devices, but a curse placed on him by Krex causes many of his inventions to go amiss at the worst possible moments. (N/G)
- Rivelli — The ever-smiling, Halfling Goddess of Song, Dance, Wine, Sex, and Joy. Legend tells that she bewitched several prominent deities while she was still mortal and they lavished godly gifts upon her to keep her company. Her comedic and happy exploits are widely sung, and those who claim to be her children are numerous in many ages of mortal reckoning. (N/G)
- Roarrok Foecleaver — The brazen, loud-spoken Dwarf-lord who casually oversees the concepts of Adventure, Friendship, and Drinking is also The Great Architect of the divine realm. His beard is longer than a river, his eyes as sharp as cut diamonds, and his heart is a forge, so the stories say. Temperamental in many ways, he rewards only those followers who prove themselves courageous and loyal in a dwarven sense, though many other races embrace Foecleaver as their own. The powerful armaments and trophies with which he adorns himself are too numerous to mention, though the battleaxe Meatmaker could fill a bard’s head with the number of tales told about it. (C/G)
- Saerin — Human Goddess of Peace and Love. It is said that a single glance upon her face grants both perfect sanity and an undying affection, so Queen Saerin wears a white veil to guard against unnecessary heartbreak. Born of the inevitable and tragic union of The God of Mercy and the Goddess of Beauty, The Lady of Grace has vowed never to harm another with her power. In so doing, the gods elected her Divine Arbiter so that she might walk amidst all of them to deliver messages, settle disputes, and heal wounds both of blood and of heart. Her followers take vows of peace and serve much the same role in the mortal realm. (L/G)
- Sir Lojus Doomfinder — The Human God-knight of Justice, Honor, and Chivalry. He sits astride his warhorse, Aedictaeum; resplendent in armor that shines so brightly, only the truly just may look directly at him. Sir Lojus wields the sword Judgement and carries The Book of Law. (L/G)
- Vorn — The Green One. Serving as both God and Goddess of Nature, this ever-shifting creature is a mix of male and female, man, animal, and plant. The Green One’s aspect changes through the seasons because he/she was crafted by the deity Zaxaddin out of the bodies of the slain gods who once ruled each time of year. Feared by both the cruel and the true, Vorn walks the world setting things into balance as nature knows it, much to the vexation of those in its way. (True N)
- Zaxaddin — The mysterious God of Magical Knowledge was once created by Essasae as a servant to make war on her enemies and to advise her, though he was then named Addin. Growing in skill and wisdom through the centuries, he convinced his mistress to grant him more freedom and greater power. As she knew his true name, and thus held him in bondage, Essasae did not hesitate to reward her slave as he had asked. But Addin had learned the power of names and branded himself Zaxaddin, breaking the bonds of his Queen. He rebelled, teaching mortals how to war against The Sea Goddess with magic of their own and creating Vorn out of the lost corpses of Essasae’s foes. (True N)
Lesser Gods and Deities
- Agraghal — Demigod of Water. Worshipped by The Water Cult in Pacht and elsewhere, this lesser deity is known to grant treasures to faithful followers. Agraghal protects its people from the monsters of the deep and is thought to be able to create springs, freshen fouled pools, and give fishermen bountiful catches.
- Etriennarus — The Elven Goddess-queen, wife of Alafaxadiun, and mother of Zorixandalitus. Called Queen Etrien or She-of-the-Bow, this deity is worshipped as the Mother of Elvenkind and First Daughter of the Moon Goddess. The family triad is an important symbol in Elven culture.
- Krex — The Fire God. Though once a major power, Krex was tricked by The God of Wit into wagering a quarter of his strength against command of a metal army in a bet that he lost. Always in a ferocious mood, The Burning One lashes out at his own followers near as often as their enemies. Despite this, many of the wicked things of the earth still hold him in reverence.
- Lun — The Moon Goddess, Mistress of Mysteries. Quiet child of either Akhys or Essasae, depending on which legend one heeds, Lun’s history is an odd mix of light and dark, sky and earth, good and evil. This leads some scholars to think of Lun as mad or two-faced, while others speculate that two separate powers are at work.
- The God of Time — There is no known record of a deity with this moniker, yet the title has been referenced lately by an evil Chronomancer known as Gray Lord Ravenix. There may be a prophecy associated with this reported god, but conventional research yields no clues.
- Zorixandalitus — The Elven God-prince, son of Alafaxadiun and Etriennarus. Called Prince Zorix or He-of-the-Staff, this young god is a master wizard and a student of both Zaxaddin and Vorn. His staff, Quixotic, is full of strange power and intelligence. Some count it as a demigod in its own right.