Council of Divines
Also known as the Worldgods, the Council of Divines consist of the first twelve divine entities to be born after the Shattering. In charge of overseeing the affairs of the universe from the perspective of the gods, each member of the Council of Divines began as genies and grew powerful by absorbing cosmic energy within the Pillars of Creation. Most gods of modern Erudite serve the Council of Divines. Despite this, mortals rarely ever worship the Worldgods preferring to follow the Council's subordinates.
List of Worldgods
In charge of overseeing the affairs of the universe from the perspective of the gods, each member of the Council of Divines began as genies and grew powerful by absorbing cosmic energy within the Pillars of Creation. Most gods of modern Erudite serve the Council of Divines. Despite this, mortals rarely ever worship the Elder Gods preferring to follow the Council's subordinates.
- Khronos: Known as the Patriarch or Father Time (Maximus in Polvoran), Khronos is the god who governs the orderly passage of time and guards against those who would alter the path of history. King of the Worldgods, he oversees the long life span of the gods and it is said only he knows when the Twilight of the Gods will occur. His symbol is the setting sun. He is a philosopher, a patient teacher and instructor, who gives wisdom and knowledge to young and old alike. He is often praised but rarely invoked. Those who worship him are those with an interest in ideas and knowledge, and the changes wrought by the passage of time - sages, historians, philosophers, and librarians. In ancient times he led the Worldgods against his father Velkorath and succeeded in overthrowing them, imprisoning the Colossi in the pits of the Underworld.
- Tartaria: Known as the Dreaming Serpent and the Bringer of the Twilight, Tartaria is the goddess of nightmares and twilight. According to legend, she came into existence shortly after her father Xerxes slept and had a nightmare. She has an uncountable horde of horrible dreams and foul visions in her gullet that she has been devouring since the dawn of time. She relishes the taste of particularly choice nightmares and savors the dreams of kings and deities alike. More horrifying, if she did not feed her insatiable appetite, every being, mortal or deity, would remember every nightmare he or she has ever dreamed in excruciating detail. Supposedly, she will be the harbinger of the Twilight of the Gods and will devour all light when the time comes. During the War of Powers, Khronos was unable to convince her to battle with her sibling against her father and comrades because she did not want to start the Twilight of the Gods prematurely.
- Pantaerra: Known as the Earthmother and the Lady of Soil, Pantaerra is the goddess of life and the sister deity of Meitorr, who was considered the god of wild nature, whilst Pantaerra herself was seen as being the embodiment of all things agrarian or agriculture. She was a goddess of agriculture, plants cultivated by humans, farmers, gardeners, and summer. Some of her worshipers claim that her divine breath gave life to the natural world, and some contended that she was the creator and source of all mortal races. In some sense Pantaerra was the manifestation of the planes themselves, as Idellual's daughter Pantaerra is the manifestation of the power of all living things.
- Meitorr: Known as the Green Thumb and the Landwalker, Meitorr is the god of nature, though formerly considered only the god of wild nature and druids. Meitorr was one of the oldest and more powerful deities in the Arpharazon pantheon, and the wilder counterpart to Pantaerra the Earthmother. His worshipers protected places of nature from the encroachment of civilization with vigor and were implacable foes of industrious peoples. When the War of the Powers was raging, Meitorr joined the battle when Landurus attempted to wipe out all of nature to weaken him.
- Telm: Known as the Everknight and the Immortal Watcher, Telm is the god of guardians, protection and protectors. His sphere also consisted of duty, loyalty, and righteousness. He was worshiped by guards and paladins both, long being seen as a cold and focused deity who impartially took the role of defender and sometimes also enforcer. After the War of the Powers, he was tasked with guardianship over the Colossi as he was the only god steadfast enough to ignore their temptations and strong enough to fight back their incursions. Telm is known as Patrius for those who follow the Covenant of the Patriarch Spirit.
- Nostpater: Known as the Broken One, Nostpater is a deity whose sphere included endurance, martyrdom, perseverance, and suffering. He was the god of those who suffered, the oppressed, and the persecuted, who offered them relief and support, encouraged them to endure, and who encouraged others to help them, to take their burdens or take their places. He used to be a warrior god of strength and virtue, but during the War of Powers he was captured by Marvuul and tortured to turn against his fellow kin. Though he suffered great injuries that to this day have never healed, Nostpater held true and was rescued during the final battle of the war. For this reason worshipers of Nostpater often consider Marvuul to be abhorrent and have tried several times to ban his worship in Atalante with little success.
- Freyanna: Known as the Liberator by her worshipers and the Lady of Chaos by all others, Freyanna is the goddess of selfish, irresponsible, licentious behavior. She takes advantage of perceived and actual wrongs committed against groups of people, and encourages them to rebel against the system they are in. Once that is done, whether it is a success, failure, or somewhere in between, she encourages her followers to "liberate" themselves by shedding all social commitments, responsibilities, and all duties. Morality, ethics, and respect for real liberty and justice all fade under her influence, as the people degenerate into an abyss of sinful behavior and pleasure-seeking. This is so because Freyanna teaches that there is no right save for what makes one feel good and be free and no wrong except for what prevents one from being free and feeling good. Of course, Freyanna makes exceptions to these points whenever she feels like it. She also has a habit of killing almost every single one of her hierophants (the leaders of her worshipers) because in order to become a hierophant one must survive having sexual intercourse with an avatar of the goddess. So far only three hierphants have survived it, and only one of them walked away with most of their sanity intact. Freyanna is the sister of Meilegra and the two siblings and their worshipers have fought fiercely before.
- Meiligra: Known as the Passionate Rose and the Embrace of Kindness, she holds the portfolios of beauty, love and the arts. Meiligra encourages creativity and inspires the world. She challenges her faithful to test their limits, share what they create, and delight in the gifts of others. Meiligra preaches (and practices) that true beauty comes from within, and she favors romances not based solely on lust. Clerics of Meiligra endeavor each day to create something of beauty, whether artistically or through unconventional forms, such as a gardener tending a flower garden. As the goddess of love, Meiligra encourages the proliferation of the feeling in all its forms. She is not the goddess of sexuality, lust, or fertility, and makes a very clear distinction between love and sexuality (although she does not in any way discourage erotic love). The few paladins who worship her practice courtly love, with female paladins attempting to win the attentions of attractive young noblemen (or sometimes, attractive young noblewomen). Meiligra and her clerics treat homosexual love as equal to heterosexual love. Before she fought in the War of Powers, Meiligra was flighty and shallow. Since discovering the capacity intelligent beings have for loving people and things that lack beauty, she tends to look for beauty in everyone and everything. “Beauty comes from within” is a philosophy she not only practices herself, but she requires from her clerics. In this way, it’s quite possible for a physically unattractive person to become a cleric of the goddess of beauty. She also often violently quarrels with her sister Freyanna and this has caused immense tensions between the two goddesses followers.
- Letus: Known as the Reaper and the Fair One, Letus is a rair yet cold god of death and the dead. Upon death, souls migrate to the afterlife to be judged by Letus. He makes no decision on whether a death is just or not; he views all with a cold and uncaring attitude, and decides on whether a soul will spend eternity in paradise, damnation, or anything in between. Letus is also the god of birth and prophecy: from the moment a creature is born, he sees what its ultimate fate will be, but reserves final judgement until that soul finally stands before him. As the god of death and rebirth, he abhors the undead and considers them a perversion. Letus urges knowledge that death is a natural part of life and should not be feared as long as it was understood. As a result of his deep respect for life and death, he holds the undead in the uttermost contempt and his worshipers actively target and fight undead creatures and necromancers.
- Gaire: Known as the Merrymaker and the Humorous One (Vigorus in Polvoran), Gaire is the deity of humour and comedy. She delights in wordplay and sophisticated humour but baser humour, usually pranks and tricks, prove irresistible to her sensibilities, especially if the victim of the trick takes it seriously. Myth tells of Gaire playing a particularly elaborate practical joke on Letus; Gaire has barely managed to stay one step ahead of the angry god of death since.
- Iyasu: Known as the Life-Giver and the Merciful Knight, Iyasu is the goddess of life, light, and mercy. Those who heal serve her, and those who desire mercy are her worshipers. Iyasu is the kindest and most benevolent of the Arpharazon deities, and few wish her harm because of this. Some mistake this quality for weakness, though such beings don't make the same error twice. Iyasu believes in mercy, both in life and in death. Not only does she heal the sick and tend the injured, she delivers a merciful end to those nearing the end of their natural lives. She fiercely detests those who artificially prolong the life of a being, particularly when it is against their will.
- Galdur: Known as the Shifter and the Mooneye, Galdur is the god of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, crossroads, trivial knowledge, and necromancy. He also represents the dark side of the moon or the Harvest Moon and is associated with many other things including childbirth, nurturing the young, gates, walls, doorways, and most importantly change. Unlike his siblings Galdur was not birthed, rather forged out of primal magic energies by Dael to help him control the force. During the War of Powers Galdur originally was on the side of the Colossi, but later changed sides when Dael refused to give the gods magic as Galdur believed magic should be unfettered. It is said that at the Twilight Galdur will again change sides and help the mortals learn the secrets to godhood, thus allowing them to defeat the Worldgods (Galdur himself has said that mortals would never want to be gods themselves once they learn the secrets to it). Because of this prophecy, Khronos has had many of servants exclusively monitor Galdur's actions.
- Asmos - Known as the Nameless One and the Forgotten (known as the Thirteenth Divine in the east), Asmos is the god of nothingness representing the void between worlds. Asmos turned into a god from a genie prematurely before having absorbed the memories of any First Pantheon gods. Thus, not having any concept of good and evil or any sense of morality or pain, he very quickly engaged in very inhumane experiments with mortals not actually realizing how much they were suffering. The other Worldgods, as a result, believed Asmos not to be malevolent but to be broken in the mind and unfit for ruling the universe, so they created a plane outside of time and space for his own solitary confinement so that he could not harm any other mortals in Erudite. However, even within this asylum plane, Asmos continued his experiments within his own worlds. Very few are aware of his existence, and he has almost no following at all in Erudite except in Emsius.