IC Primer – The Gods

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For more detail on the Gods, including tales about them and the like, please see the IC documents “The Tome of Religious Basics” and “The Cults of Corvantin”, available in the Athenaeum

The religious structure of Corvantin recognises a number of deities. The main pantheon (known as The Wheel) consists of six Gods in total – the five Gods of Enlightenment and Thalae, their opposite number.

In addition to these “Big Six” Gods, there are also a number of smaller deities and spirits which have dominion over a single aspect of life in Corvantin. These are viewed as far less powerful than the Gods of Enlightenment and their worship is usually regionalised or constrained to specific trades.

The Gods of Enlightenment:

The five Gods of Enlightenment are responsible for the creation of life in Corvantin. Each is tied to a specific Element and has overall responsibility for the themes which fall into that Element’s purview.

The five Gods of Enlightenment accrue by far the most worship, and their Churches have wide-ranging influence across the entire Kingdom. With the exception of the extremely religious, most common people hold all five Gods (and to an extent Thalae) as being equally deserving of worship and pray to the Gods collectively. A person may invoke a specific God when undertaking tasks within their dominion – for example a farmer may pray to Gaianna when planting crops’ or a craftsmen offer up praise to Terrena when forging a plough.

Shanyith.

Element: Air
Traits: Knowledge, Secrets, Intellect, Science, Speed, Research, Conservatism

Shanyith is the eldest of the Gods of Enlightenment and is the patron of scholars. He is a conservative God, interested in knowledge for it’s own sake but strictly proscribing it’s use to those deemed worthy. With Gaianna, he is the father of Terrena, Histevon and Axandia.

Gaianna.
Element: Wood
Traits: Nature and the natural cycle, Healing, Life and Death.

Gaianna is the second oldest God of Enlightenment, springing fully formed from the earth. She is a somewhat distant and impartial Goddess, as she is responsible for both life and natural death. While she does provide the miracles of healing she will not save a persons life when it is time for them to go.

Terrena.
Element: Earth
Traits: Time, Stone, Craftsmen, Guardians, History, Wisdom, Patience

Terrena is the eldest of Shanyith’s and Gaianna’s children, and is the patron of crafts and farmers. She is the closest of the Gods to humanity, having taken a keen interest in them from the start and encouraged them to grow. She is rumoured to be the mother of the small god Tagran, although the father is unknown.

Axandia.
Element: Fire.
Traits: Change, Creativity, Vibrancy, Action, Artists, Alchemists

The middle child of the Gods of Enlightenment, Axandia is a vibrant, quixotic Goddess who encourages change, innovation and pushing the boundaries of propriety and law. She has become something of the patron of criminals and revolutionaries – not that her Orthodox Church will endorse that!

Histevon.
Element: Water
Traits: Emotions, Poets, Oceans, Fate, Empathy, Lies

The youngest of the Gods of Enlightenment, Histevon is the one most in touch with the emotions and suffering of the world. He is the patron of suicides and poets, and he is invoked in times of sorrow and suffering in a bid to share the burden and ease the pain of the common folk.

Thalae:

Element: Shadow
Traits: Darkness, Despair, Sorrow, Death, Poison, Undeath

Thalae is recognised as a vital part of the Wheel, the pantheon of the Gods of Enlightenment, although she is viewed as being separate and apart from the other five. Her Church is the most fragmented and while the Orthodox Church is begrudgingly accepted a number of murderous death cults and foul necromancers also praise her name.

She shares responsibility for Death with Gaianna, although more and more the Orthodox Church of Thalae has taken responsibility for grave digging and funerary rites. She also takes under wing the diseased, crippled and spiritually damaged, and is viewed therefore as something of a necessary evil by the common populace.

While dedicated worship of Thalae is not illegal, it is frowned upon by the Churches of Enlightenment and the commonality. However, Her priests do fulfil vital functions in society and as long as they remain fairly peaceable they are free to do as they please.

Whereas the other Gods are generally invoked to favour a given endeavour or to ask blessings, Thalae is usually sacrificed to in order to keep Her away and to propitiate Her. A spate of bad luck is known as “being under Thalae’s eyes” and the wealthier citizens of the Kingdom frequently make sacrifices to her to ward away ill fortune.

The Lesser Deities:

There are a host of smaller deities scattered throughout Corvantin, each taking responsibility for specific smaller aspects of life and trade rather than the wider concepts and purviews of the Big Six. A selection of these can be found in the “Tome of Religious Basics” in the Athenaeum, although that is by no means exhaustive.

Worship of a lesser deity is neither illegal nor especially proscribed, although their churches tend to be much smaller affairs with regional rather than Kingdom-wide influences.