Deities & Religions

IO

Io, the Nine Folded Lord, is the creator of Nenaiel and the Children. He is beyond the powers of gods and does not grant any spells or divine powers to his followers, nor answer their questions. Some races revere him just for respect and there exists even a priesthood dedicated to his worship. Io departed from Nenaiel after the War of the Children and no one knows about where he went or where he dwells.

The deities of Naboria are classified in two main groups:

The Ancient Gods or Children of Io

These deities are the original deities of Naboria, created by Io and ordered to create and shape the world and its creatures. The Children did more than that and created different sapient races on their own, without the permission of Io. These new beings were mortal and Io ordered the Children to unmake their creations or to give up their own immortality to be given to their creations. Some children sacrificed themselves, while only one destroyed his creation. The others revealed against this order. So came what is known to few sages as the War of the Children. As the war ended, Io ended the existence of the Children, but kept their creations, who were now mortal with exception of a few. To them he gave the gift of Faith, to strengthen their spirits and give them hope. And with their faith, the Children, once gone, returned as they were called by their creations. So Io proclaimed that their fate was now liked to the faith of mortals. Without faith, a Child should not be able to exist. But he also proclaimed that, as some Children couldn't be awakened, others should come from beyond the void surrounding his entire creation.

The Gods From The Void

The Gods from the Void: This name was given to all deities that arrived in this plane after Io opened it, attracted by the call of mortal souls. Some came alone, others came as whole pantheons. Some mixed with the Children and took a place between them, others opposed them, and yet others accepted Children in their pantheons.

For this reason, the Children are worshiped almost everywhere on Naboria, sometimes under different names. However, the worship of the Children varies from place to place, and so a few Children are worshiped only in a limited region. All foreign pantheons are limited to certain regions, although some few Gods from the Void have found worshipers all over the world.

The Pantheons

As mentioned before, although most Children are worshiped all over Naboria, most of them are related to regional pantheons. For this reason, all Deities have been classified into pantheons.

Asgardian Pantheon

The Asgardian Pantheon of Earth is revered together with the Suomi Pantheon on Norske. Only Cendrash have been added to this pantheon because of the circumstances of his Deification. Asgardians see the Apocalypse as their foretold Ragnarok. They believe that the life cycle has begun again and begin to prepare for next Ragnarok. The return of the giants to Naboria is seen by Asgardians as another sign that it was Ragnarok. The available Asgardian Gods on Naboria are:

  • Odin, the All Father.
  • Aegir, God of storms.
  • Balder, God of Beauty.
  • Bragi, God of poetry.
  • Cendrash, God of Rage (Dwarven God).
  • Forseti, the Peacemaker.
  • Frey, God of Sunlight and Elves.
  • Freya, Goddess of Passion and Fertility.
  • Frigga, Wife of Odin.
  • Heimdall, Guardian of Bifrost.
  • Hel, Goddess of Death and the Underworld.
  • Idun, Goddess of eternal youth.
  • Loki, The Trickster.
  • Magni, God of Strength.
  • Modi, God of courage and berserker rage.
  • Njord, God of the Sea and Winds.
  • Sif, Goddess of Excellence and Skill in Battle.
  • Skadi, Goddess of Mountains.
  • Sultur, Lord of the Fire Giants.
  • Thor, God of Thunder.
  • Thrym, Lord of the Frost Giants.
  • Tyr, God of courage and strength.
  • Uller, God of Archery, Hunting and Winter.
  • Vidar, God of Strength and Silence.

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Azagishi Pantheon

The Azagishi follow only one god, the evil Owaanacog. It is not known if Owaanacog created the Azagishi, but these evil creatures have worshiped him since ages.

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Dwarven Pantheon

Although originally created separately from other dwarves, the dwarves of Naboria had contact with extra-planar dwarves. From the dwarven pantheon, only following deities are commonly worshiped on Naboria:

The Ash Dwarves worship their ancestors and clan totems as deities. Most Totems and Ancestors are demigods that grant powers to a few followers. After the Apocalypse, the Ash dwarves and the Norske dwarves have adopted Cendrash as a new totem/deity. For the Ash dwarves he represents the Spider as totem, and for Norske, he is the Supreme God of Rage. Other dwarves respect him, because of his alliance with Clangeddin. Other dwarven deities may be known regionaly but are else of no importance and mantain no clergy on Naboria.

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Elemental Lords

The Elemental Lords are revered by many nature folks and in the Emirates of the Red Sun in Muhlram. Their true nature is unknown. They are creature that, not being real Gods, hold divine power. They are the rulers of the elemental planes and their cults are common to most worlds of the multivers. They are basically neutral, but in some places they are considered to be evil or good, depending to their relationship and bounds to the locals. On Naboria the Elemental Lords are all considered to be neutral, the alignment of their followers, however, is variable. The Lords are known under different names and gender, varying with the culture.

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Elven Pantheon

The elves of Naboria do not worship any of the standard elven deities, as their origins are different. However, the Naborian elves have been exposed to Spelljamming and plane travelling elves, so that they know about these deities and respect them. The elves on Naboria normally worship:

  • Frey, the Norske God of Sunlight and Elves. He takes the role of Corellon Larethian for the local elves.
  • Meryrlith Rynal, a manifestation of Selûne.
  • Mielikki, known to them as Niellan Aellen (Suomi Goddess).
  • Mondawaashan, known as Lyrinornil (Lorenan Goddess).
  • Lolth is the Goddess of the Drow elves, and came to Naboria after a group from Drow reached Naboria and settle down. She is not as powerful as on Toril and mostly unknown to other people.

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Enohri Pantheon

The Enohri revere only two main deities, Andish, Goddess of Healing and Biall, Lord of Battle and creator of the Enohri, both Children. Some heroes of their culture are revered as Champions of Biall in different regions, occasionally gaining a demi-god status.

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Loah' Pantheon

Loah'hirr is the creator deity of the Loah', a race that came to Naboria in Spelljammers many millenia ago, and it is the only deity officially worshiped by them. However, the Loah' also respect the Elemental Lord of Water and other entities that dwell in the planes of water.

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Lorenan Pantheon

The Lorenan Pantheon is one of the oldest institutions on Naboria. It is formed only by Ancient Gods, although it has suffered minor changes during history. Most of the minor deities of this pantheon do not exist after the Apocalypse. However, the major gods survived and are regaining their strength fast. The head of the Lorenan Pantheon is Leomyr, God of War, who is highly revered in the Gothic Kingdoms. Second in power and mostly revered in the southern countries of Loren, is Lorena, Goddess of Justice and Love and name-giver to the land. Beside them following Children are revered:

  • Andish, Goddess of Healing (Enohri Goddess)
  • Elran, God of Commerce
  • Lyrys, Goddess of Madness
  • Mondawaashan, the Earth mother, known as Farina or Blue Mother
  • Renadier, God of Thieves

Also a number of demi-gods and spirits are revered regionally.

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Pathdhani Pantheon

The Pathdhani Pantheon, as it was originally, was destroyed long ago, as the Beholder conquered that land. The Beholders brought their own faith, the cult of the Great Mother. Human and gnome slaves had to adopt this faith. However, a few ones remained loyal to the original Pathdhani pantheon. After the Apocalypse, following the fall of the Beholder Empire, the Pathdhani have begun to revive their own cultural background, including their faith. Small cults dedicated to the Pathdhani gods appeared everywhere, and the deities are regaining strength slowly. The pantheon is very mixed and varied, containing deities of all alignments and portfolios, and changing from region to region. The main deities that are commonly worshiped now include:

  • Indra, Supreme God and one of the Aditya.
  • Aditya, the twelve sun gods who represent the twelve months of the year. They protect against various diseases and belong to the Devas. They are: Ansa, Aryman, Bhaga, Daksha, Dhatri, Indra, Mitra, Ravi, Savitri, Surya, Varuna, and Yama.
  • Agni, God of Fire and Lightning.
  • Aryman, One of the Aditya.
  • Devi, the 'divine mother', she is the mother of everything, including joy, pain, life and death. She is the mother of life, and as such brings fertile rains.
  • Ganesh, God of wisdom and the remover of obstacles.
  • Hanuman, the Monkey King.
  • Kali, the Black Earth Mother.
  • Mitra, God of the Sun, Friendships and Contracts, one of the Aditya.
  • Rati, Goddess of sexual desire.
  • Ratri, Goddess of night, thieves and robbers.
  • Rudra, God of storms, winds and Death. He is the personification of the uncultured force, causing destruction and disarray. In some regions he is known as Shiva and revered as supreme deity.
  • Surya, God of the Sun.
  • Tvashtri, God of Creation, Science and Artisans.
  • Ushas,Goddess of Dawn and the breath of life.
  • Varuna, God of the Sky, Keeper of the divine order of things, Lord of the rivers and oceans.
  • Yama, God of Death.

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Sekolah

Sekolah is the patron deity of the aquatic Sahuagin. He is an ally of Notec' and came to Naboria with him.

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Shemketi Pantheon

The Shemketi Pantheon disappeared as this mighty culture declined and disappeared 7,000 years ago. As in other regions, the Shemketi religion was based on God that came from other planes but mixed with some children. The original Shemketi pantheon includes most of the Gods from pharaonic pantheon. After the Apocalypse some surviving children and demigods awakened an old legend and used it to revive this old faith. The number of believers since the Rebirth of the Pharaoh is increasing constantly, as well as the power of the Gods in this sphere. While pharaonic Gods may have different status, due to the actual situation, they are considered to be lesser Gods in comparison with other Gods. However, some are regaining very quickly their power and may ascend soon. Due to their relationship to this sphere and other Gods, most Shemketi Gods are considered to be Lawful Neutral, regardless of their true alignment. The pantheon also includes some Children that joined them in ancient times.

  • Shem Ra, The Leading Blaze
  • Bast, Lady of Cats
  • Bhesneph, Goddess of Earth and Sky and All Things Between(Child)
  • Hathtith, Temset's Assassin (Child)
  • Isis, the Divine Mother
  • Khobeb, a.k.a Anubis; Warden of Death
  • Memnet, a.k.a. Bes; The Gambler
  • Osiris, Lord of Life and Death
  • Ptah, the Crafter
  • Shepkis, God of Battle (Child)
  • Tefset, a.k.a. Seth; the Night Lord
  • Thoth, the Keeper of Lore

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Suomi Pantheon

The Suomi Pantheon is revered by some people in Norske together with the Norske Pantheon. Most of these gods dwell in the prime material. Norske is a land full of heroes with divine ancestors, children of the Suomi Gods. In many regions there are local deities, often heroes that gained the demigod status.

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Tsunami Pantheon

The Tsunami Pantheon has suffered many changes in the last centuries. There has been a continuous struggle between Ancient and Void Deities. Until around 10,000 years before the Apocalypse, the Tsunami culture revered a balanced mixture of deities ruled by Gods From The Void. At that time, mighty beings revolted and brought the system to fall, creating a new pantheon. The Hakken, wolf-like beings, were separated in two parties. One was banned together with the tiger-like Tora-bito. The others were cursed and degenerated to gnolls. The strongest among them became Flints and ruled the land. The new pantheon was made of 22 Children, sustained by a fair number of immortal dragons and giants. The Apocalypse marked the end of this pantheon. Only three of the Children survived:

They are now only lesser deities, and they try to revive their fallen kin. The actual Pantheon is a mixture of deities of foreign pantheons (Earth Japanese and Chinese deities). Most of these deities are not very powerful and are often revered as a whole. Only the major deities have well established priesthood, although wandering monks dedicated to single deities can be occasionally seen.

From the Japanese mythology:

  • Aizen-Myoo, God of love, especially worshipped by prostitutes, landlords, singers and musicians. He has a third eye above his other eyes on his forehead and a lion's head in his hair.
  • Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun and the leader of the pantheon.
  • Amatsu Mikaboshi , God of evil, his name means "August Star of Heaven".
  • Benten , Goddess of love, the arts, wisdom, poetry, good fortune and water. Originally a sea deity, he became the patroness of the rich and the arts. She is seen as a beautiful woman riding a dragon. In her eight hands she holds a sword, a jewel, a bow, an arrow, a wheel and a key. Her other two arms are folded in prayer.
  • Bishamon , God of war, justice and protector of the law. He is one of the Shichi Fukujin and is portrayed in full armor, standing on demons and holding a spear in his hand.
  • Daikoku , God of wealth, the soil and patron of farmers. He is seen as a large, happy man seated on two bags of rice with a bag of jewels over his shoulder.
  • Ebisu , God of the wealth of the sea, he is the patron god of fishermen and fishing. He is pictured holding a fish and a fishing pole. Anything washed up on the shore could be Ebisu, including a corpse.
  • Emma-o , God of the Underworld. He is the judge of the dead, and decides on the punishment of evildoers.
  • Hachiman , God of war and agriculture.
  • Inari , Both a male and female deity, Inari is the god/goddess of rice and agriculture.
  • Koshin , God of the roads.
  • Raiden , God of thunder and lightning. He is pictured as a red demon with sharp claws and carrying a large drum.
  • Ryo-Wo , God of the sea, known as the Dragon King.
  • Shichi Fujukin , The Seven Gods of Luck, they are: Benten, Bishamon, Daikoku, Ebisu, Fukurokuju, Hotei and Jurojin.
  • Susano-o , God of the winds, storms, ocean and snakes. He is the brother and consort of Amaterasu.
  • Tsuki-Yumi , God of the moon and brother of the sun goddess Ameratsu.
  • Yuki-Onna , The Snow Queen or goddess of winter.

From the Chinese mythology:

  • Ba Xian, the "Eight Immortals": youth, old age, poverty, wealth, the populace, nobility, masculine and feminine.
  • Bixia Yuanjin, Goddess of dawn, destiny and childbirth.
  • Cao Guo-jiu, one of the Ba Xian, patron of actors.
  • Chu Jiang, King of the Hell of Thieves and Murderers. It is believed to be a large lake of ice.
  • Di-guan, Ruler of the Earth. Forgives sins and transgressions.
  • Er-lang, Guardian god who dispels evil spirits by setting the Hounds of Heaven on them.
  • Fei Lian, God of the winds. Depicted as a dragon with the head of a stag and tail of a snake.
  • Feng Po-po, Goddess of the Wind.
  • Gao Yao, God of Judgment. Often accompanied by a ram.
  • Gong De Tian, Goddess of luck. Holds a wish fulfilling pearl in her left hand.
  • Gong Gong, Demon responsible for the great floods. The opponent of the high ruler.
  • Gou Mang, Messenger of the sky-god. Associated with the East, springtime and happiness.
  • Han Xian-zi, One of the Ba Xian, usually portrayed holding a flute, basket of flowers or a peach.
  • He Xian-gu, the only female member of the Ba Xian.
  • Heng O, Moon Goddess and symbol of the Yin. Often portrayed in beautiful robes with her hand on the lunar disc.
  • Hou Tu, God of earth and soil.
  • How-chu, God of the air.
  • Jin Jia, God of literature. He punishes wicked scholars and waves a flag before the homes of families whose descendants will achieve high honor in the Imperial Examinations.
  • Lan Cai-he, One of the Ba Xian. Depicted as dressed in rags, wearing a belt made of black wood, and wearing a boot on one foot while the other one is bare. In summer he would wear a thick overcoat but dress lightly in winter. His breath is like hot steam.
  • Lei-gong, God of thunder. Depicted as having the beak, wings and claws of an owl, although his body is in the shape of a human. Carries a drum and hammer.
  • Li Tie-guai, one of the Ba Xian. Depicted as crippled in one leg and using a crutch.
  • Lu Dong-bin, one of the Ba Xian. Considered compassion to be the main way of attaining perfection.
  • Ma-mian, Bureaucrat of the underworld.
  • Mo-hi-hai, God of water.
  • Mu-king, God of fire.
  • Pan Jin Lian, Goddess of fornication and prostitutes.
  • Tai-sui-xing, God of time and the planets.
  • Wu Guan, King of the fourth hell, known as the Lake of Blood. Punishes counterfeiters and cheats.
  • Zhong kui, God of the afterlife and exorcism.

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Vaelian Pantheon

The Vælian Pantheon is marked by the continual fight between two powers: Nelith, Lord of Light and Life, and Notec', Lord of Darkness and Undeath. Both Nelith and Notec' are Children. Notec' is the most remarkable, as he was the only deity that unmade his creation as Io demanded.

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Yuan-ii Pantheon

The Yuan-ti worship only one deity, the Emerald Mother, creator of this evil race. However, a wide number of her champions are granted demigod-like powers to help her reign on the Primal Plane

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