Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Gods Must be Crazy

Like there are gods who have come to prominence due to the popularity of the ideals they uphold, there are also gods who have achieved and maintained a very large role in religious society simply because of which godtouched races they decided to create.

The following is a list of important gods worshiped in Cerenbaun society who created a godtouched race, and the role said gods have in society because of, or despite it.

Sehkteth - The Goddess of Dragons - Fundamentally greedy and aloof, Sehkteth is every stereotype of the dragon personified. She is prayed to over concerns of money, business, territory, memory, riddles, games, sleep and respite. She is said to be very introverted, to the point that she wishes to be left alone, and treats others how she wants to be treated - with cold disinterest. Despite this, she has many worshipers because of her wide influence.

Fagelis - The God of Temperance - The brother of Coralis, the god of sensation, Fajelis governs the moderation that Coralis does not. He governs the concepts of sacrifice, frugality, health, the proper regulation of body functions, abstinence, hunger, and tolerance. While this not well known, Fagelis created the godtouched race of Unicorns, though he abandoned them after the War of the Gods, and has since expanded his portfolio on its own merit. He is usually worshiped by ascetics and medical workers, but prayers to him are very common, especially after a night of worshiping Coralis.

Jennin - The God of Man - Jennin is not a very popular god among creatures who are not human. He is seen as a troublemaker and an upstart who gained power by creating man. Among men however, he is their patron and chief deity. He is the god of knowledge, literacy, technology, progress, and civilization in general. He is also worshiped by humans who practice magic, especially wizards. As a living god, he makes his presence known occasionally, and has been known to appear to men whenever he deems the course of their civilization needs a nudge in a certain direction or another.

Nektos - The God of Undead - To put it mildly, Nektos is quite a character. He is the god of undeath and perversion, and enjoys nothing more than twisting something to draw out a reaction of horror or embarrassment from someone else. He seeks to further his own power by subtly controlling and protecting all undead, who he hopes to form into a massive army. Recently he has also been prayed to in matters of death and dying, though this was mainly due to the conspicuous absence of the One Mother. Now that she has returned, it is unknown which of the two will maintain hold of the domain of death. He is undeniably evil, but also charismatic. When he manifests, he is often seen as harmless or simply playful instead of his more nefarious nature.

Venrisha - The Goddess of the Wilds - Venrisha is goddess of beasts, animals, and the feral life. She is sister to Nektos and shares in his love of perversion, though her pastimes tend to be more about perverting the courtesies, manners and shames of civilized life. She governs over the hunt as well as her beasts, and also seeks power like Nektos and Jennin. Jealous of their achievements, she created lycanthropy as a disease to pervert men and cause them to become feral beasts. Despite her distaste for civilization, she envies it as well, and also created the civilized anthromorphs to further pervert Jennin's domain. Ironicly, the recent absence of the One Mother allowed her to gain more power in the eyes of civilization, with her name being invoked in matters of beasts and wilderness as often, if not more often than the name of the One Mother.

Raphalla - The Goddess of Fertility - Until recently, Raphalla was a cult goddess of plants, fertility, love and family who was known for little more than creating the godtouched race of the plant-like orchaein. Like Nektos and Venrisha, the absence of the One Mother allowed Raphalla to gain in popularity, filling the empty niche left by the One Mother that could not be filled by Nektos nor Venrisha. Her prominence in society has now been called into question due to the One Mother's return, and tensions between her followers and the followers of the One Mother are high, despite love and acceptance being important themes to both groups.

Seikin - The Goddess of Dreams - Seikin governs the world of creativity - this includes dreaming, lying, deception, secrets, hopes, inventing fiction, creating works of art, theater, music, and other tasks that require imagination or self-expression. It is said that Seikin created the godtouched race of the dreamlings, who seem to have been extinct for quite some time, yet the lore of their shape-changing abilities never seems to die. She is loved by artists, charlatans, those who pray for a better future, and those who guide the world. While the consensus is that she is a goddess, she appears as both male and female on different occasions, deceiving even her own followers.

Leeshia - Goddess of Procrastination - The youngest god, Leeshia has been known to humans for not yet deciding her portfolio. Within the past 75 years, Leeshia finally made a decision she had been waffling on for some time and created the newest godtouched race, the ardlins, a combination of goblins, lizard men, and velocirators. She is prayed to in matters of indecisiveness, apathy, decision making, inexperience, shame, and neutrality, though her own ardlins have a very different picture of her. They see her as a goddess of ingenuity, resourcefulness, problem-solving, survival, and plucky resolve. These two conflicting notions of her nature are beginning to assimilate into one another, though two worshipers of her may have extremely different views on Leeshia's true nature.

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