Pantheons
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Gods/Goddesses

Following their public image of non-interference, the gods and goddess shall remain NPCs. Often, their appearances and rumors of their acts are as conflicting as the stories of their origins. However, underneath the veil of truce, dealings and attempts to turn things in their favor continue. While many gods remain aloof in their new castles made out of skyrisers and money, others keep their ears to the ground; or, more likely, their remaining servants' ears. Fear of the Titans, and bitterness over diminishing worship, have left most paranoid and reclusive.


Pantheons

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The Pesedjet (Egyptian)

The Pesedjet, originating in Egypt, is the oldest (though not necessarily wisest) of the pantheons. This family of Gods claims that its origins go back over 7,000 years to the banks of the Nile River in northeast Africa, and it has endured through cultural, mythic and physical changes in the World's very structure.

As a pantheon, the Pesedjet concerns itself with ma'at-justice expressed through social order. For the Pesedjet, everyone must know his or her place, and each post must be filled with the right person. In the times before time, when usurpers destroyed appropriate relationships between people, and the Pesedjet created a social order in which people could live knowing their place in an established hierarchy.

Today, the Pesedjet tend to concern themselves with disruptions in social stability caused by unwanted actions. Movements of refugees, discontent caused by spiritual poverty and unemployment, revolutionary movements - these come to the Pesedjet's notice as disturbances in the mythic realms. Other divine tribes view the Pesedjet as hidebound and conservative, but they grant that the Egyptian Gods really know how to impose long-lasting order in a chaotic world.

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Anubis Judge of the Underworld Urbane, Loyal, Fickle Light
Atum-Re God of the Sun Aloof, Bitter, Mature Light
Bastet Goddess of Cats Curious, Secretive, Observant Dark
Geb God of the Earth Wise, Responsible, Gentle Light
Horus God of Justice Dedicated, Driven, Vengeful Light
Isis Goddess of Magic Cunning, Manipulator, Selfish Dark
Kuk/Kauket God of Darkness Chaotic, Dual, Primal Dark
Osiris Lord of the Underworld Dangerous, Manipulator, (Un)Trustworthy Dark
Ptah God of Artistry Imaginative, Playful, Competent Dark
Set God of Disease Malignant, Treacherous, Evil Dark
Sobek God of Crocodiles Criminal, Troubleshooter, Middleman Light
Thoth God of Scribes Secretive, Complex, Lingual Dark

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The Dodekatheon (Greek)

Second oldest of the divine tribes, the Dodekatheon comprises the Olympian Gods of Greco-Roman legend. Their origins are murky, since the ancient Greeks already knew their Gods when they migrated to the Mediterranean Sea around 4,000 years ago, but they were still changing and growing 2,500 years ago, and their forms only became set around 1,500 years ago.

Where the Pesedjet emphasizes social and cultural stability over and against individual rights, the Dodekatheon has sought to impose patterns of individuality within the community on humanity. Arete-personal excellence in service to humanity-is the motivating urge of this tribe of Gods. It is important for most people to know their place, but it is equally important for some to rise above their stations and create new patterns for human life.

In modern times, the Dodekatheon Gods seek to manifest and awaken great spirits in society-as artists, warriors, spiritual seekers, judges, leaders and poets. Extraordinary individuals can strengthen the fabric of reality so that their enemies can gain no purchase on it or rip through illusion's curtains. Sometimes, the Olympians challenge mortals, and sometimes, the mortals challenge the Gods. Both routes lead to greatness-an exaltation of human endeavor that could help keep the world from total destruction.

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Aphrodite Goddess of Love & Beauty Attractive, Demanding, Emotionally Fickle Dark
Apollo God of the Sun & Art Brutal Honesty, Creative, Healer Light
Ares God of War Fierce Warrior, Angry, Leader Light
Artemis Goddess of the Moon & the Hunt Predatory, Sensual, Companionship Dark
Athena Goddess of Wisdom Ambitious, Wise, Sore Loser Dark
Dionysus God of Wine Party Animal, Persuasive, Fun Light
Hades God of Death, Lord of the Underworld Devious, Moody, Tormented Light
Hephaestus God of the Forge Crafter, Absent-Minded, Strength Dark
Hera Goddess of Marriage Philandering, Regal, Temper Dark
Hermes Messenger, God of Thieves & Tricksters Troublemaker, Swift, Deceptive Light
Poseidon God of the Seas Environmental, Passionate, Pleasant Light
Zeus God of Thunder & Lightning Controlling, Sex Addict, Unruly Dark

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The Aesir (Scandinavian)

Born in the wastes and ruin of Northern Europe, among Germanic warriors and Nordic pirates, the Aesir compose the fourth oldest of the divine families. Their pantheon is the product of a shotgun wedding around 1,000 years ago, when the Aesir and the Vanir (an earlier pantheon) were both devastated during a war in the North. Relying on the safety of numbers, the Aesir absorbed their rivals into their ranks and thus preserved themselves in difficult times.

The Aesir represent a third option apart from those espoused by the Dodekatheon and the Pesedjet. Aesir Gods promote community stability as a hedge against modern life's harshness. Yet, they also emphasize personal rights and individual honor. Therefore, while family and nation are important, injustice against a single person is cause for action and even vengeance.

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Baldur God of Light, Beauty, Love & Happiness Charming, Fierce, Generous Light
Freya Goddess of the Gold & War Emotional, Gender Biased (Female), Matronly Light
Freyr God of Farming, Weather & Fertility Fertile, Prosperous, Opportunistic Dark
Frigg Queen of the Gods Mysterious, Divine, Powerful Dark
Heimdall The White God Nosy, Warrior, Sneaky Light
Hel Goddess of the Dead Disgusting, Cold, Unforgiving Dark
Loki God of Fire & Mischief Tricky, Two-Faced, Liar Light
Odin King of the Gods Cunning, All Wise, Obsessed Light
Sif Goddess of Marriage Intelligent, Sensitive, Active Light
Thor God of Thunder Fierce, Angry, Prideful Dark
Tyr God of Victory Serious, Driven, Significant Dark
Vidar Warrior God Mean, Paranoid, Ruthless Dark

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The Atzlanti (Aztec)

Coming into being sometime between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, the Aztec Gods have no name for their pantheon. Other divine tribes usually call them the Atzlanti. Capricious and cruel in a way that the other pantheons are not, the Aztec Gods are bloodthirsty, aggressive and violent. They most often sire Demigods with mortals descended from the tribes that spoke Nahuatl, wherever such native peoples exist.

For the Atzlanti, continuity is more important than community or individuality. A specific human is unimportant. Likewise, a specific village, family, clan or nation is equally unimportant. The most important issue for this tribe is that the sun continues on its daily course, that the moon follows the sun in its appointed rounds and that the stars continue to shine on their proper schedule. Yet astronomical normality and regularity require bloody sacrifice, and even if the other Gods deplore the Aztec Gods' methods, they cannot deny that at least the calendar proceeds in its usual and expected way.

Of all the divine tribes, the Atzlanti are the least concerned with the war or the potential doom of the Gods. They are the most mutable of form, the most mutable of apparent purpose and the least suspicious of the ambitions of their offspring. Of course, part of the reason for their carefree attitude toward their children is their attitude toward pain and death. What better blood to spill to ensure the continuation of the sun's course than the blood of a glorious child of the Gods?

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Huitzilopochtli God of War & the Sun Cold, Feral, Frightening Light
Micintecuhtli God of the Dead & Spirits Bitter, Angry, Miserable Dark
Quetzalcotl God of Beauty & Art Clever, Peaceful, Inspirational Dark
Tezcatlipoca God of Fate Troublemaker, Verbose, Ingenious Light
Tialoc God of Rain & Clouds Bloodthirsty, Dark Desired, Traveler Dark
Tiazoltotl Goddess of Filth Seductive, Emotionally Distant, Invasive Dark
Xipe Totec God of Maize & Growth Analytical, Creepy, Loner Dark

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The Amatsukami (Japanese)

The Amatsukami are the heavenly divinities of ancient Japan. When asked how long they have been around, they are certain to reply "forever." Other tribes usually estimate their age as falling between that of the Dodekatheon and the Aesir, though it is possible that the Amatsukami are not lying about their age. Regardless, the Amatsukami certainly have a different way of working in the World.

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Amaterasu Goddess of the Sun Spiritual, Beauty, Honor Light
Hachiman Lord of War, Fishing Nets & Fertile Fields Guardian, Strategic, Leader Light
Izanagi The First Man & Lord of the Sky Grim, Lonely, Neglect Dark
Izanami The First Woman & Queen of the Underworld Duality, Happy, Deadly Dark
Raiden God of Thunder & Lightning Angry, Rude, Boorish Dark
Susano-o Lord of Sea & Storms Rage, Chaotic, Thrillseeker Light
Tsuki-yomi God of the Moon Sulky, Helpful, Manners Matter Light

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The Loa (Voodoo)

The Loa are divinities of ancient West Africa, transplanted through slavery to the Caribbean and North and South America. They make up the most mixed of the pantheons in terms of age. Gods only a few hundred years old dwell by Gods who walked the earth millennia ago. Other Gods might mock the Loa as mere spirits elevated above their rank and station, but their actual power and authority certainly matches that of their detractors. Much of the mockery against them, therefore, is social rather than metaphysical. Of all the pantheons, the Loa remember their origins. They tend to treat their progeny with respect and honor. Indeed, the divinities of Voodoo seem to believe that their Pantheon has not yet finished growing, and each God has an array of spirits, minor divinities and borrowed Catholic saints to call upon as messengers, allies and companions.

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Baron Samedi God of Death Entertaining, Attention Whore, Stylish Light
Damballa God of Creativity & Sexuality Parental, Primal, Sensual Light
Erzulie Goddess of Love Flirtatious, Gracious, Sexy Light
Kaifu God of Darkness Malevolent, Ambitious, Irritating Dark
Legba God of Light Jokester, Lingual, Opportunity Knocking Light
Ogoun God of Iron Responsible, Aggressive, Hunter Dark
Shango God of Thunder Activist, Fighter, Anti-Oppression Light

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The Tuatha (Irish)

The Tuatha d Dannan were born out of the violent, primal times of early Ireland. They came to power by defeating all who came before them and have guided the people of Ireland for a period of almost four thousand years. When the greatest threats were defeated, they elected to retreat from the World to Tr na ng, the Land of Eternal Youth, and guided the people of Ireland from there.

Like the Aesir (whom they most closely resemble and to whom they are in closest geographical proximity), the Tuatha are a noble lot, fierce-tempered and proud. No insult to their honor goes unavenged, and no crime against their people is ever forgotten. Personal responsibility and independence are both of vital importance to the Tuatha. Cowards, weaklings and shirkers are dealt with harshly. Artistic ability is also highly prized among the Tuatha. Music, poetry and storytelling are all respected and valued by the Tuatha, whether the person so gifted is one of the members of their own Pantheon, another Pantheon or a mortal. Some of the oldest recorded epics found in Irish literature are the stories of the Tuatha and their deeds, especially their war against the Fomorians.

For the most part, the Tuatha treat their offspring well. While they constantly push their children to grow stronger and strive for ever-greater deeds in battle, they are not stingy with praise or gifts. Hospitality is a sacred duty amongst the Tuatha, and they are generous when it comes to handing out Blessings. Swords, spears and other weapons are the most commonly gifted, but there is no shortage of non-armament rewards, such as cauldrons, harps, steeds and companions. But the demigods must prove themselves worthy of those gifts, and terrible is the reckoning if they do anything to dishonor the Birthrights they have been given. Awful tales have been told of demigods stripped of everything granted them when found guilty of not living up to their patrons' expectations.

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Aengus God of Youth & Love Inspiring, Manipulative, Sly Light
Brigid Goddess of Healers & Smiths Creative, Charismatic, Healthy Light
Dagda Former King of the Tuatha Warrior, Outspoken, Larger Than Life Dark
Danu Goddess of Creation Distant, Maternal, Patient Light
Dian Cecht God of Healing Broody, Pacifist, Temper Light
Lugh God of Versatility Precise, Charming, Skilled Dark
Manannan Mac Lir God of the Sea, Underworld Ferryman Prankster, Death, Seduction Light
Morrigan Goddess of Violence & Fertility Oracle, Cruel, Cold Dark
Nuada King of the Tuatha Guardian, Judgmental, Ideal Light
Ogma God of Learning Wise, Strategy, Intellectual Dark

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The Yazata (Persian)

The Yazata have existed in their current forms for at least four thousand years, and claim earlier origins. They concern themselves primarily with the concept of transcendence. As much as doing right by the World is necessary, everything is a part of the effort toward transcendence, individually or communally. Where others may focus on continuity of the World, social justice, individuality or other virtues, the Yazata are arrayed towards the uplifting of the World to a more righteous state.

Ahura Mazda, the supreme deity of the pantheon, accepts all other Gods that struggle against the vicious Ahriman as brothers in arms, at least nominally. On the other hand, no one has seen Ahura Mazda in over a thousand years. Some Yazata say he has withdrawn from the current struggle to more fiercely counterpose Ahriman, an essential task now that the Titans are on the loose. Others claim Ahriman has won that engagement decisively, as Ahriman remains active.

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Ahura Mazda Supreme Pure, Lonely, Brilliant Light
Anahita God of the Waters Maternal, Outgoing, Deft Dark
Ard Goddess of Reward & Fortune Whimsical, Just, Upbeat Dark
Haoma God of Plants Modest, Hard-Working, Conscious Dark
Mah Goddess of the Moon Fickle, Quiet, Perceptive Dark
Mithra God of Truth Confident, Assertive, Charming Light
Sraosha God of Obedience Passionate, Attentive, Encouraging Light
Tishtrya God of Rain & Stars Steadfast, Dutiful, Cynical Light
Vahram God of Victory & Aggressive Triumph Stubborn, Prideful, Honorable Light
Vayu God of Wind and Air Chaotic, Controversial, Untrustworthy Dark
Zam Goddess of Earth Practical, Focused, Goal-Oriented Light

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The Devas (Hindu)

The Devas are the Gods usually associated with Hinduism and its lush, expansive history. They have existed from the beginning of time, and despite many deaths and reimagining's, they are arguably the oldest pantheon in existence. As one God perishes or fades away, another one rises to take his place.

Amongst their peers, they are the most widely worshipped in the modern world. This is a blessing and a curse-it allows them great sway in the mortal world, while at the same time setting them up as objects of great jealousy from rival pantheons. Offspring of the Devas are particularly blessed: Hindu holy texts abound with stories of avatars, demigods and Godly reproduction, so the role of a demigod of this pantheon is almost commonplace. A child of the Devas may rise to the stature of a local God, with temple and worshippers, in a relatively short time. On the other hand, a mischievous God may decide to try the life of a demigod and live as an avatar in the World - much to the chagrin of his divine children or rival pantheons.

God/Goddess Position Signature Traits Alignment
Agni God of Sacrifice Youthful, Tireless, Inspiring Light
Brahma The Creator Withdrawn, Distracted, Concerned Dark
Ganesha God of Good Luck & Wisdom Popular, Knowledgeable, Studious Light
Indra God of War & Weather Powerful, Boisterous, Resentful Light
Kali Goddess of Annihilation Terrible, Fierce, Reckless Dark
Lakshmi Goddess of Fortune Beautiful, Devoted, Generous Light
Parvati The Incarnation of Feminine Energy Feminine, Mediator, Flattering Dark
Sarasvati Goddess of Artists Creative, Protective, Knowing Light
Shiva The Destroyer Contemplative, Destructive, Sacred Dark
Surya God of the Sun Grudgeful, Particular, Egotistical Light
Vishnu The Preserver Humble, Regal, Pervasive Light
Yama The Lord of the Dead Exact, Humorless, Unerring Light
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