Cathedris Themesong

God-husks

Unable to die; Cursed to wander

These titanic divinities ruled and shaped Cathedris in the early days of its history -- full of magic, energy, and life, they changed the world as they saw fit. They existed for long enough that no one's really sure where they came from.

And then they died. They've been husks of their former selves ever since, and we've had to live in the shadows they cast.
— Historian of the gods
  In the early days of Cathedran history, the planet was ruled and shaped by the 14 gods that walked the planets surface. They stood as tall as mountains, with the ability to shape reality as they saw fit. Where these titanic beings came from, historians aren't sure -- some theorize they always existed, while others put forth the idea that they were once regular humans, and something that fell from the sky changed them. No matter the origin, the gods had a huge impact on Cathedris; that impact was made even greater when all but 1 of them broke out into brutal combat during The Seven Day War, fighting to the "death".  

Beings of Power

Each god appeared to resonate with some certain core ideals or concepts -- some, like Qur, embodied the very spirit of creation and the sun, while others were connected to less concrete ideals, like Avartarian being the god of Victory. It is thought that these ideals were not intrinsic to each god, but rather chosen by the gods as what they found most important to their reality.  
The gods embodied these ideals and tenets in a myriad of ways; their actions, what they created, and even their appearance were dictated by the core of their personal belief. Of course, the way the gods processed these ideals was often a mystery to mere mortals, and fully making the connection between their appearances and what the gods stood for is difficult to do. Now, especially in death, the God-husks are an enigma, studied by Entheologists and worshipped by all.

Just Like Us

The flesh, bones, blood, and structure of the God-husks appears at base level to be similar to humans -- however, it's enhanced and so infused with magic that it becomes nigh impossible to study without magical accidents occuring. In particular, their blood, Ichor, is dangerous -- yet incredibly useful for Catalurgy.
Genetic Descendants

Spectacle and Industry

The industrious humans of Cathedris won't let any opportunity to make money or further the human species pass them by -- and massive God-husks are no different. Some particularly daring people like to set up tours near, and sometimes very near, the God-husks, as a form of Danger-Tourism. God-husks like Qur and Avartarian are popular destinations.   Other people choose a different, but similar path -- they use the movements or consequences of the giant God-husk's actions to their benefit. Fishing boats trawl the shallow oceans behind Sharenskus, as the muddy water kicked up by his slow, massive strides, trigger a feeding frenzy in his wake.  

Monstrous Offspring

When gods bleed, mortals flee in terror. Even in their sorry, broken state, the God-husks have incredible amounts of power running through their veins. The God-husks old wounds still gape and seep to this day, spilling this terrifyingly powerful corrupting blood to the ground -- should creatures, or even sometimes just organic matter, touch this blood, they can become monsters.

No Rest for the Deceased

The God-husks are surprisingly useful, in their mindless ways. The Russinians like to fish behind theirs, behind Sharenskus, and I'm pretty sure the Degrundans have figured out how to get Codod to forge metal for them.
— A speculative Entheologist
Roughly 3,000 years ago, a war broke out between all 14 gods that shattered the skies, the planet, and the gods. The motives behind the war are lost to the years, and all historians can do now is speculate on what they think nearly ended the world so long ago.   No matter the motives, some scraps have history have made it clear what kicked the war off -- the brutal murder of He'an by an unknown rival god. This act blew the continent of Apathae in half, and started a seven day long battle as every other god suddenly found excuse to act on millenia-old grudges and slights. In the end, with the explosive final battle between Qur and Avartarian, none were left "living" -- all reduced to husks.

The fighting was cataclysmic for humanity on Cathedris. Ash clouds, earthquakes, lava flows, and tsunamis circled the globe. Most humans died out during this period, and the rest had to figure out how to live along-side their now broken gods. Thus, overtime as humanity rebuilt the world, they started to flourish in this dangerous new reality. Flora and fauna adapted to the God-husks, and humans followed suit, making use of new animal migration patterns for food. More destructive God-husks, who would rampage and destroy all in their broken state, broke rock and unearthed valuable ore that people could then go and collect afterwards.  
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Avartarian


Current Location:
Artazia
Former God Of:
Victory
Avartarian is one of, if not the most, terrifying of all the God-husks. In death, he has become consumed by an all encompassing war with himself for victory, which has taken form as physical tumors all across the Godhusk's body. Because of this war, because of the pain, Avartarian rages constantly. On the upside, he creates quite a show for any would-be Danger-Tourists that want to watch.

Victory at any cost.
— Avartarian

Dimiti


Current Location:
Shattered Isles
Former God Of:
Balance
Trapped upon a large island, and kept in a cruel parody of balance, Dimiti remains near motionless at all times. Literally and physically stabbed in the back at the moment of his death, with a large liquid filled basin growing from the wound, Dimiti is mindlessly trapped in this state. Nearly constantly "bleeding", and producing more Rendlings than many think the Legion can handle.

Pure balance accounts for all.
— Dimiti

Miyu


Current Location:
Hansun
Former God Of:
Combat
The God-husk Miyu sways in an invisible wind, always in motion and never stopping. Through her chest, a massive gaping hole shows -- the mark left by Qur when he killed her during the Godly Civil War. That alone was not to stop the goddess of combat, who's master knew no bounds. In the end, it took the additional efforts of Avartarian to finally slay the deadly goddess.

The mind follows the body.
— Miyu

Qetzel


Current Location:
Ezcor
Former God Of:
Sight,Mind
The mysterious god of sight and patience, Qetzel, enjoyed invoking the ire of other gods that existed near him. In particular, Qetzel would toy with Avartarian -- saying he could see the end result, and would enjoy watching the chaos. Some think he knew of the eventual downfall the gods would experience, but others dismiss the theory, as Qetzel did nothing to stop the war.

Open your mind's eye.
— Qetzel

Qur


Current Location:
Qurain
Former God Of:
Creation, The Sun
Qur, above all else, believed in the potential of creation, and the potential of humanity. In life, he liked to push humans as far as possible, sometimes to breaking points, for them to advance, succeed, and build. In death, that passion has overtaken him -- he cyclicly destroys, rebuilds, smashes, and modifies the landscape around him, sometimes flattening half of Apathae in the process.

I can see the power within.
— Qur

Rak'tos


Current Location:
Raktana
Former God Of:
Space, Learning
Raktos paid little attention to humanity while she still lived, and in death, she pays even less. Before the godly civil war, Raktos and T'kalia valued knowledge above all else, and using their powers of space and time, built The Comprilith to store it all outside of both time and space. The tower was not completed before the war, and remains twisted and broken, like its caretakers T'kalia and Rak'tos.

Seek to understand, not know.
— Rak'tos

Sharenskus


Current Location:
Russin
Former God Of:
Oceans, Russin
Sharenskus rarely, if ever, stepped foot onto dry land. As a living god, he preferred to stay wandering the shallow oceans, paying more attention to the flow of water and the aquatics within than the humans that followed him. Still, he found enjoyment in assisting some humans -- in particular the humans of Russin; he cherished them, tought them to fish, and protected them from the dangers of the ocean.

Let the waves wash over you.
— Sharenskus

He'an


Current Location:
Low-orbit
Former God Of:
Humanity, Love
He'an was similar to Qur in their love of humans, but He'an's was more pure and simple. To them, humanity was perfect the way they were, and were deserving of infinite love -- somethin the god recieved in return from the humans. This created jealousy, and He'an became the first to die when one of the gods killed them and blasted them into space, beginning the whole civil war.

Never change, you're perfect.
— He'an

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Inherent Magic

Humanity found more and more uses for the God-husks over the years -- most recently, humans found a use for the blood of the God-husks, Ichor. When Ichor is taken, and pumped into a person's body that contains a special artificial organ, that person gains the ability to do magic, known as Catalurgy. Catalurgists soon learned that Ichor taken from specific God-husks allowed for specific types of magic.   Humanity, of course, capitalized on this discovery. Governments began to stockpile Ichor in an arms race to have the most, and the best, Catalurgists. Collecting the Ichor itself was no easy feat either, and thus specialized teams needed to be developed to better allow for the sourcing of the magic blood.

Genesis

  • Dimiti
  • Codod
  • Farad
  • Aural

  • Old King Caed
  • Miyu
  • T'kalia
  • Qur
  • Xiuthan
  • Avartarian
  • Sharenskus
  • Transmutive

  • Rak'tos
  • Tatete
  • Qetzel
  • Well, you've got your Genesists -- they're the ones that can use magic to make things, usually temporary things, but sometimes permanent. Then, there's the Transmutists. A Transmutist can take something that already exists, and as long as they understand what they're looking at, modify and change its properties. Finally, there's Aurists, and they're actually the most common of the lot. Aurists use magic to infuse the electromagnetic field around them with power. They use it for themselves, or project the field away as an attack.
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    Prayers to the God-husks

    The gods, what they used to stand for, and what form they are currently in are the main initiators for many religions across Cathedris. Most offer their hopes and prayers to the God-husks in silence, uttering them to none but themselves, or occasionally their closest companions.   In some cases, Entheologists will work as "interpreters" for these prayers, questions or hopes. They'll take their knowledge of the God-husks, and respond to the questions as if it were the god themselves answering. These back and forths between mortal and "interpreted god" can be private events, but in many cases take place in public areas, with crowds of people offering their questions to one or more Entheologist interpreters.  

    Ask questions of your own and read the gods' responses below

    Tue, Oct 12th 2021 09:20

    Prayers to the God-husks

    To all ye faithful of the old gods, the ones who once commanded the world but now trudge brokenly across its shattered surface, offer to them your prayers and hopes, your questions and inquiries!   From within the twisted minds of the behemoths we toil under may come advice, wisdom, or answers you know not. All responses, of course, shall be interpreted by our most well experienced Entheologists -- yet, still delivered to you as if it were the God-husk themselves uttering those words.   Unsure of who you want to ask? Take a look at all God-husks available to talk to here:
    God-husks
    Species | Oct 13, 2021

    An overview of the gigantic beings that were once the gods of Cathedris; now reduced to broken husks that mindlessly wander and destroy.


     
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    Tue, Oct 12th 2021 09:23

    VICTORY SHALL GO TO THE EAGER, THE READY, THE WILLING. FIRST OF THE KNIGHTS, AND FIRST TO SUCCEED, IF YOU WANT GLORY IN LIFE YOU MUST TAKE IT FOR YOURSELF.

     
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    Tue, Oct 12th 2021 09:54

    I just want to ask He'an if they still love us. ❤️

     
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    Tue, Oct 12th 2021 10:03

    Through all your trials and triumphs, forever...   There is nothing that will ever change my love for you all...

     
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    Cover image: Godhusks by Stormbril, background by kazuend

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    Author's Notes

    Is there anything else more you want to know about the God-husks? Please let me know! I am very open to expanding this article in the future, as I think it's very core and important to Cathedris :)   If you spot any typos, please let me know as well! I hope you enjoyed it :D Who's your favourite God-husk?


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    Grandmaster Projekt
    Nathaniel M. M
    13 Jun, 2021 19:54

    Excellent Article, and Impressive CSS. I didn't even know that CSS could do something like that.

    The worst Writer alive
    13 Jun, 2021 20:00

    Thanks Projekt! It's done mostly with hacking up some spoiler buttons, and giving them forward and reverse animations


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    13 Jun, 2021 20:10

    The caaaards! I love them!!! <3 It's such a great idea to give a brief overview of the God-Husks. I have a soft spot for Sharenskus, for reasons. <3   There's a little typo with Apathae - I think there's an extra bracket that broke a link or something.   Such a beautiful article! <3

    13 Jun, 2021 20:16

    Thank you!! :D I had so much fun setting that up, I can't wait to go back and add more for the rest of the God-husks when they're done :) Sharenskus was one of my favourites to begin with, and with your story, even more so <3   Thank you for catching that typo! All fixed now!


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    13 Jun, 2021 20:11

    Awesome article. Great to see the work in progress! I'm always in awe of your worldbuilding.

    13 Jun, 2021 20:17

    Thank you so much! :)


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    Matthieu A.
    14 Jun, 2021 08:33

    I have a feeling that we might see this at the top of the community page very soon.

    14 Jun, 2021 16:30

    <3


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    14 Jun, 2021 09:32

    I think this article did a very good job of rounding up the God-husks. I honestly think aside from finishing the rest of the card-profiles, the article is great as it is for an introductory article. It's not too long, not too short.
    If you are not going for an introductory type of article, detailing some more what humans have learnt of the study of the gods and their husks could be a good pathway. But again, I do not think that's strictly necessary, as those fields have their own articles.   I have the feeling that I have read an article about Ichor, but it is not linked in this one. Was I imagining, or have you written more extensively about ichor?

    14 Jun, 2021 16:32

    Ah, that is great to hear then! That's exactly what I was going for, something not too long or short, one that I can link to often from other places. I do plan to make an article on Entheologists eventually, so that'd be a great place to put that info!   I think I referenced Ichor a lot in the Catalurgy article, but it doesn't have its own yet (unless I forgot :P) -- but there is an article on the artificial stuff, Synthichor   Thanks for the comment! :)


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    14 Jun, 2021 17:31

    Probably thinking about the synthetic one :P

    14 Jun, 2021 10:23

    This is awesome! I love how the people found ways to benefit off the God-husks and how even though the God-husks are well -- husks -- they still shape the land/wildlife/people around them!   My favourite would have to be Qur with his both creative and destructive tendencies. I did notice though, on his card it says that he was the God of Victory rather than the God of Creation you previously mentioned him being. Also those cards and drawings are amazing!! You're so good at css and art! :D

    Chicky the wool chicken thinks you should check out my world Bréafír!
    14 Jun, 2021 16:35

    Thank you! Yeah, something that huge and magical isn't just gonna roll over and actually die when they are killed :D   I'm really proud of Qur too, he was the most fun to draw as well I think. And thank you for catching that mistake on the card! That's what I get for copying and pasting, haha. All fixed now!   Thank you so much for the comment and praise :)


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    14 Jun, 2021 12:53

    Exciting stuff! I love the concept behind these, especially Dimiti going from conceptual balance to literal balance.   Looking forward to reading about the other God-husks!

    Drake's Dozen | Magic and Innovation and Identity, oh my.

    14 Jun, 2021 16:37

    Thank you! I think figuring out what the gods stood for, and then twisting it and breaking that concept in their death, is one of my favourite things with the God-husks :)   Glad to hear you're looking forward to more, I'm excited to write them too!


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    E. Christopher Clark
    14 Jun, 2021 13:55

    I have loved the concept of the God-husks since the first time I read about them (however long you first posted about Avartarian, I think), so I'm a sucker for this kind of article. I love all the information, and I really love what you did with that interactive card section.   Oh, and before I forget, I spotted a typo in the second paragraph under "No Rest for the Deceased": the word continent is misspelled as contintent. Extra T in there.

    14 Jun, 2021 16:43

    So happy to hear that! They're the spark that started Cathedris in the beginning, so I'm glad they still resonate. I spent so long making that card section, I need to figure out how to use that tech elsewhere :P   Thank you for spotting that typo! I've gone and fixed it now.   Thanks for the comment, Chris! :)


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    14 Jun, 2021 15:55

    An absolutely awesome article, with a CSS out of this world, a "god-husk-sized" great job Stormbril :D   My favorite God-Husk would be Miyu, there is just something about the design of this head & heart-less goddess that I find super fascinating.

    Author of Cenorad ; a bleak-dark sandbox of creativity.
    14 Jun, 2021 16:48

    Thank you so much, Sloqush :D   I'm really glad you like Miyu! Her article by far has given me the most trouble, but ever since I fixed it late last year, I've found myself appreciating her design more and more too! haha.   Thanks for the comment :)


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    Caitlin Phillips
    17 Jun, 2021 09:43

    This is incredible! The cards absolutely blew my mind - it's such a unique and brilliant way to learn all about the different God-Husks. I can't wait to see what you add to them.   I think my favourite is Artazian, mainly because I've had the most nightmares about him.*   *Two nightmares.

    Cait x
    17 Jun, 2021 19:54

    Thank you so much Brins! :D I'm really excited about the cards too, I can't wait to have all the God-husks completed, and showcase them allllllll   Also whoops, sorry about the nightmares xD


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    23 Jun, 2021 07:24

    I just...love everything about Cathedris. :D Rak'tos's trading card (TRADING CARDS oh my goodness) has her looking even prettier than the last time I saw her screaming maws. I have always felt the worst for He'an and had a ponder tonight--as a massively magically charged yet dead god-husk, does He'an bleed, or are they frozen in space?


    You can do this! I believe in you!
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    Luridity (Luridity's romance, so unlike TDLA, 18+ and nsfw)
    23 Jun, 2021 18:20

    Thank you so much :D <3 I'm so excited to eventually have one card for every God-husk, and then I wanna buy physical versions of em :D   Most people on Cathedris think that He'an is totally frozen, but SOMETHING is causing weird parasite Rendlings to form and skitter around their body... o.o


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    29 Jun, 2021 17:42

    The cards are so impressive! Such a cool way to present the God-husks. The info text appearing next to each portrait is done really well, a compact summary of what we need to know and a nice quote for extra flavor. I'm looking forward to learning about those who are not illustrated yet.   Of those shown, my favorite is Miyu because I fondly remember reading about the associated martial art. And heh, the idea of Danger tourism makes me smile - that's so human! XD

    creator of the Kaleidoscope System, an alien star system shaped by a colorful radiation source   My entry for the Shipwright Challenge: Ycalla
    2 Jul, 2021 01:54

    Thank you so much! :D It's definitely a fun way to add a little bit of extra flavour info!   I'm glad you like Miyu :D Hopefully all God-husks will get cool accompanying articles like she did!


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    1 Jul, 2021 19:31

    I love the idea that the gods chose their domain instead of it being intrinsically there's from the get-go. A wonderful article.

    You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
    2 Jul, 2021 01:56

    Thank you so much Avalon! :)


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    Garrett Lewis
    17 Aug, 2021 21:49

    A long time in the making! It turned out great! I'm looking forward to future god husks...

    20 Aug, 2021 23:37

    Thanks, Time! It's wonderful to finally have this article made and viewable. Just have to fulfill those wishes and complete the rest of the God-husks, too!


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    8 Sep, 2021 20:18

    Miyu and Dimiti are my favorites! Also, those cards and the CSS in general . . . it's amazing!

    Have fun, stay safe, and keep Worldbuilding!
    8 Sep, 2021 20:41

    Thank you so much! :D


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