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Champions of the Dawn

The pantheon which once walked Malkora as mortal champions of the gods.

My struggles are so modest, I feel shame in pestering the gods with my prayers for aid. Though you, who once walked this land with us, might understand my plight.
— Prayer from a Cobbler
  The Champions of the Dawn are deities which once walked Malkora as mortals, leading humanity out of the Nameless Era in the New Dawn's light.

Champions of the Dawn

As mortals, the Champions of the Dawn played instrumental roles in the turn of the New Era. Among these champions were leaders of faith, battle, and more, who walked in the light of the Vosra, New Dawn. These deities embody ideals which carried human populations through ages of war and strife in the Nameless Age.   With the majority of these Champions hailing from Northern Nefyran, this collection of deities is worshiped most within this region, though their role in the turn of the era has carried their influence far beyond.  
Name Title Domains Patron of...
Kora The Dawnbringer Faith, Perseverance Faithful, Clergy
Nessir The Mentor Leadership, Battle War-medics, Military Leaders
Levje The Druid Harvest, Growth Farmers, Providers
Ilektor The Speaker Knowledge, Invention Artificers, Scholars
List is being expanded with time.
  • Kora, the Dawnbringer
    A Champion hailing from the far north of Nefyran, her ancient home in Ba'Logor remains a sacred holy site accessible only to devoted of Vosra, the New Dawn. She is a patron for those who follow the path of faith, and watches over those who fear they've lost their way.
  • Nessir, the Mentor
    Hailing from northeastern Nefyran, Nessir is the patron of war-medics and military leaders, and is a strong patron of the battle-scarred lands of Nefyran. Remnants of the War for Light yet remain after millennia, and he watches over those who reside among them.
  • Ilektor, the Speaker
    Arguably the most esoteric of the Champions, Ilektor is the patron of tinkers and scholars, and those who pursue understanding of the world around them. The world is filled with confusion and change, prompting prayers for his guidance. Those who study magic often call to him for aid.
  • Levje, the Druid
    Goddess of harvest and growth, and patron of the farmers and providers, the Druid looks over those who aid others through warm hearths and full stomachs.
Last of the Ancients
The mortals who lived during the lifetimes of the Champions of the Dawn were themselves the last of the Antecedents: the ancestors of modern humans of Malkora.   Many have prayed to the Champions in the pursuit of greater knowledge of their ancestors, but the gods will not — or can not — provide the answers they seek.
Kora, the Dawnbringer by Strixxline via Midjourney
Namesake of the Realm
Kora was not only a Champion of the Dawn, but is now believed to be the right hand of Vosra herself.   She is a beacon of faith and a testament to humanity's influence on the world at large.
Watchers of Humanity
These Champions are a subgroup of the pantheon known as the Council of the Ascended. This Council is the pantheon of gods who once walked the world as mortals in Malkora. This council is made up of several subgroups of gods, each representing innately human traits and values. Patrons of the everyday folk, they seldom represent domains one might consider particularly esoteric or out of human control.   This pantheon is recognized and worshiped globally, though different regions of the world will place more emphasis on the worship of whichever Ascended was most local to them.
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Jul 10, 2023 02:20 by Keon Croucher

I'm genuinely curious how big Malkora's pantheon is to earn a title known as 'Council of the Ascended' that sounds like there might be a lot of them! :) I love the use of the word Ascended for this sort of purpose, it sounds so...fitting to describe divine figures like this. On Valerick the nine gods are known as the Ascended Champions and the religions themselves, all kinda semi grouped under the loose coalition of 'Children of the Ascended'.   These are four very solid human deities, with great conceptualizations of their spheres of dominion. Distinct yet not to narrow in their focus, giving a strong feeling of spheres of influence more than just like individual and particular things. I also like that you kept things down to earth (despite talking about divine figures) and approachable here. Very to the point, succinct, and smoothly written all around.

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Jul 10, 2023 02:49 by Polina "Line" Arteev

I haven't fully built the Council, but it's going to be a larger pantheon made up of other smaller groups of deities much like these. Essentially, any mortal who ascended to godhood would end up a part of this larger Council!   And so... there will be much opportunity to explore who these once-mortal gods are, and what they did to achieve ascension! I think it'll be a great way to explore the values of different cultures around Malkora, and what brought them salvation in the darkest days around the world.   And not to mention, it may be interesting to see how these gods interact as members as one "Council," over time. So many ideas cooking, but not enough time to untangle them (yet)!

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Jul 10, 2023 10:06 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Does Malkora come from Kora in any way, or is that a coincidence?   I always love reading about deities/ascended mortals, it's always so fascinating. My favourite is Levje :D

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Jul 10, 2023 11:32 by Polina "Line" Arteev

Yes! Kora did inspire the name of the world, and I did slightly mention that in the sidebar with the "Namesake of the Realm" header, but I do think I should emphasize it a little bit more.   I still need to write more about Levje, but she's one of my favorites, too :) I think that those who ensure their people are fed and cared for are underrepresented in things like major fantastical catastrophes, and that's exactly who she was!

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Jul 10, 2023 11:41 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

The sidebar's what made me ask the question! :D

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Jul 10, 2023 10:48 by E. Christopher Clark

This is great. If you are indeed still expanding, I find myself always interested in what other domains a deity of love rules over. The combinations, at least to me, can be super-interesting and tell the reader/player a lot about the nature of the world, or at least part of it.

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Jul 10, 2023 12:13 by Polina "Line" Arteev

Thank you! I do indeed have plans to add more to this list, but at that point it's me having to decide how this group functioned as an organization prior to becoming gods. Who else was with them, what role did they play in beating back the darkness? Who was part of the group, but didn't ascend with them? Many mysteries to explore!   I certainly do have plans to add deities of love and similar domains, however, but we'll see if they end up here, or in another pantheon!

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Jul 10, 2023 12:37 by Jada T

Hello! I absolutely ADORE pantheon exploration, and this is such a fascinating concept! A group of mortals who grew in notoriety until they rose into godhood. Actually, how is godhood achieved by mortals? Is it rewarded by higher powers? Is it something else I can't think of right now?   And perhaps something to explore as well is how do people worship these ascended champions? is there certain clergy specifically for the champions within the greater religion (if the champion is a gods chosen), or is it more combined? What is used to invoke the assorted champions, in imagery, words, or actions?   Another thing to potentially think on: how do they interact? How do the champions interact with their deities, other deities, other champions, even mortals? There's so many fascinating and complex routes of communication to be explored in each champion. It's certainly a large endeavor, but one I think might be worth exploring!   Overall I am THRILLED to see you working on a pantheon and I cannot wait to see what you create and to stick with you as you develop them!! Your work always inspires me to push myself creatively, so I'm very eager for more!

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Jul 10, 2023 17:40 by Polina "Line" Arteev

Yeah! Malkora has SO many pantheons to explore, and I look forward to developing them as I go. I won't say it's common for mortals to ascend to godhood, but there have been numerous groups like this throughout history. This is just the most well-known! Their godhood was bestowed on them by the New Dawn, the goddess at the top of the "family tree" of Malkora's deities.   I would say that Ascended are venerated much like saints are in Judeo-Christian religions in the modern day, but with some added reverence for their status as deities themselves. They aren't known to have power that can have major impact on the world, so they're typically sought out for guidance and minor boons, rather than any powerful divine magic. So much of their power lies in the fact that they understand the human experience, and were primary contributors to humanity's survival! A bit of hope goes a long way in this world.   How they interact is a huge subject I'd love to explore, for certainly a hierarchy would emerge within the Council of the Ascended as mortals chosen in different eras, by different gods, with different amounts of influence and power receive their divinity. These Champions were the first, and the chosen of what may be the most powerful of the gods. I imagine the politics in the larger pantheon would be grand!

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Jul 29, 2023 13:33 by Chris L

These are cool! They feel like they were an adventuring party back in the day, which I suspect they might have been! I'm interested in other parts of your pantheon, but this is a nice introduction.

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Aug 26, 2023 21:37 by Polina "Line" Arteev

Adventuring party would be the perfect way to think about them :) Gives me some ideas for how future player involvement might impact the world... hehehehe. That is, if I host games in Malkora one day!

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Aug 15, 2023 10:14

Another example I can point to when showcasing why Malkora is award-winning. Excellent job, both in presentation and content!   I really hope we get to explore more parts of the Council as you continue exploring Malkoras divine beings :)

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Aug 26, 2023 21:37 by Polina "Line" Arteev

You are kind to speak of Malkora so highly! :D   I would LOVE to explore this council more in time. I've got lots of lore to cook up and serve!

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