Divine Hierarchy

From greatest to least

This is just the basics, I will likely expand upon it at a later date. I hope this clarifies some questions.

Divines

Primordial

Almighty cosmic deities only theorized to exist as the result of a Divine possessing ten or more Domains that help anchor its powers across multiple Realms. The number of living worshippers required to sustain a Divine of such tremendous, awe-inspiring power would demand a vast religious institution that dominates the cultures on many different Realms.

Exarch

An extremely powerful Divine with access to five or more Domains, acting as one of the dominant deities in a Realm. Exarchs are most commonly seen as the heads of Pantheons, guiding or directly leading several smaller Divine. Due to their strength and natural desire to build more significant followings, Exarchs rarely get along amicably with other Exarchs.

God

The most common type of Divine that arises across the Cosmos. The title of God only requires a Divine to gain access to two or more Domains, thus rising to prominence among a handful of cultures in a single Realm. Their shortcomings come from the relatively few devoted souls that have joined them in death to dwell within and empower their Domains.

Lesser God

Sitting at the bottom of the Divine Hierarchy, Lesser Gods only have access to a single Domain. These fledgling Divine have such meager power at their disposal and relatively few, if any, genuinely dedicated followers or established religions. Thus, they are made into easy targets for those who wish to grow their Divinity or rise out of mortality to godhood.

Divine Servants

Arch-Angel

As the Angels of Exarchs, Arch-Angels are often equal in power to most Lesser Divine. It is rare for an Exarch to manage control over more than three Arch-Angels due to the strain it puts on the Domain the Arch-Angel is sworn to.

Angel

To reduce the mental entropy caused by ruling over a Domain Divine can grant limited control over the Domain to another being. These beings, known as Angels, are thus bound to the Domain completely and become foci for that Domain.

Alternate Divinity

Titan

When an Elementals is allowed to grow large enough it begins to have the power to wield its Elemental Prime in a manner one might mistake for Faith-based Miracles. Though they are not Divine, they have the power of one.

Godbeasts

Some beasts, often through Magic, are able to live long enough to awaken the natural Sophonce within them. When this happens, and said beast has a following such as a pack or a pride, they begin to collect Faith like any Divine. Eventually, with time and skill, these Divine beasts begin to access their own Domains.

D&D 5e

The information on this page is only known to characters with Proficiency in Religion.

Quick Notes

  • Most divine power is earned through constant worship, the average Exarch has tens of thousands of living worshippers while a Lesser God may only have several thousands.
  • Shadiym is approaching a new classification of Divine much like Lady Death was before her fall. This rank would fall somewhere between Exarch and Primordial, but without the primal nature of a Titan.
  • If you worship two or more divine, none of them get the power.
Concept
Primordial
Titan
Core
Shard
Fragment
Mote
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Exarch
Archangel
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Divine
Angel
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Sophont
Beast


Cover image: by Damion Otter

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