The Gods Above
OriginThe myth of the Great Undoing is a widely hypothesized event that many scholars have already consigned as fact. In the time of the Blight Wars when the Ascora fought amongst themselves, the conflict had twisted not only their own minds and bodies but the land into a cracked husk devoid of life. It seemed there was no end in sight. As the land cracked and broke, it seemed inevitable that Galea and Aurum, whose life was linked to that of the planet, would be destroyed. So the Ascora, some say on both sides of the conflict, opposed Namoran and returned their power to Aurum, ascending to the stars in the once unlit sky, and ending the conflict. For generations have these constellations acted as guides, protectors, and prophets to the fledgling races below, especially due to their sudden appearance at the beginning of the Primordial Age. Since the most ancient times, first recorded in Galeanna by the Masiy people on sandstone tablets, in Surrexit by dwarven explorers, and in Latria by the elven secondborn have the stars had names, power, even forms if the ancient stories are true. Though the Ascora’s language has never been spoken since the Undoing, scholars have hypothesized that the stars came to the mortals beneath them in visions and portents roughly 300 years after the Ascora’s disappearance. The existence of these stars and their abilities are suspect in some cultures and accepted in others. Why have they reached out to us? Why now? Either way, there are those identified as benevolent, malign, peaceful, dangerous, and anywhere in between, and their power waxes and wanes with the season and their position in the tapestry of the night. While it may have seemed like a benevolent act to return their power to Aurum in his time of need, each of the Ascora that participated in the ritual did so for their own reasons, and a people’s perception on one deity can differ greatly from another’s. Some of these celestial deities are selective in their worshipers, while others call dominion over broad domains such as arcane magic, festivities, midnight, and stranger domains still. In the 72 Insights, an ancient religion practiced largely by the Masiy people, the stars and constellations each represent a different holy virtue, that if one exemplifies, is said to be blessed by that star. Many of the prime deities have different names depending on the language spoken, but there are some who are most commonly known by their Common name. These deities have many followers in many kingdoms and many races in numerous faiths and cultures. However, they are not black and white. Each deity has had a different effect on each culture, from the Masiy to the Tian to the Vikir (and that’s just naming a few human cultures), and where some may be respected, the worship of others may be forbidden or even forgotten. Some deities in certain religions such as the Latrian Faith of Aurum, recognize the god as possessing all facets of the constellar deities, a blanket to safeguard the night from hungry, otherworldly terrors.
The Prime PantheonLyra - Lady of Joy, Festivities, and Alcohol, Patron of Dwarves, First of the Triplets
“Lyra’s light shines on us tonight, lads!” Gemini - Mistress of Luck, Misfortune, and Wealth, Patron of Gnomes, Second of the Triplets
“It's the will of the Luck Mistress, mate. Now pay up.”
Orion - Star of Knowledge, of Wizards, and Libraries, Patron of Scholars, Son of Andromo
“Orion’s light shine on you, my students. You’ll need it for your mid-term this New Moon.”
Andromo - Speaker of Fate, Star of New Beginnings and Charity, Ferrier of the Dead
“His soul is guided by the Fatespeaker. He will not be forgotten. Amen.”
Sagitta - Lady of Farming, the Weather, and the Bow, Patron of Halflings
“First place goes to Farmer Farley for these tomatoes blessed by Sagitta herself.”
Delphina - Matron of Beasts, the Wilds, and Instinct, Patron of Gnolls (now forsaken)
“Beastmother guide our hunt and forgive our trespasses.”
Cassiopeia - Lady of the Sea and Oceans, of Eels, and Seclusion
“Churn and broil, froth and foam. Rise, my pet. Rise from the bosom of the Great Sea herself.”
Pandora - Lady of Change, Music, of Women, and
“Blessed Lady, please grant me a figure that will make Mico love me!”
Cepheus - Lord of Fire, Disasters, of Destruction, Chaos, and the Natural Cycle
"The sorcerer called down Cepheus' crimson fire from his fingertips!
Cygnis - Lady of the Plains and the Free Wind, Patron Star of Orcs and Goblins, Goddess of Peace
Generally reviled by followers of lawful gods due to her reclusion from the Constellar Hierarchy
Eridanus - The Deserter, God of the Punished and the Exiled, Lord of the Valleys, God of Gnolls
"Guide me to my next meal, oh Deserter, and draw away the eyes of the watchman."
Ophiuchus - God of Violence and Glory, Patron of the ancient Vikir and frequent patron of the Tiefling people
"Ophiuchus gird our hearts and guide our spear arms to strike the hearts of our enemies!"
Gehenn - The Shrouded Liar, Mother of Demons, The Crowner of Devils, the Material One, The Corrupted,
Third of the Triplets
"Speak not the name of the shunned lady. Let her name be forgotten and the triplets be known only as pieces of an incomplete set."