Gods of Vayl

In a world where the influence of gods is readily apparent, and directly impacts every-day life, from low to high born, religion in Vayl is less a matter of blind faith as it is a matter of perspective. Religious worship is common, and the gods of this world are often worshipped in groups, based not on moral alignment, but their shared domain of influence.   The religious traditions of Aluma tend toward polytheisism. Folk often worship pantheons of gods who share a common domain of influence. An individual may choose a pantheon based on cultural tradition, upbringing, or personal values. Structures, dogma, and ways of life can vary wildly from one pantheon of worship to another.

A god for every matter...

Pantheon churches seek to provide a holistic approach to life, through the lens of one primary element of the world. Each god within a pantheon also oversees a second domain. Thus, through worshipping all the gods of one's chosen pantheon, a devout believer can seek guidance over all aspects of their life.   The average worshipper gives each diety precedence or prayer depending on the situation or time of year. For example, in the Church of Light, all members focus their beliefs on the power of light, but may turn to the god of Light and Death to act as a beacon to guide a passed loved one to the afterlife, or to the god of Light and Nature to help the sun to shine generously on the year's harvest. These gods may hold dominion over different aspects of the world, and each is entreated for a different purpose, but their worshippers are all connected by the shared worship of Light as a value.  

Favored Dieties

Some believers in a pantheon church may focus their worship on a specific god in the pantheon. This is especially the case with clerics and paladins, who may choose a Favored Diety to commit themselves to. These holy warriors and priests are still members of their domain church, but their particular life philosophy and values can also be influenced by the other domains that their favored diety oversees.

 
   

Shared Worship

Each god is a member of two divine pantheons. People who follow different religious pantheons may form bonds with each other because they share a favored diety. For example, two people could worship the god Stormir, though one is a worshipper of the Forge pantheon while the other worships the Tempest pantheon. Their religious dogma might be vastly different, but they are unified and may find kinship with each other, connected by their favored god.   This connection through a shared deity is also seen as a bond between pantheons with even the most divergent of worldviews. Common wisdom insists that even if churches turn against each other for one reason or another, there may still be hope with one deity that is shared between them. This may allow channels of communication and empathy to remain in even the most dire of conflicts.    

The Divine Pantheons

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Arcana

People who follow the Arcana Pantheon are comfortable around magic as they see it everywhere around them. To these devouts, the arcane is not esoteric knowledge, to be kept in a lost archive or held tight in the grasp of hermits or ancient guardians. Life would not exist without magic, and there is magic to be found in all aspects of the world.

Gods of the Arcana Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Arcana

Totetch

Akotian

Erisholdt

Atloxtli

Temples/Holy Orders

The Sanctum Arcana in Cinderhaven

Ranks/Titles

Seeker, High Mage  

Death

Those who follow the Death Pantheon…

Gods of the Death Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Death

Totetch

Weuna

Ix'Chetl

Temples/Holy Orders

The Mortal Gate in Cinderhaven

Ranks/Titles

Bringer  

Forge

Those who follow the Forge Pantheon…

Gods of the Forge Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Forge

Ursali

Stormiir

Rylox

Temples/Holy Orders

The Divine Foundry in Cinderhaven

Ranks/Titles

Forgemaster, Flamekeeper  

Grave

Those who follow the Grave Pantheon…

Gods of the Grave Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Grave

Weuna

Yagritta

Shaniir

Onna

Temples/Holy Orders

The House of Final Prayer in Cinderhaven

Ranks/Titles

Caretaker, Tender  

Knowledge

Those who follow the Knowledge Pantheon believe in the pursuit of knowledge above all things. No knowledge is forbidden; it is only what you do with that knowledge that is good or evil. Worshippers of these dieties acknowledge that no matter how much you learn, you will never know everything, limited by your mortal form. And its only after trancesdance that you can truly know everything.

Gods of the Knowledge Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Knowledge

Akotian

Yagritta

Jubian

Bahl

Belon

Kepath

Avari

The Kenzurite

Temples/Holy Orders

The Eternal Archive in Cinderhaven

Ranks/Titles

Loremaster, Veritan  

Life

The Life domain focuses on the vibrant positive energy, one of the fundamental forces of the universe, that sustains all life. The gods of life promote vitality and health through healing the sick and wounded, caring for those in need, and driving away the forces of death and undeath. Often associated with agricultural deities, sun gods, gods of healing or endurance, and gods of home and community.
(adapted from 5th ed. SRD)

Gods of the Life Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Life

Erisholdt

Ix'Chetl

Ursali

Jubian

Deliya

Malikki

Temples/Holy Orders

Refuge of the Healing Word, The House of Respite  

Ranks/Titles

Chaplan, Healer  

Light

Those who follow the Light Pantheon…

Gods of the Light Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Light

Shaniir

Bahl

Deliya

Yarasfina

 

Temples/Holy Orders

The Path of Radiance

Ranks/Titles

High Sol  

Nature

Those who follow the Nature Pantheon…

Gods of the Nature Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Nature

Atloxtli

Onna

Belon

Malikki

Aedia

Quarra

Golfimb

Sulrayne

Temples/Holy Orders

The Garden Keep

Ranks/Titles

Shephard

Notable Followers

Ezra  

Tempest

Those who follow the Tempest Pantheon revere the terrible power of storms.

Gods of the Tempest Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Tempest

Stomiir

Kepath

Quarra

Temples/Holy Orders

The Bastion of the Storm

Ranks/Titles

Stormwright  
 

Trickery

Those who follow the Trickery Pantheon…

Gods of the Trickery Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
Trickery

Rinth

Rylox

Avari

Yarasfina

Golfimb

Temples/Holy Orders

The Shrine of the Fool

Ranks/Titles

Friends, Craftmasters  

War

Those who follow the War Pantheon…

Gods of the War Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
War

The Kenzurite

Sulrayne

Temples/Holy Orders

The Proving Ground

Ranks/Titles

Triarch, Battlemaster  

The Primal Gods

The Primal gods are the originators of the world, starting with the great dragon mother, Elumir'Aruna. These gods hold dominion over one core divine domain.  

Gods of the Primal Pantheon

Arcana Death Forge Grave Knowledge Life Light Nature Tempest Trickery War
 
The Mother Dragon - The Great Dragon Mother, Elumir'aruna, blew fire and breathed into creation, Lia, Light's Embrace.   Elumir'aruna laid the egg of the world, and created Nature's Bounty, Uhn, the foundation needed to create life.   The Life Seed, Ura, was born and created sentience. Granting those creations curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.   Ixo, The Knowledge Bringer, was created shaped civilization and taught them to create.   Society was brought to new heights with the birth of The HearthForge, Tem.   Civilization was then allowed to discover the secrets of The Arcane Eye, Kas, and they used it to expand their potential.   As their understanding grew, so did their desire and ambition. Twl, The Everchanging, was born, introducing them to Trickery.   Trickery bred with confusion and gave birth to Tempest, Isa, The Oncoming Storm.   The resulting chaos, sparked War, and Ren, The Fury came to be.   As the first casualty fell, Wea, Shepherd of the Grave, was formed to escort fallen across the veil.   Where finally Fim, Death's Keeper, had always been waiting for them in the darkness.   And so the cycle is again reborn in the Dragon Mother, and at the end of the wheel of the year, we look to Elumir'Aruna and give thanks.
— Verses of the Creation Myth
 

Temples/Holy Orders

 

Ranks/Titles

 
 

The Gods of the Modern Age

 

Aedia

Goddess of sunrise. Appears as a pleasant firbolg woman with a shepard's crook and a lamb. She, like many firbolg, gently guide creatures of nature out of harms way and protects the creatures that can't protect thenselves from danger like the sunlight wards off predators in the shadows. Peach and soft yellow colors, symbol a pair of crossed shepards crooks.

Domains

Light, Nature

Alignment

Symbol

A pair of crossed shepards crooks

Notable Followers

Oisin  
 

Akotian

Akotian is the stern god of magic and knowledge. He appears as an intimidating dragonborn in the height of his strength. His coloring shifts according to his moods, and wears a simple blue tunic. His symbol is an open book crown by blue fire on a field of gray with simple trim. He holds domain over the forces of Light and Knowledge.

Domains

Arcana, Knowledge

Alignment

Symbol

A pair of crossed shepards crooks

Notable Followers

 
 

Atloxtli

Atloxtli represents the power and beauty of magic and nature, as well as the chaos they may bring.

Domains

Arcana, Nature

Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Symbol

a yellow butterfly with a lightning bolt for a body against a dark gray background

Notable Followers

Saxi  
 

Avari

Avari is the seductive goddess of greed and secrets. She appears as a withered Teifling wearing white robes and has a disarming smile. It is said that those who invoke her in order to fill their own coffers often meet grisly ends. She hears the hidden secrets of the wicked, and she often assists in making their desires come true in unexpected and terrible ways.

Domains

Knowledge, Trickery

Alignment

Symbol

spilled coin purse on a field of brown

Notable Followers

avari symbol


 

Bahl

Bahl, God of Discovery and Truth. He appears as a human man with dark skin in robes of deep purples and blues and always carries his tome of endless pages filled with discoveries and uncovered secrets of the worlds. His worshippers seek to follow his path of finding the truths within the world or discovering new ones for them to pass onto others and share.

Domains

Knowledge, Light

Alignment

Symbol

eye in an open book on a field of dark blue

Notable Followers

Seldanna  
 

Belon

Belon is the clever god of trade and wealth. He appears as a trustworthy man, with a cropped beard and a pleasant demeanor.

Domains

Knowledge, Nature

Alignment

Symbol

a blue coin on a field of silver

Notable Followers

belon symbol


 

Deliya

Deliya, the cautious goddess of Light and Protection. She appears as an androgynous human often seen with crystalline wings of pure light and ram horns.

Domains

Life, Light

Alignment

Symbol

winged rams horn, her colors Purple and Yellow

Notable Followers

 

Erisholdt

Associated with the creation of life through magic. Often a favored diety of golemancers. Worshipped in the City of Eir as Erisholdt. It was said that the Makers of the Goa scultped their creations in Eirsholdt's image.

Domains

Arcana, Life

Alignment

Symbol

deep purple star against a field of white marble

Notable Followers

 

Golfimb

Description

Domains

Nature, Trickery

Alignment

Symbol

Notable Followers

 

Ix'Chetl

Among the Chiton, known as Ix'Chetl. Every year he lives an entire lifetime. Growing older with the seasons until his death just before dawn the morning of the spring equinox. As the sun rises, its light shines down on the lifeless body that was Ix'chetl and a larval god slowly emerges.

Domains

Death, Life

Alignment

Symbol

Notable Followers

 

Jubian

Jubian, the jolly God of Revelry and Music. He appears as a large, joyful man in a simple purple shirt and black pants, always seen with a glass of wine either in his hand, or near him while he plays his lute. His wine glass is never ending. It is very popular to give praise to him when you discover your glass has more drink than you expected, and when your glass empties, to ask him for “Morimiru!.” A common prayer to him is “The blessings of drink and abundance to us all!”

Domains

Knowledge, Life

Alignment

Symbol

slightly tilted full wine glass. His colors are Purple and Wine Burgundy

Notable Followers

 

Kepath

Kepath is the inquisitive god of travel. He appears as a impish gnome wearing tinker's goggles and carries a knapsack full of exotic items said to stir wanderlust in even the most steadfast of hearts.

Domains

Knowledge, Tempest

Alignment

Symbol

a ship at full sail against a field of the deep blue of night

Notable Followers

 

Malikki

Malikki appears as a pregnant halfling, she is the nurturing goddess of nature and fertility. She wears a green robe that brushes the ground which is said to leave flowers in her wake, and also wears a crown of fall leaves and pomegranates. Her colors are green, pomegranate, and gold.

Domains

Life, Nature

Alignment

Symbol

green leaf and a golden leaf intertwined on a blanket of pomegranate red with a simple trim

Notable Followers

 

Onna

Onna is the goddess of the final harvest. As all things, those that live, eventually do not, and the endless cycle of growth, death, and rebirth continues. She gives hope to those who have lost a loved one, giving them comfort in the knowledge that they will be reborn again. Her colors are gold and burgundy. She is hailed as the bringer of the first blossoms of spring, and the goddess that ushers in the close of the harvest.

Domains

Grave, Nature

Alignment

Symbol

colors are gold and burgundy.

Notable Followers

 

Quarra

Quarra, the ever-toiling goddess of Harvest and Hunting. She appears as a tall, thin half-elf with dirty hair and a tough expression of someone who knows true work. She is always seen carrying both a sickle and a bow, forgoing either when necessary. Her arrows are fletched with wheat, and her shafts are said to be curved as she is known to make impossible shots. A quick prayer to her for accuracy before letting loose and arrow is only answered when the need behind the hunt is genuine. She does not appreciate sport hunters. A month before harvest time, a large festival is thrown in her honor during which a large effigy made from the previous years harvest is burned.

Domains

Alignment

Nature, Tempest

Symbol

two wheat stalks with arrow tips, crossed, and her colors are earthy green and brown

Notable Followers

Primeheart  

Rinth

Domains

Arcane, Trickery

Alignment

Symbol

Notable Followers

 

Rylox

Rylox is the quintessenital tinkerer. Gifted with a love of invention and humor, Rylax uses his talents to infuse the world with hidden bits of joy and mischief.

Domains

Forge, Trickery

Alignment

Symbol

a bronze cog across a field of deep green

Notable Followers

 

Stomiir

Stomiir is the god of creation and smithing. His followers revel in storms across the world and frequently seek out materials that are created during such events. They will frequently travel to acquire items such as storm glass, wood from lightning struck trees, and if very lucky, meteor rocks, which are said to be shrapnel falling to the ground from his mighty anvil. He appears as a mighty dwarven king.

Domains

Forge, Tempest

Alignment

Symbol

a lightning-struck anvil across a sea of stormy blue grey

Notable Followers

Pesk  

Sulrayne

Sulrayne, the “Aegis of the wood” resembles an elf in form, with aspects of her body taking on a more bestial quality. She is often depicted in armor of silver, golds, and greens, with a shimmering blade in one hand, and a lance in the other. She acts as a guardian of nature, in particular the grand, ancient forests of the elven homelands. Should any force encroach upon the untouched wildlands over which she holds dominion, they will be met by the arrows and spears of her followers, as well as the might of the land itself.

Domains

Nature, War

Alignment

Symbol

Notable Followers

 

The Kenzurite

The twin souls of strategem, they are gods of tactics and strategy, representing the interplay between knowledge and war. They do not represent one thing alone. They need each other, they inform each other. They wish to bring chaos to order. More often than not allied with good, due to the chaos that evil can bring upon the world. They are adaptable, adjusting their strategem and the tasks for their followers to try new hypotheses of how best to approach their 'lifes work'. They do not claim omniscience. They are knowledge seekers as much as forces of war.   Known among the Braith as The Kenzurite. The Kenzurite both appear as shadows, with white glowing eyes. One a towering beast somewhere between a wolf and dragon, (the form shifts as it moves), the other figure, humanoid, feminine, but androgynous, slight, thin, with the adornments of an officer or warrior, with a sword.

Domains

Lawful Neutral

Alignment

Knowledge, War

Symbol

eye with a curved sword behind it.

Notable Followers

 

Totetch

Totetch, the reclusive god of magic and death, appears as a cloaked figure with a concealed face. Many have wondered what lies under the cloak, and it is said that those who see his true form, never return.

Domains

Arcana, Death

Alignment

Symbol

vial of red liquid against a field of red

Notable Followers

Yoth  

Ursali

The goddess of creation, art, and love rides in a chariot drawn by bears. She frequently is shown wearing bronze forged jewelry and holding a bear cub.

Domains

Forge, Life

Alignment

Symbol

bear paw surrounded in a field of yellow flowers

Notable Followers

Lark  

Weuna

Weuna is the Goddess of the Afterlife. Her followers are known as the Knights of Joy and Sorrow.

Domains

Death, Grave

Alignment

Symbol

a black double Scythe against a field of crimson

Notable Followers

 

Yagritta

Yagritta, the veiled goddess, sits in front of a vast tapestry, endlessly weaving and cutting threads. Her form is ever shifting depending on the thread she touches.

Domains

Grave, Knowledge

Alignment

Symbol

A spool of silver thread across a tapestry of deep forest green

Notable Followers

 

Yarasfina

Yarasfina is the wizened goddess of destiny. She appears as a dwarf crone and wears a crown of stars and thorns over her silvery hair, and her deep purple robe holds the secret desires of her follower’s hearts. It is said if you light a candle under the full moon, and stare into a silver bowl of water, Yarasfina will show you a glimpse of what will be.

Domains

Light, Trickery

Alignment

Symbol

silver star against a field of deep purple

Notable Followers

 
 

The Primal Gods

Elumir'Aruna

The great mother dragon who birthed the world and the primal gods of each domain.

Domains

Life (All)

Alignment

Neutral Good

Symbol

Vayl against a starry sky

Notable Followers

Kali


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