Lesser Idols, A Primer
The semi-divine beings who inhabit the material, capable of granting power to those who need or ask for it
Almost GodsAs a unique breed of divinity all their own, Lesser Idols sit below the ranks of the Spirit Kings, Elemental Lords, and Elemental Saints as beings that hold a spark of divinity but in no ways resemble divines in the way most other beings recognize them. Instead, they exist as beings who are not completely divine, but carry some tiny fragment of it within them - such as a creature who, while supremely powerful, cannot typically sustain clerics, paladins, inquisitors, and normal such ranks of faithful, as they instead tend to rely on more personal encounters to build their flock, such as making deals with creatures near death or in dire circumstances. In this way, Lesser Idols typically have a much closer relationship with those that serve them - typically communing with them personally, giving them tasks personally, and actively working their will through them and taking an active role in the lives of those who have agreed to worship them(Or have made deals to do so). This typically sees them much more suited to witches, warlocks, and others who seek power in unorthodox ways outside the bounds of normal divines.
Tangible DivinityTo this end, Lesser Idols are also incredibly well known for being the most tangible and mortal among all the types of divines in reality - whereas a being like the Spirit Kings, Elemental Lords, or even the fairly relatable Elemental Saints are wholly divine but on a level so far removed from mortals and the material plane that the mere act of finding them and meeting them in person is a notion completely foreign to most people - beings that one knows of, but has accepted that "meeting" them is beyond all mortalkind. Lesser Idols, on the otherhand, are very much real, and tangible - it is no stretch or crazy thought to imagine meeting a Lesser Idol, for they could be no more than a wizard who studied for so long as to attain immortality through his studies, gaining so much magical power that they figured out a secretive ritual to imbue themselves with a "divine spark" - and thus became able to collect a small following of faithful. They are real, and very much based in the material plane - and are all those who, like the Elemental Saints, come from the ranks of mortal creatures or beasts and even monsters who are born with or accrue extraordinary power to become something 'more' - something capable of bestowing divine power unto others. As such, they are those that mortals, given a proper inclination and ability to do so, could find on travels throughout the world - such as Father Ferrolis, who is well-known to inhabit the reactor-core of the legendary warship Bushūbunáo, The Salvaged Supercarrier, capital of The Gāngtao Migrant Fleet. In this way, Lesser Idols are Gods that one can touch, see, and interact with - real beings on the material plane that, while powerful, have yet to abandon their mortal coil and enter the realm of the truly divine beyond the reach of mortalkind.
List of Lesser IdolsBelow is a list of all Lesser Idols current known and active on and around the continent of Zheng-Kitar - more information on these beasts or creatures can be found on their respective pages, linked below.
Azaliah the Purifier
The invincible commander of the armies of the Celestial Host, fallen and trapped forever within the City of a Thousand Smiths.
The infamous tyrant who once conquered all of Zheng-Kitar beneath his banner of oppression and suffering.
The Horseman of Death and Master of the realm of Gehenna, lord of the five rivers and survivor of the Cosmic Gloam.
The mysterious machine god entombed in the moon of Yethema far above the surface of Ea, relic of a time long past and herald of a dead people.
The screaming spirit of the greatest ship to sail the seas of Zheng-Kitar.
Granddaughter of the Demon Queen and sadistic bully, torturer, and public enemy of all Zheng-Kitar.
Lesser Idols, A Primer
The semi-divine beings who inhabit the material, capable of granting power to those who need or ask for it.
The ancient, ineffable being from whom the rot of reanimation spreads, and from whom the first undead were born.
The demon of choking flame that steals the breath of children and slays all in its path.
The titanic dragon-snake that slumbers eternal, bringer of the end when it wakes.
Mysterious Beings of PowerSo, while some followers of Lesser Idols may get lucky and find themselves in service to a patron of relatively non-evil morality, they will almost always still find themselves in a relationship infinitely more mysterious but altogether more personal than those of clerics and paladins and the like - in service to a being of unfathomable power who often offers things in exchange for carrying out their holy or unholy will in the world at large and acting as agents for them. Such it is that those who come to worship a lesser idol are either sought out by the Idol in question and are given a bargain in a situation they cannot refuse(Such as being near death and being given a deal to be returned to life in exchange for service), or instead sought out the Idol themselves to recieve a boon in exchange for service or worship, such as wishing to bring a loved one back from death or to protect them from an impending death. Few followers of Lesser Idols do so out of true and actual faith, and instead do so out of pacts, bargains or deals - recieving something in exchange for being given something...a fact which makes Lesser Idols beings that even athiests or nonbelievers can understand and even support, as the notion of "Quid Pro Quo" is fairly universal, and simple - an eye for an eye, and help for help...