Faiths of Allaran
The Church of the Twins is the main religion practiced in the human lands of Lethel with clerics and priests devoted to the Twin Gods, Solan and Nyx. Temples and shrines can be found in most communities and the clergy devote much of their time to maintaining a divine balance. The Church of Solan is based in the city of Galia, led by the Grand Matria of the Sun, and divided into organized dioceses, led by Matrias or Paters, with local priests being referred to as Brother or Sister. The Priesthood of Nyx is a more loosely organized organization, led by the Nightfather, who resides at the Shrinehold in the forests of north-central Dulquis. Priests of Nyx are referred to as Seekers. Although each Church maintains its own hierarchy, they are also intrinsically linked groups.
Alignment: Solan (LG), Nyx (CG)
Solan, The Shining Day – Light, Life, War, Protection
Solan is the elder brother, the divine incarnation of the Sun's light. Solan is a deity of protection, healing, family, and righteousness, and is primarily worshipped as a guardian deity who watches over the people as they go about their daily lives. Solan is primarily worshipped at midday on Sundays, when the sun is highest in the skies. His holy text is the Book of Light. His major holy days are Ascension (1 Ascension) which celebrates both the new year and the godhood of the Twins, and Soltide (21 Highsun) which celebrates the day on which the Host of Light mustered before the Ascension under Solan's leadership.
Nyx, The Deepest Night – Nature, Knowledge, Trickery
Nyx is the younger brother, the divine incarnation of the Moon's glow. Nyx is a deity of secrets, love, vengeance, and wilderness and is primarily worshipped as a compassionate deity who cares for people's woes, nurtures their hidden emotions, and seeks justice for wrongs. Nyx is worshipped largely at one's own discretion, although services are often held at midnight on Mondays. His holy text is also the Book of Light. His major holy days are Ascension (1 Ascension) which celebrates both the new year and the godhood of the Twins, and Silverhearts (14 Moonrule) which celebrates the secret loves engendered by Nyx.
The Circle of Powers is the ancient religion of the earliest humans and of most demihumans. The Circle is devoted to each of the Prime Forces represented by Law, Chaos, Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Death, and Life. Circle Temples are spread throughout the world, some fallen into disrepair with the emergence of the Twins, but many still tended by loyal followers. The Circle maintain the most support in the regions inhabited by demihumans who revere them as creators and patrons.
Esmeara, Divine Life N – Life, Nature
Esmeara is the personification of the force of Life in Allaran. She is regarded as a Mother Goddess by those who worship her, and is the patron goddess of the elves. Esmeara's holy symbol is a gold and green tree, and her priests, the Lifewardens, are renowned healers. The major holy site of Divine Life is in the elven city of El'es'tirian, amongst the roots of the Tree of Life. Pilgrimages to the tree take place in Esmearaen, the first month of the Old Calendar.
Unbroz, Divine Earth – N War, Nature, Protection
Unbroz is the personification of the force of Earth in Allaran. He is regarded as the Protector and god of willpower and unyielding strength and is the patron god of the mountain dwarves. Unbroz's holy symbol is a grey mountain, and his priests, the Stonesounders, are stalwart souls and guardians of their people. The major holy site of Divine Earth is the reclaimed dwarven city of Unkhazobrozath, deep beneath the Worldspine Mountains. Pilgrimages to the city take place in Unbronaen, the second month of the Old Calendar.
Trugak, Divine Chaos CN – War, Trickery
Trugak is the personification of the force of Chaos in Allaran. He is regarded as the god of chance and strength by those who worship him, and is the patron god of the orcs. Trugak's holy symbol is a shattered chain, and his priests, the Breakers, are regarded as great warriors or tricksters. The major holy site of Divine Chaos is the Rift, near Narrush-okrag in the far north. Pilgrimages to the chasm take place in Trugalmn, the third month of the Old Calendar.
Hruslath, Divine Water LN – Tempest, Arcana
Hruslath is the personification of the force of Water in Allaran. He is regarded as the god of storms, change, and magic and is the patron god of the sea dwarves. Hruslath's holy symbol is a crashing wave, and his priests, the Tidecallers, are gifted students of magic and rulers of the sea waves. The major holy site of Divine Water is the dwarven city of Hrush-a-kazakrim, deep under the Great Western Ocean. Pilgrimages to the city take place in Hruslimn, the fourth month of the Old Calendar.
Mourn, Divine Death LN – Grave, Knowledge
Mourn is the personification of the force of Death in Allaran. He is the keeper of the natural order of death, and abhors the undead and unnatural creatures. He is both feared and loved by those who worship him. Mourn's holy symbol is a black sword, and his priests, the Gravekeepers, are the guardians of the dead. The major holy site of Divine Death is the Roof of the World, where spirits are said to pass beyond. Observances to Mourn take place in Mournaen, the fifth month of the Old Calendar.
See, Divine Air – CN Tempest, Trickery
See is the personification of the force of Air in Allaran. She is regarded as the goddess of travel, luck, and wind and is the patron goddess of the halflings. See's holy symbol is a swirl of silver wind, and her priests, the Windwalkers, are itinerant wanderers and rangers over the whole of the world. The major holy site of Divine Air is in the elven city of Shin'la'mere, the highest peak in all the world, on the coast of Xinshao. Pilgrimages to the mountain city take place in Seenamn, the sixth month of the Old Calendar.
Kedek, Divine Law LN – Knowledge, Arcana, Forge
Kedek is the personification of the force of Order in Allaran. It is the deity of rigid law, justice, and the cosmos and was once patron god of humanity. Kedek's holy symbol is a grey book, and its priests, the Wordbinders, are gifted diplomats and magistrates. There is no longer any major holy site dedicated to the deity of Divine Law. Observances to Order, which includes the signing of major treaties and deals, take place in Kedekamn, the seventh month of the Old Calendar.
Fiimbo, Divine Fire CN – Light, Knowledge, Forge
Fiimbo is the personification of the force of Fire in Allaran. He is regarded as the god of passion, craftsmanship, and flame and is the patrod god of the gnomes. Fiimbo's holy symbol is a red flame, and his priests, the Flameseers, are gifted scholars and inventive craftsmen. The major holy site of Divine Fire is the Cinderspire, a great volcano in the Inner Sea. Pilgrimages to the volcano take place in Fiimbaen, the eighth month of the Old Calendar.
The Imperial Pantheon are the seven major gods and numerous demigods of the old Eastern religion worshiped by the inhabitants of the regions now comprising the empire of Lystrea. The Lystrean faith is strongest in the former Lystrean Empire and its colonies. It is currently the only legal religion in Imperial Konstantia, although many of the provinces have religious links with their neighbors, or hold to the ancient beliefs of their homelands. In Imperial Lystrea, the Lystrean deities now exist alongside both open worship of the Powers, and the Twins.
Iuminus, God of Fate – LN – Grave, Knowledge
Iuminus is one of the creator deities in Lystrean mythology, along with his wife/sister/self Iuminae. Together they dragged the universe out of the dark maw of the Void and then divided to form the dual deities who form the whole and destiny of the Universe. Iuminus is venerated as a god of knowledge, the astral void, and death, and also of secrets, the underworld, and birth.
Iuminae, Goddess of Creation – CG – Life, Light
Iuminae is one of the creator deities in Lystrean mythology, along with her husband/brother/self Iuminus. Together they dragged the universe out of the dark maw of the Void and then divided to form the dual deities who form the whole and destiny of the Universe. Iuminae is venerated as a goddess of families, growing things, and art, and also of age, winter, and manufacture.
Kalyr, God of War – LG – War, Arcana, Forge
Kalyr is the first son and eldest child of the Creator Deities, and is the lord of battle, glory, honor, and magic. His is the blade which carved out the Lystrean plain by cleaving the great mountains in twain, and he taught the Lystreans all the arts of discipline and battle. He also is the patron of both the Lystrean Legions and the Imperial Arcanum.
Lysa, Goddess of Trade – N – Trickery, Knowledge
Lysa is the first daughter and second child of the Creator Deities, and is the lady of trade, wealth, luck, and love. Lysa supposedly created the Bay of Massili when she stared so long in her mirror that her reflected beauty burned back the very earth until the sea rushed in to fill the empty space. She taught the Lystreans all they know of business and chance and is the patron of the Merchant's Guilds.
Myr, God of Storms – CE – Tempest, Death
Myr is the second son and third child of the Creator Deities, and is the lord of storms, the seas, anger, and change. Myr was born a twisted dwarf, cruelly mishapen. The pain wracking his body sent him into great roaring tantrums, kicking up great storms, earthquakes, and disasters. Myr taught the Lystreans sailing and of hatred and vengeance, and is the patron of the Slaver's Consortium and the Seawrights.
Alimiite, Goddess of Wilderness – CN – Nature, Life
Alimiite is the second daughter and youngest child of the Creator Deities, and is the lady of the forest, wild animals, music, and wine. Alimiite is a true wild child, but is a goddess of wild tempers and desires, and her touch sends mortals into raving orgiastic surges of emotion. She taught the Lystreans of music, fermentation, and hunting, and is the patron of the Vintners' Association.
Marcus Augustus, God of the Empire – LN – War, Knowledge, Protection
Marcus Augustus is the deified first Emperor of Lystrea. During his mortal life, Marcus Verius was an accomplished statesman, general, and served four terms as Consul of Lystrea before declaring himself Emperor and beginning the Unification Wars. Although he died before his victory was complete, his actions led his son to declare his deification, and the combined belief of the Empire granted him divinity. Marcus is considered the god of law, and of the Empire itself, and it the patron of the Senate.
The True Faith is the major religion of Theras, the southern continent. The True Faith is deeply distrustful of arcane magic after the Wars of Power brought a growing era of technology and industrial innovation to the south. Priests rarely leave their homeland, but the occasional missionary is sent beyond the Magicsend Mountains to Lethel and beyond to preach the doctrine of Truth. The True Faith has since been exported to the Ishari lands north of the mountains and a vast majority of the Ishari have converted to the faith they call Shar al-Isaam.
Isaam, The True God – Alignment: LN Domains: Knowledge, War, Life, Forge
Isaam is the not the name of the True God, but rather his title – in Theran - The True One. Isaam is regarded as the master of all creation, reality in balance beneath his word and laws. He is also a god of innovation, craftmanship, and science, and his teachings – through the Prophet Eshu, have given Theras an unassailable technological advantage over the other lands, although Eshu's decrees against arcane magic have guaranteed that the Theras will never have the magical aid other lands enjoy.
Smaller cults and religions exist with most worshiping a powerful outsider capable of granting divine magic to clerics, such as demon princes and archangels. These faiths are usually quite small with perhaps one tribe or ethnic group following them or a cult lurking in the underbelly of a single city or nation, and the remnant faiths of the gods worshiped before the coming of the Faith to Theras.
Atraeus, The Prince of Stars – Alignment: LN, Domains: War, Knowledge, Arcana
Triu, Spirit of the Kalistar – Alignment: N Domains: War, Nature
Lamashtu, Mother of Monsters – Alignment: CE, Domains: Death, War
Asmodeus, King of Hell – Alignment: LE, Domains: Knowledge, Trickery
Orcus, Lord of Undeath, Alignment: CE Domains: Death, Arcana
The Old Theran Pantheon exists only as a remnant. During the Mourning War the Avatar of Eshoko was destroyed, and Nyame and Kanesh have ceased all communication with their worshippers. Lalthithani has become a demon princess – Lolth, banished to the Demonweb Pits within the Abyss. Only Meransi still has an active presence, but he is much weakened by loss of believers.
Nyame, Goddess of the Heavens, Alignment: N Domains: Arcana, Tempest, Light
Lalthithani Goddess of the Underworld (also known as Lolth), Alignment: CE Domains: Death, Trickery, Arcana
Eshoko, God of the Plains and Rivers, Alignment: LG Domains: Arcana, Life, War
Kanesh, God of Knowledge, Alignment: LN Domains: Arcana, Knowledge, Nature
Meransi, God of Illusion, Alignment: CN Domains: Arcana, Trickery, Knowledge
Numerous Demigods of all aspects.