Creatures far more powerful than Mortals exist in the Western Realms. Beings of such awesome power that they are rightly given the name Gods and worshiped by mortals. Whilst Clerics and Necromancers derive significant benefits from close devotion to a Deity, others may also revere a specific God and at times receive some minor blessing. To pick a God, you "dedicate yourself" and may may then "pray" to them. Clerics and Necromancers whose relationship with the Gods is the closest will nearly always be heard and answered, but for others whether or not your prayers will be heard is...up to the whim of the Gods. But beware, while you may pray to ANY God at any time, it is not wise to pray to those of an opposing nature to yours. For a follower of a Good God to pray to an Evil one would be to invite retribution. Even worse as each God has an implacable enemy, to pray to such a foe would be near suicidal.
The choice of God is of utmost importance for Clerics and Necromancers as it will have a significant impact on their Miracles or Rituals. For others the Gods may seem more remote, but be assured that they watch and see all. It is possible to rededicate oneself to a different Deity, but this will earn the ire of the one being abandoned and you will not be able to rededicate back to that Deity for some time; a week if switching to an allied God, a fortnight to a non-opposed one, a month for an opposing Deity, and 3 months if you foolishly switched to your Gods personal enemy.
The Gods, both the Divine, Neutral and Infernal, are listed below along with the effects of successful prayer. Note that Clerics, Necromancers, those carrying a Symbol and those with alignments close to or vastly different from their God will have other factors affecting the bonuses of their Prayers...
Goddess of Life, Youth and Nurturing, Auria has blessed the Realms with her benevolent love and care for as long as anyone can remember. Beloved of healers, children and parents she brings life, light and hope to the suffering, joy to the devout and wipes away sickness and disease.
Auria was one of the only two Gods to survive the Night of Endless Tears, when the coming of the darker Deities spelt doom for her cherished friends. While it is not in Auria's nature to hate, the God Nephastus has her eternal enmity for striking down her beloved friend Themis.
Clerics of Auria are healers and lifebringers. They resort to violence only when they must and rarely turn away the suffering, even when such a person is a foe, as long as there is a chance for redemption.
Blessing of Auria
|Blessing||30 mins||+ 3 Healing.|
|Greater Blessing||+ 6 Healing.|
|Divine Blessing||+ 9 Healing.|
Goddess of Battle, Courage and War, Brangwen is the laughing Warrior Queen, her red hair flying in the wind as she beats back the forces of Darkness. With her mace and shield, she is a staunch bulwark against the darker powers who would snuff out life and love from the world. Brangwen sees battle as the ultimate test of Good vs. Evil, spurning the more subtle politics of others in favour of a good, honest fight. She is thus a natural ally of Jeroth, although feels he fails to find the joy in combat, and despises Sorban the God of Butchery as he embodies all the aspects of combat that Brangwen looks down upon. For her the fight is all, but for Sorban the death of a foe is all the matters, no matter how achieved.
Clerics of Brangwen are honest, straight-up experts in arms. They love life, and live for battle and the feeling of their blood racing through their veins. They are neither bloodthirsty nor cruel and will spare those they defeat as the joy is in the contest, not in enforcing their will on others. Brangwen is well known for her love of mead, and her followers likewise honour their Goddess with a raised tankard whenever possible. For some reason Dwarves seem especially fond of Brangwen, but her church is open to all who enjoy putting themselves in the front line of the battle between Good and Evil.
Blessing of Brangwen
|Blessing||30 mins||+ 5 Attack.|
|Greater Blessing||+10 Attack.|
|Divine Blessing||+15 Attack.|
The Goddess of Fire, Poetry and Passion is a force of nature, representing the impulsive spark of creative fire that burns in everyone's heart. As quick to as to anger, she is the passion that drives people to great highs and dark lows. As the well of creativity, she also is much beloved of artists, poets and musicians. Many a struggling soul has found their muse and created a masterpiece after a prayer to Brigit. it is also rumoured that at times Brigit will visit her most gifted followers in person, men and women alike, in her role as the Goddess of Passion.
Like most of the Neutral Gods she has no real enemies and though she abhors the world Nephastus is trying to create and finds Jeroth quest for purity bizarre, equally she recognises the passion that drives both Gods and so feels some affinity to their drive, if not their goals.
Followers of Brigit are bright flames in a dark night, drawing others to them with their infectious energy, honest humour and love of living. But one should not mistake their nature - the fire that provides warmth and light can just as easy burn and so it is with Her disciples. Druids, Rangers, Satyrs and Nymphs often find a kindred spirit in Brigit as in many ways she represents the irrepressible life force that they hold so dear. There are rumours she is the nebulous "Earth Goddess" held dear by many Fighters, though this is unconfirmed...
|Blessing||30 mins||+ 1 Dexterity.|
|Greater Blessing||+ 2 Dexterity.|
|Divine Blessing||+ 3 Dexterity.|
Goddess of Protection and Endurance, Caitlin is a quiet but powerful Goddess whose hand gently tips many a fight from behind the scenes. Unlike her Goodly peers in the Divine Pantheon, Caitlin takes a subtle role in combat, tipping the scales by improving her allies in ways that are often hard to see. She exemplifies preparation and careful planning, something that often puts her at odds with the rather headstrong Brangwen.
Auria is much beloved of Caitlin, as she admires her dedication to the protection of the sick and helpless. Indeed it was Caitlin who shielded both Jeroth and Auria during the Night of Endless tears and prevented a total victory by the forces of Darkness. Jeroth and Caitlin are uneasy allies, however, partly because Protection was once Jeroths sphere which he abandoned in favour of something more direct. Thus Jeroth feels Caitlin is too passive, while Caitlin mourns Jeroths new vengeful nature.
Caitlins Clergy are as quiet and respectful as their Goddess. They often enact change from behind the scenes and are excellent diplomats and organisers. They understand that sometimes one must don ones armour and fight for what is right, but equally that a fight avoided through negotiation is better than a fight won through force of arms.
Caitlin is the natural enemy of Tyaa, the Goddess of Hurt, Pain and Torture. While Caitlin works hard to avoid conflict and injury, Tyaa enjoys pain for its own sake and loves nothing more than to bring suffering to the innocent. Both work more through their followers than directly and their maneuvers form a backdrop to much of what goes on in the world.
Blessing of Caitlin
|Blessing||30 Minutes.||Magical Protection increased by 5|
|Greater Blessing||Magical Protection increased by 10|
|Divine Blessing||Magical Protection increased by 15|
Blessing of Jeroth
|Blessing||30 mins||+ 3 Faith.|
|Greater Blessing||+ 6 Faith.|
|Divine Blessing||+ 9 Faith.|
Blessing of Karak
|Blessing||30 mins||+ 3 Armoury.|
|Greater Blessing||+ 6 Armoury.|
|Divine Blessing||+ 9 Armoury.|
Blessing of Mawn
|Blessing||30 Minutes||1% bonus to EXP gains.|
|Greater Blessing||2% bonus to EXP gains.|
|Divine Blessing||3% bonus to EXP gains.|
Blessing of Nephastus
|Blessing||30 mins||+12 MP.|
|Greater Blessing||18 Minutes+||+24 MP.|
|Divine Blessing||+32 MP.|
Blessing of Rhiannon
|Blessing||30 mins||1% increases Hit Chance.|
|Greater Blessing||2% increased Hit Chance.|
|Divine Blessing||3% Increased Hit Chance.|
Blessing of Sethis
|Blessing||30 Minutes||+ 5 Bargaining and Stealth.|
|Greater Blessing||+10 Bargaining and Stealth.|
|Divine Blessing||+15 Bargaining and Stealth.|
Blessing of Sorban
|Blessing||30 Minutes||+ 3 Murder.|
|Greater Blessing||+ 6 Murder.|
|Divine Blessing||+ 9 Murder.|
Blessing of Tieryn
|Blessing||30 mins||10% increased MP regeneration.|
|Greater Blessing||20% increased MP regeneration.|
|Divine Blessing||30% increased MP regeneration.|
Spheres: Fear, Torture
Goddess of Terror, Pain and Torture, Tyaa is the Dark Mistress of the Night, the shadow you at your back when alone and scared, the doom waiting to pounce. There are two distinct, though related, aspects to this Goddess. Firstly she represents terror, the creeping inescapable dread that something terrible is coming. Tyaa loves to drive people to the edge of madness, reducing even the bravest to a quivering wreck. Her other aspect is more direct, which is inflicting pain, suffering and torture. The agonies of her victims are endless as Tyaa knows how to keep her playthings alive, while pushing them to the very edge of death. Their minds give out before their bodies, at which point they are fed to her eternally ravenous pack of wolves.
Tyaa has a particular hatred for Caitlin who is dedicated to protecting the weak and helpless, natural targets for Tyaa's malice. If Caitlin is the warmth that draws people together for mutual protection, Tyaa is the deadly cold that terrifies people into fleeing and then picking them off when they do. In this she and Sethis are natural allies, with Sethis undermining the bonds that hold Caitlins charges together, leaving easy pickings for the Mistress of the Night.
Followers of Tyaa are cruel, wicked and without mercy. The death of an enemy is not enough for Tyaa; that death must be slow, agonising and prolongued. If it can be witnessed by her future victims to terrify them to the point of insensibility, so much the better. Necromancers find great affinity with her and she in turn helps improve their fearsome curses.
Blessing of Tyaa
|Blessing||30 Minutes||+3 Faith.|
|Greater Blessing||+ 6 Faith.|
|Divine Blessing||+ 9 Faith.|
Many other Deities exist or once did in the Realms. Whether defeated and replaced in the case of the Clerical Gods, or exalted by other cultures there are many beings whose followers range from isolated cults to entire Races! Some say that these other names are merely aspects of their own Gods in forms more recognisable to foreigners, others that the pantheons are great and varied and in a perpetual state of war over tho will reign over aspects of reality. All that is certain is that they do have power and their followers are devout, dedicated and driven...
Arioch: Raven God of the Nadir
Asresus: Falcon God of the Nadir, depicted by followers of Arioch as inferior, without compassion or honour.
Bane: God of Spite according to some Half-Orc Bandit...
Eskil: Cleric God of War, He was either portrayed arrayed in silver platemail armour and carrying his trusty hammer 'Dohandir' or in torn leather and wielding a worn spiked mace. All images implied carefully controlled violence, a determined calm at the centre of the storm. He demanded his followers showed no fear of slaying those who deserved such harsh judgement. Eskil met his end during the Night of Endless Tears.
Gytha: The Amazon Goddess of War, oft depicted with long, flowing hair with bones tied into it and wielding both a spear and bow with a disdainful smirk. Possibly an aspect of Brangwen.
Lloth: Demon Queen of the Drow, Lloth is cruelty and malice incarnate. Known to actively oppose other pantheons, her true nature is uncertain, but she is ancient, powerful and malignant indeed!
Lythia: Cleric Goddess of Faith, slain during the Night of Endless Tears. Her large, expressive green eyes seemed hard and determined. White-robed and wielding a shining mace, she was beautiful but chaste, wild-haired and passionate yet controlled.
Ogkma: The God of Death accoring to some. Possibly a version of Nephastus, possibly a previous incumbent of that position. Often depiscted as a tall, wiry man ready to kill a weaker person, he is known to have worshippers and temples scattered across the Realms.
Rehann: A deity worshipped by a few Clerics and Monks in Aldersford
Themis: Cleric Goddess of Calm, killed by Nephastus during the Night of Endless Tears. Often shown in simple robes, arms outstretched and palms facing the Heavens, She possessed a voice like liquid honey and sent angels to watch over her beloved flock.
Vaal: Wolf God of the Nadir
Vaelith: Once the harsh Cleric God of Justice, oft depicted with a pair of golden scales in one hand and a sword in the other, Vaelith was killed during the Night of Endless Tears. Slick, jet-black hair fell to his shoulders and he was shown to favour simple chainmail armour over his intimidating physique. His eyes once flickered with blue and silver sparks, seeing into the souls of those before him.
Vaprak the Destroyer: An entity worshipped by many cruel Trolls, it is unknown what his relationship to them or other Gods is. He seems to delight in suffering and pain, as well as conquest.