Gods and Shadowlords
The Gods, Shadowlords, and their Domains
Piscana – Goddess of the Sea, Storms, Moon-heiress
Domains: Moon, Storms, Sea
Aranu – God of fire and forge, The Binder
Domains: Creation, Earth, War
Tarren – Goddess of birth, healing, fertility
Domains: Protection, Wilderness, Life
Gemen – God of travel, trade, exploration
Domains: Change, Freedom, Trickery
Khansra – Goddess of destiny, love, dreams
Domains: Fate, Love, Luck
Leohr – God of battle, valour, Sun-heir
Domains: Strength, Sun, War
Virgah – Goddess of crafts, civilization, invention
Domains: Protection Civilization, Change
Libru – God of truth, justice, law
Domains: Knowledge, Hope, Justice
Scorpus – God of stealth, shadows, secrets
Domains: Arcana, Darkness, Trickery
Saggia – Goddess of nature, skill, luck
Domains: Wilderness, Luck, Skill
Caprus – God of Knowledge, magic, architecture
Domains: Knowledge, Creation, Arcana
Aquirna – Goddess of life, light, the arts
Domains: Freedom, Hope, Life
Anaksi – Lord of Winter
Domains: storm, winter
Nara – Lady of Chaos
Domains: destruction, change
Nerratu – Lord of Decay
Domains: death, earth
I’Mene – Lady of Illusions
Domains: arcana, torment
Arsnak – Lord of Nightmares
Domains: fate, madness
Griv – Lord of Destruction
Domains: destruction, strength
Urbila – Lady of Lies
Domains: poison, trickery
Aieggo – Lord of Chains
Domains: tyranny, war
Sur’pak – Lady of Hate
Domains: darkness, vengeance
N’Riuk – Lord of Despair
Domains: arcana, undeath
Scorpus, Saggia, Caprus and Aquirna are the gods and goddesses who are patrons of the Elven type peoples.
Caprus is actually the “oldest” – the first of the 12 gods to be born, and is the patron of the Eladrin. His priests and clerics like to view him as the head of the pantheon, though clerics of some of the other gods disagree with that.
Saggia is the goddess patron of the Wood Elves (regular elves), and the reason they are passionate about the woods and nature.
Aquirna did not have mortal followers of her own until she became involved in the ritual that allowed 1/2 elves to come into existance. She and Khansra attempted to break an Elder curse that had caused the races of man to take on their exxagerated differences, and that prevented them from interbreeding. The tragic consequences of this well intentioned act is that it opened the door for the shadowlords to create 1/2 orcs.
Scorpus is the youngest of the 12 gods. His birth is at the centre of the events that led to the demise of the Elder Gods. The other gods consider him tainted with shadow, and his later attempts to rid himself (and his mother) of the taint of the Far Realms is what created the Shadowlords. At least that’s the official version. His followers have a different version of those events.
Because he was tainted by shadow, the other gods had forbidden Scorpus from creating mortal followers of his own, but always the rebel, he created a refuge in secret and brought forth the Dark Elves. The fears the other gods had were not totally unjustified. Some of the Dark Elves stayed true to their patron, but others succumbed to the shadow in their blood and went on to worship other, darker forces.
Caprus still sees Scorpus as the cause of their mother’s fall. It was Caprus’s distrust of his brother (and some say his jealousy at the fact that Scorpus was at least his equal if not his better in matters arcane) that was the true catalyst for the events that shaped much of mortal history.
In spite of having been tainted by shadow at birth, Scorpus never succumbed to it. Instead he mastered and controlled that side of himself.
Scorpus created the what was in essence the first and most powerful ever mirror of opposition. He did it in hopes of finding a way of curing his mother, Astara – removing the taint of shadow from her. While attempting to complete and test the mirror, he almost freed the more evil shadow part of himself, but he managed to overcome it and take it back into himself.
He then hid the mirror in the secret place he had created and where he had brought forth the dark elves in defiance of the other gods’ wishes.
Caprus eventually discovered the hidden mirror, and sought to use it as proof of his younger brother’s duplicity. He brought it to a gathering of the gods when Scorpus was not present and unveiled it. The other gods had not had Scorpus’ practice at controlling their darker natures. When those natures were released, they could not be controlled. Intstead they escaped into the world, and became the Shadowlords.
Scorpus took the blame for that even though it really wasn’t his fault. But it shows his nature, that he strives to do the right thing, and does not always think about the potential consequences. He remains devoted to fighting the influence of the far realm – of its shadow and madness – and he does it his way, which is any way that works, even if he has to go against the wishes of the rest of the pantheon.
Khansra, Leohr, Virgah, and Libru are patrons of humans.
When the Elder Goddess Astara fell under the sway of shadow, she discovered her child Scorpus’ Dark Elves and usurped their allegiance. She gathered together other mortals and various demonic allies, and attempted to subjugate the mortal races. She failed due to the unity of the races of man. Thus defeated, she withdrew and fashioned a powerful curse. This curse caused the physical features of each race to become greatly exxagerated, and changed the races so they no longer existed in perfect harmony, and they no longer could interbreed.
For some reason the various strains of humans were protected or shielded from the curse. They took on various minor external differences, but remained one race for the purposes of having children. This resistance to the curse is the reason they became the dominant race.
The Elder Goddess who was mother to the human gods was Gaeanna. She was killed – or at least her physical form was destroyed – during the war with the Primordials and Demons.
The high priesthood of most of the 12 now agree that Leohr is the head of the pantheon. This has created some friction between humans and those Eldarin who are fanatical about their patron god, Caprus.
Khansra the Goddess of love (among other things) went to Aquirna with a request. One of her mortal human worshippers had developed a deep passionate love for an Elven maiden, but the two races could not have a family due to the curse. The Goddess of love, and life pooled their power in an attempt to break the curse. They managed to lift it somewhat, but at a cost. Because of this Khansra is also now patron of those 1/2 elves who choose to remain closer to their human heritage.
Virgah, because of her standing as Goddess of civilization and progress is worshipped by all the races, but seems to lack any truly fanatical believers. She has many devotees, and yet her priesthood does not stand out like those of the other gods.
Libru is the youngest of the human gods, and the second youngest of them all. Because of this he had a special relationship with Scorpus. It is ironic that one is the god of truth and the other the god of secrets. Yet their various clerics have, to this day, a deep respect for each other. Libru doesn’t always trust Scorpus, and this is reflected in how their clerics interact, but has always insisted on fairness in how Scorpus should be treated by the other gods.
Finally there are the four gods/goddesses who were the childern of Lunira. Their mortal followers were the most changed by Astara’s curse because changeability was part of Lunira’s nature to begin with.
Aranu brought forth the dwarves. In many ways he stands just behind Leohr in terms of importance in the pantheon. This makes him popular with most of the races, not just the dwarves.
Tarren is patron to the Halflings. Gemen is patron to the Gnomes. But this goddess and god were twins, and so both of them tend to extend blessings to both those races. The priesthoods of these two deities cooperate and interact more than any other two priesthoods, reflecting the closeness of their gods.
Piscana’s is a strange case. She had never set out to create mortal followers, but after Astara’s curse hit, some mortals were affected in a very perculiar way. Piscana adopted those as her own – the shapeshifters – changlings and shifters.