Pantheons of Cerulis

Information summarized on 15th Summer 6310 EC from Gods of Cerulis: A History by Khalil Shahin, held in the Scholar’s Library at the Emperor’s University in Arramas, Iotorath.

Eineria

Goddess of creation, life, and nature. Mother of the old gods, patron of druids. She gifted magic to mortals at the behest of lesser gods and indirectly influences druids to this day through ancestor trees.

The Old Gods

Texts from the Temple of the Old Gods in the Snowlands—a religion that endures valiantly in the widely secular North—speak of twelve gods born of Eineria and appointed to oversee the humans she spread across the planet bearing her name. These gods were generous but fickle, as likely to help a mortal as they were to hurt—save for Dythar, God of War, whose distaste for humans ran so deep that it alienated him from some of the other gods.

Unable to reveal their true forms on the mortal plane, the old gods assumed a variety of appearances and genders when interacting with mortals, which some ancient historians posit to be paramount to the general attitude of egalitarianism found throughout Cerulis. Generally, an old god was labeled “God” or “Goddess” according to the god’s more commonly recorded gender during encounters with humans, and those dichotomous labels persisted in part because of the old gods’ disinterest in how humans identified them.

Not all of the old gods were “known entities,” but some of their notable actions are listed here.

  • The Voidmancer, God of Death, Pestilence, and the Void
    • The Voidmancer smashed the kingdom now known as the Dying Isles into the sea, creating a network of islands full of eerie floating mountains and bioluminescent plant life. Before the shattering, texts described the realm as an expanse of grasslands and mountains fully connected to Cerulis, south of the Whispering Peaks and west of Draserune. The Voidmancer’s wrath in this instance was stirred not by humans, but by the Order of Necromancers, sorcerers who found their way to Cerulis long before fire priests. The necromancers had grown arrogant and prideful of their mastery of death, which the Voidmancer considered to be his sole purview; thus, he punished them.
  • Ketuna, Goddess of Time, Endings, and Beginnings
  • Ilin, Goddess of Seasons and Change
  • Evra, Goddess of Storms
    • Evra fashioned the never-ending thunderstorms mantling Stormborne Isle out of grief for her twin brother, Garasil, who was cut down by the Voidmancer. The Wastelands, Draserune, and the deserts of northern Istrianor are considered to be other geographical consequences of her grief, for ancient historians note that the areas were once rich in farmland.
  • Fadim, God of Law and Justice
  • Phimos, God of Chaos, Tricks, Chance, and Deceit
    • Eineria was forced to create the Ice Realm as a barrier to Phimos’s scorched-earth campaign against forests in the early days of Cerulis. Sources conflict on the reason for this hatred.
  • Atia, Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Judgement
  • Dythar, God of War
    • Murderous more often than not, Dythar was considered an ill omen on the battlefield, according to numerous ancient texts. Survivors too injured to flee the field of battle after a conflict preferred the embrace of the Voidmancer over a death at Dythar’s hands.
  • Garasil, God of Water, Seas, Creativity, and Imagination
    • Garasil, twin brother of Evra, Goddess of Storms, created the maelstrom in the Bay of Southern Cerulis as punishment for traders who, he thought, were getting too conceited about their seafaring abilities. This action incurred the wrath of the Voidmancer, who felt the souls of the traders were his for the reaping, and killed Garasil in a fit of temper. It is of note that Garasil and the Voidmancer often vied for the affections of the same goddess, Vituna, who bore them both children.
  • Qhimir, God of Fire, Suns, Pleasure, and Beauty
    • Like Garasil and Evra, Qhimir and Vituna were twin siblings.
  • Vituna, Goddess of Air, Moons, Dreams, and Stars
  • Cephy, Goddess of Earth, Soil, Health, and Healing

Lesser Gods (Children of the Old Gods; Mage Gods)

The old gods were prolific procreators. There are hundreds of lesser gods, some of whom likely had little to no contact with mortals and thus faded from recollection or were never chronicled at all.

A number of mage texts include a pantheon of gods from the now-defunct mage religion (brought to Cerulis from the Far East), but names, genders, and roles of these gods were often contradictory from one writing to the next. Few gods were listed in more than one place with similar names and attributes, although those that were are mentioned here.

It’s generally agreed that all the gods, save Eineria, have eschewed interfering with the mortal plane in what is considered the modern era (post year 4000 by the Ice Realm Calendar, post year 2913 by the Empire Calendar).

  • Kione, Goddess of Night and Day
  • Atos, God of Death, Souls, and the Void
  • Eslir, God of Endings and Beginnings
  • Bivagi, Goddess of Chance
  • Vodall, God of Judgement
  • Minja, Goddess of Disease and Pestilence
  • Aorr, God of Stars
  • Rhanir, God of Virtues
  • Zephina, Goddess of Dreams
  • Isarus, God of Winter
  • Kyn, Goddess of Summer
  • Nebin, Goddess of Spring
  • Dinmos, God of Autumn
  • Imorr, God of Trade and Professions
  • Oldir, God of Flames
  • Cotar, God of Health and Healing
  • Resis, God of the Hearth
  • Godira, Goddess of Pleasure and Fertility
  • Itlo, God of Love and Beauty
  • Sha, Goddess of the Hunt
  • Firus, God of Wisdom
  • Phedana, Goddess of Creativity and Imagination
  • Istrix, Goddess of Wine and Spirits

One thought on “Pantheons of Cerulis

  1. The family trees!!! As you can glean from my overuse of the exclamation mark I am enamoured of all the gods and their petty relationships, especially when children are created in these chaotic interactions. Makes Humans seem so passe when they make similar spider webs of bloodlines and soap operas, or are they simply mimicking what their pater and mater did? So looking forward to your upcoming story/book releases.

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