Alyssa – Goddess of Nature and FocusEdit
The patron goddess of the Dryads, Alyssa is also the wife of Galderos, god of war. It was with her guidance that the Dryads managed to escape the fall of their homeland and the grasp of the Lich King. With the Dryads return to Istaria, Alyssa once again becomes more prominent in Istarian affairs for it is through her that the Dryads gain their ties to nature and their magical focus. It is through her that the Dryad hope to one day reclaim their lost homeland of Palmyra.
Alyssa also receives a few prayers from other races who follow the path of Nature, particularly Druids. Her power is most potent near the Nature Tower in northeastern Istaria.
Alyssa’s symbol is a mighty yew tree with dense foliage.
Bachanatus – God of Artistry and RevelryEdit
The patron god of the Satyr, nearly forgotten by the Living Races during The Lament, and practically abandoned by the Satyr during their long subjugation. Bachanatus remains a subject rarely spoken of, and even less frequently prayed to.
Little is known of the origins of Bachanatus and the Satyr, but it is believed by many scholars that documents and records of ancient days may still be present in the Satyr homeland of Bachan, a place far to the east along the shores of Eastern Aradoth, deep within the lands blighted by the Withered Aegis.
Bachanatus’ symbol is a golden lute.
Brobbet – God of Honor and JusticeEdit
The patron god of the Dwarves, who follow Brobbet’s Divine Mandate strictly; “Without honor, there is no justice; without justice, there is no future.” While the practice of formal worship has fallen by the wayside since The Ritual, many Dwarves still mutter a word or two of praise before battle… just in case. Dwarves believe that their Kings spoke for and even represented Brobbet on Istaria, and therefore they were revered nearly as much as Brobbet himself. The loss of their last king, Dralnok, has greatly affected Dwarven society and morale, despite the lifting of The Siege some ten years ago.
Brobbet’s symbol is a war hammer set against a tower shield.
Daggarth – God of Malice and StrengthEdit
The patron god of the Half-Giants and brother to the god of War, Galderos. Daggarth is known for his reliance on strength for it is what carried him through the battles with his brother during the Age of the Gods. It is believed that you must show strength at all times in order to honor Daggarth and because of this strictly held belief, the half-giants were feared for many centuries by the other races of Istaria.
Daggarth also has a streak of malice that shows itself from time to time and his half-giants inherited this. They are quick to befriend others so long as they are strong and prove worthy, but they are slow to forgive and they never forget. Half-giants have been known to hold grudges through the generations, grandons and even great-grandsons paying back a debt through blood their family felt was owed.
Daggarth’s symbol is a battle axe, chipped and scarred from extensive use.
Drulkar – God of Fire; the First DragonEdit
The genesis of the Dragon race is a subject that is at best wildly speculative, even at times amongst the Dragons themselves. The emergence of Drulkar as the First Dragon and his mastery of fire, however, is the first major point of Dragon legend that is widely accepted by everyone. Drulkar was the one that led the Dragon civilization during the Age of the Gods. The apex of Dragon civilization was marked by Drulkar becoming the absolute master of the forces of fire, and his permanent relocation to the Realm of Fire. It was also Drulkar’s ascension into the Realm of Fire that put the destiny of the Dragons in their own hands for the first time. Even though the Dragons of modern Istaria are fractured into two separate factions, both sides still pay fealty to the First Dragon, and the blessing of mastery over fire. While worship of Drulkar is predominantly Dragon-oriented, there are followers of the God of Fire that are not of Dragon stock.
Drulkar’s symbol is a rock-like cauldron that is filled with a raging fire.
Followers: Lunus and Helian Dragons
Galderos – God of Beasts and WarEdit
The patron god of the Elves, Galderos is revered for his mastery of the beasts of the wild, as well as his knowledge of tactics and strategy in war. The Elves believe that it was Galderos who first introduced war to Istaria by attacking his brother, Daggarth. Long their battles raged and though Daggarth was the stronger, Galderos was the more cunning. In the end, Galderos stood victorious on the field of battle. His victory was not savored for long, for his now estranged brother, Daggarth, was full of malice and held a mighty grudge. Galderos, hurt by his brother’s harsh words and refusal to share a drink together, soon learned to hate. The rivalry and bitterness between the two brothers remains to this day, or so the scholars’ believe. And it spilled over to the Elves who bear a great enmity for the Giants of the North.
Galderos’ symbol is that of a clenched fist, holding a spear.
Istara – Goddess of Creation; the Mother of InventionEdit
Istara appears in the guise of many different races, but usually as a Human or a Gnome; she, however, always appears as a female. Istara’s visage is one that is usually associated with motherhood, as she represents the motherly nature of the Istarian pantheon. While Istara does not lead the pantheon per se, she is represented as the most influential and powerful of the deities. Legend states that it was Istaria herself who first created the Humans to stand as her protectors of the world; they worship her for her gifts of creation, and most Humans maintain a strong connection to her in one way or another, even though the influence of Istaria’s deities have either been on the decline, or totally absent from the world. The Gnomes worship her (in a Gnomish visage, of course) as the source of the inspiration for invention. Istara is also said to have made the Gnomes as well, and the Gnomes were to act as her divinely-inspired creators for the world.
Istara’s symbol is a pair of cupped hands (Human for the Humans, Gnomish for the Gnomes), cradling a ball of energy.
Followers: Humans, Gnomes and Saris primarily
Istaria – The Embodiment of MagicEdit
Istaria, the very anchor of existence upon the Prime, is not a deity in the traditional sense. Istaria has not the form of a deity, nor the consciousness of one. (The world is named Istaria merely for Istara being the first deity to stake her claim upon it.) Rather, Istaria is the wellspring of raw magical power and essence that fuels all of creation. It is said that the gods fight over control Istaria to this day, for the one that finally has undisputed claim over the world will forever rule the Prime. The power of magic is undeniable, so much so in fact, it is believed there is a primordial sentience about it. Those who dedicate their lives to propagate the power and influence of magic in the world often claim that they are “at one with Istaria”. Likewise, those who conspire against the forces of magic find themselves at odds with the powerful and chaotic forces of the world itself. Istaria is worshipped like the other deities, and it is believed by them that Istaria itself chooses who is bestowed with the blessings and benefits of magic.
Istaria’s symbol is a silhouette of shape of the world.
Kaasha – God of Serpents and RainEdit
Believed by the Sslik to be their creator, Kaasha often took the form of a giant serpent centuries ago when the gods still walked openly among the Living Races. Kaasha has forever been apart from the other deities of the land and only recently has become more closely associated with Merrasat.
Kaasha instilled in its children a love of the damp places of Istaria, especially the jungles of Lesser Aradoth, as well as a deep mistrust of the other Living Races.
Kaasha’s symbol is a coiled serpent on a field of blue-green.
Merrasat – God of the Sun and KnowledgeEdit
Worshipped for centuries by the Saris on their dry, sunny beaches as the most powerful deity in Istaria, Merrasat is one of the most powerful and respected deities in the pantheon. She is closely associated with Istara but prefers to remain aloof from the dealings of the other deities. In recent years she has formed an association with Kaasha, the deity of the Sslik, a move which has been denounced by many among the pantheon who do not consider the Sslik to be worthy of such an honor.
Merrasat is also known as the god of Knowledge, for the Saris have long memories and collect history and lore like no other race.
Merrasat’s symbol is a paw with extended claws holding a scroll.
Niatha Moraven – Goddess of Vengeance and Power; Mother of the FiendsEdit
The emergence of Niatha Moraven as a major force in the realm of celestial politics, as well as her patronage of the Fiends, is one of the more significant events involving the Istarian deities since the end of the Age of the Gods. As the alleged daughter of Daggarth himself, she represents the mental extension of Daggarth’s brute strength and physical domination. Aspiring mages and would-be-rulers craving power both magical and primal often pay fealty to Niatha Moraven, as well as those who seek vengeance against those who they felt have committed trespasses against them. Niatha Moraven is as vengeful and bitter as she is gorgeous and alluring in her Fiendish visage, and her blessings are as fickle as her temperament is. Nevertheless, Niatha Moraven’s influence over the world is felt continually throughout the world, especially within Fiend culture. Many scholars point to her recent patronage of the Fiends during their struggle against the Humans as a sign that the influence of the Gods in mortal affairs is not as distant as some had thought (or hoped).
Niatha Moraven’s symbol is a clenched fist (with the blued skin of a Fiend), raised upward.
Nyrevin – Goddess of Death and RebirthEdit
Dark and mysterious, Nyrevin is favored by few but forgotten by none. She is revered for birth and rebirth, especially each spring, but often scorned for her role in death and the approach of winter. Nyrevin is usually associated with Galderos, for death and rebirth are inextricably linked to war and to the beastly nature of all things.
Nyrevin is also almost always found at odds with Alyssa, for nature is brought low by death and though it is reborn, time and focus are lost in the process.
Nyrevin’s symbol is a small clay-cast death mask.
The Forgotten Ones (this list is incomplete)Edit
Markus – God of Trickery and Chance; “Fickle Fate”Edit
There is a saying amongst those that prefer to conduct their business in the dimly-lit alleyways of the city instead of a shop: “Throw a coin to the wind on any good score, lest ol’ Fickle Fate remind you of his cut.” Markus is a god who resides in the shadows, scorned, except when chance or fate takes over, and rarely prayed to except among those who favor the dark places of the city streets.
Believed by scholars in Tazoon to be the patron god of the near-forgotten goblins, his associations and origins were likely lost decades even centuries ago.
Markus’ symbol is two crossed daggers over a set of thrown chance runes.
Followers: The Blood Skulk
Scorpus - Goddess of Wrath and the SunEdit
Source Goddess of the Sun and of Wrath, Scorpus was forgotten millennia ago. She has long harbored an ancient hatred for the deities of the Pantheon. Scraps of legend are all that remain to remind scholars of her existence, but in recent months she has since begun to reassert herself in the deserts southwest of Tazoon.
Legends speak of a malevolent deity, one who took the shape of a Scorpion in order to inspire fear in her followers. It is said that they lived within the deserts of Western Aradoth and that they constructed great pyramids in her name. Atop these structures legends claim that they offered sacrifices of animal, human and even other living races races in her name.
The deities of the Pantheon found the practice of sacrifice distasteful and openly shunned her and her followers. Enraged, she gathered her priests and began attacking settlements to the east of her lands; the lands claimed by the Dwarves, Gnomes and even the Elves. Emboldened by success and by the lack of intervention from the other deities, she sent her priests north to capture and sacrifice dragons.
She miscalculated, for the Dragons responded to the sacrifice of one of their elders with a terrible ferocity. An army of flying Dragons bore down upon the pyramids of Scorpus, engulfing them in flame. The Dragons, however, did not stop at the pyramids. They continued on, attacking larger settlements of humans throughout the deserts and lands to the south, burning many, and eventually conquering and subjugating the rest.
With her followers scattered or dead, her places of worship destroyed, Scorpus fled the lands of the living races and was soon forgotten. Somewhere, deep beneath the earth, perhaps even beneath her ancient temples, she lay asleep for millennia, waiting for the Day of Return when she could once again come to the surface, gather her priests, and collect sacrificial bounties.
Shaloth is the queen of the Mylocs, ruling over their colony hidden within Dralnok's Doom. She gains strength and sustenance by feasting on the sacrificial energies of her hierophants, who gladly give themselves to her as duty to their queen.
Now Shaloth is allied with the Aegis and works for her own gain, leading her followers against the Gifted.
Akkinelos - Goddess of Ice and MiseryEdit
God of ice and sorrow, Akkinelos has only been mentioned to appear as a floating pair of eyes in the night. She is worshipped by none except a small cult in the north as she is not known to bring any blessings besides a few that amuse her.
Telak - God of Technology and the MoonEdit
Source God of technology and of the moon, Telak is said to resemble a large automaton. Long before the Lamentation the Gnomes had abandoned Telak in favor of Istara, to pursue peace as well as knowledge. Recently, the Gnomes have begun returning to the ancient one in large numbers seeking much of what was lost when they abandoned Rachival and hoping, perhaps, to reclaim some of their lost glory.
Many of the legends surrounding Telak are unclear about the god’s origins and appearance. None agree upon whether it was the Gnomes who built their automatons in Telak’s image, or if the deity took a form pleasing to the Gnomes. Debate on the topic has raged for decades, perhaps even longer, amongst the wide and learned.
Darker legends speak of the deity’s role in the downfall of Rachival itself. Some whisper that Versanto and his disgraced master, Gangaf, may have acquired their knowledge of automatons from Telak though neither has ever claimed any association with the deity. Neither has denied any association either, a note that some conspiracy theorists have made public note of.
Nevertheless, the rumors persist and the facts are incontrovertible that the automatons played a clear role in the Fall of Rachival and the exile of the Gnomian people. Automatons, even simple ones, were unknown even fifty years before the Fall and it is as if advanced knowledge of their construction was discovered overnight, a fact that some believe lends credence to the conspiracies and the involvement of Telak itself.
In the end, the truth may never be known. Telak, however, continues to gain followers and grow in power amongst the Gnomes.
Varrantoth - God of Strength and EnduranceEdit
AKA: the Cruel, the Implacable, god of Strength and Endurance
Long ago he was considered to be part of the Istarian Pantheon. Varrantoth was once a compatriot of Daggarth and sought the hand of Alyssa in marriage who was betrothed to Galderos. Together, Daggarth and Varrantoth sought to bring low the mighty Galderos, but it was not to be and Daggarth was defeated on the field of battle. Galderos turned and gravely wounded Varrantoth and then gave chase to him as the god of Strength fled. But Varrantoth was known for his endurance and Galderos could not catch nor outrun him and eventually gave up and returned to wed Alyssa.
Varrantoth wept for his friend, Daggarth and his lost love, and carrying a newfound hatred burning in his breast, fled into the mountains and wilds never to be seen again. Varrantoth's symbol is that of a beating heart, for it is the heart that is the source of one's endurance. He is remembered only by the wise in Tazoon's halls and was cast out of the Pantheon after he sought exile.
His people are the Welger, long forgotten and lost in the wilds of Eastern Aradoth.