Gods (Gods and Men Supplement)
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Religion in the Time of Gods and Men
Religion in the Ancient World was very immediate in people's lives. They believed that the Gods were constantly among them, and paid homage to all Gods (though they often still had patron deities). Thus, even the most devout priests of Pallas Athena would honor Poseidon before a sea voyage.
This has two major impacts. First, fortune or misfortune were often directly attributed to gods ("We must have lost the battle because Ares came among their army and inspired their warriors to greatness..."). The Gods were seen as being "among" the people constantly. Secondly, sacrifices to the Gods were not only common, but indeed were necessary. Without a sacrifice to the Gods (or at least a small libation or thoughts of praise), any venture was sure to meet with misfortune.
Finally, magic was entirely inseparable from the working of the gods. To the ancients, divine magic and arcane magic are the same entity. Thus, wizards know they unlock their power through study, but nonetheless believe that the ultimate source of that power is from the Gods; they simply access it in a less direct manner than clerics do (through prayer).
Any major venture that doesn't begin with homage being paid to the proper deities has a 50% chance of being significantly set back in some way (the Gods, whom are displeased, make this so). The proper sacrifice to each god is usually an animal, but very rarely a deity will demand a human sacrifice.
The Gods, as a sign of their pleasure or, more commonly, displeasure, often interfere with the weather in many ways. This includes all sorts of Evil Weather, as well as dramatically planned eclipses, droughts, rains of frogs, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, firestorms, pillars of salt or gold arising from the ground, etc.
List of Major Deities
The Mycenaean deities are far more human and flawed then most other gods, being distinct characters with their own personalities as well as forces of nature. They are all the patron of something, and each has their own legends and tales surrounding them.
|Aphrodite||CG||Chaos, Good, Luck, Trickery||Whip||Goddess of love and beauty.|
|Apollo||NG||Good, Healing, Knowledge, Sun||Longbow||God of the sun (light), reason, music, healing, prophecy, and poetry. The brother of Artemis.|
|Ares||NE||Destruction, Evil, Strength, War||Longspear||God of war and bloodshed.|
|Artemis||CG||Animal, Chaos, Earth, Good||Longbow||Goddess of hunting and archery, sister of Apollo.|
|Athena||LG||Good, Knowledge, Law, War||Longspear||Goddess of wisdom, strategy, and war.|
|Demeter||NG||Earth, Good, Plant, Water||Mace||Goddess of agriculture, grain, harvest and earth.|
|Dionysus||CN||Chaos, Luck, Plant, Trickery||Quarterstaff||God of wine, agriculture, and the theatre.|
|Hades||LN||Death, Earth, Law, Magic||Longsword||God of the Dead and lord of the Underworld.|
|Hephaestus||LN||Fire, Knowledge, Law, Strength||Warhammer||God of fire and the forge (smiths).|
|Hera||LG||Good, Healing, Law, Protection||Whip||Goddess of marriage, family, and motherhood.|
|Hermes||NG||Air, Good, Luck, Travel, Trickery||Dagger||God of travel, thieves, and commerce.|
|Hestia||NG||Fire, Good, Healing, Magic||Sap||Goddess of the hearth and domestic life.|
|Nemesis||LN||Death, Destruction, Law, Trickery||Longsword||Goddess of Revenge.|
|Pan||CG||Animal, Chaos, Luck, Good||Sickle||God of flocks and sheep.|
|Poseidon||CN||Chaos, Strength, Travel, Water||Trident||God of the sea.|
|Zeus||N||Air, Destruction, Magic, Protection||Longspear||God of air, thunder and lightning.|
The Egyptian gods have far less personality then their Mycenaean counterparts, and their roles changed over time as different cities gained and lost power.
|Re-Horakhty||LG||Good, Law, Sun, War||Khopesh||The falcon-headed God of the Sun.|
|Anubis||LN||Law, Magic, Repose*||Mace||The jackal-headed God of judgement in the afterlife and embalming.|
|Apep||NE||Evil, Fire, Sand*||Heavy pick||The snake God of darkness, who battles Re-Horakhty every night.|
|Bast||CG||Chaos, Destruction, Protection, Strength, War||Spiked gauntlet||Lion-headed warrior Goddess who was also protects the pharoahs.|
|Hathor||NG||Protection, Good, Luck||Longsword||Cow-headed Goddess of childbirth and miners.|
|Imhotep||NG||Earth, Healing, Knowledge, Rune*||Quaterstaff||Early human engineer and physician who became a God after death.|
|Isis||NG||Good, Magic, Protection, Water||Quaterstaff||Goddess of motherhood, magic, and fertility. She is the wife of Osiris.|
|Nephthys||CG||Chaos, Good, Protection, Repose*||Mace||Goddess of funerary rites who is the nurse and protector of the Pharoah. She is Isis' sister and the wife of Set.|
|Osiris||LG||Air, Earth, Good, Law, Plant, Repose*||Light flail||Green-skinned judge and lord of the dead, who is in charge of the underworld agency that grants all life.|
|Ptah||LN||Knowledge, Law, Travel||Mace||Green-skinned God that called the world into being, and god of craftsmen.|
|Set||CE||Air, Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Strength||Spear||Typhon-headed God of the desert, storms, darkness, and chaos. Like Apep, he is said to fight Re every night.|
|Sobek||LE||Animal, Evil, Water||Shortspear||Crocodile-headed God of the Nile and the reptiles that live in it.|
|Thoth||N||Knowledge, Magic, Rune*||Quaterstaff||Ibis-headed God of the heart and tongue, who is a mediator between disputes of good and evil.|
The Persians are unique in that they only have one god: Ahura Mazda, who is Lawful Good. He is the upholder of truth, and is omniscent(but not omnipotent). The domains he is associated with are Destruction, Good, Law, and Protection.
The Babylonian deities have less personality then other gods, but all resemble humans. In fact, Gilgamesh himself used to be a human.
|Anu||LG||Air, Knowledge, Law, Protection||Mace||Sky-God, lord of heaven and all other gods. He also judged those who committed crimes.|
|Anshar||NE||Evil, Magic, Trickery||Dagger||God who used to be lord of the sky, but was usurped by Anu.|
|Dahak||CE||Chaos, Death, Evil||Scimitar||A cruel, evil god who only seeks war.|
|Druaga||LE||Evil, Law, Trickery||Mace||Druaga is the evil god of the underworld and of Devils.|
|Enlil||NG||Air, Good, Luck, War||Heavy Pick||God of wind, breath, loft, and breadth.|
|Enki||LN||Earth, Magic, Water||Mace||God of crafts, seawater, lakewater, intelligence, and creation.|
|Gilgamesh||NG||Good, Strength, Travel, War||Mace||Being who is two parts god, one part man. He later ascended to heaven, where he is the god of strength and war, among other things.|
|Girru||LG||Fire, Good, Law, Magic||Morningstar||The god of light and fire.|
|Ishtar||N||Magic, Strength, Summer*, War||Light flail||The Goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. Her worshippers often practice sacred prostitution, and though she has many lovers, she treats all of them cruelly.|
|Ki||N||Animal, Luck, Plant||Quarterstaff||Mother goddess of the earth and fertility.|
|Marduk||LN||Air, Law, Protection||Net||50-named god who is the patron deity of Babylon.|
|Nanna-Sin||CG||Chaos, Luck, Good||Battleaxe||God of the moon and mischeif.|
|Nergal||NE||Death, Earth, Evil||Longsword||A god of the underworld who causes war and pestilence.|
|Utu||CG||Chaos, Fire, Good, Sun||Scimitar||The firey god of the sun.|
- Domains marked with a * appear in Chapter 5 of the Sandstorm Supplement.