Pantheon of Tirr (Tirr Supplement)
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The Pantheon of Tirr is a deific organization formed when the Material Sphere began to unravel, due to the plannings of Akulakhan, a rogue deity who planned to destroy all the worlds and build them anew in his image and honor. After Akulakhan actually succeeded, several deities rose up to challenge him, finding his rule to be unbearable, and preferring the old world instead of this new one that he had created. The War of the Deific Sphere took place for many centuries, lasting beyond mortal comprehension. In the end, only five deities actually succeeded in displacing Akulakhan, and sealed him away within a planar fold with the world he had created. With the previous Material Sphere trapped with Akulakhan, the deities needed to form one, anew. In a pledge to build the world, and to maintain a balance of power amongst all the deific entities, so as not to repeat the transgressions of Akulakhan, all five deities formed the Pantheon of Tirr, ruling over the Deific Sphere and all it's contents. This act was called The Genesis Oath.
The Oath, guarded and enforced by both Fate and Vanguard, keeps any and all deities who are bound to it restricted to the decisions of the Pantheon as a whole, which naturally did not sit well with all parties; Those who could not reconcile with the adaptation of the Oath became the Aesir, and were banished from the Deific Sphere in order to protect the plane, and by extension, to cut those deities off from the unlimited power that bathed the plane and therefore served as a font of divinity. While this action was not necessarily endorsed by all Pantheon gods, it became viewed as a necessary act in order to preserve a greater balance and to prevent future calamity that may have occurred in its absence.
The effects of the Oath were something to be spoken of, but were not seen until the Goddess Sympatheia stole the Light from the Deific Sphere, against the Council's will, and therefore disintegrated completely shortly after she delivered it to the material plane of Tirr.
Hierarchy of the Thrones
The Deities of the Pantheon gather together in a sub-plane of the Deific Sphere called Common Ground. This plane is unique in that it can never allow harm to occur to any party within it, and therefore serves as a wonderful place to hold court with the especially differing bunch of deities who constantly consort there.
Arranged in this plane, however, are a number of thrones. The center of the plane holds a great ornate table, which hosts four thrones of impressive size and adornment, meant to signify their status as the Major Thrones, two on each end of the longer sides of the table, while at the end, between the two sides, resides a slightly greater throne, the High Throne. Elevated slightly to the others, it is the greatest throne present, affording to the power of the one possessing it.
Circling these thrones is are 13 smaller thrones, at eye level with the court thrones. These Lesser Thrones extend to each side of the court, at even distances, with the center opposite of the High Throne, and the ends of the semi-circle ending behind the Major Thrones closest to it. Beyond these thrones is a large barrier, which holds aloft larger, more populated seating. This is known as the Gallery, where minor deities and heroes come to rest and watch as the Court proceeds.
The highest throne is the one with the most power. While considered to be on level with the rest of the pantheon's major thrones, this throne is able to veto any proposals by the other thrones, and serves as a mediator between the major thrones. It is the throne that is solely able to act upon all agreed-upon proposals.
- Fate currently controls the high throne, utilizing her control over the fabric of time and her innate neutrality as a basis for her rule.
The major thrones are the thrones that carry the weight of discussion and ultimately the votes that are cast in favor or opposition of them. The major thrones may oppose the high throne only if all thrones can agree to the course of action that is proposed, which is rare, considering the balanced alignments of the thrones. The current holders of the four thrones are:
- The Great Mother, Mother of all, Patron of Clerics
- Balthazar, Pursuer of Justice, Patron of Paladins
- Mephistopheles, Broker of Souls, Patron of Rogues
- Serberus, Destroyer of Opposition, Patron of Barbarians
Lesser thrones are often held by deities with divine ranks beneath that of the greater deities, but proven enough to actually hold seat in the pantheon. They are allowed to speak and bring issues and suggestions to light, and even propose topic for the next discussion, but aren't allowed to vote. There is not a limit to how many deities can hold lesser thrones.
- Hel, Guardian of the Plane of Souls, Practitioner of the Great Sleep and the Guide of Souls.
- Helios Majora, the First Star, the Primary source of light in Tirr.
- Helios Minoris, the Second Star, Majora's smaller brother.
- Lunar, the Moon, the celestial body reflecting Majora's light.
- Mara, the Goddess Mid-wife, who watches over birth and families.
- Tirros, the God of Earth and Territory, who oversees the sculpting of the land.
- Gahss, God of Victory and Conquest, who receives the prayers of kings and commanders.
- Jubila, Goddess of Dance and Celebration, whose name is always associated with reverie.
- Vanguard, God of the Oath, the sworn leader of sentinels of all kinds.
- Bycore, God of Travel, and the inventor of languages.
- Era, Goddess of Lust and Beauty, the patron saint of brothels.
- Dices, God of Chance, both praised and scorned in the same breath.
- Vault, God of Wealth, and sower of prosperity.
Deities, usually the Demigods and Heroes of the Deific Sphere, in the gallery are restricted from speaking in the Pantheon, and are essentially spectators to the proceedings that occur in the Pantheon. Nonetheless, they are able to contact Lesser Thrones to speak for them, often through petition.