Religion (Grisaire Supplement)

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There are twelve gods who sit upon the thrones of Grisaire. They were the creators of the world, and they watch upon the world with lazy amusement. Their servants, the Old Ones, roam the world as drifting influences. The opponents of the throne, the Uncreated, bide their time to wreak havoc on all creation.

The Twelve Thrones[edit]

The Grisarian pantheon is known as the Twelve Thrones. Their powers are known to be tied to twelve metaphorical thrones on which they sit to watch the world.

Charylt, of the Wastes[edit]

Alignment.True Neutral
Domains. Chaos, Mind
Divine Rank. Greater
The tentacled and eldritch form of Charylt is believed to be the origin of races of oozes and various amorphous monstrosities and aberrations. Charylt is said to have been a foreign entity, like a parasite, living within Primus, which allowed it to become equivalent to the others born of the original Dream. However, Charylt is not considered one of The Uncreated. Charylt is not a malicious being, but it is also known to act in a very bestial way that encourages base behaviors. Its primary powers are known to appear insidious, using tides of ooze or melting things with a touch of its acidic tentacles. Charylt is said to be a messenger god, able to travel between the divine thrones and the City of Ashes.

M'iaq, the Liar[edit]

Alignment. Chaotic Evil
Domains. Trickery, Tempest
Divine Rank.Greater
One of Premius' primary patron gods, M'iaq is a masked trickster who encourages deceit and cunning. He is often thoroughly malicious at worst and mildly neutral at best, seeding influences for political overthrows and distrust. His influence is by far one of the most pervasive in recent Grisaire history, as though he never left. M'iaq, Tribore, and Orshiidi are known to be the Mind Givers who created basic sentience on Grisaire. It is said that M'iaq's gift to mortals was their sentient cunning, which in turn led them to innovate but also scheme against one another and be paranoid. His common depiction is usually a black and white figure on a podium or soapbox. The symbol of the god is an arrowhead whose tip is replaced with a bullet.

Aspects and Forms

M'iaq is known to have a thousand faces, emphasizing his facetious nature. His most popular forms include that of a decrepit old man who wanders the world, causing mischief and spreading half-truths that inevitably lead to chaos. He is a major patron of Houlloghen, in Kalim, where he takes the form of a bronze-scale hydra named Baehamot leading the Church of the Ruby Fruit.

Resoolt, the Spire Queen[edit]

The Spire Queen

Alignment. Lawful Neutral
Domains. Grave, Order
Divine Rank. Greater
Often simply known as the Spire Queen, Resoolt is a cold and forlorn goddess. She is known to favor only the strong and disciplined. The creation of all creatures arachnid is attributed to her, as well as many vile and wicked beings with no sense of morals. Her great secret treasure was supposed the forbidden Arachnomicron, which is often vied for, said to be filled with secrets of grotesque alchemy to summon and control powerful arachnid monstrosities. Because of her obsession with strength, she repeatedly sought to accomplish things better than her fellow gods. It is said that she has a record of everything ever created by the gods, as well as her own twisted version of it that is meant to supersede the original. This earned the ire and alarm of some gods, who revoked her power of creation, much to her anger.

Though not able to create her beloved images anymore, Resoolt leads people on mad quests for self-destructive power and carnage. Few are able to withstand her trials, which are known to twist one's own morals into nothingness.

Manus Infinitum, the Maker[edit]

Alignment. Lawful Neutral
Domains. Forge, Strength
Divine Rank. Greater
Manus Infinitum, also sometimes known as Sen, is a god depicted as a mass simply of hands. He is known as the god of makers and craft, said to have formed and shaped the world itself. When some of his hands shed, they became sentient creatures to roam the land, simply due to how much creativity Manus has in his essence. He is known to have good relations with Orshidii, as the two fo them are seen as patrons of innovators. In addition to the creatures born of his own body, Manus is believed to have fashioned many races also known for their ingenuity, like humans and dwarves.

Tribore, the Heartless[edit]

The heartless scholar

Alignment.
Domains. Arcana, Knowledge
Divine Rank. Greater
A god of scholars, Tribore is said to have gouged out his three hearts to devote himself to logic and eschew all emotion. The void left in his heart is believed to harbor parasites that come to be known as "That Which Dwells Between Spaces," which is what interests the Void Society. Tribore is the supposed origin of written magics throughout the world, having created the original writing system of runes. Utilization of the Veil for magic comes from Tribore having wrestled it into a form that can be constructed through the intention of casters. Wizards primarily subscribe to Tribore in hopes of his bestowing great magic upon them. Tribore, in his pursuit of magic, is known to have created a lot of the construct races of Grisaire, or aided in devising the recipes that led to their conception, like the shadia.

All libraries are considered homages to Tribore. Some of his divine holds of knowledge have been lost to mortal knowledge. There are rumored to be 4 of these legendary libraries, each filled with invaluable tomes and even legendary collections of artifacts. The four Lost Libraries are Ulgulothky, Zerkarein, Prothuos, and Haargaris. Haargaris is rumored to house a mortal replica of Tribore's magical tome, filled with spells never before seen by human eyes.

Survelem, Purveyor of Darkness[edit]

Alignment. Lawful Evil
Domains. Light, Death
Divine Rank. Greater
An ominous shadow given a face and voice best describes Survelem. He is often depicted as a shadowy mass with a single pale mask which bleeds from the eyes and mouth. Survelem is depicted as both male and female, depending where one looks, leading people to believe Survelem lacks a definitive gender portrayal. It is said that, behind the mask, is a terrifying eldritch face. A lot of the frightening things in the world, from insects, serpents, and aberrant beings, are said to be of his design. While Tribore is often cited to be the creator of magic for mortals, Survelem is often credited as the origin of necromancy in all its forms. Survelem's blessings are known to be able to allow undead to bypass barriers like that erected by the Sacred Trees of Darakan'ta. It is theorized that Survelem might have ties to the uncreated, similar to Charylt.

Plegothos, the Watcher[edit]

Symbol of Plegothos

Alignment. True Neutral
Domains. Peace, Order
Divine Rank. Greater
The silent Plegothos is a mysterious and enigmatic figure. It is said he created the race of harpos, and is the founder behind the Secret Keepers society. Plegothos, true to his name, is an observer of the world, using his artifact orb to scry and survey all in the earthly realm. He is known to supposedly watch the gate to the realm of R'Leth, within the heart of the world. His powers include the creation of barriers and smites from seemingly nowhere. There are, however, types of counter divine measures that can block his sight. Plegothos also has a record of supposedly everything that has ever happened, including secrets other gods may not know, and empowering tidbits hidden from the senses of mortals. These secrets are recorded in hidden archives throughout the world. Those who find these archives are said to be able to attain forbidden knowledge. To indicate this inscrutable nature of hidden, valuable knowledge, Plegothos' symbol is a pearl clam optical illusion.

Tarekaya, Twin Dragon[edit]

Alignment. Neutral Good
Domains. Tempest, Unity
Divine Rank. Greater deity
Tarekaya is a dual-headed figure believed to be the origin of the ocean, as well as all its movements, and precipitation. The dragon's two heads are said to be separate, one being female and another being male. It is said that, originally, Tarekaya was one head. During the fight to kill Primus, her head was split in two. While the heads regenerated, one of them turned into a separate personality. In addition to the dragon's powers over water, Tarekaya is often used as a symbol of the intertwined nature of the genders and sexes, as well as other dichotomous concepts like creation and destruction. Tarekaya is responsible for the creation of most of the world's aquatic life forms, as well as draconic creatures like the fox'smanuh. However, Ongana claims creation over the chromatic and metallic dragons. Tarekaya is believed to have created draconic beings that were not as partial as they, like gem dragons, faerie dragons, and dragonborn.

Temples dedicated to Tarekaya span the world in awe of the dragon's power and status. Lozor has proportionally the largest following of the dragon god, followed by west Endix. Depending where one sees it, art of Tarekaya differs in depicting the dragon more like a horned monster or a lung. Tarekaya's additional aliases include Xiongmei Long, Sou-ryu, and Crossmaker.

Igu-Rab-Ichi, the Warmonger[edit]

Alignment.
Domains. War, Grave
Divine Rank.
The controversial figure of Igu-Rab-Ichi, Igu for short, is mired not only bloodshed, but also money. His influence is believed to have created the force in the world known as "gier," or "greed," which he uses to toy with the hearts of mortals. He is a prime patron of the Gilt Society. He is known to collaborate with M'iaq in the creation of devil creatures, and is the father of belligerent races like orcs, goblinoids, and goliaths. Giants and giant-kin races like the antaeud are also his brain children.

Darakan'ta, Mother Nurture[edit]

Alignment.
Domains. Nature, Life
Divine Rank.
When the world had been torn apart and put back together, it was the healing touch of Darakan'ta that made it possible for life to flourish on the broken and bleeding world. She is known to be a goddess of fertility, growth, and life. The two moons in the sky are said to be her breasts, called the Milky Moons or Lunar Teats. She was the creator of the sacred trees, meant to grant protection to the natural world from harmful presences. Her nurturing touch also created most of the plant races in the world, like the cijelese and zanthani.

Orshiidi, the Arrow Maker[edit]

Alignment. Neutral Good
Domains. Forge, Knowledge
Divine Rank. Greater
Orshiidi is considered a patron god of innovation; that is, artificers, tinkers, and all sorts of craft. Where Tribore is cold and calculating, Orshiidi is playful and quick on his feet. Known for creating the sapience of tools and ingenuity, Orshidii is sometimes also seem as a god of civilization in Grisaire. This imagery is bolstered by the fact that Orshidii's patronage of the Premier Force Empire led to a massive industrialist expansion, as well as conquest. Typically, those like the cijelese are highly abhorrent of him for this reason, seeing his gifts as corruption of modernity.

Avatars

In a time when most gods are ignoring humanity and watching from a distance, Orshiidi still interferes with the mortals. He has around five avatars at a time who travel the world, disguised as tinkers, merchants, and salesmen of wondrous magical items atypical of the common finds. Orshiidi is known to use these avatars to deliver weapons he deems necessary to the trials of heroes and luminaries. Sometimes, however, his intentions are misplaced and they cause more harm than good.

Ongana, the Gatekeeper[edit]

Alignment. True Neutral
Domains. Twilight, Light
Divine Rank.
The goddess Ongana is considered a two-faced deity. She symbolizes both day and night. One of her eyes is the life-giving sun which watches over the world's affairs from the day. Her other eye is said to be the night, as it is empty and dark. But the stars in the sky reflect her infinite curiosities, and perhaps it is not so empty after all. She is said to have created both metallic and chromatic dragons simply to see them fight and see if they develop minds of their own.

Primus, Origin[edit]

Alignment. Chaotic Good
Domains. Creation
Divine Rank. Vestige
The original singularity once drifted through time and space in a deep slumber. From the schemes of the original being's dreams, what was once one was torn asunder to create new life. But the essence of Primus is in everything. Still vying for vengeance, Primus pushes bubbling primal instinct and inner imperfection to light, manifesting in a variety of ailments, both physical and spiritual. It is unknown for sure, but Primus likely aims to bring the thrones crashing down to the world made of his flesh and blood.

There are a few cults and sects throughout Grisaire that oppose the current Twelve Thrones, seeing them as robbers and unrighteous gods. These people will often subscribe to Primus, keeping the memory of the ancient vestige alive. As the gods continue to show indifference, it is likely that his numbers grow with the world's imperfections being exacerbated and social ills plaguing daily.

The Uncreated[edit]

The eldritch beings who dwell within the world core are an amalgam of dark desires supposedly spawned of Primus's latent vengeance. However, there are other theories about them being foreign bodies that crashed onto the world within the Shower of Stars event near the time of Genesis. This theory assumes that the meteors which fell contained parasitic beings that eventually leached onto the earth and took form. While most uncreated take the form of minor eldritch horrors, there are three notable ones that have carved their names of terror in history and are known to be hulking terrors that pose significant threat to the world. One shudders to think of the place these creatures hailed from.

Tsa'Horoth, Horror of Eyes[edit]

Appearing often as a mass of jelly-like eyeballs, Tsa'Horoth is said to be able to cover the world three times over if its mass were spread out into a 1-foot sheet. Tsa'Horoth is known to appear in dreams and even poison drinking water with its essence. Those who consume his essence are liable to fall ill and mutate into eldritch beings under Tsa'Horoth's control. This enigmatic mass is said to reside within the underground city of R'Leth.

Egan-Shiloga'Troh, Swarmmother[edit]

Egan is often depicted as a large chimeric creature of titanic proportions, with grotesque growths, tumors, and mixes of bestial traits in all forms all over the main body. Because this is a vague form and Egan is said to always be changing, artistic interpretations are many and varied. The body of Egan is said to be ever-sustaining, able to reproduce endlessly. Many of the eldritch horde comes from Egan's flesh. In addition to creatures like aberrations, Egan also creates the foulest creatures like demons and yugoloths of Grisaire.

Jjglo'ärogsh, Sleeping Goliath[edit]

The one-eyed giant Jjglo'ärogsh is said to be asleep deep within R'Leth, at the supposed core of the world. Little is known about Jjglo'ärogsh save that the titan is a powerful influencer of dreams and nightmares throughout Grisaire. Jjglo'ärogsh has been known to drive people insane and even make them commit horrendous crimes out of spite against the world and the gods. In these dreams, Jjglo'ärogsh is shown to be a towering black mass, with 700 wings that span like bridges to other worlds. They say Jjglo'ärogsh lost one of his eyes fighting with the gods sometime in the Days of the Forge and thus rests to recover from his wounds. His eye was said to have been broken into pieces. These eye fragments are scattered about the world, and said to be embedded in some artifacts.

The Old Ones[edit]

The Old Ones are the first beings created by the twelve gods, imbued with great powers to serve as proxies in a way. They are substantial forces of nature, some with powers like that of a lesser deity even. Others are simply titanic beings that can rival a tarrasque in threat level. While they were originally made to be proxies, some of them remain as distant as the gods, simply drifting about with the times of the terra. Nonetheless, their status demands respect, and they are often worshiped as much as deities as well, particularly in smaller communities, where they can be central patrons.

Akaei, the Red Island[edit]

This gigantic red ray of the oceans roams about, sometimes surfacing and appearing like an island that appeared overnight. Akaei is known to have given life to a lot of sea creatures with the silt produced from its body.

Aeolus, Sweltering Guardian[edit]

The first Old One made by the gods, Aeolus is known to create blazing winds as well as volcanic eruptions on Grisaire. Aeolus is often depicted as a metallic being with a burnished and fiery core that materializes out of thin air.

Zan'ya of True Night[edit]

Zan'ya is a feminine creature with the upper body of a woman and the lower body of an eastern dragon. She is known to encircle the world every night under the cover of darkness.

Gladius, Onyx Blade[edit]

Appearing as a sky-piercing mountain, Gladius is a stationary being said to be the highest peak of the Regis Range.

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