Description of the Thalosian Gods
God of the Harvest
Ajonial is the third son of Auroleas. He gets along well with Villentius (his younger brother) but is uncomfortable with the warlike ways of his older brothers Kalidril and Tabor.
Ajonial is a pleasant, easygoing deity. He asks little of his worshippers, outside of tributes during harvest. He is favored primarily by farmers and the poor, who directly depend on his benevolence for their livelihood. Priests of Ajonial tend to come from the lower classes as well. They tend to be healthy and always help work their parishioners’ fields during harvest. They typically wear sturdy robes in light or dark brown. On formal occasions, these robes are adorned with golden threads.
Ajonial is tall and thin, willowy even, with blond hair and gentle brown eyes.
God of the Sun
Auroleas is the oldest son of Ellirisa and rules over the other Gods. He defeated Lughaid, the Primordial who ruled over the Sun, by climbing to the tallest of the northern mountains and lifting up the Sky, preventing Lughaidd from incinerating his foes. Auroleas then killed Lughaid in single combat, starting the Dawn War that led to the downfall of the Primodials and the rise of the Thalosian pantheon.
Auroleas Skybearer is revered as a deity of strength, perseverance and protection. His priests typically wear grey and blue tunics or robes, depending on the formality of the situation. They are uniformly very physically strong, and some make pilgrimages to the Barrier Mountains and some return claiming they held up the Sky so that Auroleas could attend to other important affairs. Auroleas has some worshippers among the Dwarves, although some favor their own gods or the elemental deities.
Auroleas is tall and well built, with powerful arms and legs. His hair is a wild red, and none can meet the gaze of his grey eyes for long.
Avren the Lost
Avren was the god of passages, the patron of doorways and guardian of entrances. He was the one who barred the Primordials away from the Middle World during the Dawn War. Later, when alien beings known as the Pale Ones appeared from some far corner of existence and threatened the Third Empire, Avren tried to lock them away as well. His efforts would fail, though, and he was killed by the Pale Ones. Later, his cousin Lotan would succeed where he had failed, locking away the Pale Ones, but too late to save the mortally wounded Empire.
Goddess of Magic, the Night, and the Wind
Ellianis is the youngest child of Jakariel. She is young, and sometimes impetuous. Ellianis has little in common with her father, but much in common with her two uncles, whom she cares greatly about. She often acts as a messenger or intermediary, sometimes of her own volition and sometimes at the bequest of one of her relatives.
Ellianis is the patron of the night. She is revered by those who travel at night, for she determines whether the moons light their way or leave them stranded in the dark. She is the goddess of divination, and is revered by seers and the like, for her ability to part the clouds of Fate and see what others cannot. Her priests wear robes of black or midnight blue, with small amounts of silver highlights.
Ellianis always appears with dark hair, either black or midnight blue, with pale blue eyes.
Goddess of Creation and Wisdom
Ellirisa is the mother of the gods. Although she did not create the mortal races, she nurtured and protected them when the World was yet young. Although she seldom voices an opinion on a topic her advice is always followed when she chooses to share her knowledge and experiences with her children.
Ellirisa is also seen as the keeper of all mysteries. She alone knows how the gods were born. It was Ellirisa who told Auroleas that his second son would betray the gods and cause their downfall, but she did not reveal that he was to be given twins. She is greatly revered for her hearth wisdom, and is favored by both the poor and those who make their living off secrets. Her priests wear typical peasant garb, having shared their wealth with their parishioners and seldom having anything left over to spend on raiment.
God of Nature
Fineal is the oldest child of Teleanor. His mother was a dryad, and Fineal inherited much of his nature from her. He is the patron of rangers and hermits, and is not often worshipped in the cities. He is sometimes worshipped by the non-human races (particular Elves) that live within the wilderness, and has more non-human worshippers than any other deity within the Pantheon. Some who Favor Fineal Walks-the-Woods also honor the primal spirits.
Fineal is the defender of the untouched places. Those who enter into his domain are welcome if they are respectful, but those who outstay their welcome are not allowed the luxury of leaving. Like thew wilderness, he can be harsh and unforgiving.
Fineal is thin and wiry, but strong. He is often seen with antlers and cloven hooves, an indication of his heritage. He typically appears dressed in furs and often has some form of animal manifestation such as eagle eyes, bear claws or tiger stripes.
Hakren the Blind
God of Justice
Hakren is the oldest child of Jakariel. He embodies Justice tempered by Mercy. In order to better know who is worthy of Mercy, he persuaded one of the Seven Sisters to trade eyes with him. When he wishes to judge someone, he puts the eye she gave him into his empty left eye socket and can see into their heart to know if they truly regret what they have done. If they are truly repentant, he gives them lesser punishments. If not, his punishments are harsh. Hakren is usually revered by the Justicers who agree with the dispensation of equal amounts of Justice and Mercy. In larger cities he is particularly favored by the lower and middle classes, who recognize that Mercy is sometimes the only thing that keeps the upper classes in check. Hakren is well liked by the gods, who go to him to settle disputes between them.
Priests of Hakren the Blind wear simple clothing, and many cover their left eye with a patch or cloth as a symbolic gesture. Some even go so far as to remove their left eye.
Hakren the Blind appears old; his bargain with one of the Seven Sisters and his travels have aged him. His hair is grey, and he often appears tired. His right eye is brown. He typically wears garb similar to his priests, and often wears a simple white bandage around his head to cover up his missing left eye when not passing judgment.
Jakariel the Claimer
God of Birth and Death
Jakariel is the third son of Ellirisa. Auroleas may be the patron of the Sun and Beauty, but it is Jakariel who reminds us that things are precious because they are not eternal. In order for us to truly appreciate something, we must recognize that there will come a time when it will not be there, and so Jakariel is the patron of Death. He takes all souls to their final resting places – the souls of the good he leads to the Celestial Palace of their patron deities, and the wicked he delivers into the Netherworld for punishment. He does not like his job as Netherlord but knows it is a job that must be done, and he could not ask another to shoulder the burden in his place. He is both feared and favored by the lower classes, which see him as the agent of their ascendance to a better place once their time in this one is done.
Priests of Jakariel the Claimer serve all; they often arrange for burial services of those who favored other deities. They typically wear black robes with cowls, somber in recognition of their humorless duties. They also aid in childbirth, for it is Jakariel the Claimer who delivers the soul to the body in the first place – ever the watchful guardian, from the beginning of their time on this earth to the end.
Jakariel typically appears in a hooded robe himself, although he sometimes wears black armor when he watches over battles with his friend Tabor Steadfast. His light blue eyes are seldom seen. His hands are old and worn, with skin stretched tight across bone from age. Although not the eldest deity, he appears to be the oldest as the tasks to which he has set himself have exhausted him.
God of War
When Auroleas was to be a father for the first time, his mother Ellirisa Mother-of-All told him that his second son would be a god who would betray the Gods and lead to the downfall of the Pantheon. Auroleas replied that he could prevent this, by having children only until he had a single son and then siring no more. But Fate could not be circumvented, and a woman gave birth to his twin sons in a cave. Auroleas, holding the Sky from atop the tallest mountain, could not see into the cave. Ellirisa was the midwife, but will not say which grandchild was the one fated to betray them. And so there are two sons who grew up in competition and suspicion. Most suspect Kalidril is the younger brother, fated to cause the downfall of the Pantheon. The suspicion he has endured his entire life has left him angry and uncaring of the plights of others. He rides into battles and slays all those about him, regardless of which side they fight upon. Mercenaries pray to the Sorrow-Maker and ask to be far from him in battle, for he has no mercy. But those he favors are strong, and ferocious on the battlefield, and none may stand before them.
Kalidril represents the chaotic nature of War. He walks through the battlefield and guides the swords of the warriors. He is the patron of soldiers and mercenaries, for those he favors strike hard and true. Warriors sometimes scan the ridges before battle, to see if he has shown up, for his attendence is a portent of great loss.
Priests of the Sorrow-Maker wear crimson and black, either robes or armor depending on the situation. In battle, their armor is adorned with vicious spikes and they often accompany the first wave of troops.
The Sorrow-Maker is almost always seen in his black and crimson spiked armor. He has no right eye, having lost it in a fight against the Pale Ones a long time ago, but wears a great horned helm with his armor. When not in heavy armor, he wears a lighter formal suit of armor in the same colors (without the spikes) and wears a patch over his right eye. He is tall and strong, his movements showcasing his legendary grace and athleticism. He has black hair and a close-cropped beard, and traces of his father’s steel-grey stare in his eyes.
Kalidril often shows up at the site of great battles to watch the carnage, where he is sometimes joined by Jakariel He is dour and humorless, and shows no quarter to those who fall to his great dire flail. He blames his brother Tabor for loss of his eye, and longs for the day when he will get the opportunity to slay his brother and prove that the beloved Tabor is the one fated to betray them all.
Goddess of Rivers, Travel, and Commerce
Lira is the daughter of Teleanor, and her father has given her dominion over the rivers that cross the lands. As such, she is the patron of both travel and business. Merchants revere her and offer her great tributes so that their journeys will go well. She favors those who help themselves, and has little use for those who dwell on their plight and make to attempts to better their station in life. She is thus favored by the middle classes, who see her as friendly to their struggle to rise in status within society. To the lower classes she is haughty and indignant that they seem beset by problems; to the upper classes she is an upstart who wishes to see them brought low.
Those about to undertake journeys offer her gifts and ask for safe passage from her. She is unreliable – sometimes she grants short travels, sometimes journeys are beset by great mishaps.
Lira appears as a young, athletic woman quick to smile and laugh. She loves a good story told around a campfire and gets along well with Villentius and even Lotan when he is in a jovial mood. She has long dark hair worn in a single braid and darting eyes, always on the lookout for trouble (either to avoid or make, depending on her mood).
Priests of Lira Far-Walker dress as she does, in bright clothes suitable for travel. These are typically yellow, blue and red.
God of Change
Lotan is certainly the most confusing of the deities within the Pantheon. The fourth child of Jakariel, his temperament could not be further from his father’s placid demeanor. He is carefree and mischievous. He protects those he favors through misdirection and outright lies. He is scoundrel who has lied to and cheated his closest friends, but he would lay down his life to keep them from harm.
Before the Great War against the Pale Ones, Lotan was the Mask-Wearer, the trickster, and seldom revered. When Avren Passage-Keeper became Avren the Lost, Lotan joined the fight against the Pale Ones in earnest. Using methods he will not divulge, he lured the Pale Ones into a trap and locked them away, a mystic seal keeping them from our world, and became Lotan Gatekeeper in the process. When the Pale Ones managed to breach the seal and reappear, some thirty years ago, Lotan underwent a transformation, becoming the Fire-Bringer.
Since his transformation, Lotan is seen as the patron of Change. Although the challenges placed before us may be difficult, the Gods have given us the power to overcome those troubles and emerge stronger.
Lotan is still the trickster, but he teaches those he cheats, and they are no longer preyed upon by those who take advantage of such naïveté. There are many tales of Lotan circulating at any given time – tales of those he has taught, those he has cheated, the latest clever ruse he has pulled. The common thread in all these tails is that the victim of the mischief is wiser (albeit often poorer) after their encounter with him.
Priests of Lotan try to follow in their patron’s lead. They demand much in tribute from their parishioners, but try to provide extravagant returns to those same people. They teach using stories, usually involving Lotan himself, wherein the main character suffers some form of loss or indignation but it the better for it in the end. They tend to clothe themselves in bright colors such as bright reds, yellows and oranges.
Lotan is very favored among entertainers, storytellers, con men and illusionists. His followers are often looked down upon by the middle and upper classes, who think he is too common for such reverence.
Lotan often appears in disguise. On those occasions where has appeared as himself, he is slightly shorter and smaller of build than most men, but quick and agile. He has blondish-red hair and bright blue eyes, quick to show merriment. He laughs often, often at inappropriate times, and likes to point out the shortcomings of others. He dresses is colors almost as loud as he is, and is fond of disguising himself as a musician or storyteller. He sometimes travels with Lira Far-Walker.
Goddess of Healing
Safira is one of the most widely loved gods, probably because she aids all who come to her. She is kind and compassionate, and respects those same traits in others. She is the patron of healers of all types. Safira is the third child of Jakariel, and she administers to those her father has chosen not to Claim yet.
Priests of Safira wear pale robes, typically soft yellow, blue or even white. Then follow into battle wearing armor and bearing arms. In battle between mercenaries and many of the city-states’ armies, the priests of Safira walk untouched through the battle. They are sworn to aid all those they come across, which sometimes means they heal their enemies. This is never done when fighting against enemies of the Church, who they feel are a blight that should be eradicated. How much the priests of Safira heal their enemies is a debatable subject; among some groups it is very common and among others it is almost unheard of, despite being in the teachings of Safira herself.
Safira appears as a tall, muscular woman, somewhat plain, with a face etched hard by long nights spent nursing the unhealthy. She has long blond hair and green eyes.
God of War and Protection
Tabor is the twin brother of Kalidril and has always been under some suspicion due to Ellirisa Mother-of-Secret’s prophecy about Auroleas’ second son betraying the Pantheon and causing its downfall. Although the general unspoken consensus among the gods is that Kalidril is the one fated to betray them, Tabor has always tried to confirm that it is his brother who must be stopped. He takes his position as god of war as a duty that he should fulfill, and takes no joy in it. He has no great love for battle, unlike his brother, but recognizes its importance. He studies war, and makes careful plans before entering the field of battle. He is revered by leaders and armies for his sage advice, which can turn a battle in their favor faster than any act of chance. He studies strategy games, and is seldom beaten, but refuses to play games of pure chance. When he loses at a game, he is gracious and polite, but he always desires a rematch. He never loses the same game to the same person twice, except for Lotan, who seems to have a knack for besting him.
Tabor is the lion-hearted defender of the weak and the champion of good causes. He is always noble and courageous. He does not seek battle as the first solution to any problem, but does not hesitate once the fight is joined. He is favored by those who defend their ideals and beliefs – guards, soldiers and the like, in addition to crusaders who support their causes at detriment to themselves.
Tabor’s rivalry with his brother Kalidril (whom he addresses as Little Brother, an obvious reference to Ellirisa’s prophecy) is legendary. They cannot be in the same room at the same time without being at one another’s throats, sometimes coming to blows within minutes and sometimes baiting each other with glib tongues for hours on end. Tabor lost his right hand in battle against the Pale Ones when they last fought, and blames Kalidril for not coming to his assistance. He is, in turn, blamed for the loss of one of Kalidril’s eyes.
Priests of Tabor Grimhand are often military advisors. They typically serve in highly structured armies, but are sometimes found in the more disciplined mercenary camps. They tend to wear heavy armor of plain but effective design and are seldom unarmed, even on formal occasions. They wear no particular colors, deferring to the preference of the individual and the needs of the moment over what they regard as such pointless symbolism.
Tabor is seldom seen outside of armor, but only wears a helm while in battle. He has short red hair and is clean-shaven. He shares vestiges of his father’s grey eyes with his brother Kalidril. He often watches over battles with Jakariel the Claimer, he to learn from watching and Jakariel to take the souls of those slain to their final reward.
God of Storms
Teleanor is the second son of Ellirisa. He is the patron of storms and the sea. He is usually kind and benevolent, but can be sullen and withdrawn, and is somewhat reclusive to all except his daughter Lira. He gets along well with all the gods save Auroleas, whom he often argues with. The two will face off for hours on end, neither giving any ground. It is said that Teleanor mastered the waves so that he could always have the last word against Auroleas’ beloved mountains.
Teleanor is favored by those who make their living on the seas, such as fishermen and ship-makers. He cares little for men until they prove their worth to him. He has neither humor nor patience, and is easily provoked. Sailors make offerings, both to thank him for the bounty he provides and to entreat him for save passage. Those inland seldom favor Teleanor, for he is associated with destructive storms.
Teleanor appears as a powerfully built man who is getting somewhat long in years but is still in excellent condition. He wears his hair long and has a full beard, both of which he ties off with cord. The coloring of his skin, eyes and hair varies from time to time, but is always reminiscent of the colors of his beloved oceans – usually blues or greens.
God of Song
Villentius is the fourth and youngest son of Auroleas. He shares many of his father’s pleasanter qualities – he is full of mirth, quick with a joke, smile or story and always merry. He is favored by bards and entertainers. Despite being somewhat irresponsible, he is difficult to dislike because his wit and easygoing nature make him a good companion. He is the god of Wine and Music, and is therefore very popular with all the societal classes, although they do tend to prefer different parts of his personality. The lower classes are fond of his epic tales of heroism, about both mortals and the gods, while the upper classes tend to prefer his music or his tales of ancient times.
Priests of Villentius are common, for he is an easy deity to revere. He asks his followers to make offerings to him on his many holy days, which often involve feasting and great celebration. His priests among the lower classes often work closely with priests of Ajonial, especially around harvest time when there is much reason to be festive. They tend to wear bright colors and sometimes bells.
Villentius is a young man of exquisite beauty, who travels often in the company of Lira Far-Walker and sometimes Lotan Fire-Bringer. He typically wears bright, festive colors, has blond hair and blue eyes, and is clean-shaven. He will sometimes entertain those at inns far from cities, only to leave for the road after rousing the listeners to great merriment and taking their minds off the travails of their distant journey.
Avren the Lost
Deceased, God of Hearth
Avren was once the god of doorways. His duties were many – he watched over homes and made sure that none passed with evil intentions, he protected those inside from the work of his father the Stormsire and he watched over gates between this world and others. He was called Avren Passage-Keeper.
When the Pale Ones first appeared, Avren felt it was he who was responsible for letting them come to this world. He believed he had failed in his duties and sought to redeem himself by removing them from this world and locking them out forever. However, his efforts failed and he was ultimately slain in a pitched battle that lasted for several days on end. The Pale Ones were later locked out by Lotan Mask-Wearer, who acquired the honorific Gatekeeper in the process. The other duties of Avren have fallen to lesser deities, such as house deities.
Avren is no longer truly worshipped but is still revered as a great hero and example to all. He was honorable and tried to his last to fulfill what he saw as his sacred duty. Offerings are still made in his memory on his holidays.