The Greater Gods of The Pantheon

While waiting for Fated Fortunes to be released, I wanted to post something “extra” for everyone to enjoy if they were so inclined, and in the spirit of that, I finally completed a small project I’d been working on for quite some time now! But the word “completed” might be subjective-there is still a ton of information that needs to be added!

Yet the tidbits I’m providing here are enough to sink your teeth into without feeling as if you’ve been “cheated”, so here it is! Not just a list of the deities in The Crucible Series, but actual information on them!

Sadly, I haven’t added info on all of the Greater Gods yet, but I promise I have my reasons! Those I have added info on are all listed on this page, however, or you can click over to my website here to see it all “in action”.

THE PANTHEON

The collective of Gods and Goddesses is widely known, and in most cultures, one deity is worshiped while others serve only as a mild point of influence. At most, these cultures heed their patron deity’s relationship with the rest of the Pantheon, the best example being the elven kingdom of Onoria, which worships Udana, the Goddess of Light. Her relationship to Peros is perhaps the most well documented, and though elves do not worship Peros, they still recognize him as a sovereign of Divinity. Information on The Pantheon has been obtained from several texts called the Divinity Scrolls. These scrolls were found in the possession of different cultures residing in different worlds. But though no two scrolls are precisely the same with some texts containing more information on a particular deity than another, cross referencing their content has revealed that the information is strangely in accordance, providing evidence of their relation and validity. Because of this, these texts are believed to have been handed down by The Pantheon itself.

The patron deity of mages, Velias is possibly one of the most unusual deities of The Pantheon. The Divinity Scrolls detailing his existence do not date back as far as those of others gods, suggesting he was largely unknown until the city of Mystikkar was established.

Some have even speculated that the reason earlier information on Velias doesn’t seem to exist is that he was once a mortal man chosen to ascend to godhood. Supporting this theory is the Aeonic Well, a divine construct said to have been gifted to Mystikkar by the God of Magic himself. This well is an important cornerstone to mages in conducting their magical studies and affairs, even though the precise way in which it works isn’t fully understood.

Another theory is that the God of Magic travels between the physical and Divinity more frequently than other deities, and may even interact with mages on a personal basis, whether they know it or not. Whatever the truth may be, most mages would say his origins aren’t important. What matters is the guidance he has provided, enabling magic to be utilized with potent results, and his teachings are well documented, connecting him with miracles, faith, and hope, even beyond the borders of Mystikkar.

Due to this, and perhaps because of Velias’ friendship with Peros, there has been a long-standing alliance between Mystikkar and Perosia which was only broken recently after a tyrant took the throne.

Peros is perhaps the most enigmatic deity of The Pantheon. Indeed, deceit and obscurity are his trade, traits which have birthed the misconception that Peros is malevolent in nature. However, it was his efforts that put an end to the Battle for Divinity, and his army that saved The Pantheon itself from potential destruction, to say nothing for the world.

But not all of the gods celebrated this accomplishment. Instead, some questioned Peros’ power, or more specifically, that of his army’s. If they could stop a force that threatened to overthrow The Pantheon, what was stopping them from doing so themselves?

As a result of this uncertainty, Peros was cast out of Divinity with his children, who now make their home in a realm of darkness known as Perosia. Because of this fall from grace, Perosians are collectively referred to as a race of demons, and are one of the few races other immortal beings find truly intimidating.

As for the God of Darkness himself, no one knows his true fate for certain, though the toppled Tower of Peros has long been part of a prophecy concerning his return. Ages ago, the tower, which was said to have been crafted by Peros himself, inexplicably fell. Some believe he destroyed it in anger over being cast out, and that the tower will only rise again if and when the God of Darkness returns to Divinity.

The Elven Mother and keeper of truth. Where Peros is the most enigmatic deity, Udana is direct and suffers no lie. Discipline and revelation are major tenants of her teachings, and in fact, some believe her to be too strict. However, she rewards the faithful, and keeps the devout close.

When the first elves came to the world, it was against their creator’s wishes. Udana had warned her children that existence in the physical would mean suffering and discontent. Yet, and perhaps ironically, their curiosity driving them to know the truth set them on a path from which they could not return-their Goddess forbade any children who departed Divinity from coming home. As a result, these children grew corrupt, malicious, and eventually came to be known as Trolls.

It was this transformation that finally convinced Udana to allow more of her children to enter the physical if only to eliminate the dangers Trolls presented to the world at large. However, she did not endow them with an eternal existence in the physical, and instead, promised a reunion in Divinity through death, and only those seeking family would be allowed to remain and continue their fight.

As a result, the warriors known as Paladins were born. These elves are the protectors of good and servants of justice, their oath to Udana granting them divine abilities no other warrior can claim to possess. Yet, these abilities do not come without cost; Paladins are not allowed to bond with a mate, otherwise forfeit their power.

Though Satora abstained from creating her own divine children, she eventually became the patron goddess of the Dok’aal. Known informally as dark elves, this race was birthed of unions between Elves and Perosians, creating a strange mixture of darkness and light that formed a life of its own. But, while Peros was only mildly intrigued by this new race, Udana believed them to be abominations and cast them into the physical.

As a result, Satora promised to watch over the Dok’aal herself, claiming the attitudes of Udana and Peros were borne of an ignorance that would not be tolerated. Though this reprimand affected both deities in question, only Peros took steps to rectify his indifference by offering the Dok’aal sanctuary in the realm of darkness known as Perosia.

Sadly, sometime following the Battle for Divinity, Satora went silent. No one is certain of the reasons, but some believe the fall of Peros may be the culprit-at least in part. Age old whispers suggested the God of Darkness bore an unrequited love for Satora, prompting him to steal her away from Divinity after his condemnation to the physical. Yet other tales claim his love was returned in secret, and Satora left Divinity to find and restore Peros to his proper place.

Whatever the truth may be, the Dok’aal believe her absence, combined with Peros’ fall from Divinity, is the reason for the loss of their home in Perosia. Driven out by a power-hungry tyrant and scattered across realms, their hardships have shaken their faith, particularly in knowing Satora is now silent with no promise of ever returning.

Most of this information is “back story”, at least, at this point in the series, and whether or not it will ever play a larger role in my books is, of course, “up in the air”. But I can promise that some of this will play a minor part in Fated Fortunes, I’m just not at liberty to say to what extent! :)

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