The World of Arith
The denizens of World of Arith follow and worship many gods. Myth tells of a time when the Gods had immortal forms, but after the Dawn War which saw the defeat of the Primordials by the Gods, the Gods ascended and became something more. All of the Ascended left behind their courts, their divine children, their Demigods, Chosen and Angels to continue their work and worship.
To further confuse the will of the Ascended, two followers of the same god may have very different messages. Every Ascended has a number of aspects. For example, Bane is often worshiped by soldiers as the Great General, and several of Bane’s angels, exarchs and demigods focus on this aspect only, downplaying his aspect as God of Tyranny. In Calastan, Pelor is worshiped in his aspect of the Lawbringer, an inflexible ruler of the gods. Divine casters still receive miracles from the gods regardless of which aspect they follow. Most good and evil gods have at least one more neutral aspect.
In addition, different cultures worship the gods under different aliases. The Jendarri call Kord Thor and the dwarves call him Clangeddin. Corellon becomes Ruornil to the Arvanorans, while Gruumsh becomes Erythnul. This may be because the language of the angels, Supernal, is heard by any listeners as if spoken in their own language. Sages often wonder what the true names of the gods might be in their own language.
While sects worshiping different aspects of a god may be at each other’s throats, the differences in name doesn’t seem to cause controversy. An elf entering a shrine to Ruornil knows that the humans worship Corellon there, just as he knows that Corellon is neither elf nor human, though he may appear in either form. The list below gives the agreed upon name of each god of the pantheon, the individual links will give the god’s various aliases and go into more depth.
Recently, a new movement has spread across Arith. There are those who say the Ascended are gone or have turned their backs on mortals and that those who were left behind should be worshipped instead. Why worship an unknowable Moradin, when that Ascended bequeathed his Kingdom to Torag, his son. Torag still answers prayers and communicates with his worshippers. Worship of these New Gods is spreading. What this will mean for the future is anyone’s guess. Will worship of the New Gods replace worship of the Ascended or will worship of the Ascended ultimately win out?
The Gods are represented as Pantheons. The following lists the most prevalent pantheons in the Westlands of Arith:
- The New Arvanoran Pantheon
- The Old Arvanoran Pantheon
- The Jendarri Pantheon
- The Elven Pantheon
- The Dwarven Pantheon
- The Draconic Pantheon
The New Gods
Asmodeus is the Archdevil of Baator who seeks to overthrow the Gods, he passes on divine powers that the gods have negotiated to him for his legions’ participation in divine wars. While not a god himself, his followers gather in structures resembling churches and temples.
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