Gods of Litania

Gods of the Light

Orr All-Father

Often called “The Creator” or "The Establisher, " Orr is considered the creator of the universe and the king and judge of gods. He is the father or creator of most of the Gods of Light and the most powerful of all the gods, whether of Light or Dark.  Orr is credited with the creation of the world of Litania, and Litania’s sister world that follow their courses around the sun.  While Orr is worshipped by the various beings of Litania, he takes only an occasional hand in the affairs of mortals.  Orr issued the two great decrees of the Godswar, naming Talan the Captain-General of the armies of the light, and forbidding any direct battle between any deities, lest the battles rend the worlds asunder.

Orr’s temples are also serve as courtrooms in many kingdoms. His clerics serve as judges and law keepers, while acolytes and lay members serve as bailiffs and court clerks.

Kontifrio

“The Mother of Women” is Orr’s wife and the goddess of home, family, and the harvest. According to Litanian theology, Kontifrio was Orr’s second creation (after the rest of the worlds), and she is the most nurturing of the gods and the mother of all Orr’s children. Her hatred for Shīgū is implacable.  Kontifrio has temples in all lands where the light holds sway.  She is said to have her attention on all births in the lands of light.

Her priests and priestesses tend to the needs of the common folk, performing various ceremonies such as marriages, blessings of new homes, blessings of the fields, and others.  While they do occasionally take the adventurer’s road, it is rare, and only with the blessings of the temple’s elders.

Isvaria

“The Lady of Remembrance” (also called “The Slayer”) is the first child of Orr and Kontifrio. She is the goddess of needful death and the completion of life and rules the House of the Dead, where she keeps the Scroll of the Dead. Somewhat to her mother’s dismay, she is also Hirahim’s lover. The third most powerful of the Gods of Light, she is the special enemy of Krahana, due to Krahana’s domain over undeath.  

Isvaria’s clerics are not feared by the populace, but rather are seen as the comforters of the dying and bereaved.  They handle funerals, as well as providing hospice care for the elderly, or those with deadly illnesses.

Cayden Cailean

Cayden Cailean holds the distinction of being the only mortal ever raised to godhood.

Cayden grew up in the Empire of Chelliax, as the son of a slave. Cayden grew to despise slavery, firmly believing that all men should be free to pursue their own fates. At the age of 19, he managed to stage a break from the slave camp where he was kept, taking two dozen other slaves with him to freedom. He escaped Chelliax, but bore a hatred for slavery and slavers ever since. For years, he made his way as a sellsword, hiring his blade for causes he held as important.

To be continued…

Talan

Talan, the third child of Orr and Kontifrio, is Chesmirsa’s older twin brother and second only to Orr himself in power. He is known by many names-"Sword of Light, " "Scale Balancer, " “Lord of Battle,” and “Judge of Princes” to list but four-and has been entrusted by his father with the task of overseeing the balance of the Scales of Orr. He is also captain general of the Gods of Light and the foremost enemy of all the Dark Gods (indeed, it was he who cast Phrobus down when Phrobus first rebelled against his father). His symbol is a crossed sword and spiked mace.

Chesmirsa

“The Singer of Light” is the fourth child of Orr and Kontifrio and the younger twin sister of Talan, the war god. Chesmirsa is the goddess of bards, poetry, music and art. She is very fond of mortals and has a mischievous sense of humor. Her symbol is the harp.

Korthrala

Called “Sea Spume” and "Foam Beard, " Korthrala is the fifth child of Orr and Kontifrio. He is the god of the sea but also of love, hate, and passion. He is a very powerful god, if not over-blessed with wisdom, and is very fond of mortals. His symbol is the net and trident.

Chemalka

“The Lady of the Storm” is the sixth child of Orr and Kontifrio. She is the goddess of weather, good and bad, and has little to do with mortals, although many mortals try to placate her. Her symbol is the sun seen through clouds.

Torframos

Known as “Stone Beard” and "Lord of Earthquakes, " Torframos is the eighth child of Orr and Kontifrio. He is the lord of the Earth, the keeper of the deep places and special patron of engineers and those who delve, and is especially revered by dwarves. His symbol is the miner’s pick.

Norfram

The “Lord of Chance” is Orr and Kontifrio’s ninth child and the god of fortune, good and bad. His symbol is the infinity sign.

Semkirk

Known as "The Watcher, " Semkirk is the tenth child of Orr and Kontifrio. He is the god of wisdom and mental and physical discipline and, before The Fall of Kontovar, was the god of white wizardry. Since the Fall, he has become the special patron of mages who follow the path of light. He is a particularly deadly enemy of Carnadosa, the goddess of black wizardry. His symbol is a simple wooden wand.

Lillinara

Known as “Friend of Women” and "The Silver Lady, " Lillinara is Orr and Kontifrio’s eleventh child, the goddess of the moon and women. She is one of the more complex deities, and extremely focused. She is appealed to by young women and maidens in her persona as the Maid and by mature women and mothers in her persona as the Mother. As avenger, she manifests as the Crone, who also comforts the dying. She dislikes Hirahim Lightfoot intensely, but she hates Shīgū (as the essential perversion of all womankind) with every fiber of her being. Her symbol is the triple moon and pentacle.

Toragan

“The Huntsman, " also called "Woodhelm, " is the thirteenth child of Orr and Kontifrio and the god of nature. Forests are especially sacred to him, and he has a reputation for punishing those who hunt needlessly or cruelly. His symbol is an oak tree with the roots entwined in knotwork.

Silendros

The thirteenth and final child of Orr and Kontifrio, Silendros (called “Jewel of the Heavens”) is the goddess of stars and the night. She is greatly reverenced by jewel smiths, who see their art as an attempt to capture the beauty of her heavens in the work of their hands, but generally has little to do with mortals. Her symbol is a silver six-pointed star.

Hirahim Lightfoot

Known as “The Laughing God” and “The Great Seducer,” Hirahim is something of a rogue element among the Gods of Light. He is the only one of them who is not related to Orr (no one seems certain where he came from, though he acknowledges Orr’s authority… as much as he does anyone’s) and he is the true prankster of the gods. He is the god of merchants, thieves, and dancers, but he is also known as the god of seductions, as he has a terrible weakness for attractive female mortals (or goddesses). His symbol is a stylized man playing a flute.

Sorbus

Known as "Iron Bender, " Sorbus is the smith of the gods. He is a prolific inventor, revered by gnomes for his creativity and passion for gadgetry.  He is also the product of history’s greatest seduction (that of Kontifrio by Hirahim – a “prank” Kontifrio has never quite forgiven), yet he is the most stolid and dependable of all the gods, and Orr accepts him as his own son. His symbol is a clockwork heart.

Gods of the Dark

Phrobus

Called “Father of Evil” and "Lord of Deceit, " Phrobus is the seventh child of Orr and Kontifrio, which explains why seven is considered the unlucky number in Litania. No one recalls his original name; “Phrobus” (“Truth Bender”) was given to him by Talan when he cast Phrobus down for his treacherous attempt to wrest rulership from Orr. Following that defeat, Phrobus turned openly to the Dark and became, in fact, the opening wedge by which evil first entered Litania. He is the most powerful of the gods of Light or Dark after Talan, and the hatred between him and Talan is unthinkably bitter, but Phrobus fears his brother worse than death itself. His symbol is a flame-eyed skull within a circle of ten tears.

Shīgū

Called "The Twisted One, " "Queen of Hell, " and "Mother of Madness, " Shīgū is the wife of Phrobus. No one knows exactly where she came from, but most believe she was, in fact, a powerful demoness raised to godhood by Phrobus when he sought a mate to breed up his own pantheon to oppose that of his father. Her power is deep but subtle, her cruelty and malice are bottomless, and her favored weapon is madness. She is even more hated, loathed, and feared by mortals than Phrobus, and her worship is punishable by death in all Litanian realms. Her symbol is a skull within a chaos star.

Fiendark

The first-born child of Phrobus and Shīgū, Fiendark is known as "Lord of the Furies. " He is cast very much in his father’s image (though, fortunately, he is considerably less powerful) and all evil creatures owe him allegiance as Phrobus’s deputy. Unlike Phrobus, who seeks always to pervert or conquer, however, Fiendark also delights in destruction for destruction’s sake. His symbol is a sword wreathed in blue flame.

Krashnark

The second son of Phrobus and Shīgū, Krashnark is something of a disappointment to his parents. The most powerful of Phrobus’ children, Krashnark (known as “Devil Master”) is the god of devils and ambitious war. He is ruthless, merciless, and cruel, but personally courageous and possessed of a strong, personal code of honor, which makes him the only Dark God Talan actually respects. He is, unfortunately, loyal to his father, and his power and sense of honor have made him the “enforcer” of the Dark Gods. His symbol is a sword-pierced skull embraced by a serpent.

Sharnā

Called “Demonspawn” and "Lord of the Scorpion, " Sharnā is Krashnark’s younger, identical twin (a fact which pleases neither of them). Sharnā is the god of demons and the patron of assassins, the personification of cunning and deception. He is substantially less powerful than Krashnark and a total coward, and the demons who owe him allegiance hate and fear Krashnark’s more powerful devils almost as much as Sharnā hates and fears his brother. His symbol is a scorpion tail in an asymmetrical hexagon.

Krahana

“The Lady of the Damned” is the fourth child of Phrobus and Shīgū and, in most ways, the most loathsome of them all. She is noted for her hideous beauty and holds dominion over the undead (which makes her Isvaria’s most hated foe) and rules the hells to which the souls of those who have sold themselves to evil spend eternity. Her symbol is a jeweled skull.

Carnadosa

“The Lady of Wizardry” is the fifth child of Phrobus and Shīgū. She has become the goddess of black wizardry, but she herself might he considered totally amoral rather than evil for evil’s sake. She enshrines the concept of power sought by any means and at any cost to others. Her symbol is a chalice of blood.

Gods of Litania

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