Gods made the world. Gods sanctify marriage and oversee oaths. Gods oversee the rise and fall of nations. They are almighty, but they are distant – stories say they used to be more more actively involved in the affairs of the world, but now they only act through their mortal representatives.
The gods are organised into two major pantheons, the Gods of Light and the Gods of Darkness. Although they disagree on a lot, they are all creatures of the heavens and are generally in favour of the continued existence of the world; they disagree strongly on who should rule it and what it should be like, though. It’s almost worth thinking of them as two opposing political parties rather than anything else. They all view demons as interlopers and unwelcome beings out to destroy the world, or perhaps corrupt it into an ungovernable hellhole. Either way, demons are the enemy.
Individual clerics and paladins (and anyone else who’s religiously inclined) needs to choose which of the two pantheons they follow, but beyond that they rarely devote themselves to just one god. Some do, of course, but they are generally considered strange for doing so.
Gods of Light
- Sol Invictus, warlike sun god who opposes the undead. His priesthood take primary responsibility for death rites in New Port
- Thanatos, a secretive death god with vague ties to The Queen of Shadows
Gods of Darkness
- Tyan the Whisperer
- Tethys, Goddess of the Angry Sea
- Ikhalu, God of Murder
- Mahl, the Bloody-Eyed Widow, mother of monsters
- Afhil, the Grinning Man, God of Pain
- As-yet-unnamed goddess of Vengeance