The Seven Cities
Gods of Namalcia
The vast world of Erat is home to the worshipers of countless gods. In the Westlands of Namalcia, most people worship the gods described below.
God of fire, war, and violence. The nation of Aechell, in the far north of the “civilized” lands, is ruled by the God-King Aechelleth, said to be the embodiment of Aerus himself, and is devoted to the worship of The Lord of Flame. Aerus is locked in eternal struggle with the dark god of the orcs, Machan.
His symbol is a sword with a blade of flame.
The Lord of the Deeps is the old, tainted god of the ancient dwarves. His domain is the fabled Underdark, and he is associated with hopelessness, endless toil, and despair.
His symbol is an anvil in shakles.
(Comparable to Avandra)
God of travelers, exploration, luck, freedom and adventure.
His symbol is a crossroads.
The monotheistic Karystran religion worships this god of protection, knowledge and light. Karys, it is said, bound The Nemisis at the end of the Nemisis War, well over 2,000 years ago. His followers are devout, zealous, and above all despise undead, the tainted and fell creatures of all kinds. The distant nation of Karystra is ruled by the church of Karys, and temples to this popular god are becoming more and more common in the Westlands.
Followers of Karys do not believe that Karys is actually the only god, but do believe him to be the best, most good, and the ultimate and sole salvation of humanity and the other civilized races. His followers are fond of saying that the Eye of Karys sees all, and his Hand shelters all he sees. Attitudes towards other priests and religions vary from cheerful tolerance to downright hostility.
His symbol is a stylized eye with five exaggerated lashes splayed out like fingers of a hand.
(encompasses the role of the Raven Queen)
Mother, Maiden, Crone; Kellisia represents fertility, healing, love, beauty and death in equal parts. Her followers are fond of saying that the Mother sends each of us into this world with loving tears, and welcomes us each back to her bosom when our journeys are over.
Her symbol is a stylized curvaceous female figure.
The dragon queen rose to power at the very end of the last age, marking the beginning of the Blood Wars and coinciding with the rise of Machan and the Maelstrom, as well as the fall of the old Ahlvic empire. She is also called the Mother of Wyverns, and is generally depicted as an enormous green dragon with a scorpion tail.
She is associated with secrets, magic, envy, intrigue and manipulation. She was the patron deity of green dragons before they disappeared from Namalcia, and is often worshipped by goblinoids. Until The Redemption Wars, the eladrin were ruled by Khalipanofax’s sorcerer priests, who encouraged the enslavement and eventual conquest of all non-eladrin.
Those with training in the Religion skill will know that Khalipanofax is believed to have engineered the end of the last age, and in particular the schism between elves and eladrin. They will also know that around the same time as the Bloodspear war and the Blighting, the worshipers of the Dragon Queen were decimated and she became significantly less powerful, now the object of small cults and monstrous tribes rather than the patron god of entire city-states.
Her symbol is a stylized green dragon with a scorpion’s tail.
Patron god of the orcs, Machan is the dark, tainted god of war, hate and destruction. He is the General of the armies of The Nemisis, and his avatar is said to walk Erat in the form of The Maelstrom, who lords over the wasted lands north of Aechell. He is locked in eternal struggle with Aerus.
His symbol is a black sword with a blade of lightning.
(comparable to Moradin)
Also called Mother of the Deep, the patron god of the dwarves of the Blessed Lands is also the god of craftsmen, and laborers of all races.
Her symbol is an ornate hammer.
The Nemisis is the god of undeath, hate, destruction and entropy. Its power is nothingness, and its taint still poisons many places across Namalcia. Worshippers of The Nemisis are rare, as this darkest of gods was bound by Karys over 2,000 years ago at the end of the Nemisis War.
Still, worship of the Void Lord grows across the Westlands, and many say that the end of the last age was brought about by The Nemisis beginning to break the bonds of its imprisonment.
His symbol is a plain, blank black disc.
(comparable to Pelor)
Also called the King of the Gods, Ohlen represents, the Sun, light, hope and goodness. He is the patron god of the free city of Jen, also known as the City of Dawn.
His symbol is a golden sun.
Goddess of storms, chaos and prophecy, some say that the Mistress of Storms helped Khalipanofax to end the last age, and was instrumental in the fall of the ancient eladrin into darkness and, ultimately, the destruction of their culture. Others insist that the Dark Seer has already foretold the return of The Nemesis, and the ultimate end of days.
Her followers rarely gather in groups of more than three, and are often called witches.
Her symbol is a multi-colored raindrop or tear.
God of shadows, trickery, assassins and thieves.
His symbol is a pair of crossed daggers.
Goddess of the moon, wilderness, hunters, archers and beasts. Generally depicted as a beautiful woman bearing a bow, or as a great silver wolf. She is generally considered the daughter of a wolf-god from the east and Aerus’ wife, the now-dead goddess of spring. It is said that Aerus thought his wife pregnant with his child, until the babe was born, and wore the visage of a she-wolf.
Aerus, in a fit of jealousy, slew his wife and either killed or drove out the Wolf Lord with whom she’d dallied, depending on the legend. Despite the substance of the story, Sevalia is sometimes called the Daughter of Aerus. Suffice to say, Aerus and his wife’s bastard (and their respective followers) do not generally get along.
Her symbol is a wolf’s head or a bow stylized to look like a crescent moon.
(Comparable to Erathis)
God of industry, civilization, commerce, order and cities.
His symbol is a crenelated wall.