Monday, July 1, 2013

Secrets of Desylinn: The Divine Index (Part 2)

Nhoj: (“The Apathetic King”, “Lorekeeper”, “The Unmaker”): One of the Firstborn of Chaos. He is the God of Knowledge and the Chaosgate of Void, Husband of Ssita, Father of Bahu and Tiala. Usually portrayed as being covered in armored scales, he has a massive spiked tail on which he impales his stray thoughts. The large ram's horns on his head twist and turn, each one inscribed with the most terrible of the Lorekeeper's secrets . He has six wings: two of a dragon, two of a giant bird, and two made of branches and leaves, though all of them have been known to change at random. His eyes burn with the hungry nothingness of the void and his own insatiable curiosity. As the Chaosgate of Void, he regulates the return of Ordered energies back to Chaos energies. During the First War he and Mar knocked over the Oldest’s stew pot and created the mortal plane. He cast Mar’ies out of the Realm of the Gods for the death of the Nameless One, and tore the young god Derrick apart. Using his ancient and terrible knowledge he crafted the Seal. He is the patron god of the Library. Some say creatures bound to him still live in the Blackfire Mountains, but those who have dared that place are unable or unwilling to confirm this long held rumor.

The Oldest: (“The Grand Stewmaker”, “The First”, “The Cooker of Men”) One of the Firstborn of Chaos. He is the god of Time and Fate. He is the Father of Mar, and the Husband of Daras. He appears as an impossibly old man sitting naked on the back of a turtle. A cloud of three-eyed ravens flies above his head. In his lap is a massive stewpot, within which is the Stew of Fate. As the first born of Chaos he is merely called the Oldest as there is none with the right to name him. The Oldest's powers are often nebulous. While he doesn't dictate the actions of men or gods, there is a specific plan for the Stew. He merely sets things into motion and then lets the flavors mix and combine in new and interesting ways.

Omoshiroi Renga: (“Slayer of Tyrants”) God of Justice and Destiny: One of the Five Glorious Transcendants. As a mortal he worked as a bodyguard for a young elven lord whom he loved as if he was his own. In a less-than-subtle political ploy, the young lord was assassinated. Renga ended up brutally slaughtering the assassin and several of the young lord's servants in his blind fury. He swore that he would make it right and bring Justice to those responsible for this crime. The trail lead him to Empress Arcadia herself. But knowing that he must keep his promise, Renga swore to kill the leader of the empire for her crimes. It was then that Daras came and reforged his shattered swords into the Claw of the Just and the Sword of the Dragon at War. They allowed him to unlock his full potential. In the final moments of his battle with Arcadia he was able to unlock his divinity, as was his destiny. Indeed, with him the concept of Destiny itself was unlocked. His ties to Daras remain deep, and he can even manifest as she does to those who are destined.

Ssita: (“Breath of the World”, “Goddess of the Infinite Sky”): One of the Firstborn of Chaos. She is the Goddess of the Sky, Wife of Nhoj, and the Mother of Bahu and Tiala. She has the top half of a woman and the bottom half of a long draconic serpent. She has six feathery wings sprouting from her back. She has three eyes: the sun, the moon, and a sandstorm. As the Chaosgate of Creation, she is the source of all magic and matter in the universe. She created the lash-ti-nowish when she sighed across the sand of the Dragon Sands. She was the one who devised the idea of the Seal against the gods. With the help of Daras and Nhoj she put forth the plan that destroyed the Marian Empire.

Talasia: (“The Glorious Strategist”, “Who Lied with the Truth”). Goddess of Secrets and Revolution. One of the Five Glorious Transcendants. She was a seeress of Ishari who escaped from the Imperial Capitol. Her divine task was to set in the motion the rest of the Five, and lift the centuries-old spell that had put the dragons to sleep. She is partly responsible for the Transcension of Badblood, because she told her that her line would end with her. While a true statement, she didn’t explain that this was because of her orc/elven ancestry. After the Fall of the Empire she devoted herself to seeking out the secrets of the Seal, and of the other Five's Transcensions. This knowledge and the secrets she gathered lead to her own transformation into a Goddess. Talasia is connected to the Oldest.

Tiala: (“Queen of the Boundless Sea”, “Flesh Crafter”): The Goddess of the Sea, Wife of Bahu, Mother of the Dragons, Ishari, Tlal, and Daikado. She shaped the valleys of the continent and the shapes of the southern islands. When she first gave birth to the dragons she cleared the water from what came to be the Dragon Sands to create a birthing bed. Her afterbirth and the shards of the dragons eggs left the sands permanently colored. She shaped the forms of the dwarves from stone and metal ore and gave them to her husband, who brought them to life. Beneath the waters she is one of the most commonly worshiped by the strange creatures there, though above the waters it is only sailors and the most devoted of dwarves that honor her.

Tlal: (“Lord Stormcloud”, “The Crackling Dragon”): He is the God of the Angry Heavens, and younger brother of Ishari. When he was born he and his brother Daikado began their war. They were so loud that they distracted their older sister after she had given birth to the Nameless One. Such was her distraction that she could not protect her nameless child from Mar'ies. Like his brother, Tlal is frozen in place by the Seal. He lives on the southern pole at the center of a continent made from a solidified hurricane. His worshipers believe that one day he shall tear his prison asunder and punish the world with endless storms.

The Unbroken: (“The One Mind”, “The Over Golem”):Not a true God but a powerful force within the world. In the first years of the Empire the Imperial Guard were slowly transformed into automatons powered by the warriors' souls. When Bjord's song freed the golems from Arcadia's control those spirits reached out and found each other. Freed from containment but still connected to their bodies, these spirits formed a network of spiritual connections. This melding of spirits was the beginning of the Unbroken. Now any two Shards can create a fragment of the Unbroken but once a year all of the Shards will open their souls to create the fullest experience of it. It is then that many of the golems will seek guidance as to their place in the universe and their role in society. The Unbroken's existence was spared by Nhoj from Daras, who wanted to reclaim what was hers. Because of this, the Shards cannot see the manifestations of Daras and her worshipers are forbidden from touching them.

Wargog: (“The Kindred Father”). God of War and Dance. One of the Five Glorious Transcendants: Born into slavery under the elves as a young minotaur he was able to escape by traveling into the Blackfire Mountains. His strategic mind and personal strength are thought by many to have been enhanced by the strange magics there. He founded a band of rebels called the Blackfire Brothers, of which he was the sole survivor. He was renowned for his fighting style, the Dance of the Heavens, a terrifying dance of destruction that worked well against large numbers. He received the blessing of Ssita in the form of the Great Axe of the Heavens: a weapon without equal. His task was to gather the slaves under a single banner and lead them against the Empire. He was the one who spared the Library from the rampaging horde of the Kindred when they sacked the city. There is a designated shrine to him within the walls of that place. He is connected to Ssita.

The Wild Ones: Born from the three pieces of Derrick. They are regarded by many as one deity. They are changeling gods and have no set appearance or gender. They created the gren in mockery of the elves, who refused to play with them. They are known to change shape into the forms of mortals as a way of bypassing the prohibitions of the Seal, and they typically travel together. They are at their most powerful when they are together, though they are known to spend time apart. Sometime they set up small cults to themselves or their siblings.
-Shala- The Wild One of Beauty. Is concerned with vanity, physical beauty, inner beauty, natural beauty, and unnatural beauty.
-Daros- The Wild One of Desire. Is concerned with wishes, hunger, and physical desire. No known children.
-Kurro- The Wild One of Passion. Is concerned with love, hate, lust, rage, rancor, and all other things of that particular nature.