Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Deities of Kaelaross part 2

Chelmor, Lawful god of Culture, Reason and Peace
Symbol: Pale grey owl
Chelmor is popular among those who would rather have a quiet life and prefer diplomacy and compromise to violent confrontation. Many citizens and housewives follow Chelmor, as well as diplomats and those dealing with awkward people. During the Wars between the Empires, the Church of Chelmor was swelled with conscientious objectors, pacifists and those who were just tired and fed up with the violence, destruction and grief. Since the collapse of the Empires and the overrunning of land by creatures of Chaos, he has waned in popularity as townsfolk and peasants cannot negotiate with ogres, dragons or undead.

Sturnornel, Lawful goddess of agriculture, food and hard work
Symbol: Yellow Wheatsheaf
Sturnornel is the goddess of the commoner, who is more concerned about growing enough foood and earning a living than adventures or other such mischief. She is popular throughout rural communities and also among labourers and artisans in towns.
Sturnornel has become more popular in areas where food is scarce and starvation is a real danger.

Khazep, Neutral god of power, magic, knowledge and authority
Symbol: Blue Staff with pink aura
All magic users and elves have at least a passing respect for Khazep, god of magic, and many hold him as their patron deity. Khazep was especially popular in the Empire of Telthus. Khazep is not so much interested in ethical use of magic so much as ensuring that magic remains a powerful and useful tool.
Similarly with his aspect of god of authority, Khazep does not worry much about ethical use of political and social power so much as ensuring stability and effective rulership, even if it may seem harsh to subjects.
As it was magic-users who summoned Bhael into the world, the common people dislike and distrust Khazep. This is further compounded by the Wars between the Empires, where many of the rulers and generals who commanded during the wars were followers of Khazep, or at least paid respect to him, only for the end result being the total collapse of Imperial authority and much regional authority.

Nemesis, Neutral Goddess of Fate, Necessity and Death
Symbol: Black crossed scythes
Nemesis is the goddess of endings and eventuality. She is revered by those who deal with death as a natural process, as those who have grim but necessary tasks to do. Undertakers and those who work in hospices often revere her, but her worshippers sometimes clash with those of Sestarna, because of the philosophical and ethical differences over dealing with those who are seriously injured or gravely ill.

Hernas, Chaotic Goddess of Decadence and forbidden pleasures. 
Symbol: Bright red lips and protruding pink tongue
Hernas is a subtle and dangerous goddess who initially seems harmless and fun. However, she will lure her worshippers deeper into depravity and abuse. Hernas constantly mocks the lawful goddess Eldara for being too restrained and high-minded in her ideas of love and pleasure. Whores, pimps and various deviants will worship Hernas, but few monsters are interested in her.

Pelepton, Chaotic God of Ambition, Greed, Treachery and Cheating
Symbol: Purse of gold coins
Pelepton is a quintessentially sociopathic thief who seeks to take whatever he can however he can, usually by stealth and deception. His followers are similar, and include burglars, con-men, doppelgangers, corrupt politicians and crooked merchants. Cynicism, greed and deceit are the watchwords of this god of chaos. Pelepton is popular among members of the Red Hand chaos cult, as his beliefs and attitude match those of most of the leaders of the Red Hand.

See also:
Deities of Kaelaross part 1
Deities of Kaelaross part 3

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