Athena – Goddess of Wisdom

 

athenaAthena – Goddess of Wisdom

  • Alignment: LG
  • Favored Weapon: Spear
  • Favored Animal: Owl
  • Symbol: Owl perched on an olive branch
  • Portfolio: Goddess of wisdom, reason, handiwork, and strategy in battle
  • Domains: Balance, Knowledge, Law, Meditation, Mentalism, Mind, Planning, War
  • Favored Race: None
  • Description: Goddess of wisdom, reason, intelligent activity, literature, handicrafts and science, defense and strategic warfare. Symbols include the owl and the olive tree. Daughter of Zeus and the Oceanid Metis, she rose from her father’s head fully grown and in full battle armor after he swallowed her mother.

Born of Zeus and Metis, Athena was born in the halls of a monastery on the shores of the sea. Unfortunately, Metis was killed during childbirth. Athena remained in the monastery and learned with the monks. The monks accepted her as one of their own and taught her the knowledge that was kept within the walls. She learned the basics of knowledge and wisdom, along with basic tactics and warfare. When she came of age, Athena was gifted with the Heart of Metis. With the heart of her mother in Athena’s possession, she was now able to realize the full potential of her heritage. She absorbed the wisdom that her mother possessed and gained access to her innate dragon form. After many decades of training, she was able to control her new abilities and tap into her newfound knowledge. She willing shared this wisdom with the other monks and recorded it in tombs that were kept deep within the monastery’s librium.

Athena joined her father’s army, reluctantly, and brought along her 10,000 Fists. She fought along side Zeus and was crucial in the planning of the Battle of Ithytos, which led to the death of the Titans Themis and Theia. Unfortunately, the battle also claimed scores of her monks. Athena mourned their deaths for 6 months before rejoining the war. However, there were only a few skirmishes that remained before Zeus, Poseidon and Hades slew Cronus and ended the Titan Wars.

After the war was over, Athena returned to her monastery to teach and has set up many many more across the lands. The remaining members of the 10,000 Fists dispersed and took up leadership positions at these monasteries.

Hermes – Messenger of the Gods

hermesHermes – Messenger of the Gods

  • Alignment: NG
  • Favored Weapon: Staff
  • Favored Animal: Ram
  • Symbol: Winged Boots
  • Portfolio: God of Travel, Mischief, Thieves, Commerce, and Language; Messenger of the Gods
  • Domains: Celerity, Commerce, Greed, Trade, Travel, Trickery, Wealth
  • Favored Race: Kitsune
  • Description: Messenger of the gods; god of commerce, thieves, eloquence and streets. Symbols include the caduceus (staff entwined with two snakes), winged sandals and cap, stork, and tortoise (whose shell he used to invent the lyre). Son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. The second-youngest Olympian, just older than Dionysus.

During the dead of night, Maia gave birth to Hermes, whos father was Zeus. Fearing the wrath of Hera, she hid Hermes in a nearby cave. There she raised the boy as a herdsman. He raised cattle and chickens and traded them in nearby towns. The boy grew much faster than normal children and soon the boy was a man. He invented the lyre from a tortoise shell and then traded that for more cattle. Soon, he had a large farm and herd that was enough to support his family. However, this was not enough for the son of Zeus. After he matured, Hermes found he had the power to shapeshift and was conscripted into his father’s army.

He held the position of messenger and would carry messages and communications between the armies. To help in this task, Hephestus crafted a pair of winged boots that would allow him to move faster than any bird.

A young Aphrodite caught the eye of Hermes and he pursued her. At first she rebuffed his advances, but eventually she gave in. The two would often shift into fox form and chase each other around the woods. After such an encounter, Hermes and Aphrodite were intimate and conceived a child. Thier child was the first of the Kitsune, of which the race was created. Unfortunately, their son was killed during the Titan Wars. With the death of thier child, the Kitsune worship Hermes, and to a lesser extent, Aphrodite.

After the Titan Wars, Hermes continued to be a messenger for the gods. He also became revered as a patron of travellers, theives and merchants. He contined to bear children, including Pan and Tyche, and continued his relationship with Aphrodite.

Followers of Hermes are, of course, Kitsune, merchants, travelers, thieves and those with a little mischievous in their hearts.

Demeter – Goddess of Agriculture and Soil

DemeterDemeter – Goddess of Agriculture and Soil

  • Alignment: NG
  • Favored Weapon: Scythe or Sickle
  • Favored Animal: Pig
  • Symbol: Cornucopia
  • Portfolio: Goddess of Agriculture and Soil
  • Domains: Cavern, Creation, Earth, Feast, Gluttony, Good, Plant
  • Favored Race: No Favored Race
  • Description: Goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature, and the seasons. Symbols include the poppy, wheat, torch, cornucopia, and pig. Middle daughter of Cronus and Rhea.

Demeter was born to Cronus and and Rhea, however, she was promptly devoured by her father after childbirth. She was freed when her brother, Hades, poisoned Cronus and caused him to disgorge her and Hestia. Demeter landed in a field of grain and was found by a farmer. The farmer raised Demeter as his own and taught her about farming and agriculture.

Hades, Zeus and Poseidon searched out Demeter and found her among the fields of grain. They convinced her that she needed to join thier fight against their father and the other Titans. She agreed and gathered an army of farmers. Her brothers laughed at her army, after comparing them to thier own. However, it was Demeter and her farmers that spread the knowledge of farming to everyone. This knowledge is what kept the other armies fed during the war.

Demeter married one of her commanders, Karmanor and bore children for him. She is also the mother of Persephone with her brother Zeus.

Her followers are generally farmers.

Apollo – God of Light and Prophecy

apolloApollo – God of Light and Prophecy

  • Alignment: NG
  • Favored Weapon: Longbow
  • Favored Animal: Wolf, Raven, Lizard
  • Symbol: Sun bathed lyre
  • Portfolio: God of the sun, archery, athleticism, prophecy, the arts, and good health
  • Domains: Celerity, Competition, Destiny, Fate, Good, Oracle, Sun
  • Favored Race: Elves
  • Description: God of light, prophecy, inspiration, poetry , music and arts, medicine and healing. Son of Zeus and Leto. Symbols include the sun, lyre, swan, and mouse. Twin brother of Artemis.

 

Apollo and his twin sister, Artemis, were both born from Leto and Zeus. Leto, fearing the wrath of Hera, gave birth to the twins on the back of an enormous turtle. Apollo was born second, with the assistance of Artemis, who was his mother’s midwife.

After Apollo was born, Hera sent the dragon Python to kill Leto. However, the young Apollo went to protect his mother. He begged Hephestus for a bow, like the one he gave to his sister Artemis. Hephestus finally gave in and crafted him a silver bow. The bow was enchanted, or cursed, with the ability to impart disease and sickness on its arrows. Apollo cornered Python in a cave and slew the dragon. Afterwhich, Apollo recevied the gift of prophecy.

Apollo had a vision of the death of Orion, companion of Artemis, and joined with her after the event. Together, with their army of elves, launched an assault on the Titans Selene and Helios. Artemis slew Selene at the same time Apollo killed Helios.

When the Titan Wars were over, Apollo received the portfolio of Prophecy, The Sun, Athleticism and The Arts. The messenger of the gods, Hermes, also gifted him with a special Lyre that was crafted from a tortoise shell. The lyre was a gift to remind Apollo of his roots. Since then, he has gathered quite a following of musicians and poets. As with the other gods, Apollo had a great number of lovers that bore multiple children. This includes taking many of the Muses as lovers.

Followers of Apollo are the Elves, athletes, philosophers, musicians and poets.

Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt

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Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt

  • Alignment: CG
  • Favored Weapon: Bow, Pike
  • Favored Animal: Boar, Bear, Deer
  • Symbol: Moon bathed bow and arrow
  • Portfolio: Goddess of the moon, archery, hunting, childbirth, and virginity
  • Domains: Animal, Chaos, Liberation, Moon, Passion, Planning, Pride
  • Favored Race: Elves
  • Description: Goddess of the hunt, virginity, archery, the moon, and all animals. Symbols include the moon, deer, hound, she-bear, boar, cypress tree, and bow and arrow. Daughter of Zeus and Leto and twin sister of Apollo.

Artemis and her twin brother, Apollo, were both born from Leto and Zeus. Leto, fearing the wrath of Hera, gave birth to the twins on the back of an enormous turtle. She was born first and then assisted in the birth of her twin brother Apollo as her mother’s midwife.

As a young child, Artemis frequently caught the wrath of his stepmother, Hera. After she was beat by her, the young child would climb into Zeus’s lap and weep. As she got older, the thrashings would subside and Artemis would amuse herself with archery. She befriended the ancient elves of the mountains and forests during her escapades and shared her knowledge with them. To this day, the elves are some of the greatest archers in the land and they have Artemis to thank for this.

She was gifted with a golden bow that was crafted by Hephestus.

Artemis made an oath to always remain a virgin when she was a child. However, may had interests in her. Only her hunting companion and commander in her army, Orion, won her heart. She led an army of elves during the Titan Wars and fought along side her father’s army. Sadly, Orion was slain by the Titan Selene. Enraged at the killing of her love, Artemis joined with Apollo’s army of elves. The twins engaged Selene and Helios. Artemis killed Selene with an arrow, crafted by Hephestus and forged from her tears.

After the Titan Wars, Artemis was bestowed with the portfolio of The Moon, Archery and Virginity. Even to this day, Artemis remains true to her oath to remain a virgin. She keeps a contingent of warriors, which she calls her Companions, that are loyal to her and have pledged to protect her with their lives.

Her followers are, of course Elves, but virgins, midwives and hunters as well.

Hera – Queen of the Gods

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Hera – Queen of the Gods

  • Alignment: CG
  • Favored Weapon: Mace
  • Favored Animal: Cow, Peacock
  • Symbol: Spread out peacock feathers
  • Portfolio: Goddess of family, marriage, and children; queen of the gods
  • Domains: Charm, Envy, Family, Healing, Law, Nobility, Protection, Retribution
  • Favored Race: Hera has no favorites
  • Description: Queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and family. Symbols include the peacock, pomegranate, cuckoo, and cow. Youngest daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Wife and sister of Zeus. Being the goddess of marriage, she frequently tried to get revenge on Zeus’ lovers and their children..

Hera was a daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She was saved from the fate of her sisters when her mother snuck away and gave her to a family of ranchers. She was raised by them, knowing who she was, but did not share this information with her until she was much older. Upon hearing of her true parentage, Hera lashed out at her adopted parents and left. She was a rebellious youth and met her brother and future husband, Zeus. The two fell in love and he courted her. Finally, Zeus proposed marriage to Hera. However, she did not say yes the first few times. Eventually, the pair married.

Hera was hesitant to support Zeus and his idea of war against their parents. She finally came around to the idea after learning of her sisters that were freed by Poseidon. She took up arms and gathered her own army of medics and healers, including Zeus’s grandson, Asclepius. She and her army would assist the wounded on the battlefield. But still, if forced to fight, Hera taught them to how to fight and they held their own.

Hera bore the children of Zeus during the war, but was angered at him for taking lovers that also bore his children. In particular, Zeus took the Leto as a lover. When she found out that Leto was pregnant by Zeus, she convinced nature spirits to prevent her from giving birth on land or island. Griefed by this, Leto searched and searched and was not able to find a place to give birth. Poseidon took pity on her and he had an enormous turtle surface for him. The turtle provided his shell as a place her Leto to give birth to the twins Apollo and Artemis.

Zeus attempted many times to deceive or distract Hera in order to complete his conquests. His servant, a nymph named Echo, was often put in the middle of these and he was instructed to be a distraction for Hera. However, she did not fall for his flattery and discovered the distraction. Echo was cursed by Hera to only repeat the words that others say. He could no longer speak his own thoughts.

After the Titan Wars, Hera continued to serve as the Goddess of Women and Family. Her portfolio that she adopted complimented this. She continues to thwart Zeus’s conquests and interfering with his lovers and their children. She and is often called upon for revenge against husbands that go stray.

Followers and clerics of Hera often preside over weddings and ceremonies. She presides over women, and jilted lovers, of all races.

Monetary System

The money system on Imrallon follows the same base 10 system that regular Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder follows.  The main difference is that Gold Pieces are generally called Denarius.  However, in less civilized portions of the world, the standard is still Gold Pieces.

  • Platinum Pieces
  • Gold Pieces — “Denarius”
  • Silver Pieces
  • Copper Pieces
Exchange Value cp sp gp pp
Copper piece (cp) 1 1/10 1/100 1/1000
Silver piece (sp) 10 1 1/10 1/100
Gold piece (gp) 100 10 1 1/10
Platinum piece (pp) 1000 100 10 1

Hades – Lord of the Underworld

HadesHades – Lord of the Underworld

  • Alignment: LE
  • Favored Weapon: Helmet
  • Favored Animal: Snake
  • Symbol: Three-headed cerebus
  • Portfolio: God of the Underworld, Death and Mortality
  • Domains: Darkness, Death, Earth, Evil, Law, Repose
  • Favored Race: Hades has no favored race as Death does not play favorites. All are equal in the eyes of Hades.
  • Description: God of the Underworld, the dead and the dying; he was born into the first Olympian generation, the elder brother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia and Demeter.

Hades is the eldest son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. During the Titan Wars, Hades fought on the side of the Titans with his armies of the Underworld. However, during the war, he watched Cronos devour his sisters Hestia and Demeter. After this event, he sought after his younger brothers Zeus and Poseidon. He offered to switch sides and fight along side them under the condition that he remain the ruler of the Underworld and that he would be free to impose his own will upon his Realm. Zeus and Poseidon agreed with the caveat that Hades free thier sisters first.

Hades agreed to this and proceeded to craft a poison from a mix of poppy seed and cyprus root. The poison would cause his father to disgorge his sisters. Immediately afterwards, Hades swooped them up and fled to be by Zeus’s side. Once he rescued them and the three brothers were together, Hades drew up a contract for the division of the cosmos for after their victory. In this contract, Zeus would rule the heavens and air, Poseidon would rule the seas and Hades would remain as lord of the Underworld. The contract went on to state that they were forbidden from taking any actions in the others respective realms. Just as the contract was agreed to and signed, Cronos struck down his eldest son and sent him back into the Underworld.

Once again, Rhea interceded on her son’s behalf. She travelled to the Underground and revived Hades. He retured to the earth with a vengeance now. His contract was validated and he joined the fight against his father and the other Titans. His army, as with the other Titans, mainly consided of other dragons and drakes. However, his daughters, the Erinyes would soon join his side as well.

During the war, Hades battled with the Titan Lapetus on multiple occasions. In their final battle, Hades in dragon form, tore the heart of Lapetus from his chest and ate it. With this act, Hades exercised his power as first born Titan to absorbed the portfolio of Mortality that Lapetus once had. This assault on Lapetus was intentional and he was targeted by Hades specifically due to this portfolio. With the control over Mortality and as Lord of the Underworld, Hades indeed had power over the dead and dying.

When the Titan Wars was over, the contract took effect. Hades became Lord of the Underworld. One of his first acts, based on actions during the war, was to construct the Veil. The Veil is a barrier between the land of the living and the dead. It prevented those that have parted from coming back. This upset Prometheus since it obstructed his Magic. In turn, he allowed Magic to bring back the dead by temporarily perforating the Veil. Although angered by this act, Hades eventually agreed and now allows this. However, he loathes the Undead and the use of them. He is in constant conflict with Hecate, the Mistress of the Undead and his occasional lover.

Followers of Hades are undertakers, dealers in dead, death cults and enemies of the Undead.