Poseidon – God the Sea

PoseidonPoseidon – God the Sea

  • Alignment: CN
  • Favored Weapon: Trident
  • Favored Animal: Dolphin, Horse
  • Symbol: Trident and Waves
  • Portfolio: God of the seas
  • Domains: Chaos, Weather, Strength, Water
  • Favored Race: Merfolk
  • Description: God of the seas, earthquakes, and tidal wave. Symbols include the horse, bull, dolphin, and trident. Middle son of Cronus and Rhea. Brother of Zeus and Hades. Married to the Nereid Amphitrite, although, like most male Greek Gods, he had many lovers.

Poseidon was born amid a field of sheep. His mother, Rhea, hid his birth from his father, Cronus, for fear that he would destroy him. This proved to be true as Rhea presented Cronus with a baby horse, in which he promptly devoured. Afterwards, Rhea gave Poseidon to a shepherd family to raise. The family lived on the island of Chourns and the ocean had always facinated Poseidon. Unlike his siblings, Poseidon knew of his parentage and knew that his father wanted him dead. He kept a low profile as to not draw the attention of the Titans and their wrath. However, it seemed that Poseidon was so intrinsically tied to the sea that he seemed to affect it. When Poseidon would be angered or upset, the sea would whip up and a storm would hit the island. Alternatively, when Poseidon was pleased or content, the seas would be fair and calm.

As he got older, Poseidon became a fisherman and would head out on the boats to catch fish for the island. Soon the other fisherman began to notice that the seas reacted to Poseidon. They began to praise him and keep him in good spirits as to keep the seas happy as well. Unfortunately, this did not always happen. One day, he was out on the boat when a storm hit. Poseidon was cast from the boat and lost at sea. His parents, the shepards that raised him, could not believe this. They knew it would take more than a small storm to kill their son. For 2 months, they walked along the shoreline and sent out bottled messages for him to return home.

Poseidon was rescued by the Nereid, a race of sea nymphs. He was so gracious for this that he betrothed the nereid Amphitrite and took her as his wife. One the two month date of his accident, Poseidon and Amphitrite left the ocean and went back home. As they walked onto the shore, they were met by his parents and other islanders. They threw a party for the new couple. The story of his accident and coming back is what caught the ear of Zeus when he was planning his war on the Titans.

Zeus approached Poseidon and proposed that he be a general in the war he was planning. Since he was still upset about the assassination attempt by his father, Poseidon joined as the General of the Seas. He gathered the Nereid and merfolk and joined in the fight against the Titans.

After the Titan War was over, Poseidon returned to Chourns and his bride. Over time, he has taken on a multitude of other lovers, both male and female. Also like his brother Zeus, he had fathered a great number of children as well. However, Amphitrite remained by his side. Rumor also suggest that she had taken on lovers during the war as well.

Followers of Poseidon are sailors, fishermen, Nereid, merfolk and those that make a living on or near the sea.

Ares – God of War

aresAres – God of War

  • Alignment: CE
  • Favored Weapon: Longspear
  • Favored Animal: Dog, Vulture
  • Symbol: Clawed spear and shield
  • Portfolio: God of war, combat, and arms
  • Domains: Chaos, Courage, Destruction, Glory, Madness, Pride, Strength, War, Wrath.
  • Favored Race: Orc
  • Description: God of war, violence, and bloodshed. Symbols include the boar, serpent, dog, vulture, spear, and shield. Son of Zeus and Hera, all the other gods (except Aphrodite) despised him. His Latin name, Mars, gave us the word “martial.

 

Ares was born from Zeus and Hera. The middle child was born during the opening of Battle of Escrutia Ridge. The armies of Zeus and Hera were enganged with the Titan Hyperion and his army of drakes. The pregnant Hera gave birth on the battlefield and Ares was born in the blood and gore of friend and foe alike. From that day on, Ares was obsessed with battle and killing. He trained and mastered, along with his sister Athena, all of the martial arts. However the two differred in thier point of view for war. While Athena studied under Zeus in matters of planning and tactics, Ares revelled in the battle itself. On the battlefield, Ares would be seen bathed in blood and charging into battle on his war chariot.

Not unlike his father, Ares had a multitude of lovers. With his sister, Aphrodite, he had twin sons Phobos and Deimos. He raised and trained them to be just as overwhelming, insatiable and destructive in battle as he was. However, due to the love of thier mother, they did not get entirely consumed as Ares did. Nonetheless, the trio of father and sons decimated thier enemies.

Ares learned that Hephestus created his dwarves to help him with his tasks and Ares sought the same for his soldiers. The army that he had needed constant replacement and he devised a way to create creatures that would breed like vermin and would have the same skill, and bloodlust, as he did. Hephestus assisted him with the forging of iron, to signify strength, that he would use in his ritual. To impart a little bit of himself, he cut off a piece of his heart. The ritual created the race of orcs and they indeed proved to be highly skilled in battle and had the insatiable bloodlust of Ares.

After the Titan Wars, the orcs remained on the world and continued to worship Ares. The other gods and goddess were concerned with the violence and evil that Ares and his orcs possessed. However, any retribution against them was tempered by the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite, Adrestia. Adrestia implored that her father and the orcs were needed to balance the scales and any attempt at retribution against either of them would result in catastrophic devastation. The argument satisfied Zeus and the others. Ares and Aphrodite were so pleased in their daughter that she was given the portfolio of Balance and made a goddess.

Followers of Ares are, of course Orcs, but also include soldiers, warriors, mercenaries and even some in military leadership.

Hephaestus – Master Craftsman, Lord of the Flame and Forge

hephestusHephaestus – Master Craftsman, Lord of the Flame and Forge

  • Alignment: LN
  • Favored Weapon: Axe, Hammer
  • Favored Animal: Fire Elemental
  • Symbol: Hammer and Anvil
  • Portfolio: God of masonry, blacksmithing, and fire and the forge
  • Domains: Artifice, Craft, Creation, Fire, Metal
  • Description: Master blacksmith and craftsman of the gods; god of fire and the forge. Symbols include fire, anvil, axe, donkey, hammer, tongs, and quail. Son of Hera and Zeus. Married to Aphrodite, though unlike most divine husbands, he was rarely ever licentious. His Latin name, Vulcan, gave us the word “volcano.”

Hephestus was conscripted into the Titan Wars by his parents Zeus and Hera. As a young man, he spent his time in the forges perfecting his trade. Eventually, his knowledge and skill exceeded that of his mentors. The items he crafted were in high demand and became legendary. He was approached by his father and uncles, Poseidon and Hades and tasked with creating weapons for them.

For his father, Zeus, he crafted the Lightning Bolt.
For his uncle, Poseidon, he crafted the Trident.
For his uncle, Hades, he crafted the Helm of Darkness.

After he was completed with these tasks, Zeus asked him to create the weapons for the rest of the armies. This was a monumental task that not even the Lord of the Forge could accomplish alone. Hephestus secluded himself to his forge at Mount Blackrock. He gathered blocks of granite from the mountain and created the Dwarves.

He imbued his children with the skill and knowledge of the forge. With their help, Hephestus was able to craft all the weapons, armor and other items for the armies.

After the Titan Wars were over, Hephestus took his place among the pantheon as the Lord of the Forge. Soon after, Hephestus was working in his forge when Athena approached him. She wanted him to make some weapons for her. However, Hephestus was overcome with lust for her. She rebuffed his advances and left the workshop. However, she went to her father, Zeus, and advised of what had happened. Angered by the incident, Zeus struck down Hephestus into the sea and stripped him of his status.

The dwarves that he created were the ones that rescued him. They pulled him from the sea and into their mountain fortress deep within Mount Blackrock. Now it was Hera’s turn to be angry for seeing her son cast into the sea. She enlisted the help of Dionysis to help him regain his domain. Hera and Dionysis tricked Zeus into releasing the portfolio, where they immediately bestowed it up Hephestus again.

Even though he has regained his status, the act of his father left him scarred. His right leg was permanently broken and deformed. He isolated himself with his dwarves. However, he still continued to craft items for the other gods and goddesses, but never again for his father.

Zeus – General of the Armies of the North, Leader of the First Twelve, Lord of Thunder

zeusZeus – General of the Armies of the North, Leader of the First Twelve, Lord of Thunder

  • Alignment: NE
  • Favored Weapon: Greatsword
  • Favored Animal: Eagle
  • Symbol: Lightning bolt
  • Portfolio: God of the sky, weather, and lightning; king of the gods
  • Domains: Air, Charm, Glory, Law, Nobility, Pride, Sky, Strength, Weather.
  • Favored Race: Humans
  • Description: King of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus; god of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order, justice. Youngest child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. Symbols include the thunderbolt, eagle, oak tree, scepter, and scales. Brother and husband of Hera, although he had many lovers, also brother of Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia.
  • Followers: A majority of the followers of Zeus are the humans of the lands. He is revered my soldiers of the legions as “The First General”, as well as leaders and military tacticians.

 

Zeus was the youngest son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. However, he was tossed to the other mortals, as with the other children of Titans, to live among the mortals. He was raised by an aristocratic family that taught him the skills of a leader, orator and military tactics. As he got older, he learned of his true parents and was outraged. He sought to usurp them and started to make the plans. He learned of his brothers Poseidon and Hades, and his sisters Hera and Demeter. The five of them led the rebellion that was called the Titan Wars. The Wars lasted nearly a century and the siblings grew in power and took on lovers, many of whom bore him children. Some major ones, and no where near a complete list.

  • Zeus married his sister Hera. She gave birth to Ares and Hephestus
  • Zeus’s lover, Metis, gave birth to Athena.
  • Zeus’s lover, Leto, gave birth to the twins Artemis and Apollo
  • Zeus’s lover, Dione, gave birth to Aphrodite
  • Zeus’s lover, Maia, gave birth to Hermes

As his children came to power, Zeus recruited them for service in his war with the Titans. Each of them taking up legions of soldiers to command.

As the Titan War raged on, Zeus emplored the assistance of the Titan Promethius to assist him. The spy passed intelligence to the General as needed. When it came to the attention of Promethius that the other Titans have the use of Magic and shared it amongst themselves, he took that secret to Zeus as well. With this knowledge, he worked with Prometheus to distribute the Magic to the world. With Magic now spread, the General was able to defeat the Titans and end the war.

After the war ended, Zeus and the others were granted godhood status. They First Twelve elected Zeus as their leader. With his new found status and power, he granted godhood status to the Titan Prometheus for his assistance in the war. Prometheus was given the domain of Magic and given his own edicts.

Prometheus — The Keeper of Magic

Prometheus — The Keeper of Magic

  • Alignment: N
  • Favored Weapon: Spell
  • Favored Animal: Rabbit
  • Symbol: A rune covered Crystal Staff
  • Portfolio: God of Magic
  • Domains: Knowledge, Magic, Rune, Spell
  • Favored Race: Gnomes
  • Description: Prometheus was granted godhood as the God of Magic by Zeus for stealing the gift of Magic from the other Titans during the Titan Wars. His domain is primarily magic and therefore is kept separate from the other portfolios. Zeus dictated that Prometheus will put Magic above all else. Prometheus took this to heart and all his actions and edicts are “Magic first”.
  • FollowersFollowers of Prometheus would mostly be mages and those who practice Magic. However, he also has followers that are sages, storytellers and those in the pursuit of knowledge.

Prometheus was a leader of a division of Titan soldiers during the Titan Wars. However, he was getting increasingly disillusioned with the Titan leadership. Cronus, Pontus, and Thanatos were withholding the use of Magic from the rest of the Titans. Finally deciding to defect to the other side, he hatched a plot to steal the Magic and would provide it to the other side. However, he wanted to ensure that Zeus and his cohorts would not just hoard it themselves.

One night, he shifted out of his dragon form and took the form of a rabbit. The little cottontail hopped into Zeus’s camp and into his command tent. Zeus was there with his advisors when the rabbit hopped onto the table before them. He proceeded to tell them his plan and his stipulations. Zeus agreed to the his terms and Prometheus left. Once out of the camp, he shifted back into his natural dragon form and flew back to his camp.

Late one night, Prometheus went into the cave where the Magic was. The Crystal Cave, as it came to be known, was covered in crystals. The floors, walls and ceiling were covered in fine, clear, smooth crystals. In various spots, there were stalagmites and stalactites also covered in crystals. These crystals were what held the power of Magic. Cronus was the first to discover this cave and harnessed the power and now Prometheus was going to steal it away.

In the center of the cave, there was a giant nest of crystals. Prometheus stole a handful of these and fled the cave. Only a few were needed for the ritual to unleash them and bestow the power of Magic. He flew out to the camp of Zeus, but unfortunately, he was caught. The everwatchful eye of Nix say the Titan enter and leave the cave with the crystals and followed him. Appalled at the betrayal, Nix reported the betrayal to the other Titans.

The trio of Cronus, Pontus, Thanatos along with Nix assaulted Zeus camp in retaliation. Prometheus was still there and joined the fight on the side of Zeus. While the legion held off the Titans, Zeus and Prometheus performed the ritual to unbind the crystals. However, Zeus was not going to absorb the power as Prometheus had thought. Zeus unleashed the power of Magic upon the world. Pleased with the decision Zeus had made, Prometheus declared his loyalty to him.

The battle lasted for days and in the end, several of Zeus’s legion were dead, including some of his commanders. However, it also resulted in the death of both Pontus and Thanatos.

After the Titan War was won and Zeus became a God, he declared Prometheus to be the Keeper of Magic and granted him godhood as well. Now as a god, he works to spread and protect and spread the practice of Magic. He instructs his followers that Magic is to be used wisely and protected at all times.

The Founding of Alyrgos

Alyrgos was a man that built a reputation on defeating the local brigands and thieves. After they were defeated, he founded the town, which bears his name, along the shores of the Peloe River. The river flowed out of the nearby foothills, which provided ample farmland and defense. The town started out as just a few buildings, but Alyrgos needed to get more people in order to establish a proper settlement.

To help fill the ranks of the town, he invited anyone that needed a place to live to take up residence there. This, of course, brought out the worst of society. The theives, the debtors, the destitute and the downtrodden. The few buildings started to grow into a larger town and a settlement was formed.

Alyrgos established how the settlement would be ruled and set up the defense force. The first legion was made up of townfolk, but the soldiers had to provide their own gear, so a majority of the legion was made up of the more affluent individuals. Regardless of their social status, the legion was committed to the defense of Alyrgos.

Alyrgos stood as he watched the town that bears his name grow. Unfortunately, he also seen a giant issue. As he strolled about town, he noticed that almost everyone of the townsfolk was a male. His dream was going to die out in one generation. He travelled around to the other nearby settlements, requesting assistance with his issue. He offered trade deals to allow the womenfolk to marry Alyrgosians. However, the reputation of the men has been spread far and wide. The other townfolk wanted nothing to do with the men of Alyrgos.

He needed to do something, so he decided to hatch a plan and throw a party. Alyrgos planned to abduct the women during a festival of Neptune Equester. When given the signal, they grabbed all the woman they could catch and fought off anyone that got in their way. These women were convinced by Alyrgos to accept Alyrgosian husbands. He spoke to each of them and promised them free choice, civic and property rights and they would be joined in lawful wedlock. He went on to convince them that this was done to the benefit of their fathers. The women accepted and became Alyrgosian wives.

This, of course, led to several skirmishes between the Alyrgosian forces and nearby settlements. Eventually, war was declared on the Alyrgosians. The invading forces over took the settlement and occupied the the Citadel, in the center of town. Alyrgos rallied his forces and attacked the Citadel. However, before the fighting got to bloody, the woman of Alyrgos stepped in. The woman threw themselves inbetween their husbands and fathers. They convinced the fighting to stop and brokered peace between the two forces.

In the end, some of the families of the Alyrgosian woman decided to move and join them in Alyrgos. This swelled the population and Alyrgos included them in the First Senate. He kept his promise to the women and they were given all that they were promised.

~Gaelan Milonas

Arrival of the First Twelve

In the beginning, there was Chaos. Out of Chaos, came Gaia, Tartarus, and Aether, along with the twins Erebus and Nix. With them, the birth of the land, underworld, heavens, light and day. From there came the creation of Titans. The Titans gave birth to offspring that would become the First Twelve. The First Twelve would rise up against the Titans, in what would be known as, the Titan Wars.

It was during these Titan Wars that the First Twelve would become Gods and Goddesses. The Titan Wars were won with the discovery of Magic that was provided to the world by the General Zeus. Zeus was given this gift by the Titan Prometheus, who stole it from Cronus. After unleashing Magic up on the world, the Generals were able to defeat the Titans. After which, they were each granted a portfolio and became gods themselves.

The First Twelve went on to rule from the heavens, each setting their own domains and gathering followers. Furthermore, they procreated with the mortals of the lands. That, however, is another story to be told.

~Gaelan Milonas

Imrallon’s Lesser Pantheon

Presented here is a small, but not complete, list of the Lesser Pantheon of Imrallon. There is going to be a distinct difference between lesser deities, primordial deities, demi-gods and titans. More on those to come. Again, like with the Greater Pantheon post, these are just “mechanics” for the pantheon.

Hecate (Trivia)

  • Alignment: CE
  • Favored Weapon: Dagger
  • Favored Animal: Dog
  • Symbol: Paired torches, dogs, serpents, keys, polecat, and daggers
  • Portfolio: Goddess of witchcraft and evil
  • Domains: Chaos, Decay, Domination, Evil, Hatred, Madness, Magic, Pestilence, Spell, Suffering, Wrath
  • Description: A beautiful and powerful goddess in her own right, the Greek goddess Hecate was the only one of the ancient Titans who Zeus allowed to retain their authority once the Olympians seized control. Zeus shared with Hecate, and only her, the awesome power of giving humanity anything she wished (or withholding it if she pleased).

    Usually classified as a “moon goddess”, her kingdoms were actually three-fold . . . the earth, sea, and sky. Having the power to create or withhold storms undoubtedly played a role in making her the goddess who was the protector of shepherds and sailors. Cousin of Artemis.

Janus (Janus)

  • Alignment: N
  • Favored Weapon: Morningstar
  • Favored Animal: Cat
  • Symbol: Two faces
  • Portfolio: God of doorways, beginnings and ends, and decisions
  • Domains: Balance, Destiny, Fate, Portal, Travel
  • Description: Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus.

Asclepius (Vejovis)

  • Alignment: N
  • Favored Weapon: Staff
  • Favored Animal: Snake
  • Symbol: Serpent-entwined staff
  • Portfolio: God of medicine and healing
  • Domains: Good, Healing, Knowledge, Protection
  • Description: The god of medicine and healing. He represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia (“Health”), Iaso (“Medicine”), Aceso (“Healing”), Aglæa/Ægle (“Healthy Glow”), and Panacea (“Universal Remedy”). He is the son of Apollo and Coronis

Pan (Faunus)

  • Alignment: CG
  • Favored Weapon: Pan Flute
  • Favored Animal: Goat
  • Symbol: Pan Flute
  • Portfolio: God of nature and wild beasts
  • Domains: Animal, Chaos, Good, Liberation, Plant, Scalykind, Spider
  • Description: Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr.

 

Imrallon’s Greater Pantheon

Since I am building this world with the feeling of ancient Greek / Roman civilizations, then why not use their Pantheon as well and presented below. Please note that this is just a breakdown of the “mechanical” Pantheon. The name of the deity is presented with both counterparts – Greek (Roman) More to come as to their stories as they will likely differ from Mythology.

Zeus (Jupiter)

  • Alignment: LG
  • Favored Weapon: Greatsword
  • Favored Animal: Eagle
  • Symbol: Lightning bolt
  • Portfolio: God of the sky, weather, order, and lightning; king of the gods
  • Domains: Air, Balance, Charm, Glory, Law, Nobility, Pride, Sky, Strength, Weather.
  • Description: King of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus; god of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order, justice. Youngest child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. Symbols include the thunderbolt, eagle, oak tree, scepter, and scales. Brother and husband of Hera, although he had many lovers, also brother of Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia

Hera (Juno)

  • 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, Community, Envy, Family, Healing, Law, Nobility, Protection
  • 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.

Poseidon (Neptune)

  • Alignment: CN
  • Favored Weapon: Trident
  • Favored Animal: Dolphin, Horse
  • Symbol: Trident and Waves
  • Porfolio: God of the seas
  • Domains: Chaos, Weather, Strength, Water
  • Description: God of the seas, earthquakes, and tidal wave. Symbols include the horse, bull, dolphin, and trident. Middle son of Cronus and Rhea. Brother of Zeus and Hades. Married to the Nereid Amphitrite, although, like most male Greek Gods, he had many lovers.

Demeter (Ceres)

  • Alignment: NG
  • Favored Weapon: Scythe
  • Favored Animal: Pig
  • Symbol: Cornucopia
  • Portfolio: Goddess of agriculture and soil
  • Domains: Cavern, Creation, Earth, Feast, Gluttony, Good, Plant
  • Description: Goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature, and the seasons. Symbols include the poppy, wheat, torch, cornucopia, and pig. Middle daughter of Cronus and Rhea.

Athena (Minerva)

  • Alignment: LG
  • Favored Weapon: Spear
  • Favored Animal: Owl
  • Symbol: Owl perched on an olive branch
  • Porfolio: Goddess of wisdom, reason, handiwork, and strategy in battle
  • Domains: Artifice, Balance, City, Knowledge, Law, Meditation, Mentalism, Mind, Planning, War.
  • 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.

Apollo (Apollo)

  • 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, Healing, Oracle, Sun
  • 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.

Artemis (Diana)

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

Ares (Mars)

  • Alignment: CE
  • Favored Weapon: Longspear
  • Favored Animal: Dog, Vulture
  • Symbol: Clawed spear and shield
  • Portfolio: God of war, combat, and arms
  • Domains: Chaos, Courage, Destruction, Glory, Madness, Pride, Strength, War, Wrath.
  • Description: God of war, violence, and bloodshed. Symbols include the boar, serpent, dog, vulture, spear, and shield. Son of Zeus and Hera, all the other gods (except Aphrodite) despised him. His Latin name, Mars, gave us the word “martial.”

Aphrodite (Venus)

  • Alignment: CG
  • Favored Weapon: Girdle (?)
  • Favored Animal: Dove
  • Symbol: Dove and Rose
  • Portfolio: Goddess of beauty, lust, and love.
  • Domains: Chaos, Charm, Envy, Good, Lust, Passion
  • Description: Goddess of love, beauty, and desire. Symbols include the dove, bird, apple, bee, swan, myrtle, and rose. Daughter of Zeus and the Oceanid Dione, or perhaps born from the sea foam after Uranus’ semen dripped into the sea after being castrated by his youngest son, Cronus, who then threw his father’s genitals into the sea. Married to Hephaestus, although she had many adulterous affairs, most notably with Ares. Her name gave us the word “aphrodisiac”, while her Latin name, Venus, gave us the word “venereal”.

Hephaestus (Vulcan)

  • Alignment: LN
  • Favored Weapon: Axe, Hammer
  • Favored Animal: Fire Elemental
  • Symbol: Hammer and Anvil
  • Portfolio: God of masonry, blacksmithing, and fire
  • Domains: Artifice, City, Craft, Creation, Fire, Metal
  • Description: Master blacksmith and craftsman of the gods; god of fire and the forge. Symbols include fire, anvil, axe, donkey, hammer, tongs, and quail. Son of Hera, either by Zeus or alone. Married to Aphrodite, though unlike most divine husbands, he was rarely ever licentious. His Latin name, Vulcan, gave us the word “volcano.”

Hermes (Mercury)

  • 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: Air, Celerity, Chaos, Commerce, Greed, Luck, Rune, Trade, Travel, Trickery, Wealth
  • 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.

Hades (Pluto)

  • Alignment: LE
  • Favored Weapon: Helmet
  • Favored Animal: Cerebus
  • Symbol: Three-headed cerebus
  • Portfolio: God of the underworld, death, the undead, and forbidden riches
  • Domains: Darkness, Death, Decay, Greed, Law, Necromancy, Pestilence, Shadow, Undeath
  • Description: God of the Underworld, dead and the riches under the Earth; he was born into the first Olympian generation, the elder brother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, and Demeter, and younger brother of Hestia, but as he lives in the Underworld rather than on Mount Olympus, he is typically not included amongst the twelve Olympians.

 

Empire of Bracara

Bracara

A regional map of the Empire of Bracara. Currently, the city-state of Magador has been overthrown by a military coup and succeeded from the Empire. The region is embroiled in tensions between the barbaric Legion of Blood and Stone to the north and the bloodthirsty militants of the Venusian Empire to the south. Everyone is bracing for a war that will shake the region to its core.