The pantheon of Ionerth is made up of a variety of deities worshiped by the various races of the world. A deity is a being of incredible power that influences some aspect of mortal existence, often spelled out in the god’s portfolio. There is a distinct difference between the old gods and the new gods in terms of interactions with their worshipers and power.
The gods are said to have been created by the nameless Power who is said to have been the brother of Zyhdar and father of the Elemental lords. After the gods creation the Power disappeared and has not been witnessed since. The new deities spent time fighting over the various portfolios and eventually structured themselves into the pantheon seen today with each god or goddess choosing that portfolio which they were best suited for.
Most of the gods make their homes in the Divine Realm, a world mirroring the planet of Ionerth. The elemental lords, Zyhdar, and Calenzod inhabit separate planes of existence due to the nature of their existence, the lords residing in the elemental plane, Zyhdar inhabiting the wilds of Ionerth, and Calenzod residing in the last of the Hells. The rest of the gods of the multiverse inhabit the different lands of the Divine Realm and each god’s chunk of the world morphs to fit that gods nature. The gods of good find themselves in a never ending conflict with the gods of evil with the neutral gods drifting from one side to the other as the balance of power changes.
It is widely accepted that the gods created mortals for the purpose of worshiping them and each god gains power primarily for the prayers of mortals. The exceptions to this rule are Zyhdar and the Elemental lords whose power existed long before mortals inhabited Ionerth. The deities who desire the worship of mortals have temples constructed in their honor and select priests to serve as their voices to their worshipers. The titles and habits of these priests vary with the god as does temple styles and locations.
Human Gods (The Nine):
The human gods are the most widespread of the deities due to the human domination following the Fall of Evalon. The Nine, as they are called, are worshiped by many races, but in much fewer numbers than humans. The Nine include Areus, Riona, Ynera, Jaara, Edarus, Aohr, Vomir, Byaldir, and Nifelia
Gnomes generally worship their patron god Troqus.
The elves worship the twin goddesses Zolra and Illaryanna.
The dwarves have an all god known as the Stonefather.
Dragons and Dragonborn:
While not worshiped some much by dragons Ticondrius, the Lord of all Dragons, is greatly revered by dragonborn of all types.
Halflings worship their goddess Kineas Swiftfoot.
The Drow have long been split from their elven brethren and as such have taken to worshiping their own gods. Their three gods are Neralam, Rolvivis, and Ildyla.
Zyhdar is worshiped by many fey and druids who revere him as the lord of all nature. He is also the favored god of Wood Elves.
Vira – Vira is the goddess of shadows and thieves and is revered by many races.
Pealdir – Pealdir is the god of luck and as such finds his way into the hearts of most of the goodly races.
Zihar – While some claim he is a form of the Elemental lord Zather, Zihar is worshiped by many in the desert realm of Al Zihar.
The elemental lords rule over their respective planes of existence and rarely interact with mortals in any form other than through their elementals. The Elemental lords include Zather the Firelord, Estos the Waterlord, Oldir the Earthlord, and Miysus the Windlord.
While not worshiped openly in most of the civilized world the gods of evil still exist and are powered by fiendish cults and wicked warlords. Long in conflict with the other gods of Ionerth worshipers of any of these gods try to ruined the temples and lives of those following other gods, and as such are actively hunted within civilized lands. The evil gods include: Fienar, Notuna, Vozldir, Rirbris, Vaona, Yius, Rakmir, and Calenzod.
While the gods all possess great power they require aid to rule their respective realms and communicate their will to their mortal followers. In order to take care of both issues they each employ the souls of great followers to serve as their servants. The lesser of these beings are known as angels and come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the god in question. The greatest servants of the gods are known as demigods and are beings of power close to that of the gods themselves and are even worshiped by some mortals, but in much smaller numbers than the proper gods themselves. These great beings often serve as the gods right hand, overseeing the realm in the god’s absence and relaying his or her information to the angels.